Charles “Jerry” Bender, a Madison Avenue film editor and industry pioneer, died peacefully at his home recently at the age of 89.
A founding member of Film Editors Guild, Local 771, Bender entered the film industry as a can carrier at WPIX-TV after high school graduation in 1948 and became an assistant editor in 1949. By 1951 Bender was cutting news and specials at CBS where he worked with Edward R. Murrow, Charles Collingwood, Andy Rooney, John Houseman and Walter Cronkite on the Peabody Award winning show, You Are There. After CBS, Bender freelanced at Screen Gems.
In 1972 Bender opened his own shop, Bender Editorial, with successful ad campaigns for Eastern Airlines, Pan Am, Merrill Lynch, KFC, Volvo, Hyundai, Coca Cola, and the famous Dr. Pepper “Godzilla” spot. In October of 1983 Bender edited the music video “Say, Say, Say” featuring Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson.
As the owner and operator of Bender Editorial, More