Los Angeles Times

Composer Jerry Goldsmith, July 21

Academy Award-winning composer Jerry Goldsmith, who created the memorable music for scores of classic movies and TV shows ranging from the Star Trek and Planet of the Apes series to The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Dr. Kildare, died in his sleep on Wednesday, July 21, 2004, at his Beverly Hills home after a long battle with cancer. He was 75. A classically trained composer and conductor who began musical studies at age 6, Goldsmith's award-dappled Hollywood career -- he was nominated for 17 Academy Awards, won one, and also took home five Emmys -- spanned nearly half a century. Scores included Patton, The Waltons, Barnaby Jones, Freud, Total Recall, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, The Blue Max, L.A. Confidential, Basic Instinct, and Chinatown. He won his Oscar for best original score in 1976 for The Omen. In this photo, Goldsmith, center, is flanked by Ilya Salkind, left, and Jeannot Szwarc on the set of Supergirl in 1984. Photo from www.imdb.com
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