Charles Osgood
Passings: John Cacavas, Joan Mondale
Passings: John Cacavas, Joan Mondale

John Cacavas Composer's career was helped by Telly Savalas John Cacavas, 83, a composer, arranger and conductor who parlayed his friendship with actor Telly Savalas into a prolific career scoring music for film and television, including a theme to "Kojak," died Jan. 28 at his home in Beverly Hills, his family announced. He had been in declining health. While working in London in the early 1970s, Cacavas met Savalas. He agreed to produce an album for the actor, who promised to help the composer get into the film business. Cacavas was hired to write music for Savalas' 1972 movies "Horror Express" and "Pancho Villa." The next year Cacavas began writing for "Kojak," Savalas' hit TV...