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David M. Ronne (23 April 1943 – 23 January 2007; age 63) was the Academy Award- and Emmy-nominated sound man who worked as sound mixer for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. Hailing from Chicago and raised in Los Angeles, Ronne began his career working sound for documentaries before moving on to other genres. He also once worked as the sound recordist for the White House, during which time he accompanied President Richard Nixon on the latter's historic trip to China.
Ronne earned his first of four Emmy nominations in 1977 for his sound mixing on the TV movie Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years. He earned his next two Emmy nominations in 1993 for his sound mix work on the TV shows Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and Brooklyn Bridge. He earned his final Emmy nod the following year for Outstanding Sound Mixing in the TV movie Gypsy. Ronne has also earned Academy Award nominations for his sound work on three films: 1981's On Golden Pond, 1984's The River, and 1985's Silverado. All of his nominations were shared with his fellow sound engineers.
Among Ronne's other credits are the films Conrack, Marathon Man, Melvin and Howard, The Lost Boys, Beetle Juice, Stargate, Clueless, Strange Days, Broken Arrow, The Rock, Face/Off, Air Force One, Rat Race, and Miami Vice (2006). He also worked as a sound mixer on 7th Heaven and the 2003 remake of Dragnet.