John Aldred, Soundman on ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and ‘Dr. Strangelove,’ Dies at 99

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Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Rhett Bartlett on January 22, 2021.

John Aldred, the two-time Oscar-nominated British soundman who collaborated with Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin, David Lean and Stanley Kubrick across a 50-year career, has died. He was 99.

Aldred died December 15 in a hospital in Worthing, England, after a short illness, his family announced.

When he was first starting out, Aldred contributed to such films as The Four Feathers (1939), produced by Alexander Korda; The Thief of Bagdad (1940), co-directed by Michael Powell; In Which We Serve (1942), co-directed by Lean; and The Way Ahead (1944), helmed by Carol Reed.

He received his Oscar noms for his work on Anne of the Thousand Days (1969) and Mary, Queen of Scots (1971), both directed by Charles Jarrott. …

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