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Hugh A. Robertson

Hugh A. Robertson

Film director and editor
Hugh A. Robertson
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Intro Film director and editor
Was Film director Film editor
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 28 May 1932, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Death 10 January 1988, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, U.S.A. (aged 55 years)
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Biography

Hugh A. Robertson (May 28, 1932 – January 10, 1988) was an African-American film director and editor, born in Brooklyn, of Jamaican parents. While Robertson was credited as an editor for only three films, Midnight Cowboy (directed by John Schlesinger-1969) earned him the BAFTA Award for Best Editing and a nomination for the Academy Award for Film Editing for the same film.

Robertson subsequently edited Gordon Parks' film Shaft (1971), which was his last credit as a film editor. By this time Robertson had turned to directing. In addition to television programs and documentaries, he directed the feature Melinda (1972). He spent most of his remaining life in Trinidad and Tobago. There he produced and directed the film Bim (1975) and ran a filmmaking school. He returned to the United States in 1986.

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