Gene S. Ruggiero
June 20, 1910
|Died||February 19, 2002 91) (aged|
|Spouse||Eva Nohavka (1966–1988, divorced)|
Gene S. Ruggiero (June 20, 1910 – February 19, 2002) was an American film editor. Originally a golf caddy at an exclusive New York country club, Ruggiero was fired from his job and later went to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer where he was assigned the job of editing. He was initially unhappy with his job and would often skip working to play golf, demoted to assistant editor due to this.
Ruggiero came to prominence after editing the 1939 film Ninotchka . As nobody else would edit the film due to Ernst Lubitsch's reputation, the job was assigned to Ruggiero. He received his first credit on the film, and continued as an editor for the rest of his career. Ruggiero earned an Academy Award for Best Film Editing in 1956 for his work on Around the World in 80 Days , which he shared with Paul Weatherwax. He was also nominated for an Academy Award in 1955 for his editing on Oklahoma! , which he shared with George Boemler.
Gene S. Ruggiero was born in Long Island on June 20, 1910, the son of Phillip and Teresa Ruggiero. His parents immigrated to the United States from Naples, Italy in 1903 and his father worked as a skilled mason. He grew up in Manhasset, New York with his seven siblings (Michael, Frank, Joseph, Jack, Ana, Elizabeth, and Mary). During World War II, he served in the army.Ruggiero enjoyed the sport of golf and, before becoming a film editor, he worked as a caddy at a New York country club. Ruggiero often caddied for American film studio executive Nicholas Schenck. On days where Schenck's group was lacking a fourth player, they often invited Ruggiero to play. However, after playing a game with the group one day, Ruggiero returned to the clubhouse find the head angry with him for neglecting his caddy duties. Ruggiero was fired from his job.
Ruggiero approached Schenck, and requested assistance in becoming employed. Since Schenck was head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on the east coast division, he decided to send Ruggiero there, with a letter written by Schenk that would ensure Ruggiero would earn a job at the studio. When Ruggiero arrived, he was assigned the job of film editor. Ruggiero found himself displeased with the menial work, and often did not show up at the studio, choosing to play golf instead. He was demoted to assistant editor when his skipping was found out, and worked on several Johnny Weissmuller films.
Ruggiero received his first film credit in 1939, on the film Ninotchka .Ernst Lubitsch, the director of the film, had a reputation with the studio which made the other editors refuse to cut the film. Ruggiero was picked as the last option. The film brought Ruggiero to prominence and he worked as a main editor for the rest of his career. After Ninotchka, he edited Richard Thorpe's action film Tarzan Finds a Son! with Frank Sullivan, while editing the comedy Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President by himself.
In 1940, he edited The Shop Around the Corner , another Lubitsch film. Two Dr. Kildare films Strange Case and Crisis were also edited by Ruggiero this year, along with the George B. Seitz film Sky Murder and W. S. Van Dyke's comedy I Love You Again . The next year saw Ruggiero edit Blonde Inspiration by Busby Berkeley and Washington Melodrama by S. Sylvan Simon. He also cut another Tarzan picture by Thorpe entitled Tarzan's Secret Treasure . Ruggiero edited the 1942 films A Yank on the Burma Road , Tarzan's New York Adventure , Andy Hardy's Double Life , and Jackass Mail . His next credit came in 1946 on the film Three Wise Fools , which he co-edited with Theron Warth. He edited the actor Robert Montgomery's Lady in the Lake in 1947. That same year, Ruggiero was the editor for Edward Buzzell's Song of the Thin Man , and the final Dr. Kildare film Dark Delusion .
Big City was Ruggerio's only 1948 credit. He served as editor for The Bribe the following year, as well as That Midnight Kiss ; Ruggerio remembered that the film's star Mario Lanza would not do a film unless Ruggerio would edit it.In 1950 he cut Stars in My Crown and The Toast of New Orleans . The following year he was the editor for Lanza's film The Great Caruso , as well as Norman Taurog's Rich, Young and Pretty and John Sturges' The People Against O'Hara . The 1952 film Glory Alley was Ruggierio's next credit, and in 1953 the films The Clown , Rogue's March , and Easy to Love were edited by him. He edited Men of the Fighting Lady , Athena , and The Student Prince in the following year. Along with George Boemler, Ruggiero edited the 1955 film Oklahoma! . Ruggiero earned his first Academy Award for Best Editing nomination for his work on the film; he and Boemler lost to William A. Lyon and Charles Nelson for Picnic .
