Raymond L. Daniels, Jr.
September 27, 1933 – July 5, 2017
Raymond L. Daniels, Jr. passed away in West Hills Hospital in West Hills, California, from acute kidney failure. He was 83.
Ray was born in New London, Connecticut and moved to California in 1942, settling in Hollywood with his mother and father and younger brother. He attended Cheremoya Elementary School, Le Conte Junior High and Hollywood High School, where he joined the football team and was head of the single wing formation. At 18 years old, he met Claudia LaVarre at Hollywood High and took her to the senior prom.
After graduating high school, Ray was drafted into the Army at the end of the Korean War. He was honorably discharged after suffering a recurring knee injury that he first received while playing football in his senior year at Hollywood High.
Ray and Claudia were married in 1955. As a newlywed, he got his first job at a California film studio in the mailroom. Shortly thereafter, he became an apprentice editor, assistant editor and eventually a picture editor at many studios.
Among his many television editing credits are Hill Street Blues (1981-1987). A 1981 episode, “Phantom of the Hill” earned him an Emmy Award, as well as an ACE Eddie nomination. In addition, he received Emmy nominations for three other Hill Street Blues episodes, as well as for episodes of The Streets of San Francisco (1972-1977) and L.A. Law (1986-1994) and the miniseries Hollywood Wives (1985).
His other credits include episodes of TV’s Cannon (1971-1976), Starsky and Hutch (1975-1979), Hawaii Five-O (1968-1980), The White Shadow (1978-1981), St. Elsewhere (1982-1988), Wolf (1989-1990) and Murder, She Wrote (1984-1996).
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Claudia; their daughters Deborah and Darrylin, and son Raymond Leroy Daniels III; and five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.