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Editor shared an Emmy for 'Taxi'

September 16, 2009|Times Staff and Wire Reports

Jack Michon, 75, an Emmy-winning editor of the sitcom "Taxi" who also produced features and documentaries, died Aug. 29 at a care center in Torrance. He had encephalitis and died of heart failure, said Noelle Michon, one of his three daughters.

Born in 1934 in Hackensack, N.J., Michon spent four years in the Navy and started his career at NBC News.

During the Vietnam War, Michon edited news footage from the front lines for the "Huntley-Brinkley Report" and "NBC Nightly News." In the late 1970s, he produced the "28 Tonight" newsmagazine series for KCET-TV Channel 28.

He edited more than a dozen episodes of "Taxi" in 1980 and '81 and shared an Emmy Award for editing. He also produced the 1985 made-for-TV movies "Bridge Across Time" and "Sins of the Father" and served as an assistant editor on the 1979 feature film "North Dallas Forty."

As a human rights activist, the "gregarious and outspoken" Michon was "very involved in the Green Party," his daughter said. "If there was a cause, he protested it."

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