Randy Roberts, who was an editor, producer and director on popular TV shows such as “L.A. Law” and “Chicago Hope,” has died, The Hollywood Reporter’s Behind the Screen reports. He was 69.
Roberts died Monday at his Los Angeles home after battling stomach cancer, the story says.
Roberts served as president of the American Cinema Editors from 2008-12, and was on its board of directors for almost two decades, the story reports. He received ACE’s Heritage Award for his lifetime commitment earlier this year, the report adds.
The piece notes: “For ‘Chicago Hope,’ Roberts won an American Cinema Editors Eddie Award as well as an Emmy nomination and a second Eddie nomination. He earned two additional Eddie nominations, for ‘L.A. Law’ and ‘Early Edition.’ He also contributed to the phenomenal success of the long-running series ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ from 2001-11, starting as a co-producer and becoming supervising producer in 2003.”
Roberts, whose father was head of casting at Warner Bros. and whose mother was an extra, was a child actor, appearing in shows such as “Warner Bros. Presents.” He later worked in the Warner Bros. mailroom, but was introduced to editing by his uncle, Sam O’Steen, the piece notes.
The article adds: “He retired from ‘Law & Order’ in 2011, and during his illness continued to actively contribute his efforts to ACE while maintaining his sense of humor and positive outlook. He was always ready with comments such as this: ‘The sooner you get behind, the more time you have to catch up.'”