TV and film composer Jerry Goldsmith dies

Award-winning TV and film composer Jerry Goldsmith has died at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 75. Goldsmith created music for many classic shows, ranging from Star Trek and Planet of the Apes to The Man from Uncle and Perry Mason. His personal assistant Lois Carruth said he died on Wednesday night after a long battle with cancer.

Over nearly 50 years he was nominated for 17 Academy Awards, winning one, and was also honoured with five Emmys. He won the 1976 Academy Award for his score for horror film The Omen, and Emmys for TV work including Star Trek: Voyager and Babe. He wrote music for a string of classic movies including Escape From The Planet Of Apes, Papillon, Chinatown, Alien and Poltergeist. He also composed pieces for The Mummy, LA Confidential, Basic Instinct, Rambo III and Gremlins. Among several dozen TV compositions were themes for Dr Kildare, The Waltons and Police Woman.

Goldsmith was a classically-trained composer and conductor who began musical studies at the age of six. Many of his TV and movie scores have become classics in their own right, and he sometimes seemed virtually synonymous with soundtracks. Goldsmith also wrote composed orchestral pieces and taught occasional music classes at local universities.