Harry W. Gerstad (Harry Donald Gerstad)

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Chicago, Illinois, USA
American film editor who occasionally directed, but won Oscars in his primary field. The son of Harry W. Gerstad, silent film cinematographer, Harry Donald Gerstad grew up in Hollywood. In his late teenage years he got work as a laboratory assistant at Hal Roach Studios, then Warner Bros., and finally at Republic Pictures.

Following the Second World War, he began editing feature films at RKO, working frequently with director Edward Dmytryk, who mentored Gerstad and helped him find work. In 1949 Gerstad was hired by Stanley Kramer as editorial supervisor and moved to Kramer's unit at Columbia Pictures. Read more...