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Willie D. Burton

With over 35 years of sound mixing under his belt, Burton was first nominated for an Oscar in 1978 for THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY". In 1983 he won the BAFTA (British Academy Film and Television Award) for WAR GAMES". He received an Oscar for Best Sound in 1989 for the film, BIRD". In 2005 he received The Cinema Audio Society Career Achievement Award. ... See full bio »

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Dreamgirls Sound Department
WarGames Sound Department
Tenet Sound Department
Spider-Man: No Way Home Sound Department


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 2023 Oppenheimer (sound mixer) (post-production)
 2022 Me Time (sound mixer) (completed)
 2022 Hollywood Stargirl (sound mixer)
 2021 Spider-Man: No Way Home (sound mixer)
 2021 F9: The Fast Saga (sound mixer: Los Angeles Unit - uncredited)
 2020 Tenet (sound mixer)
 2019 Until the Wedding (TV Movie) (sound mixer)
 2019/III I Love You (supervising sound editor)
 2019 Dolemite Is My Name (sound mixer)
 2018 Bird Box (sound mixer)
 2018 White Boy Rick (sound mixer)
 2018 A Wrinkle in Time (sound mixer)
 2016 Fences (sound mixer)
 2016 Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (sound mixer)
 2016 All the Way (TV Movie) (sound mixer)
 2015 Straight Outta Compton (production sound mixer)
 2015 The Boy Next Door (production sound mixer)
 2014 Selma (sound mixer)
 2014 Black Jesus (TV Series) (sound mixer - 10 episodes)
- WTFWBJD (2014) ... (sound mixer)
- Gangsta's Paradise (2014) ... (sound mixer)
- Love Thy Enemy Part 2 (2014) ... (sound mixer)
- The Other Shoe Drops (2014) ... (sound mixer)
- Love Thy Enemy Part 1 (2014) ... (sound mixer)
 2014 The Purge: Anarchy (production sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 2014/I Transcendence (sound mixer)
 2013 2 Guns (sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 2012 Alex Cross (production sound mixer)
 2012 Ted (sound mixer: second unit/additional photography - as Willie Burton)
 2012/I A Thousand Words (sound mixer)
 2011 The Help (production sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 2011 Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (sound mixer)
 2010 Little Fockers (sound mixer)
 2009 Post Grad (sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 2009 Hawthorne (TV Series) (production sound mixer - 1 episode)
- Pilot (2009) ... (production sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 2009 Imagine That (sound mixer)
 2009 Powder Blue (sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 2008/I Prom Night (production sound mixer)
 2007 The Great Debaters (sound mixer)
 2007 This Christmas (production sound mixer)
 2007 The Kingdom (sound mixer)
 2007 Building the Dream (Video documentary) (sound)
 2006 The Pursuit of Happyness (production sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 2006 Dreamgirls (production sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 2005 Jarhead (sound mixer)
 2005 Venom (production sound mixer: Los Angeles - as Willie Burton)
 2005 xXx: State of the Union (production sound mixer)
 2005 Constantine (sound mixer)
 2004 Christmas with the Kranks (production sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 2004 Surviving Christmas (sound mixer)
 2004 Man on Fire (production sound mixer)
 2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (production sound mixer)
 2003 Tears of the Sun (production sound mixer)
 2002 Antwone Fisher (sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 2002 Panic Room (production sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 2001 Ghosts of Mars (sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 2001 The Brothers (sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 2000 Bounce (sound recordist)
 2000 Charlie's Angels (production sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 2000 The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (production sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 2000 Love & Basketball (sound mixer)
 1999 The Green Mile (sound mixer)
 1999 Mutual Love Life (Short) (sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 1999 8MM (sound)
 1998 David and Lisa (TV Movie) (sound)
 1998 Beloved (sound mixer)
 1998 Dead Man on Campus (sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 1997 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 1997 The Game (sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 1997 Metro (sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 1996 Courage Under Fire (production sound mixer)
 1996 Black Sheep (sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 1995 Nick of Time (sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 1995 Se7en (production sound mixer)
 1995 The Bridges of Madison County (sound mixer)
 1995 Stuart Saves His Family (sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 1994 A Low Down Dirty Shame (sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 1994 The Shawshank Redemption (production sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 1994 Angels in the Outfield (sound)
 1994 Clean Slate (sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 1993 Another Stakeout (sound mixer: Las Vegas - as Willie Burton)
