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Elmo Williams, the film editor who won an Oscar for his work on the 1952 Western High Noon, died early Wednesday morning at his home in Brookings, Ore., his family confirmed to EW. He was 102.

Williams earned another Oscar nomination for editing the 1954 movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and had been one of the oldest living Oscar winners at the time of his passing.

Born James Elmo Williams in Lone Wolf, Okla., Williams got his start in Hollywood working under film editor Merrill White, whom he met while working as a carhop. Williams would go on to cut such films as Nurse Edith Cavell, Irene, Design for Death (which won an Academy Award for best documentary), Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome, Bodyguard, and Hell Canyon Outlaws. He co-edited High Noon with Harry W. Gerstad, who died in 2002.

Williams also worked as a director (The Tall Texan, Women Without Men, Hell Ship Mutiny) and a producer (Tora! Tora! Tora!) and took part in several television projects. He received a career achievement award from the American Cinema Editors in 1990 and published Elmo Williams: A Hollywood Memoir, in 2006.

A memorial for Williams is scheduled for Dec. 12 in Brookings, at the fitting time of high noon.

High Noon
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