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Also Known As: Jerrald Goldsmith, Jerrald Goldsmith Died: July 21, 2004
Born: February 10, 1929 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: composer, conductor, musician, producer, actor, clerk

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His scores for "Planet of the Apes" (1968), "The Omen" (1976), "Star Trek, the Motion Picture" (1979), "Alien" (1979), and "Poltergeist" (1982) made him the king of science fiction and horror movie music, but veteran film composer Jerry Goldsmith had more to offer than mere thrills and chills. A one-time student of acclaimed composer Miklós Rózsa, Goldsmith channeled his passion for classical composition into his work on such prestige pictures as "Lonely Are the Brave" (1962), "Lilies of the Field" (1963), and "Patton" (1970), the latter of which garnered him one of many Academy Award nominations for Best Original Score. During his journeyman years as an in-house composer for the Columbia Broadcasting System, Goldsmith was an indispensable component of such long-running television series as "Playhouse 90," "Dr. Kildare," "The Twilight Zone" and "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." but his stock in the film industry rose via his associations with such A-list directors as John Huston, Otto Preminger, John Sturges, and Franklin J. Schaffner. In the bell lap of his long and distinguished career, Goldsmith became the composer of choice for such new talents as Ridley Scott, Paul Verhoeven, Joe Dante and Curtis...

His scores for "Planet of the Apes" (1968), "The Omen" (1976), "Star Trek, the Motion Picture" (1979), "Alien" (1979), and "Poltergeist" (1982) made him the king of science fiction and horror movie music, but veteran film composer Jerry Goldsmith had more to offer than mere thrills and chills. A one-time student of acclaimed composer Miklós Rózsa, Goldsmith channeled his passion for classical composition into his work on such prestige pictures as "Lonely Are the Brave" (1962), "Lilies of the Field" (1963), and "Patton" (1970), the latter of which garnered him one of many Academy Award nominations for Best Original Score. During his journeyman years as an in-house composer for the Columbia Broadcasting System, Goldsmith was an indispensable component of such long-running television series as "Playhouse 90," "Dr. Kildare," "The Twilight Zone" and "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." but his stock in the film industry rose via his associations with such A-list directors as John Huston, Otto Preminger, John Sturges, and Franklin J. Schaffner. In the bell lap of his long and distinguished career, Goldsmith became the composer of choice for such new talents as Ridley Scott, Paul Verhoeven, Joe Dante and Curtis Hanson, while his scoring for the revived "Star Trek" franchise won him a new generation of followers. Cut down by cancer in 2004, Goldsmith had long since attained enshrinement as a top-flight Hollywood composer, able to bridge the distant past and the unforeseeable future with an infectious measure of wonder and optimism.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) Yogurt Customer
2.
 AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills (2001) Interviewee
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Born and raised in the Los Angeles area
1954:
TV debut, provided music for the series, "Climax!"
1957:
Feature debut, credited for music, "Black Patch"
1958:
First feature as music conductor, also provided music, "City of Fear"
1959:
Scored episodes of the popular series, "The Twilight Zone"
1960:
First major film scoring opportunity, "Lonely Are the Brave"
1962:
Earned first Academy Award nomination for the score to John Huston's "Freud"
1963:
Initial collaboration with Franklin J Schaffner, "The Stripper"
1965:
Provided additional music for Carol Reed's, "The Agony and the Ecstasy"
1967:
TV series producing debut, "The Las Vegas Show"
1969:
Debut as concert conductor with his own cantata "Christus Apollo" (text by Ray Bradbury), performed by Southern California Chamber Society
1970:
Provided score for Academy Award-winning Best Picture "Patton"; third of seven collaborations with director Schaffner and second Academy Award nomination
1970:
TV-movie debut, music credit, "The Brotherhood of the Bell"
1973:
Picked up first Emmy for NBC movie "The Red Pony"
1974:
Earned Oscar nod for his atmospheric music for Roman Polanski's "Chinatown"
1976:
Composed Oscar-winning score for "The Omen"; also nominated for Best Song for "Avi Satani"
1979:
First association with "Star Trek"; provided the Oscar-nominated original score for "Star Trek: The Motion Picture"
1983:
Initial collaboration with Joe Dante, "It's a Good Life" episode of "Twilight Zone - The Movie"
1987:
Provided music for syndicated series "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
1987:
Seventh and final collaboration with Schaffner, "Lionheart"
1989:
Scored "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier"; also wrote song "The Moon's a Window to Heaven"
1990:
First on-screen appearance as a yogurt customer in Dante's "Gremlins 2: The New Batch"
1992:
Made first TV appearance as part of the special, "Disney's Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra"
1992:
Received 16th Oscar nomination for scoring "Basic Instinct"
1994:
Initial collaboration with director Curtis Hanson on "The River Wild"
1995:
Wrote theme for sydicated series "Star Trek: Voyager"
1996:
Continued on the mission with "Star Trek: First Contact"
1997:
Reteamed with Hanson for "L.A. Confidential"
1998:
Eighth collaboration with Dante, "Small Soldiers"
1998:
Composed "Fanfare for Oscar", a 45-second theme for the Academy Awards
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Education

Dorsey High School: Los Angeles , California -
Los Angeles City College: Los Angeles , California -
University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -
University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

Goldsmith received the Max Steiner Award for achievement in scoring and composing motion picture music from the National Film Society in 1982. Other honors include: the Richard Kirk Award, Broadcast Music, Inc (1987); the Golden Score Award, American Society of Music Arrangers (1990); an honorary Mus D degree, Berklee College of Music (1990) and a Career Achievement Award, Society for the Preservation of Film Music (1993).

In 1997, Goldsmith donated his original manuscripts to teh Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

"He experimented a lot and that's what made him so popular with his fans," Carruth said. "When he wrote, he got inside of the characters and he wrote what he felt they were thinking and feeling."---Lois Carruth, his personal assistant to CNN.com, July 22, 2004.

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wife:
Carol Heather Sheinkopf. Married on July 23, 1972; mother of Goldsmith's youngest son.

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father:
Morris Goldsmith. Structural engineer.
mother:
Tessa Goldsmith. Artist.
daughter:
Ellen Goldsmith. From first marriage.
daughter:
Carrie Goldsmith. From first marriage.
son:
Joel Goldsmith. Composer, sound recordist. From first marriage; born on November 19, 1957; among his many credits, provided additional music for "Star Trek: First Contact" (1996), scored by father.
daughter:
Jennifer Goldsmith. From first marriage.
son:
Aaron Goldsmith. Mother, Carol Heather Sheinkopf.
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