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Evan Lottman, 70; Edited Feature Films, TV Documentaries

September 30, 2001

Evan Lottman, 70, a film editor whose work was nominated for an Academy Award, died Tuesday of cancer at his home in New York City.

After graduating from Kenyon College in Ohio with a degree in English, Lottman became a cinematographer in the U.S. Army. He went to the USC film school after finishing his military service.

Lottman began his career during the 1960s, editing documentaries for television, including "Churchill," "F.D.R.," "WWI" and "WWII."

He moved into feature films during the 1970s, editing "The Panic in Needle Park," "The Seduction of Joe Tynan" and "Sophie's Choice," which he called "his proudest effort." His work on 1973's "The Exorcist" earned him an Oscar nomination.

In 1979, Lottman served as an editor on Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" and had a brief screen role.

His other film credits include "Honeysuckle Rose," "The Muppets Take Manhattan," "Presumed Innocent" and "Maximum Overdrive."

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