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Doug Ibold, Editor for ‘Magnum, P.I.’, ‘Law & Order,’ Dies at 83

Doug Ibold, Editor for ‘Magnum, P.I.’, ‘Law & Order,’ Dies at 83

Doug Ibold, the prolific editor behind episodes of renowned shows like Law & Order, Magnum, P.I., and Miami Vice, has died. His family shared that he passed away on November 8th after a battle with cancer. Ibold was 83 years old.

Ibold was involved in producing the first six seasons of the original Tom Selleck Magnum, P.I. series from 1980 to 1985. Additionally, he contributed to other television shows created by Donald P. Bellisario, such as Quantum Leap, Quincy M.E, and the 1995 pilot for the drama series Crowfoot. He also worked on popular TV shows such as Walker, Texas Ranger, Xena: Warrior Princess, and Tour of Duty.

Doug Ibold Edited the First Episode of ‘Law & Order’

In 1990, Ibold had the opportunity to edit the inaugural pilot of Dick Wolf’s groundbreaking series, Law & Order. This marked the beginning of a longstanding collaboration between Ibold and Wolf that would span many years. Eventually, Ibold went on to edit an impressive total of 49 episodes of Law & Order: SVU.

Edward Douglas Ibold was born on January 23, 1940, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University. Early in his career, Ibold secured a position at WTVT-TV in the Tampa Bay area. He later became the CBS pool camera operator on the USS Wasp aircraft carrier, capturing live shots of the Gemini 6 and 7 space capsule landings via the Telstar Satellite. 

Ibold Collaborated with John Lennon and Yoko Ono Early in His Career

During the early ’70s, Ibold served as an assistant editor and operator for John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s telefilm Imagine in 1972. He also contributed his expertise to notable feature films such as 1973’s Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones, 1988’s Off Limits, and 1995’s The Break.

With profound gratitude to the diligent assistant editors, he reluctantly made the shift from physically slicing film on a Moviola to becoming adept in electronic editing. The switch to nonlinear editing paid off. Ibold dedicated nearly two decades of service to the American Cinema Editors Board and was honored with the prestigious ACE Career Achievement Award in 2012. Notably, he garnered an Emmy nomination for his exceptional editing work on the 1992 miniseries Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel. The series was executive produced by Miami Vice mastermind Michael Mann.

Doug Ibold spent his last days at the Motion Picture Country Home and requested that donations be made in his name to MPTF. He is survived by his brother, Robert Ibold, as well as nieces, nephews, and their families.