Neil Travis

Herbert Neil Travis (October 12, 1936 March 28, 2012) was an American film and television editor with about 28 feature film credits from 1970–2007.[2][3] He is likely best known for editing the television miniseries Roots (1977) and the feature film Dances with Wolves (1990).

Neil Travis
Herbert Neil Travis

October 12, 1936[1]
Los Angeles, California
DiedMarch 28, 2012(2012-03-28) (aged 75)
Occupationfilm editor

Travis was born in Los Angeles, California, and received a bachelor's degree in film and theater arts from the University of California, Los Angeles.[4]

Travis won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Film Editing In A Drama Series for the first part of the television miniseries Roots (1977), and he and James Heckert were nominated for the award for the second part as well. Travis won the Academy Award for Best Film Editing and the American Cinema Editors Eddie for the film Dances with Wolves (directed by Kevin Costner-1990). Travis had been selected as a member of the American Cinema Editors, and received the Career Achievement Award in 2010.[3]

In 2010, Travis was interviewed about his career by Karen Herman for the Archive of American Television.[5]

Filmography (Editor)

The director of each film is indicated in parenthesis.

  1. Premonition -------(Yapo-2007)
  2. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines -------(Mostow-2003; coeditor-Nicolas de Toth)
  3. The Sum of All Fears -------(Robinson-2002; additional editor-Nicolas de Toth)
  4. Along Came a Spider -------(Tamahori-2001; additional editor-Nicolas de Toth)
  5. Bicentennial Man -------(Columbus-1999; additional editor-Nicolas de Toth)
  6. Stepmom -------(Columbus-1998)
  7. The Edge -------(Tamahori-1997)
  8. Moll Flanders -------(Densham-1996; with James R. Symons)
  9. Outbreak -------(Petersen-1995)
  10. Clear and Present Danger -------(Noyce-1994)
  11. Bopha! -------(Freeman-1993)
  12. Patriot Games -------(Noyce-1992; with William Hoy)
  13. Deceived -------(Harris-1991)
  14. Dances with Wolves -------(Costner-1990). Travis and Dean Semler (the film's cinematographer) did a commentary audio track for the Special Edition DVD release in 2003.[6]
  15. Cocktail -------(Donaldson-1988)
  16. No Way Out -------(Donaldson-1987; with William Hoy)
  17. Marie -------(Donaldson-1985)
  18. The Philadelphia Experiment -------(Raffill-1984)
  19. Cujo -------(Teague-1983)
  20. Second Thoughts -------(Turman-1983)
  21. Nobody's Perfekt -------(Bonerz-1981)
  22. The Idolmaker -------(Hackford-1980)
  23. Nights at O'Rear's -------(Mandel-1980)
  24. Die Laughing -------(Werner-1980)
  25. Hot Stuff -------(DeLuise-1979)
  26. Jaws 2 -------(Szwarc-1978; with Arthur Schmidt and Steve Potter)
  27. The Cowboys -------(Rydell-1972; with Robert Swink)
  28. The Traveling Executioner -------(Smight-1970)

Television Series (Writer)

  1. Please Don't Eat the Daisies


Academy Awards 1991, USA

Award Person
Academy Award for Editing 'Dances with Wolves' Neil Travis

Primetime Emmy Awards 1977, USA

Award Person
Outstanding Film Editing in a Drama Series 'Roots' Neil Travis

American Cinema Editors 2010, USA

Award Person
Career Achievement Award Neil Travis


  1. Travis' date of birth is from the California Birth Index.
  2. "Film editor Neil Travis dies at 75". Variety. April 3, 2012.
  3. Neil Travis on IMDb
  4. "Board of Directors and Staff". San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2010-10-22.
  5. Travis, Neil (February 26, 2010). "Interview with Karen Herman". Archive of American Television. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation. Retrieved 2012-04-04. Videorecording of a 2-hour interview. No transcript posted; contact publisher for availability.
  6. Schager, Nick (June 7, 2003). "Dances with Wolves". Slant.

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