John Gilroy (film editor)

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John Gilroy
Born (1959-06-24) June 24, 1959 (age 61)
OccupationFilm editor
Years active1984–present
Parent(s)Frank D. Gilroy
Ruth Dorothy Gaydos
RelativesDan Gilroy (twin brother)
Tony Gilroy (brother)

John M. Gilroy (born June 24, 1959)[1] is an American film editor whose work includes Michael Clayton, The Bourne Legacy, Warrior, Pacific Rim, Nightcrawler and Suicide Squad.

Life and career

Gilroy was born in 1959 in Santa Monica, California. He is the son of Ruth Dorothy (Gaydos), a sculptor and writer, and Frank D. Gilroy, a filmmaker. He is the brother of screenwriter-director Dan Gilroy and screenwriter-director Tony Gilroy.[2][3] He has a daughter, Carolyn, born in 1990.[4]

John did not originally plan to enter the film industry. He studied government at Dartmouth College with the intention of continuing on to attend law school, but eventually decided to pursue a career in film rather than law. He moved to New York City, where he worked as a bartender for two years before landing his first job as an assistant editor under Rick Shaine on the 1984 adaptation of Herb Gardner's play The Goodbye People.[5] He was an editorial assistant on several films made throughout the 1980s, including Francis Ford Coppola's Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) and Gardens of Stone (1987). His first film as the primary editor was The Luckiest Man in the World (1989), which was written and directed by his father.[6]

Gilroy also edited films including Billy Madison (1995), Shadow Magic (2000), Suspect Zero (2004) and Trust the Man (2005). He worked with his brother Tony Gilroy, a screenwriter and director, for the first time on Tony's film Michael Clayton (2007). The film received seven Academy Award nominations and John's editing was nominated for a BAFTA Award and an American Cinema Editors Eddie Award.[6] John and Tony later collaborated on Duplicity (2009) and The Bourne Legacy (2012). In 2014 John worked with his other brother, fraternal twin Dan Gilroy, also a screenwriter and director, as the editor of Nightcrawler, for which he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Editing. He has edited films for every member of his immediate family—his father and both brothers—except his mother.[7] He has also worked often with director Gavin O'Connor,[6] and edited Phillip Noyce's Salt (2010) and Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim (2013).[7]


Year Film Director Notes
1989 The Luckiest Man in the World Frank D. Gilroy
1993 Who's the Man? Ted Demme Co-edited with Jeffrey Wolf
1995 Billy Madison Tamra Davis
1999 Tumbleweeds Gavin O'Connor First collaboration with Gavin O'Connor
Game Day Steve Klein
2000 Shadow Magic Ann Hu Co-edited with Keith Reamer
2002 Narc Joe Carnahan
Crazy Little Thing Matthew Miller
2004 Miracle Gavin O'Connor Second collaboration with Gavin O'Connor
Co-edited with Daric Loo
Suspect Zero E. Elias Merhige Co-edited with Robert K. Lambert
2005 Trust the Man Bart Freundlich
2007 First Born Isaac Webb
Michael Clayton Tony Gilroy First collaboration with Tony Gilroy
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Editing
2008 Pride and Glory Gavin O'Connor Third collaboration with Gavin O'Connor
Co-edited with Lisa Zeno Churgin
2009 Duplicity Tony Gilroy Second collaboration with Tony Gilroy
2010 Salt Philip Noyce Co-edited with Stuart Baird
2011 Warrior Gavin O'Connor Fourth collaboration with Gavin O'Connor
Co-edited with Aaron Marshall, Matt Chesse and Sean Albertson
2012 The Bourne Legacy Tony Gilroy Third Collaboration with Tony Gilroy
2013 Pacific Rim Guillermo Del Toro Co-edited with Peter Amundson
2014 Nightcrawler Dan Gilroy First Collaboration with Dan Gilroy
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Editing
2016 Suicide Squad David Ayer
Rogue One Gareth Edwards Co-edited with Colin Goudie and Jabez Olssen
2017 Roman J. Israel, Esq. Dan Gilroy Second Collaboration with Dan Gilroy
2019 Velvet Buzzsaw Third Collaboration with Dan Gilroy


  1. ^ "John M Gilroy". California Birth Index. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  2. ^ Frank D. Gilroy Biography (1925-)
  3. ^ Tony Gilroy Biography ((?)-)
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  5. ^ "In Conversation: John Gilroy (Editor of Nightcrawler, Pacific Rim, Michael Clayton)". Film Doctor. January 21, 2015. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c "Loyola Awards John Gilroy". Motion Picture Editors Guild. September 28, 2009. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  7. ^ a b "John Gilroy". Film Independent Spirit Awards. 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2014.