Film composer Jerry Goldsmith dies at 75

July 22, 2004 at 11:14 AM
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LOS ANGELES, July 22 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning composer Jerry Goldsmith, who created music for scores of classic movies and TV shows, has died at his Beverly Hills home at age 75.

Goldsmith died following a long battle with cancer.

Beginning in the late '40s with "Studio One," Goldsmith wrote scores for such memorable TV shows as "Gunsmoke," "Perry Mason," "The Twilight Zone," "Ben Casey," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," "Room 222" and "The Waltons."

He won five Emmys.

He was nominated for the Academy Award 18 times, winning in 1976 for his score for "The Omen." His Oscar-nominated scores helped make "Planet of the Apes," "Patton," "Chinatown," "The Boys from Brazil," "Star Trek: The Motion Picture," "Poltergeist," "Hoosiers," "Basic Instinct" and "L.A. Confidential," among others, commercial hits as well as screen classics.

His versatility enabled Goldsmith to compose music for hundreds of movies -- including epics ("Tora! Tora! Tora!," "The Mummy"), quiet dramas ("Raggedy Man," "Six Degrees of Separation"), action pictures ("Total Recall," "Air Force One"), fantasies ("Gremlins," "Small Soldiers") and comedies ("The 'burbs," "Dennis the Menace").

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