 1993 In the Line of Fire (production sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 1993 Point of No Return (sound mixer)
 1993 The Cemetery Club (sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 1992 Sneakers (sound mixer)
 1991 Bugsy (sound mixer)
 1991 Shout (sound mixer)
 1991 Life Stinks (sound mixer)
 1990 Avalon (sound mixer)
 1990 Another 48 Hrs. (sound mixer)
 1989 Always (sound mixer)
 1989 Lethal Weapon 2 (production sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 1989 Pink Cadillac (sound mixer)
 1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (sound mixer: USA - as Willie Burton)
 1988 Scrooged (production sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 1988 Bird (sound mixer)
 1988 Satisfaction (production sound mixer - as Willy Burton)
 1987 Jaws: The Revenge (sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 1987 Dragnet (sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 1987 Harry and the Hendersons (sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 1987 Critical Condition (production sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 1986 Outlaws (TV Series) (sound - 1 episode)
- Outlaws (1986) ... (sound - as Willie Burton)
 1986 Short Circuit (sound mixer)
 1986 Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (production sound mixer)
 1985 The Color Purple (production sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 1985 American Flyers (production sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 1985 The Man with One Red Shoe (sound mixer - as Willis D. Burton)
 1985 The Goonies (production sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 1985 The Best Times (TV Series) (production sound mixer - 1 episode)
- Making Out (1985) ... (production sound mixer)
 1985 Robert Kennedy and His Times (TV Mini Series) (sound mixer - 3 episodes)
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... (sound mixer)
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... (sound mixer)
- Episode #1.1 (1985) ... (sound mixer)
 1984 All of Me (sound mixer)
 1984 Hard to Hold (production sound mixer)
 1984 Mike's Murder (production sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 1983 An Uncommon Love (TV Movie) (production sound mixer)
 1983 Deal of the Century (production sound mixer)
 1983 WarGames (sound mixer)
 1983 Independence Day (sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 1982 Six Weeks (sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 1982 The Entity (sound mixer)
 1982 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (TV Series) (sound mixer - 1 episode)
- Pilot (1982) ... (sound mixer)
 1981 Under the Rainbow (sound mixer)
 1981 The Devil and Max Devlin (sound mixer) / (sound recordist)
 1980 Altered States (sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 1980 Inside Moves (production sound mixer)
 1980 Portrait of an Escort (TV Movie) (sound - as Willie Burton) / (sound mixer)
 1980 Urban Cowboy (sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 1979 Anatomy of a Seduction (TV Movie) (sound - as Willie Burton)
 1979 The China Syndrome (sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 1979 Roots: The Next Generations (TV Mini Series) (sound recording - 6 episodes)
- Part VI (1939-1950) (1979) ... (sound recording - as Willie Burton)
- Part V (1932-1933) (1979) ... (sound recording - as Willie Burton)
- Part IV (1918-1921) (1979) ... (sound recording - as Willie Burton)
- Part III (1914-1918) (1979) ... (sound recording - as Willie Burton)
- Part II (1896-1897) (1979) ... (sound recording - as Willie Burton)
 1979/I Elvis (TV Movie) (sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 1978 Corvette Summer (sound)
 1978 Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (TV Movie) (location sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 1978 The Buddy Holly Story (sound mixer - as Willie Burton)
 1978 Blue Collar (sound - as Willie Burton)
 1977 Which Way Is Up? (sound)
 1977 A Piece of the Action (production sound mixer - uncredited) / (sound)
 1977 Greased Lightning (sound mixer)
 1977 The Amazing Howard Hughes (TV Movie) (sound - as Willie Burton)
 1977 Minstrel Man (TV Movie) (sound mixer)
 1977 Roots (TV Mini Series) (sound recordist - 1 episode)
- Part I (1977) ... (sound recordist - as Willie Burton)
 1976 Car Wash (sound)
 1976 Panache (TV Movie) (sound)
 1976 The Oregon Trail (TV Series) (sound mixer - 1 episode)
- Pilot (1976) ... (sound mixer)
 1975 Let's Do It Again (sound)
Show Show Producer (3 credits)
Show Show Director (2 credits)
Show Show Music department (1 credit)
Show Show Self (1 credit)

Personal Details

Alternate Names:

Willie Burton | Willis D. Burton | Willy Burton

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In 2007, Burton received his seventh Oscar nomination for Dreamgirls (2006), which at the time tied composer/producer Quincy Jones for the most Academy Award nominations by an African-American. The record was broken by Denzel Washington, who received his 7th and 8th nominations in 2017 for Fences (2016) and received his 9th nomination for Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) the following year. See more »

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