Robert C. Jones

Robert Clifford Jones (born March 30, 1936) is an American film editor, screenwriter, and educator. He received an Academy Award for the screenplay of the film Coming Home (1978). As an editor, Jones has had notable collaborations with the directors Arthur Hiller (seven films from 1967 to 1992) and Hal Ashby (4 films from 1973 to 1982).[2] Jones has been nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Film Editing: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), and Bound for Glory (1976).

Robert C. Jones
Robert Clifford Jones

(1936-03-30) March 30, 1936[1]
Spouse(s)Sylvia Hirsch Jones
ChildrenLeslie Jones
Parent(s)Harmon Jones

Life and career

Jones served at the Army Pictorial Center from 1958 to 1960 as a film editor, editing Army training films, documentaries, and several segments of The Big Picture television program.[3]

Jones is currently a professor at the School of Cinematic Arts of the University of Southern California (USC).[4]

Jones is married to Sylvia Hirsch Jones, a psychotherapist. He is the son of Canadian-born film editor Harmon Jones, and the father of film editor Leslie Jones; all three editors have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Film Editing.[5]

In February 2014, Jones was presented with the American Cinema Editors Career Achievement Award.[6]


The director for each film is indicated in parentheses.


  • Being There (Uncredited) (Hal Ashby - 1979)
  • Coming Home (Hal Ashby - 1978). Academy Award and Writers Guild Award for Best Screenplay.


Academy Awards

See also


  1. "California Birth Index, 1905-1995". FamilySearch. November 27, 2014. Robert Clifford Jones, 30 Mar 1936; citing Los Angeles, California, United States, Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Department, Sacramento.
  2. "Robert C. Jones Filmography". The New York Times.
  3. Jones, Robert C. (2004). "Robert C. Jones". Archived from the original on 2008-04-06. Retrieved 2007-01-07.
  4. "Robert Jones". University of Southern California. Archived from the original on 2008-04-06. Retrieved 2008-04-06.
  5. Archerd, Army (February 24, 1999). "Grammys take center stage". Variety. Retrieved 2008-08-29. Leslie Jones received an Oscar nom this year for editing "The Thin Red Line," while her father, Robert C. Jones, received a nomination for editing for "It's A Mad (4) World" in 1963 and her grandfather, Harmon Jones, received the same nomination on "A Gentleman's Agreement" in 1947.
  6. Seikaly, Andrea (February 4, 2014). "ACE Eddie Awards: Career Honoree Robert C. Jones's Career of Happy Accidents". Variety.

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