Robert Wise

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September 19, 2005

LOS ANGELES — Robert Wise, the highly honored film editor-turned-director who won four Academy Awards for producing and directing West Side Story and The Sound of Music and edited Orson Welles' landmark Citizen Kane, died of heart failure Wednesday. He was 91.

In a career that began in 1944 when he took over the reins of the stylish horror classic The Curse of the Cat People in mid-production, Mr. Wise defied being pigeonholed.

Among the better-known of his 40 films are The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), a landmark science fiction thriller; Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), the biopic about world middleweight champion Rocky Graziano; I Want to Live! (1958), a psychological study of a woman awaiting execution in the gas chamber; The Haunting (1963), a classic haunted-house thriller; and The Sand Pebbles (1966), an epic-length war drama.

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