Robert C. Jones, an Oscar-winning writer and editor whose credits include It’s a crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy world, Go home and Love story, is dead. He was 84 years old.
“It is with deep sadness that I write to announce the passing of Robert C. Jones, who was a famous editor and screenwriter and a beloved teacher at our school,” said Elizabeth Daley of the School of Cinematic from the University of Southern California. Arts, where Jones was a teacher for 15 years.
Jones was born March 30, 1936 in Los Angeles. His foray into filmmaking began when he enlisted in the United States Army, when he joined the Army Pictorial Center from 1958 to 1960 as a film editor. At the Pictorial Center, he edited army training films, documentaries and several segments of the television program The big picture.
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After his stint in the military, Jones developed his editing skills to A child is waiting and It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad World in 1963. Throughout the 1960s he continued to develop his editing CV with additional titles including The tiger comes out, paints your cart and guesses who’s coming to dinner.
For the next decade he was editor-in-chief of Oscar-nominated Arthur Hiller. The man of La Mancha, the last detail and linked to glory. In 1978 Jones tried his script and wrote the script for Hal Ashby. Go home.
The war drama follows a woman whose husband deployed in the Vietnam War falls in love with another man who suffered a crippling wound in combat. With Jane Fonda, Jon Voight and Bruce Dern, Go home won three Oscars in 1979. Fonda won for Best Leading Actress, Voight for Best Leading Actor and Jones shared the award for Best Screenplay with Nancy Dowd and Waldo Salt.
Jones went on to edit various films, including Crazy in Alabama and Twice in a lifetime, until the film by PJ Hogan in 2002 Unconditional love. Upon retirement, Jones became a professor at SCA, where he taught students how to ride and fostered their passion for filmmaking and storytelling.
“He engaged the students in the halls of the school, joking with them and literally being a source of joy,” Daley continued. “He was not only a mentor to the students, but also his fellow faculty members and staff members. He was without a doubt one of the school’s most beloved teachers.
He is survived by his wife Sylvia and his daughters Hayley Sussman and Leslie Jones.