Fax Bahr is a renowned American film and television director, editor, and writer known for his work on films like Apocalypse Now, The Deer Hunter, and Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse. Born in Los Angeles, California in 1945, Bahr attended both Stanford and UCLA where he studied film and theater.
In the late 1970s, Bahr began his career in Hollywood, editing films such as the cult classic, All That Jazz. His editing skills quickly attracted the attention of legendary Hollywood director, Francis Ford Coppola. The two worked together on the 1979 Vietnam War film, Apocalypse Now, with Bahr co-editing the film. He also served as the second unit director on the film, and even appeared in a cameo role.
The success of Apocalypse Now led to Bahr’s work on another acclaimed film, The Deer Hunter. Bahr edited the film and also served as a second unit director. He collaborated with Coppola again in the making of Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse, a documentary about the making of Apocalypse Now.
In the 1990s, Bahr began to focus more on television, directing episodes of shows like The X-Files, NYPD Blue, and Oz. He has also directed multiple episodes of the critically acclaimed series, The West Wing.
In addition to his directing work, Bahr has also written several screenplays, including the 2003 film, The Big Empty. He has also served as a professor at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, teaching classes on film editing and directing.
Throughout his career, Bahr has earned multiple nominations for Emmy Awards and won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2000 for his editing work on the television movie, The Day Lincoln Was Shot.
Bahr continues to work in the industry, directing television shows and teaching students. He is widely respected for his work, and his contributions to the world of film and television are undeniable.