RIP: Arthur Schmidt

Arthur Schmidt, the two-time Academy Award winner for Best Film Editing, died on August 5, 2023.  Mr. Schmidt was 86.

Arthur Schmidt followed in his father, Arthur P. Schmidt’s footsteps and became a film editor.  His father edited films such as Sunset Boulevard; Ace in the Hole and Some Like It Hot.

Arthur Schmidt’s filmography includes films such as: The Last Remake of Beau Geste; Jaws 2; The Jericho Mile (TV movie); Coal Miner’s Daughter; The Idolmaker; Back to the Future; Ruthless People; Who Framed Roger Rabbit; Back to the Future II; Back to the Future III; The Rocketeer; The Last of the Mohicans; Adams Family Values; Forrest Gump; Tales from the Crypt (TV); The Birdcage; Contact; What Lies Beneath and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

Arthur Schmidt’s two Oscars for Best Film Editing were for his work on Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Forrest Gump.

What an amazing resume Arthur Schmidt cultivated.  If I had to pick just one favorite from his credits it would be Last of the Mohicans.  The truth is I loved so many of his films.  Two of his lessor known films that are really good are The Idolmaker and The Jericho Mile.  I also think that Contact and What Lies Beneath are both underrated.  It’s hard to go wrong with anything that Arthur Schmidt edited.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Arthur Schmidt’s family, friends and fans.