Thelma Schoonmaker

Editor, Assistant director, Film consultant
Ever since her Oscar-worthy cutting on "Raging Bull" (1980) - arguably one of the greatest films ever made - editor Thelma Schoonmaker enjoyed an exclusive working relationship - as well as a close friendship - with ... Read more »
Born: 01/03/1940 in Algeria


Editor (29)

Silence 2016 (Movie)


Bombay Velvet 2015 (Movie)


Learning to Drive 2015 (Movie)


The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 (Movie)


Hugo 2011 (Movie)


Shutter Island 2010 (Movie)


The Departed 2006 (Movie)


The Aviator 2004 (Movie)


Gangs of New York 2002 (Movie)


My Voyage to Italy 2001 (Movie)


Bringing Out the Dead 1999 (Movie)


The 71st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


Kundun 1997 (Movie)


Grace of My Heart 1996 (Movie)


Casino 1995 (Movie)


The Age of Innocence 1993 (Movie)


Cape Fear 1991 (Movie)


Goodfellas 1990 (Movie)


New York Stories 1989 (Movie)

("Life Lessons") (Editor)

The Last Temptation of Christ 1988 (Movie)


The Color of Money 1986 (Movie)


After Hours 1985 (Movie)


The King of Comedy 1983 (Movie)


Raging Bull 1980 (Movie)


Woodstock 1970 (Movie)

editor supervisor (Executive Editor)

Who's That Knocking at My Door? 1968 (Movie)

Actor (5)

Bad 25 2011 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff 2011 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Martin Scorsese Directs 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


Glorious Technicolor (TV Show)

Production Management (2)

The King of Comedy 1983 (Movie)

(Production Supervisor)

Woodstock 1970 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)
Other (1)

Boardwalk Empire 2010 (Tv Show)



Ever since her Oscar-worthy cutting on "Raging Bull" (1980) - arguably one of the greatest films ever made - editor Thelma Schoonmaker enjoyed an exclusive working relationship - as well as a close friendship - with director Martin Scorsese. Not since the partnership between director Billy Wilder and writer I.A.L. Diamond has there been collaboration as creatively fruitful and personally fulfilling. Soft-spoken and decidedly low-key, Schoonmaker has been the polar opposite of her excitable and demonstrative counterpart, allowing for a symbiosis of equal footing in the editing room; two sides of the same coin that together produced some of the most iconic films in recent memory.


worked for an oil company

Michael Powell

married from May 1984 until his death on February 19, 1990 introduced to one another by Martin Scorsese


New York University

New York , New York
met Martin Scorsese and Michael Wadleigh

Cornell University

Ithaca , New York
attended at age 18



Won third Oscar working with Scorsese on "The Departed"


Won second Oscar editing the Howard Hughes biopic "The Aviator" for director by Martin Scorsese


Edited Scorsese's "Gangs of New York"


Again worked with Scorsese on "Bringing Out the Dead"


Edited the biopic of the Dalai Lama, "Kundun"


Served as supervising editor of Allison Anders' "Grace of My Heart", executive produced by Scorsese


Cut "The Age of Innocence"


Received Academy Award nomination for editing "GoodFellas"


Was editor of the controversial "The Last Temptation of Christ"


Cut "The King of Comedy"


Joined the film editors' union and cut her first commercial release Scorsese's "Raging Bull"; became sixth woman to recieve the Best Film Editing Academy Award; became Scorsese's editor of choice


Spent a decade working on various projects as a non-union editor, including a documentary on the American Revolution that was never completed, a public-TV show on the Supreme Court, a CBS special documentary of a Paul McCartney tour, and a mountaineering


With Scorsese, served as editorial supervisor on the documentary "Woodstock"; though only Schoonmaker was cited in the Oscar nomination for Best Film Editing


Initial collaboration with Martin Scorsese, "Who's That Knockin' at My Door?"


Co-edited "Passages From James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake"

Returned to USA to live in suburban New Jersey at age 15

Traveled with expatriate American parents in Algiers, Portugal, the West Indies and South America during early childhood before settling in Aruba

Took first film job in New York, working for "an old hack who was butchering the films of Fellini and Truffaut" for TV broadcast

Bonus Trivia


Some sources list 1945 as her birthyear.