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Gregg Rudloff, Oscar-Winning Film Sound Mixer, Dead at 63

By Clive Young. A second-generation film sound engineer, Gregg Rudloff apparently took his own life.

Gregg Rudloff
Gregg Rudloff

Los Angeles, CA (January 11, 2019)—Oscar-winning cinema sound mixer Gregg Rudloff died Sunday, January 6, in Los Angeles at the age of 63. A second-generation film sound engineer, he had seven Academy Awards nominations to his credit, winning three for sound mixing on The Matrix in 1999, Glory in 1989 and Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015, a year where he was also nominated for American Sniper.

Found at his home in Sherman Oaks on Sunday, his body was brought to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center where he was declared dead. Investigators are treating the death as a suicide, pending autopsy results.

Rudloff’s passing closed a remarkable career. With more than 200 credits to his name, Rudloff’s resume included a Golden Reel award from the Motion Picture Sound Editors for The Matrix; five BAFTA nominations with one win; five Cinema Audio Society nominations and a win; an Emmy for the 1985 miniseries An Early Frost; and an AACTA award.

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Born in Los Angeles on Nov. 2, 1955, he followed his father, Tex Rudloff, into the industry. The elder Rudloff worked on such notable films as Taxi Driver, The Outlaw Josey Wales and History of the World: Part I—and was himself nominated for an Oscar for work on The Buddy Holly Story.

Gregg Rudloff, however, kicked off his career working on Clint Eastwood’s Honkytonk Man in 1982 and shortly thereafter worked on a thick string of hits like Risky Business, Footloose, This Is Spinal Tap, Stand by Me and The Princess Bride.

His other Academy Award nominated efforts included Argo, Flags of Our Fathers and The Perfect Storm, and he additionally worked on films like The Girl on the Train, The Lego Movie, Spectre, Jersey Boys, Fences, the Matrix Trilogy, Scooby-Doo, Lethal Weapon 4, Space Jam, Tin Cup, The Mighty Ducks, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Little Mermaid and dozens of others. His latest credit was the recently completed Orson Wells film, The Other Side of the Wind.