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Also Known As: Died: March 17, 1999
Born: July 13, 1921 Cause of Death: complications from a stroke
Birth Place: Austria Profession: composer

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Academy Award winner Ernest Gold was recognized throughout Hollywood for his amazing work as a musician. In 1926, he began a professional career as a composer. Gold began his entertainment career with his music featured in films like the western "Old Los Angeles" (1948) with Billy Elliott, the drama "Edge of Hell" (1956) with Hugo Haas and the crime picture "Affair in Havana" (1957) with John Cassavetes. His music also appeared in "Too Much, Too Soon" (1958) with Dorothy Malone. Gold won a Best Original Score - Motion Picture Golden Globe Award for "On the Beach" in 1959. Gold was nominated for a Music (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture) Academy Award for "On the Beach" in 1959 as well as for a Best Original Score - Motion Picture Golden Globe Award for "Exodus" in 1960. In the sixties, Gold's music continued to appear on the silver screen, including in films like the Efrem Zimbalist Jr. crime adaptation "A Fever in the Blood" (1961), "The Last Sunset" (1961) and the Spencer Tracy dramatic adaptation "Judgment at Nuremberg" (1961). His work was also in the drama "A Child Is Waiting" (1962) with Burt Lancaster. Gold's music was also featured in the dramatic adaptation "The Runner...

Academy Award winner Ernest Gold was recognized throughout Hollywood for his amazing work as a musician. In 1926, he began a professional career as a composer. Gold began his entertainment career with his music featured in films like the western "Old Los Angeles" (1948) with Billy Elliott, the drama "Edge of Hell" (1956) with Hugo Haas and the crime picture "Affair in Havana" (1957) with John Cassavetes. His music also appeared in "Too Much, Too Soon" (1958) with Dorothy Malone. Gold won a Best Original Score - Motion Picture Golden Globe Award for "On the Beach" in 1959. Gold was nominated for a Music (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture) Academy Award for "On the Beach" in 1959 as well as for a Best Original Score - Motion Picture Golden Globe Award for "Exodus" in 1960. In the sixties, Gold's music continued to appear on the silver screen, including in films like the Efrem Zimbalist Jr. crime adaptation "A Fever in the Blood" (1961), "The Last Sunset" (1961) and the Spencer Tracy dramatic adaptation "Judgment at Nuremberg" (1961). His work was also in the drama "A Child Is Waiting" (1962) with Burt Lancaster. Gold's music was also featured in the dramatic adaptation "The Runner Stumbles" (1979) with Dick Van Dyke, the drama "Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff" (1979) with Anne Heywood and the Steve McQueen biopic "Tom Horn" (1980). His music was also featured in the David Carradine comedy "Safari 3000" (1984) and "Lost in America" (1985). Gold was most recently credited in "Live From Baghdad" (HBO, 2002-03). Gold was married to Jan Gold and had three children. Gold passed away in March 1999 at the age of 78.

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wife:
Marni Nixon. Singer, actor. Divorced in 1969.
wife:
Jan Gold. Had son from previous marriage.

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son:
Andrew Gold. Rock musician, composer, producer. Born c. 1950; survived him.
daughter:
Martha Carr. Psychologist. Born c. 1952; survived him.
daughter:
Melanie Gold. Singer, songwriter. Born c. 1961; survived him.
step-son:
Robert Light Jr. Survived him.
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