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PASSINGS: Ken Thorne, Ben Pesta
PASSINGS: Ken Thorne, Ben Pesta

Ken Thorne, 90, a television and film composer who won an Oscar for scoring the 1966 musical comedy "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," died of natural causes Wednesday at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, said his wife, Linda. Thorne arranged and directed incidental music for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," the movie about a conniving slave in ancient Rome that starred Zero Mostel and Phil Silvers. It was one of several films he worked on with director Richard Lester. He began his Hollywood career writing the incidental score for the Lester-directed Beatles comedy "Help!" (1965), which brought Thorne a Grammy...

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