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Regarded as one of the finest editors of Hollywood action blockbusters, Stuart Baird's earliest credits came in an arena of filmmaking far removed from the invigorating car chases and thrilling combat sequences his post-production expertise made all the more dazzling. Serving as editor of Ken Russell's phantasmagorical rock operas "Tommy" (1975) and "Lisztomania" (1975) signaled a possible career path in the world of alternative film, but it was mainstream cinema where Baird's singular talents ultimately earned their greatest exposure. Thanks to what turned into a long association with Richard Donner, Baird's skillful assembling of the director's action blockbusters "Superman" (1978), "Lethal Weapon" (1987) and "Lethal Weapon 2" (1989) helped him develop a reputation as one that genre's premiere cutters. Baird was also soon pressed into service by heavyweight producer Joel Silver to act as a film doctor, salvaging projects that simply did not work in their current form. Thanks to his guidance, such troubled efforts as "Tango & Cash" (1989) and "Demolition Man" (1993) became moderate theatrical grossers and he earned his first directorial job with the exciting thriller "Executive Decision" (1996)....

Regarded as one of the finest editors of Hollywood action blockbusters, Stuart Baird's earliest credits came in an arena of filmmaking far removed from the invigorating car chases and thrilling combat sequences his post-production expertise made all the more dazzling. Serving as editor of Ken Russell's phantasmagorical rock operas "Tommy" (1975) and "Lisztomania" (1975) signaled a possible career path in the world of alternative film, but it was mainstream cinema where Baird's singular talents ultimately earned their greatest exposure. Thanks to what turned into a long association with Richard Donner, Baird's skillful assembling of the director's action blockbusters "Superman" (1978), "Lethal Weapon" (1987) and "Lethal Weapon 2" (1989) helped him develop a reputation as one that genre's premiere cutters. Baird was also soon pressed into service by heavyweight producer Joel Silver to act as a film doctor, salvaging projects that simply did not work in their current form. Thanks to his guidance, such troubled efforts as "Tango & Cash" (1989) and "Demolition Man" (1993) became moderate theatrical grossers and he earned his first directorial job with the exciting thriller "Executive Decision" (1996). Subsequent assignments in that role were not as successful and Baird returned primarily to his previous position, where he proved to be a key component in the artistic accomplishments of the James Bond entries "Casino Royale" (2006) and "Skyfall" (2012). More so than any of his contemporaries, Baird demonstrated a remarkable ability to keep movies flowing and generating tension without sacrificing their narrative or visual lucidity.

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  Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) Director
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  U.S. Marshals (1998) Director
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  Executive Decision (1996) Director

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1968:
Worked as assitant to director Lindsay Anderson on "If..."
1975:
First feature as editor, "Tommy"; also first collaboration with Ken Russell
1976:
Was editor on the horror thriller "The Omen", directed by Richard Donner
1977:
Reteamed with Russell for "Valentino"
1978:
Earned first Academy Award nomination for work on "Superman", helmed by Donner
1980:
Served as associate producer on Ken Russell's "Altered States"
1981:
Edited "Outland", a loose remake of "High Noon" set in outer space
1985:
Third feature teaming with Donner, the medieval romance "Ladyhawke"
1987:
Edited "Lethal Weapon", helmed by Donner
1988:
Garnered second Oscar nod for editing "Gorillas in the Mist"
1988:
Served as post-production consultant on Donner's "Scrooged"
1989:
Cut the second film in the franchise "Lethal Weapon 2"
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Was full-time staff editor at Warner Bros.; oversaw work on such films as "Die Hard 2: Die Harder" (1990) and "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991)
1993:
Returned to feature editing on "Demolition Man"
1994:
Again paired with Donner on the big screen version of "Maverick", starring Mel Gibson
1996:
Feature directorial debut, the thriller "Executive Decision"; also served as editor
1998:
Helmed second film, "U.S. Marshals"
2001:
Executive produced "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider"
2001:
Signed on as helmer of the 10th installment in the "Star Trek" franchise
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