Ernest Gold


Composer

About

Birth Place
Austria
Born
July 13, 1921
Died
March 17, 1999
Cause of Death
Complications From A Stroke

Biography

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) w...

Family & Companions

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

Biography

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.

Filmography

 

Music (Feature Film)

Live From Baghdad (2002)
Song
Snow Day (1999)
Song
Snow Day (1999)
Song Performer ("The Big W")
Dreams of Gold: The Mel Fisher Story (1986)
Music
Lost in America (1985)
Song
Safari 3000 (1984)
Music
Tom Horn (1980)
Music
The Runner Stumbles (1979)
Song
Marciano (1979)
Music
The Runner Stumbles (1979)
Music
Letters From Frank (1979)
Music
Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff (1979)
Music
Cross Of Iron (1977)
Music
Fun With Dick And Jane (1977)
Music
The McCullochs (1975)
Music
Betrayal (1974)
Music
Footsteps (1972)
Music
The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969)
Music
Ship of Fools (1965)
Composer
Ship of Fools (1965)
Music
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
Composer
A Child Is Waiting (1963)
Music
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
Music
Pressure Point (1962)
Music
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Composer
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Music
The Last Sunset (1961)
Music
A Fever in the Blood (1961)
Music
Exodus (1960)
Music
Inherit the Wind (1960)
Music
The Young Philadelphians (1959)
Music
On the Beach (1959)
Music
Battle of the Coral Sea (1959)
Music
Too Much, Too Soon (1958)
Music
Tarzan's Fight for Life (1958)
Music
The Defiant Ones (1958)
Music
The Screaming Skull (1958)
Music Composition and Conducting
Wink of an Eye (1958)
Music Composition and Conducting
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Music Conductor
The Pride and the Passion (1957)
Music Conductor
Affair in Havana (1957)
Music Composition and Conducting
Man on the Prowl (1957)
Music
The Young Don't Cry (1957)
Music Conductor
Running Target (1956)
Composer
Unidentified Flying Objects (1956)
Music
Running Target (1956)
Music Composition and Conducting
Edge of Hell (1956)
Music score comp and Conductor
The Naked Street (1955)
Music
Karamoja! (1954)
Original Music comp and Conductor
The Other Woman (1954)
Music score comp and Conductor
Jennifer (1953)
Music Composition and Conducting
Man Crazy (1953)
Music Composition and Conducting
Unknown World (1951)
Music Composition and Conducting
Old Los Angeles (1948)
Music Score
Lighthouse (1947)
Music Supervisor
Wyoming (1947)
Music
Exposed (1947)
Music
Smooth as Silk (1946)
Music
G. I. War Brides (1946)
Music Score
The Girl of the Limberlost (1945)
Music Score

Music (TV Mini-Series)

Gore Vidal's Lincoln (1988)
Music
Wallenberg: A Hero's Story (1985)
Music

Life Events

1926

Began a professional career as a composer

Family

Andrew Gold
Son
Rock musician, composer, producer. Born c. 1950; survived him.
Martha Carr
Daughter
Psychologist. Born c. 1952; survived him.
Melanie Gold
Daughter
Singer, songwriter. Born c. 1961; survived him.
Robert Light Jr
Step-Son
Survived him.

Companions

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

Bibliography