I told [Todd] to go away for two weeks and leave us alone. And then we cut the monster down to something that made sense.
In 1956 he edited The Catered Affair alongside Frank Santillo,and Around the World in 80 Days with Howard Epstein and Paul Weatherwax. Ruggiero and Weatherwax won the Academy Award for Best Film Editing. The Oscar statuette Ruggiero earned for his work on the film was tarnished; its gold coat was removed when Ruggiero sent it out for cleansing and he never had it replated when he was able to afford doing so. Ruggiero said in March 1994 that he considered the film his best work.
The films Ruggiero edited in 1957 were The Seventh Sin and Seven Hills of Rome . He also edited John Ford's The Wings of Eagles that year. Ruggiero recalled Ford as a "cheapskate" and that he offered Ruggiero a new putter to appease him.The following year, he edited Torpedo Run , and in 1959 he edited For the First Time and Tarzan, the Ape Man . In 1960, Ruggiero did Platinum High School and Revak the Rebel , and edited The Thief of Bagdad and The Wonders of Aladdin the next year. His next credit came on the film The Last Man on Earth , released in 1964, which he edited with Franca Silvi. That year he also edited Panic Button and Dog Eat Dog .
Ruggiero's next film was Cast a Giant Shadow by Melville Shavelson which was released it 1966; he edited the film alongside Bert Bates. He edited Marlowe and Hell's Angels '69 in 1969, and was supervising editor on the TV Show H.R. Pufnstuf, he edited Noon Sunday and was an associate producer on Kemek both in 1970, in 1972 he served as editor on William Girdler's Asylum of Satan . In 1973 he edited Bert I. Gordon's The Police Connection, as well as a post-production supervisor on Running Wild and 2 episodes of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (TV Series), The 1974 television pilot Wonder Woman was his next credit; he also edited Black Eye that same year. He edited the 1975 film Boss Nigger ; as well as Paesano: A Voice in the Night that same year, he also worked with his wife Eva on 1976's Adiós Amigo . He worked on The World through the Eyes of Children in 1975 and in 1976 he worked on the short Circasia and Paco , In 1977. Ruggiero's next editing credit for came in 1977 for his work on Gus Trikonis' Moonshine County Express .
Ruggiero was supervising editor on William Girdler's last film The Manitou in 1978, He edited one episode each of the 1979 series Billy and the 1980 TV Show Breaking Away, He was Supervising Editor on Savage Journey a 1983 TV re-edit of a 1977 film Brigham, he was an associate producer on the 1985 Low-Budget cult classic Night Train to Terror and co-producer on 1987's Cry Wilderness.
Ruggiero's final editing credit came on the 1988 low budget film Bloody Wednesday.
Ruggiero was elected as a member of the American Cinema Editors. In 1994, he earned an American Cinema Editors Career Achievement Award, presented by Martin Scorsese. He criticized the low amount of money he was being paid each year; in 1994 the Motion Picture Industry Pension Plan was only giving him $242.71 a month - by contrast, younger editors were earning around $1,250. Ruggiero believed that since he had worked his whole life in the film industry, he was owed a higher amount.
Ruggiero married Eva Nohavka in Italy on April 9, 1966. They divorced in 1988.By 1994, Eva had brought Gene back to live with her. By this time, he had been suffering from herpes zoster and nearly all of his teeth were missing. He then lived in Ogden, Utah for four years before his death on February 19, 2002. Ruggiero is survived by his two children and four grandchildren. His seven siblings have all since passed.
