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Paul Hirsch (film editor)

Paul Hirsch (born November 14, 1945) is an American film editor.[1]

Paul Hirsch
Paul Frederick Hirsch

(1945-11-14) November 14, 1945 (age 73)
OccupationFilm editor


Life and careerEdit

A native of New York City, and son of painter Joseph Hirsch, after graduating from Columbia he began to pursue a career in editing. In the late 1960s, while editing trailers in NYC, he was introduced by his brother, Charles, to then unknown filmmaker Brian De Palma. Their collaboration has yielded eleven feature films. He is of Jewish descent.[2]

In 1978, he won the Academy Award for Best Film Editing for his work on Star Wars, along with Richard Chew and Marcia Lucas. He was also the first person to win the Saturn Award for Best Editing twice, first for Star Wars in 1977 and then Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol in 2011.

He has edited over 35 feature films, including The Empire Strikes Back,[1] Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Mission: Impossible, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Footloose, Carrie, Falling Down, Phantom of the Paradise, Obsession, Blow Out, The Secret of My Success, Steel Magnolias and Ray, for which he received a second Academy Award nomination in 2005 and the American Cinema Editors' award for Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy or Musical). He has also worked with Duncan Jones on Source Code and Warcraft.

Hirsch rarely watches movies other than his own more than once. However, he cites that the musical An American in Paris and the science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey are worthy of repeat viewing.[3]


Feature films

Year Film Director Notes
1970 Hi, Mom! Brian De Palma
1972 Sisters
1974 Phantom of the Paradise
1976 Carrie
1977 Star Wars George Lucas Academy Award for Best Film Editing - with Marcia Lucas and Richard Chew
Saturn Award for Best Editing - with Marcia Lucas and Richard Chew
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Editing - with Marcia Lucas and Richard Chew
Nominated — ACE Eddie for Best Edited Feature Film
1978 King of the Gypsies Frank Pierson
The Fury Brian De Palma
1980 The Empire Strikes Back Irvin Kershner
1981 Blow Out Brian De Palma
1982 Creepshow George A. Romero Co-edited with George A. Romero, Pasquale Buba and Michael Spolan
1983 The Black Stallion Returns Robert Dalva
1984 Footloose Herbert Ross
1986 Ferris Bueller's Day Off John Hughes
1987 Planes, Trains and Automobiles
The Secret of My Success Herbert Ross
1989 Steel Magnolias
1990 Coupe de Ville Joe Roth
1992 Raising Cain Brian De Palma Co-edited with Robert Dalva and Bonnie Koehler
1993 Falling Down Joel Schumacher
1996 Mission: Impossible Brian De Palma Nominated — Awards Circuit Community Awards
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Editing
1998 Hard Rain Mikael Salomon Co-edited with Amnon David and Gillian L. Hutshing
Mighty Joe Young Ron Underwood
1999 Lake Placid Steve Miner Co-edited with Marshall Harvey
2000 Mission to Mars Brian De Palma
2002 The Adventures of Pluto Nash Ron Underwood Co-edited with Alan Heim
2003 The Fighting Temptations Jonathan Lynn
2004 Ray Taylor Hackford ACE Eddie for Best Edited Feature film - Comedy or Musical
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Film Editing
2006 Date Movie Aaron Seltzer
Deck the Halls John Whitesell
2008 Righteous Kill Jon Avnet
2010 Love Ranch Taylor Hackford
2011 Source Code Duncan Jones
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night Kevin Munroe
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Brad Bird Returning from the first film as editor
Saturn Award for Best Editing
2016 Warcraft Duncan Jones
2017 The Mummy Alex Kurtzman Co-edited with Gina Hirsch and Andrew Mondshein


  1. ^ a b "Paul Hirsch". The New York Times.
  2. ^ John Castagno, Jewish Artists: Signatures and Monograms (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010), p. 209.
  3. ^ "The Movie I've Seen the Most". Slate. 2006.

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