Born in Los Angeles, CA; son of Henry F. (a merchant) and May L. (a homemaker; maiden name, Leong) Chew; children: Jonah C., Aaron N. Education: University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.; also studied law at Harvard University.
Addresses: Agent— Spyros Skouras, Skouras Agency, 631 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2C, Santa Monica, CA 90401.
Career: Film editor, cinematographer, and producer. Also worked as a unit director.
Member: Phi Beta Kappa.
Awards, Honors: Film Award, best film editing (with Walter Murch), British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1975, for The Conversation; Academy Award nomination, best film editing, 1976, Eddie Award nomination, best edited feature film, American Cinema Editors, 1976, and Film Award, best film editing, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1977, all (with Lynzee Klingman and Sheldon Kahn) for One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest; Academy Award, best film editing, 1978, Eddie Award nomination, best edited feature film, 1978, and Film Award nomination, best film editing, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1979, all (with Paul Hirsch and Marcia Lucas) for Star Wars; Eddie Award nomination, best edited comedy or musical feature film, 2001, for Shanghai Noon.
(And cinematographer) The Redwoods (documentary short film), King Screen Productions, 1967.
(With Trevor Greenwood; and cinematogapher) The Medium Is the Massage, You Know (documentary short film), 1969.
(With Walter Murch) The Conversation, Paramount, 1974.
(With Lynzee Klingman and Sheldon Kahn) One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, United Artists, 1975.
(With Paul Hirsch and Marcia Lucas) Star Wars (also known as Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope and Star Wars IV: A New Hope ), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1977.
(With John Fitzgerald Beck) Goin' South, Paramount, 1978.
When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?, Columbia, 1979.
My Favorite Year, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists, 1982.
Risky Business, Warner Bros., 1982.
Creator (also known as The Big Picture ), Universal, 1985.
Real Genius, TriStar, 1985.
Streets of Gold, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1986.
Where the River Runs Black, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists, 1986.
(And associate producer) Revenge of the Nerds II:Nerds in Paradise, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1987.
Clean and Sober, Warner Bros., 1988.
Men Don't Leave, Warner Bros., 1990.
(With Robert Leighton) Late for Dinner, Columbia, 1991.
(And coproducer) Singles, Warner Bros., 1992.
Supervising film editor, Mi Vida Loca—My Crazy Life (also known as My Crazy Life ), Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1993.
My Life, Columbia, 1993.
Waiting to Exhale, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1995.
Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill (also known as Tall Tale ), Buena Vista, 1995.
That Thing You Do!, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1996.
Hope Floats, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1998.
Shanghai Noon, Buena Vista, 2000.
I Am Sam, New Line Cinema, 2001.
First Daughter, Twentieth Century–Fox, 2004.
Film Work; Other:
Supervising sound editor, Smile, United Artists, 1975.
Television Film Editor:
The Music School, 1974.
The Other Side of Victory, 1974.