Veteran Sound Mixer Dennis Maitland Dies

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He worked on films like "And Justice for All" and "The Prince of Tides," and with Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra and the Beatles as a music mixer.

Dennis L. Maitland -- the veteran production sound mixer whose has worked with filmmakers such as Paul Mazursky and Norman Jewison and performers such as Frank Sinatra and the Beatles -- passed away April 1 in New York. He was 80.

A veteran of over 80 feature films, he worked with directors including Mazursky, Jewison, John Cassavetes, Herb Ross and Arthur Hiller. Maitland began his career on The Ed Sullivan Show and also worked on The Jackie Gleason Show. His film credits include The Prince of Tides, ...And Justice For All and Moonstruck.

As a music mixer, Maitland worked with Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, the Beatles, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, and the Philharmonic Orchestras of New York, Boston, Berlin, Philadelphia and Montreal.

On Broadway, he was the sound designer for Prisoner of Second Avenue. 

Maitland received the Cinema Audio Society's highest honor, the Career Achievement Award, in 2009 at the 45th CAS Awards.

"The sound community is saddened by the loss of such respected sound mixer, said CAS president David E. Fluhr. "The outpouring of appreciation and affection that we saw at our CAS Awards Dinner in 2009 when Dennis was honored with the CAS Career Achievement Award was an indication of the high regard he was held in by our organization and the industry." 

Maitland not only dedicated his life to the New York film industry, his children are also in the sound business, daughter Kim Maitland is a recordist, son Tod Maitland is also a respected Production Sound Mixer, son Dennis Maitland Jr., is a boom operator as was his late son Dean Maitland. Besides the three children, Dennis is survived by his wife Marja, his mother Mildred Atkinson and seven grandchildren.