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A native of Chicago, Billy Rich originally studied to be an auto mechanic, but discovered an interest in editing while working the night shift at a television production company. His first job on a feature film was as production assistant on Bruce LaBruce & Rick Castro’s cult classic Hustler White.
He cut his teeth as an editor working on television segments and skateboarding videos until 2001, when Academy Award-winning film editor Pietro Scalia hired him as an apprentice editor on Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down. Mr. Scalia became a mentor to him, and he was able to work with his friend on several more features, including John Dahl’s The Great Raid; and Body of Lies, Robin Hood, and American Gangster, the latter three directed by Mr. Scott. As producer, Mr. Scott hired Mr. Rich to edit Tell Tale, directed by Michael Cuesta.
Mr. Rich was subsequently additional editor, working with editor Matt Chessé, on Marc Forster’s Machine Gun Preacher; and an editor on Peter Berg’s Battleship.
He was recommended to Promised Land director Gus Van Sant by Mr. Scalia, who had edited Mr. Van Sant’s Good Will Hunting.
When he’s not in the cutting room, Mr. Rich dedicates his time to surfing the local beaches of Southern California.