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Bill Varney dies at 77; Oscar-winning sound mixer
Bill Varney dies at 77; Oscar-winning sound mixer

Bill Varney, an Academy Award-winning sound mixer whose final film credit was a "director's edition" of Orson Welles' "Touch of Evil" that was released on the film's 40th anniversary, has died. He was 77. Varney died Saturday of congestive heart failure in Fairhope, Ala., the Cinema Audio Society announced. He was the organization's former president. He won back-to-back Oscars for sound on "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981). In 1998, Varney was vice president of sound operations for Universal Pictures when he joined a team that re-edited the 1958 film noir classic "Touch of Evil" based...

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