Josef Erich von Stroheim

VAN NUYS, CA--Josef Erich von Stroheim, the son of the famed silent film director Erich von Stroheim who became an award-winning motion picture and television sound editor, died here March 22 of complications from lung cancer. He was 79. MSTies will recall one of his first jobs as a sound man: the movie featured in episode 309- THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN.

Among Von Stroheim's other are credits are "Day of the Dolphin," "Carnal Knowledge," "Blume in Love," "A Star Is Born," and "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore." He also worked on numerous television shows, including "The Real McCoys," "Flipper," "Mannix," "Wonder Woman" and "Scarecrow and Mrs. King."

Von Stroheim joined MGM in 1939 as a still photographer. After World War II began, he enlisted in the Army and served as a combat photographer in Europe and later the South Pacific.

After the war he moved into sound editing and won two Emmys for his work (for "QB VII" and "The Immortal") and several Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards. He retired in 1988.

He is survived by his wife, daughters and two grandchildren.