Duwayne Dunham

Duwayne Robert Dunham (born November 17, 1952) is an American director[1] and editor of film and television,[2][3] as well as an Adjunct Professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.[4] He is best known for his collaborations with George Lucas and David Lynch, serving as editor on Return of the Jedi and Blue Velvet.[5] After being hired for Lynch's series Twin Peaks, he was promoted to director and made his debut with the second episode of the series.[6] He subsequently directed the films Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey and Little Giants,[7] and numerous television films for the Disney Channel including Halloweentown, The Thirteenth Year, Ready to Run, Right on Track, and Tiger Cruise.

Duwayne Dunham
Duwayne Robert Dunham

(1952-11-17) November 17, 1952
OccupationFilm director
Television director
Film editor
Known forReturn of the Jedi
Blue Velvet
Twin Peaks
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
TitleAdjunct Professor at USC School of Cinematic Arts

In 2018, he reunited with Lynch to edit all 18 episodes of the Twin Peaks: The Return revival series.[8] During the 1978 San Anselmo Country Fair in San Anselmo, CA, Dunham became the first person to portray Star Wars bounty hunter Boba Fett, the character's public debut.[9]

For his work on Twin Peaks, Dunham won a Primetime Emmy Award in 1990.



Year Title Editor Director Notes
1977 Three Warriors Assist. Edited by Bonnie Koehler
Star Wars Assist. Edited by Paul Hirsch, Richard Chew & Marcia Lucas
1979 Apocalypse Now Assist. Edited by Richard Marks, Gerald B. Greenberg, Lisa Fruchtman & Walter Murch
More American Graffiti Yes Co-editor by Tina Hirsch
The Black Stallion Assist. Edited by Robert Dalva
1980 The Empire Strikes Back Assist. Edited by Paul Hirsch
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark Assist. Edited by Michael Kahn
Dragonslayer Assist. Edited by Tony Lawson
1983 Return of the Jedi Yes Co-editor with Sean Barton & Marcia Lucas
1985 The Mean Season Yes
1986 Blue Velvet Yes 1st collaboration with David Lynch
1987 Cherry 2000 Yes Co-editor with Edward M. Abroms
1987 Throw Momma from the Train Addtl. Edited by Michael Jablow
1988 Fright Night Part 2 Addtl. Edited by Jay Cassidy
1989 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Addtl. Edited by Larry Bock & Patrick Rand
1990 Wild at Heart Yes
1993 Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey Yes Yes Directorial Debut
1994 Little Giants Yes
2011 K-11 Yes
That First Glide Yes Yes Documentary film
Co-director with Mike Waltze
2017 Spreading Darkness Yes Co-editor with Josh Eisenstadt & Mathias Hilger
2020 The Turning Yes Post-production
The Happy Worker Yes Yes


Year Title Editor Director Notes
1990-91 Twin Peaks Yes Yes Editor - 2 episodes
Director - 3 episodes

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series

1995-97 JAG Yes 2 episodes
1996 7th Heaven Yes 2 episodes
1998 Halloweentown Yes Yes Television film
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Yes 7 episodes
1999 The Thirteenth Year Yes Television film
Santa and Pete Yes
2000 Ready to Run Yes
2002 Double Teamed Yes
2003 Right on Track Yes
2004 Tiger Cruise Yes Television film

Nominated- Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Children's Programs

2005 Now You See It... Yes Television film
2010-11 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Yes 2 episodes
2017 Twin Peaks: The Return Yes 18 episodes[10]

Nominated- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Limited Series


  1. "https://www.dga.org/Craft/VisualHistory/Interviewers/Dunham.aspx". dga.org. Retrieved 2018-06-07. External link in |title= (help)
  2. Coalition, ProVideo (2017-10-23). "ART OF THE CUT with "TWIN PEAKS" editor DuWayne Dunham by Steve Hullfish - ProVideo Coalition". ProVideo Coalition. Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  3. https://www.linkedin.com/in/duwayne-dunham-1ba218a. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. "USC Cinematic Arts | School of Cinematic Arts Directory Profile". cinema.usc.edu. Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  5. "Duwayne Dunham: In Pursuit Of Perfection | News & Features | Star Wars Insider @ Titan Magazines". titanmagazines.com. Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  6. "Duwayne Dunham | Consequence of Sound". consequenceofsound.net. Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  7. Judy Brennan (1994-08-21). "PEEWEES' PLAYHOUSE : New Quarterback Takes 'Little Giants' Toward Goal". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-07-16.
  8. "Emmy Award-Winning Editor Duwayne Dunham Returns To Twin Peaks: "It's A Big Show [And] I'm Back In The Editor's Chair With David Lynch"". Welcome to Twin Peaks. 2015-12-21. Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  9. "THE REAL FIRST APPEARANCE OF BOBA FETT". Star Wars. Lucasfilm Ltd. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  10. J. W. McCormack (2015-12-04). "I was talking about this the other day with Duwayne Dunham, the editor who's now working with David Lynch on the Twin Peaks redux". Vice. Retrieved 2015-12-04.
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