Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Academy Award Winning Sound Mixer Bill Varney Dies
Academy Award wining sound mixer Bill Varney an Oscar winner for Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark, died April 2 of congestive heart failure in Fairhope, Ala. He was 77. Varney worked on more than 80 feature films, Varney’s sound work also earned him Oscar nominations for Dune (1984) and Back to the Future (1985) and an Emmy nom for 1977 miniseries Roots.
Varney was a past president of the Cinema Audio Society and received CAS’ highest honor, its Career Achievement Award, in 1990.