NEW YORK — Aram A. Avakian, a veteran film editor who gained prominence as director of the graphic and unsettling 1970 picture "End of the Road," has died at the age of 60.
Avakian, who also edited Edward R. Murrow's television news series "See It Now" from 1955 to 1958, died Saturday at his Manhattan home of heart failure.
Avakian graduated from Yale University, served in the Navy and lived in Paris, where he attended the Sorbonne.
He returned to New York in 1953 and was apprenticed to the cinematographer and photographer Gjon Mili. In 1958, after his stint with Murrow, he edited and, with Bert Stern, co-directed "Jazz on a Summer's Day," believed the first feature-film documentary of a music festival.
He edited the 1960 feature film "Girl of the Night," directed by Joseph Cates and acknowledged for its early use of the freeze frame and the jump cut. His other editor credits included "The Miracle Worker," 1962, and his last major film, "Honeysuckle Rose," 1979.