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Paul John Weatherwax (July 8, 1900[1][2] – September 13, 1960[3]) was an American film editor, and two-time winner of the Academy Award for Best Film Editing.


Weatherwax was born in Sturgis, Michigan, began his editing career in silent films in 1928, and over his career edited about 85 films. His final credit, 1961's A Raisin in the Sun, was selected for preservation in the United States of America National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" in 2005.

He also assisted, although uncredited, on the direction of Star Spangled Rhythm in 1945 and Vendetta in 1950.

Partial filmography

Weatherwax's films include:


  1. ^ "Michigan Births, 1867-1902," database with images, FamilySearch (4 December 2014), Paul Weatherwax, 08 Jul 1900; citing item 2 p 154 rn 36, Sturgis, St Joseph, Michigan, Department of Vital Records, Lansing; FHL microfilm 2,363,031.
  2. ^ "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," database with images, FamilySearch (12 December 2014), Paul John Weatherwax, 1917-1918; citing Indianapolis City no 2, Indiana, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,504,016.
  3. ^ "California Death Index, 1940-1997," database, FamilySearch (26 November 2014), Paul J Weatherwax, 13 Sep 1960; Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.