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Noted Sound Engineer Found Slain : Crime: Police seek car stolen in the stabbing of Robert Glass, who shared an Oscar for 'E.T.'

July 22, 1993|NIESON HIMMEL | TIMES STAFF WRITER; Times staff writer Shawn Hubler contributed to this story

A 53-year-old sound engineer who won an Oscar for sound production was found stabbed to death in his ransacked Los Feliz-area apartment Wednesday morning, and Los Angeles police were seeking his missing 1990 Cadillac, authorities said.

Robert Glass--who shared a 1983 Oscar for "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" and recently worked on the "The Firm"--was found about 9:30 a.m. by a friend who peered in the window when no one answered the door, Los Angeles police said.

Detectives said the killer apparently locked the door behind him, and there was no sign of forced entry.

"It's quite a loss and quite a shock," said Don Digirolamo of Tujunga, a fellow sound engineer who has worked with Glass for 11 years and who shared his 1983 Oscar.

"He was just the most ethical guy you would ever care to meet. He didn't have a mean bone in his body. He was well-known, well-liked and well-respected, and excellent at his craft."

Hollywood references list about 200 film credits for Glass, who was a sound re-recording mixer.

A neighbor in the condominium complex where he had lived alone for 20 years described Glass as good-hearted and talented.

Northeast Division detectives--who found his Oscar among the wreckage of Glass' apartment--said they have no suspects and that they are seeking help in finding Glass' 1990 white Cadillac De Ville.

The license plate on the vehicle is 2TGV603.

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