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Arthur Robert Schmidt (born June 17, 1937) is an American film editor with about 27 film credits between 1977 and 2005.[2] Schmidt has had an extended collaboration with director Robert Zemeckis from Back to the Future (1985) to Cast Away (2000).

Arthur Schmidt
Arthur Robert Schmidt

(1937-06-17) June 17, 1937 (age 82)[1]
Los Angeles, California, United States
OccupationFilm editor
Parent(s)Arthur P. Schmidt
Madeline Schmidt Groenewegen

Schmidt is the son of film editor Arthur P. Schmidt; it is said that the son's education in editing began when he watched his father editing the film Sunset Boulevard (1950).[3] Schmidt graduated from Santa Clara University with a bachelor's degree in English.

Schmidt received the Academy Award for Best Film Editing for Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and Forrest Gump (1994). In addition to these Oscars, Schmidt has won several "Eddies" from the American Cinema Editors for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (with Craig Wood and Stephen E. Rivkin, 2003), Forrest Gump, and for a television special The Jericho Mile (1979). He has been nominated for major editing awards (including the BAFTA Award for Best Editing) for Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), Back to the Future (with Harry Keramidas, 1985), The Last of the Mohicans (with Dov Hoenig, 1992), and Cast Away (2000). He was the executive producer for The Labyrinth (2010).[4]

Schmidt received the 2009 American Cinema Editors Career Achievement Award, which was presented to Schmidt by Robert Zemeckis.[5]


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  1. ^ Birthdate confirmed using the California Birth Index.
  2. ^ Arthur Schmidt on IMDb
  3. ^ Lobrutto, Vincent (1991). Selected Takes: Film Editors On Editing (Praeger, Westport, Connecticut), p. 213. ISBN 978-0-275-93395-1
  4. ^ The Labyrinth is a documentary short film about Marian Kolodziej's artworks, which relate his experiences as a prisoner at the Auschwitz concentration camp. The film was produced by Ron Schmidt, Arthur Schmidt's brother, and involved two additional members of the Schmidt family in its production. See "The Labyrinth". Archived from the original on 2 February 2011. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
  5. ^ Debruge, Peter (February 16, 2009). "'Wall-E,' 'Slumdog' win at ACE Eddies". Variety. Retrieved 2010-12-31.

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