Walter Murch

Sound designer, Sound editor, Editor
This acclaimed behind-the-scenes figure has enjoyed mutually beneficial long-term collaborations with filmmakers Francis Ford Coppola and USC film school classmate George Lucas. Skilled as both a film and sound editor ... Read more »
Born: 07/11/1943 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Editor (25)

Tomorrowland 2015 (Movie)

(Editor)

Particle Fever 2014 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Wolfman 2010 (Movie)

(Editor)

Tetro 2009 (Movie)

(Editor)

Youth Without Youth 2007 (Movie)

(Editor)

Jarhead 2005 (Movie)

(Editor)

Cold Mountain 2003 (Movie)

(Editor)

K-19: The Widowmaker 2002 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 (Movie)

(Editor)

Dumbarton Bridge 1998 (Movie)

consulting editor (Editor)

As I See It 1996 (Movie)

(Editor)

The English Patient 1996 (Movie)

film editor (Editor)

First Knight 1995 (Movie)

film editor (Editor)

I Love Trouble 1994 (Movie)

(Editor)

Romeo Is Bleeding 1994 (Movie)

(Editor)

House of Cards 1993 (Movie)

(Editor)

Ghost 1990 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Godfather, Part III 1990 (Movie)

(Editor)

Call From Space 1989 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Unbearable Lightness of Being 1988 (Movie)

editor supervisor (Executive Editor)

Apocalypse Now 1979 (Movie)

(Editor)

Julia 1977 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Conversation 1973 (Movie)

(Editor)

Touch of Evil 1958 (Movie)

(Editor)

Hemingway & Gellhorn (TV Show)

Editor
Sound (18)

Youth Without Youth 2007 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

Jarhead 2005 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

Cold Mountain 2003 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 (Movie)

re-recording mixer (Rerecording)

The English Patient 1996 (Movie)

re-recording mixer (Rerecording)

Crumb 1995 (Movie)

sound rerecording mixer (Sound)

First Knight 1995 (Movie)

re-recording mixer (Rerecording)

Ghost 1990 (Movie)

sound rerecording mixer (Sound)

Apocalypse Now 1979 (Movie)

(Sound Design)

Apocalypse Now 1979 (Movie)

sound rerecording (Sound)

The Godfather, Part II 1974 (Movie)

sound montage & re-recording (Sound)

American Graffiti 1973 (Movie)

Sound Montage and Re-Recording (Sound)

The Conversation 1973 (Movie)

(Sound)

THX 1138 1971 (Movie)

(Sound)

Gimme Shelter 1970 (Movie)

(Sound)

The Rain People 1969 (Movie)

sound montage (Sound)

The Electronic Labyrinth 1967 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

Touch of Evil 1958 (Movie)

re-recording(director's cut: 1998 re-release) (Rerecording)
Actor (9)

Side by Side 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Fog City Mavericks 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Murch: Walter Murch on Editing 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

George Lucas: Creating an Empire 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Reconstructing Evil 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Electronic Labyrinth 1967 (Movie)

of God (Voice)

Finishing Heaven (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (2)

Return to Oz 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

THX 1138 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (1)

Return to Oz 1985 (Movie)

(Director)
Music (1)

The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 (Movie)

score producer (Music Producer)
Other (3)

JFK: A President Betrayed 2013 (Movie)

(Production Consultant)

The Adventures of Mark Twain 1985 (Movie)

special creative consultant (Creative Consultant)

The Godfather 1972 (Movie)

Post-Production Consultant (Production Consultant)

Biography

This acclaimed behind-the-scenes figure has enjoyed mutually beneficial long-term collaborations with filmmakers Francis Ford Coppola and USC film school classmate George Lucas. Skilled as both a film and sound editor, Murch played an important role in the creation of some of the signature films of the 1970s including "American Graffiti" (1973), "The Godfather, Part II" (1974) and "Apocalypse Now" (1979). Even after his ten-year association with American Zoetrope ended, Murch continued to work with Coppola and Lucas on later projects. Moreover, he has remained a leading technician in 90s Hollywood. His sound editing was central to the artistic success of Coppola's "The Conversation" (1974), an absorbing character study which ruminated expressively on the implications of high-tech eavesdropping and voyeurism. Murch earned an Oscar nod for his work on this modern classic. He won the coveted statuette for Best Sound with the hallucinatory aural design of the director's Vietnam epic, "Apocalypse Now" (1979). As a film editor, Murch garnered Oscar nominations for Fred Zinnemann's "Julia" (1977), "Apocalypse Now", Jerry Zucker's "Ghost" (1990) and "The Godfather, Part III" (also 1990). More recent credits include Zucker's Arthurian epic "First Knight" (1995) and Anthony Minghella's period romantic drama "The English Patient" (1996). For the latter, Murch performed double duty as editor and sound technician and became the first person to earn Oscars in both categories for the same film.

Relationships

Aggie Murch

Wife

Beatrice Murch

Daughter

Connie Murch

Daughter

Kerry Murch

Daughter

Walter Murch

Son

EDUCATION

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California
George Lucas was fellow student

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore , Maryland

Milestones

2003

Reteamed with Anthony Minghella for "Cold Mountain," served as film editor and sound mixer; earned Academy Award nomination for Best Film Editing

1999

Worked on the film "The Talented Mr. Ripley"

1996

First collaboration with Anthony Minghella, served as editor and sound mixer for the Oscar winning film "The English Patient"

1995

Served as film editor and sound mixer for "First Knight"

1993

Worked as an editor and sound mixer on the film "Romeo Is Bleeding"

1990

Was a film editor and sound mixer for "The Godfather: Part III"; earned Academy Award nomination for Best Film Editing

1990

Worked as film editor and sound mixer for the film "Ghost" earned Academy Award nomination for Best Film Editing

1988

Served as film editor on "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"

1985

Feature debut as writer-director, "Return to Oz"

1970

Feature screenwriting debut, co-wrote (with Lucas) script for "THX 1138" (Lucas' feature directorial debut); also received sound credit

1969

Served as one of the many sound people on "Gimme Shelter", the Maysles brothers' landmark document of the Rolling Stones fateful Altamont concert

1968

First feature credit ("sound montage"), Coppola's "The Rain People"

1968

First collaboration with Lucas, served as sound editor and contributed to screenplay of Lucas' sci-fi student short "The Electronic Labyrinth: THX-1138: 4EB"

As a freelancer, cut eductional films, commercials and documentaries in Los Angeles

Worked as production manager for United States Information Agency (USIA) film department

Worked as an editor and sound mixer for Coppola's American Zoetrope company

Relocated to San Francisco on the advice of former classmate George Lucas to collaborate with Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola

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