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Oscar winning composer Jerry Goldsmith Dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) ó Academy Award-winning composer Jerry Goldsmith, who created the memorable music for scores of classic movies and television shows ranging from the Star Trek and Planet Of The Apes series to The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Perry Mason, has died. He was 75.
Goldsmith died in his sleep Wednesday night at his Beverly Hills home after a long battle with cancer, said Lois Carruth, his personal assistant.
A classically trained composer and conductor who began musical studies at age six, Goldsmith’s award-dappled Hollywood career ó he was nominated for 17 Academy Awards, won one, and also took home five Emmys ó spanned nearly half a century.
He crafted an astonishing number of TV and movie scores that have become classics in their own right. From the clarions of Patton to the syrupy theme for TV’s The Waltons, Goldsmith sometimes seemed virtually synonymous with soundtracks.
He took on action hits such as Total Recall, which he considered one of his best scores, as well as the Star Trek movies and more lightweight fare, like his most recent movie theme for last year’s Looney Tunes: Back in Action.
Goldsmith’s output also spilled into television, with the themes for shows including Kildare, Barnaby Jones and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Goldsmith also wrote a fanfare that is used in Academy Awards telecasts.
He won his Oscar for best original score in 1976 for The Omen. He also earned five Emmy Awards and was nominated for nine Golden Globe awards, though he never won one.
Some of his motion picture scores were adapted for ballets. Goldsmith also composed orchestral pieces and taught occasional music classes at local universities.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; children Aaron, Joel, Carrie, Ellen Edson and Jennifer Grossman, six grandchildren and a great-grandchild.