Iconic production sound mixer, Dennis L. Maitland, CAS, passed away in New York, April 1 at the age of 80. A veteran of over 80 feature films, Dennis worked with directors John Cassavettes, Paul Mazursky, Norman Jewison, Herb Ross and Arthur Hiller to name a few.
Maitland received the Cinema Audio Society’s highest honor, the Career Achievement Award in 2009 at the 45th CAS Awards.
Maitland not only dedicated his life to the New York film industry, his children are also in the sound business. His daughter Kim Maitland is a recordist, and his son Tod Maitland, is also a respected production sound mixer. Dennis Maitland Jr., is a boom operator as was his late son Dean Maitland. Besides the three children, Dennis is survived by his wife Marja, his mother Mildred Atkinson and seven grandchildren.
Among some of his credits are: The Prince of Tides, Three Days of the Condor, The Husbands, The Pawnbroker, Lenny, Gloria, …And Justice For All and Moonstruck. Maitland began his career on The Ed Sullivan Show and later The Jackie Gleason Show.
As a music mixer, Maitland worked with Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, The Beatles, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn and the philharmonic orchestras of New York, Boston, Berlin, Philadelphia and Montreal. On Broadway, Maitland was the sound designer for “Prisoner of Second Avenue.”
“The sound community is saddened by the loss of such respected sound mixer,” said Cinema Audio Society president David E. Fluhr. “The outpouring of appreciation and affection that we saw at our CAS Awards Dinner in 2009 when Dennis was honored with the CAS Career Achievement Award was an indication of the high regard he was held in by our organization and the industry.”