Former longtime Playa del Rey resident Joel Fein, who made a career in Hollywood “by bringing sound to cinema,” according to a friend, has died. He was 63.

Fein died September 22nd in Wichita, Kansas.

He had left Playa del Rey about five years ago with his wife Kelly to move to Kansas, where she is from, friends said.

Fein was an Emmy- and Oscar-nominated sound man and was known to his neighbors as “the surround sound guy,” friends said.

He was active in the Jewish community of Wichita, where he and his wife made many new friends.

Fein is survived by his wife Kelly; two sons, Jon and Jeff White; sister Marsha Waber; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and two nieces.

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