|1939||Tarzan Finds a Son!||Richard Thorpe||With Frank Sullivan|
|1939||Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President||Robert B. Sinclair|
|1940||The Shop Around the Corner||Ernst Lubitsch|
|1940||Dr. Kildare's Strange Case||Harold S. Bucquet|
|1940||I Love You Again||W. S. Van Dyke|
|1940||Sky Murder||George B. Seitz|
|1940||Dr. Kildare's Crisis||Harold S. Bucquet|
|1941||Blonde Inspiration||Busby Berkeley|
|1941||Washington Melodrama||S. Sylvan Simon|
|1941||Tarzan's Secret Treasure||Richard Thorpe|
|1942||A Yank on the Burma Road||George B. Seitz|
|1942||Tarzan's New York Adventure||Richard Thorpe|
|1942||Andy Hardy's Double Life||George B. Seitz|
|1942||Jackass Mail||Norman Z. McLeod|
|1946||Three Wise Fools||Edward Buzzell||With Theron Warth|
|1947||Lady in the Lake||Robert Montgomery|
|1947||Dark Delusion||Willis Goldbeck|
|1947||Song of the Thin Man||Edward Buzzell|
|1948||Big City||Norman Taurog|
|1949||The Bribe||Robert Z. Leonard|
|1949||That Midnight Kiss||Norman Taurog|
|1950||Stars in My Crown||Jacques Tourneur|
|1950||The Toast of New Orleans||Norman Taurog|
|1951||The Great Caruso||Richard Thorpe|
|1951||Rich, Young and Pretty||Norman Taurog|
|1951||The People Against O'Hara||John Sturges|
|1952||Glory Alley||Raoul Walsh|
|1953||The Clown||Robert Z. Leonard|
|1953||Rogue's March||Allan Davis|
|1953||Easy to Love||Charles Walters|
|1954||Men of the Fighting Lady||Andrew Marton|
|1954||The Student Prince||Richard Thorpe|
|1955||Oklahoma!||Fred Zinnemann||With George Boemler |
Nomination: Academy Award for Best Film Editing
|1956||The Catered Affair||Richard Brooks||With Frank Santillo|
|1956||Around the World in 80 Days||Michael Anderson||With Howard Epstein and Paul Weatherwax |
Won: Academy Award for Best Film Editing
|1956||The Great American Pastime||Herman Hoffman|
|1957||The Wings of Eagles||John Ford|
|1957||The Seventh Sin||Ronald Neame|
|1957||Seven Hills of Rome||Roy Rowland|
|1958||Torpedo Run||Joseph Pevney|
|1959||For the First Time||Rudolph Maté|
|1959||Tarzan, the Ape Man||Joseph M. Newman|
|1960||Platinum High School||Charles F. Haas|
|1960||Revak the Rebel||Rudolph Maté|
|1961||The Thief of Bagdad||Arthur Lubin|
|1961||The Wonders of Aladdin|| Henry Levin |
|1964||The Last Man on Earth|| Ubaldo Ragona |
|With Franca Silvi|
|1964||Panic Button||George Sherman|
|1964||Dog Eat Dog|| Richard E. Cunha |
|1966||Cast a Giant Shadow||Melville Shavelson||With Bert Bates|
|1969||Hell's Angels '69||Lee Madden|
|1970||Noon Sunday||Terry Bourke|
|1970||Kemek||Theodore Gershuny||Associate Producer|
|1972||Asylum of Satan||William Girdler|
|1973||The Mad Bomber||Bert I. Gordon|
|1973||Running Wild||Robert McCahon||Post Production Supervisor|
|1974||Wonder Woman||Vincent McEveety|
|1974||Black Eye||Jack Arnold|
|1975||Paesano: A Voice in the Night||John Myers, Martin Ragway, Jack Brooks and Alberto Sarno||Short Film|
|1975||Boss Nigger||Jack Arnold||With Eva Ruggiero|
|1975||The World through the Eyes of Children||Jimmie Rodgers|
|1976||Adiós Amigo||Fred Williamson||With Eva Ruggiero|
|1976||Circasia||Brian MacLochlainn and John McColgan||Short Film|
|1977||Moonshine County Express||Gus Trikonis|
|1978||The Manitou||William Girdler||Supervising Editor|
|1983||Savage Journey||Tom McGowan||Supervising Editor|
|1985||Night Train to Terror||Jay Schlossberg-Cohen, John Carr, Phillip Marshak and Gregg C. Tallas||Associate Producer|
|1987||Cry Wilderness||Jay Schlossberg-Cohen||Co-Producer|
|1988||Bloody Wednesday||Mark G. Gilhuis||Film Editor and Post-Production Supervisor|
H.R. Pufnstuf 1969-1970 17 Episodes Supervising Editor
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice TV Series 1973 2 Episodes
Billy 1979 1 Episode
Breaking Away TV Series 1980 1 Episode
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