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Bob Minkler Passes Away

October 29, 2015 07:39 | By

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Bob Minkler

Bob Minkler

Academy Award-winning sound mixer, Robert Alan (Bob) Minkler,  died of respiratory failure Oct. 11, at his home in Oregon with his wife Patty at his side.

Bob won his Oscar in 1978 for best sound on the iconic film Star Wars.

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

Born in 1937 in Glendale, Calif. 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.

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.