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Marco Zappia, a longtime TV editor, died Dec. 22 in Ventura, Calif. He was 76.
During a career that started in 1968 and spanned more than 40 years, Zappia edited hundreds of episodes of television. Among the shows he had longstanding relationships with were All in the Family (95 episodes edited), Archie Bunker’s Place (97 episodes), Who’s the Boss (188 episodes), Home Improvement (203 episodes) and Eight Simple Rules (75 episodes).
He was nominated for 18 Emmys — winning twice — and two CableACE awards. His first Emmy came in 1971 for Hee Haw and was CBS’ first win in that category. His second Emmy was for the 1980 special Christmas in the Holy Land.
Zappia helped pioneer numerous technical advances in his field, including aiding in the research and development of the multicam Avid Editing System. He was the first editor to use Avid to edit a multicam sitcom for an episode of Home Improvement.
Zappia was a longtime member of the Directors Guild of America, the Motion Picture Editors Guild and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
He started his career as a TV repairman before landing an engineering job at CBS in 1968 and soon moved over to editing. He detailed how he made the transition in his 2013 memoir, Smartest Guy in the Room. His wife saw a newspaper ad for a job in the video engineering department at CBS and encouraged him to apply. So he studied up on the technology at night — he knew little about it — and managed to get the job. Before becoming an editor, he helped install the first electronic editing system at the network.
Zappia was born in Los Angeles on Nov. 29, 1937, to Rocco and Anna Zappia, who were Italian immigrants. He graduated from Hollywood High School and married Carole Ann Lo Presto on April 15, 1961.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, two children and six grandchildren.
There will be no funeral or memorial services. Condolences may be sent to Carole Ann Zappia at 2771 Bayshore Ave., Unit A, Ventura, CA 93001.
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