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Art Seid; Editor of TV Shows and Motion Pictures

August 17, 2001

Art Seid, 87, a highly respected editor of motion pictures and television shows for more than half a century who worked on "The Three Stooges," "Perry Mason" and "Dobie Gillis," died Aug. 9 at Pacific Convalescent Home in Santa Monica.

Born in New York but raised in Hollywood, Seid began his career in post-production at Columbia Pictures. During World War II, he worked in England and Hollywood on war documentaries as an officer in the Army Motion Picture Signal Corps.

Returning to Columbia, he edited "Three Stooges" features and such classics as "Lost Horizons." Seid moved to 20th Century Fox Television in the mid-1950s, where he supervised such series as "Broken Arrow" and edited the pilot for Raymond Burr's "Perry Mason."

He went on to become the series supervising film editor and associate producer, and later produced the 1970s version, "The New Adventures of Perry Mason." Seid continued editing television movies into the late 1980s.

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