Maciek Malish, an Emmy Award-winning sound editor known for his work on The X-Files and Lost, was killed Saturday when a driver swerved into his bicycle in Moorpark, Calif. He was 53.
The driver also struck and killed a motorcyclist, Jesse Cushman, 43, of Fillmore, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol (CHP) confirmed to EW. Neither alcohol nor drugs appear to have been a factor, and the driver was not arrested. The CHP is still investigating the cause of the crash.
Malish, a resident of Simi Valley, worked on such television series as The Wonder Years, L.A. Law, Ally McBeal, Person of Interest, and the upcoming Westworld, and films including The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Starship Troopers, and Jobs.
He garnered 10 Emmy nominations over the course of his career, winning twice for The X-Files, in 1996 and 1997.
The Motion Picture Sound Editors Group posted a statement to Facebook that said, “Maciek was not only a valued long time member of our board but also a close friend and colleague of many members of the MPSE. His insight and honesty on our board will be missed.”
Person of Interest co-showrunner Greg Plageman and Jonathn Nolan, show creator of POI and Westworld, said in a statement to EW, “We were shocked and saddened to hear of the death of our friend and colleague Maciek Malish. Maciek was, first and foremost, a delightful and wise man, with a great sense of humor and grace informed by both his youth in Poland and his life in Southern California.
“He was also a consummate, brilliant professional who loved his work. We had the great pleasure of working with him on two projects for five years — and had hoped to work with him for many more. He will be very missed. Our thoughts are with his family.”