Stuart Baird

Editor, Director, Assistant editor
Regarded as one of the finest editors of Hollywood action blockbusters, Stuart Baird's earliest credits came in an arena of filmmaking far removed from the invigorating car chases and thrilling combat sequences his ... Read more »
Born: 01/14/1947

Filmography

Editor (31)

47 Ronin 3D 2013 (Movie)

(Editor)

Skyfall 2012 (Movie)

(Editor)

Green Lantern 2011 (Movie)

(Editor)

Edge of Darkness 2010 (Movie)

Film Editor (Editor)

Salt 2010 (Movie)

(Editor)

Whiteout 2009 (Movie)

(Editor)

Vantage Point 2008 (Movie)

(Editor)

Casino Royale 2006 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Legend of Zorro 2005 (Movie)

(Editor)

Executive Decision 1996 (Movie)

(Editor)

Maverick 1994 (Movie)

(Editor)

Demolition Man 1993 (Movie)

film editor (Editor)

Radio Flyer 1992 (Movie)

(Editor)

Split Personality 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Editor

The Last Boy Scout 1991 (Movie)

film editor (Editor)

Die Hard 2: Die Harder 1990 (Movie)

editor supervisor (Executive Editor)

Lethal Weapon 2 1989 (Movie)

(Editor)

Tango & Cash 1989 (Movie)

editor supervisor (Executive Editor)

Gorillas in the Mist 1988 (Movie)

(Editor)

Lethal Weapon 1987 (Movie)

(Editor)

Ladyhawke 1985 (Movie)

Film Editor (Editor)

Revolution 1985 (Movie)

(Editor)

Beyond the Limit 1983 (Movie)

(Editor)

Five Days One Summer 1981 (Movie)

(Editor)

Outland 1981 (Movie)

(Editor)

Superman 1978 (Movie)

(Editor)

Valentino 1977 (Movie)

(Editor)

Lisztomania 1976 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Omen 1976 (Movie)

(Editor)

Tommy 1975 (Movie)

(Editor)

Welcome to My Nightmare 1975 (Movie)

(Editor)
Director (3)

Star Trek: Nemesis 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

U.S. Marshals 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Executive Decision 1996 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (2)

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Altered States 1980 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Other (4)

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves 1991 (Movie)

project consultant (Consultant)

Scrooged 1988 (Movie)

post-production consultant (Production Consultant)

Ladyhawke 1985 (Movie)

Unit Director (Second Unit Director)

If... 1968 (Movie)

(to Lindsay Anderson) (Assistant)

Biography

Regarded as one of the finest editors of Hollywood action blockbusters, Stuart Baird's earliest credits came in an arena of filmmaking far removed from the invigorating car chases and thrilling combat sequences his post-production expertise made all the more dazzling. Serving as editor of Ken Russell's phantasmagorical rock operas "Tommy" (1975) and "Lisztomania" (1975) signaled a possible career path in the world of alternative film, but it was mainstream cinema where Baird's singular talents ultimately earned their greatest exposure. Thanks to what turned into a long association with Richard Donner, Baird's skillful assembling of the director's action blockbusters "Superman" (1978), "Lethal Weapon" (1987) and "Lethal Weapon 2" (1989) helped him develop a reputation as one that genre's premiere cutters. Baird was also soon pressed into service by heavyweight producer Joel Silver to act as a film doctor, salvaging projects that simply did not work in their current form. Thanks to his guidance, such troubled efforts as "Tango & Cash" (1989) and "Demolition Man" (1993) became moderate theatrical grossers and he earned his first directorial job with the exciting thriller "Executive Decision" (1996). Subsequent assignments in that role were not as successful and Baird returned primarily to his previous position, where he proved to be a key component in the artistic accomplishments of the James Bond entries "Casino Royale" (2006) and "Skyfall" (2012). More so than any of his contemporaries, Baird demonstrated a remarkable ability to keep movies flowing and generating tension without sacrificing their narrative or visual lucidity.

Milestones

2001

Signed on as helmer of the 10th installment in the "Star Trek" franchise

2001

Executive produced "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider"

1998

Helmed second film, "U.S. Marshals"

1996

Feature directorial debut, the thriller "Executive Decision"; also served as editor

1994

Again paired with Donner on the big screen version of "Maverick", starring Mel Gibson

1993

Returned to feature editing on "Demolition Man"

1989

Cut the second film in the franchise "Lethal Weapon 2"

1988

Served as post-production consultant on Donner's "Scrooged"

1988

Garnered second Oscar nod for editing "Gorillas in the Mist"

1987

Edited "Lethal Weapon", helmed by Donner

1985

Third feature teaming with Donner, the medieval romance "Ladyhawke"

1981

Edited "Outland", a loose remake of "High Noon" set in outer space

1980

Served as associate producer on Ken Russell's "Altered States"

1978

Earned first Academy Award nomination for work on "Superman", helmed by Donner

1977

Reteamed with Russell for "Valentino"

1976

Was editor on the horror thriller "The Omen", directed by Richard Donner

1975

First feature as editor, "Tommy"; also first collaboration with Ken Russell

1968

Worked as assitant to director Lindsay Anderson on "If..."

Was full-time staff editor at Warner Bros.; oversaw work on such films as "Die Hard 2: Die Harder" (1990) and "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991)

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