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Sound Mixer Bob Minkler, 1937-2015

An archival photo of Bob Minkler.

Photo credit is unknown

The Cinema Audio Society reports that Academy Award winning Sound Mixer Robert Alan (Bob) Minkler died of respiratory failure on October 11 at his home in Oregon, with his wife Patty at his side. Bob Minklet won his Oscar in 1978 for Best Sound on the iconic 1977 George Lucas film Star Wars, also known as Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope.

In a Hollywood career that spanned 20 years, Minkler worked on such films as The Black Stallion, Easy Rider, Bull Durham, Mask, Urban Cowboy, Caddyshack, Rocky II, Hair and TRON, for which he was Oscar nominated along with his brother Lee Minkler and his nephew, three-time Oscar winner, Michael Minkler.

Born in 1937 in Glendale, California, to audio pioneer Lee Darrell Minkler and Lorraine Jones Minkler, Bob spent many years in music as a musician and vocalist, even touring with Nat King Cole.He found his way back to Hollywood and began his film career working alongside his brothers, Donald Minkler and Lee Minkler.

He moved to Hawaii to raise his three sons: Marcus, Daniel and Christian, all of whom have gone on to have successful careers in commercial boating enterprises and as restaurateurs.

He is also survived by his grandchildren Michael, Mia, Jacob, Matthew, Kyle and Brooke.

Private services will be held in Hawaii.  

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View Bob Minkler’s TV and film credits as a re-recording mixer at IMDb: