William J. Mauch
Sound Effects and Dialogue Editor

William J. Mauch

Born July 6, 1921 in Peoria, Illinois, longtime motion picture and television sound effects and dialogue editor William John Mauch passed away September 29, 2006 of respiratory failure.

Mauch began his show business career singing with his twin brother, Robert, on radio in Peoria. In the early 1930s, they were under contract to CBS and NBC radio in New York with major parts in Let’s Pretend, March of Time and others. They also modeled for General Motors, Ivory Soap and Underwood Typewriters. Then Hollywood beckoned and the brothers starred in The Prince and the Pauper and the Penrod and Sam series. Bill also played Anthony as a boy in Anthony Adverse.

Appearing on Broadway in Winged Victory, and later in the film version, Mauch was a freelance actor in Hollywood in the 1940s. He joined Warner Bros. in 1950 as a sound editor, creating many audio effects––among them the famous car chase scene in Bullitt, as well as the sounds of the ants in Them.

In 1967, he became a dialogue editor at Warners and in 1976 joined Universal Studios as a dialogue loop editor. Before his retirement in 1986, Mauch had worked on well over 300 films and TV series, the last one being Murder She Wrote.

Mauch attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles and Mar-Ken Professional School in Hollywood. He served in the United States 13th Army Air Force in World War II in the Philippines. He was a member of Editors Guild Local 776.

He had resided in Palatine, Illinois, near Chicago, with his wife for the past 20 years. For several years beginning in 1987, Mauch volunteered with the Palatine Police Department, reviewing training videotapes, and cataloguing and editing entries. He also volunteered at American Cable Systems Access Studio.

Mauch is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Marjorie; his brother, Robert of Santa Rosa, California; and his son, William of Houston, Texas. A funeral mass was held at St. Mary Church in Kickapoo, Illinois on October 4, 2006 and internment was at Swan Lake Cemetery in Peoria.

In Memoriam

Walter Bergman
Picture Editor
(October 13, 1926 – September 20, 2006)
59 years as a member

William Cahn
Picture Editor
(June 29, 1921 – August 29, 2006)
52 years as a member

Tom Knickerbocker
(October 5, 1960 – October 2, 2006)
6 years as a member

Anthony Sullivan
Picture Editor
(August 26, 1927 – March 28, 2006)
39 years as a member

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