Norman Palmer, Picture Editor for Disney's True-Life Adventures, More
Palmer spent 45 years with Disney, during which he edited feature films as well as numerous acclaimed documentaries.
Norman "Stormy" Palmer, a picture editor who spent 45 years at the Walt Disney Company, with a long association with the acclaimed True-Life Adventure documentaries, died March 23, 2013, at his home in Northridge. He was 94.
According to reports, he died of natural causes.
Born in Santa Ana, California, he graduated from Hollywood High School in 1937 and the following year became a staff projectionist at Disney. Within six months he was working in the editorial department, where he assisted on the 1940 animated classics Pinocchio and Fantasia.
During World War II, while serving in the Navy, he worked with iconic filmmaker John Ford, who was making films for the U.S. military. After the war he returned to Disney in the editorial department, where he remained for decades.
In the years that followed he edited dozens of True-Adventure documentaries and other films, including Water Birds, Beaver Valley, Nature’s Half Acre, The Living Desert, The African Lion and White Wilderness and Grand Canyon.
He also edited some Disney features, including Ten Who Dared, The Legend of Lobo, The Incredible Journey, The Gnome-Mobile and The Shaggy D.A.
In addition, he contributed frequently to Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color television series.
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