Zach Staenberg

Zach S. Staenberg, A.C.E. (born August 1951) is an American film editor best known for his work on action films and the Matrix Trilogy. Staenberg won an Academy Award and two ACE Eddie Award for the editing of The Matrix (1999) and for HBO's Gotti (1996) for which he was also nominated for an Emmy. The Matrix films were written and directed by the Wachowskis, with whom Staenberg has had an extended collaboration dating from 1996. He is a frequent collaborator of director Andrew Niccol.

Zach Staenberg
BornAugust 1951 (age 68)
United States
OccupationFilm editor
Years active1983-present
OrganizationAmerican Cinema Editors
Known forThe Matrix Trilogy
Lord of War

Staenberg has been elected to membership in the American Cinema Editors.[1]


Year Title Dir. Notes
1983 China Lake Robert Harmon Short film
1984 Police Academy Hugh Wilson
1985 Rustlers' Rhapsody
1987 Stripped to Kill Katt Shea with Bruce Stubblefield
1988 Blackout Doug Adams
1991 Eyes of an Angel Robert Harmon
Great Performances Luis Valdez Television series

1 episode

Conagher Reynaldo Villalobos
1993 Nowhere to Run Robert Harmon
1994 The Cisco Kid Luis Valdez Television film
1996 Gotti Robert Harmon
Bound The Wachowskis
1997 Weapons of Mass Distraction Stephen Surjik
1998 Phoenix Danny Cannon
1999 The Matrix The Wachowskis
2000 The Crossing Robert Harmon Television film
2001 Antitrust Peter Howitt
2003 The Matrix Reloaded The Wachowskis
The Matrix Revolutions
2005 Lord of War Andrew Niccol
2007 Mongol Sergei Bodrov
2008 Speed Racer The Wachowskis
City of Ember Gil Kenan
2010 Bunraku Guy Moshe
2011 In Time Andrew Niccol
2013 Ender's Game Gavin Hood
2014 Good Kill Andrew Niccol
2017 Sand Castle Fernando Coimbra
Once Upon a Time in Venice Mark Cullen
2018 Pacific Rim: Uprising Steven S. DeKnight

Awards and nominations


  1. "American Cinema Editors > Members", webpage archived by WebCite from this original URL on 2008-03-04.
  2. "The 75 Best Edited Films". Editors Guild Magazine. 1 (3). May 2012. Archived from the original on 2015-03-17.
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