BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Academy Award-winning film composer Jerry Goldsmith died at his Beverly Hills home on July 21, 2004, after a long battle with cancer. He was 75 years old.
The Los Angeles native studied music privately with pianist Jacob Gimpel and composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco before attending Los Angeles City College. Mr. Goldsmith started his career in radio before pioneering in live television with musical scores for “Climax,” “Studio One,” and “Playhouse 90.”
Uniquely prolific, he composed 172 film scores and had well over a hundred credits for television themes, episodes and movies. Notable film scores included, “Lilies of the Fields,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Patton,” “Chinatown,” “Hoosiers,” “Rudy,” “Basic Instinct,” “Star Trek,” “LA Confidential,” and “Sum of All Fears.”
In addition to his stellar career in film, Mr. Goldsmith acted as guest conductor in concerts of his own music and music of others with orchestras in Europe, Japan, and throughout the United States.
Admired for his daring originality and creativity, dedication to excellence, and intuitive sensitivity to the emotional content of a film, Mr. Goldsmith's profound contribution to his art form was recognized over the years by numerous awards, tributes, and recognitions.
Some of those awards earned during his 52-year career included five Emmys, 18 Academy Award nominations, an Oscar win for the 1976 film, “The Omen,” an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and an honorary membership in the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Mr. Goldsmith is survived by his wife, Carol; his children, Ellen Edson of Hinsdale, N.H., Carrie Goldsmith of Swanzey, N.H., and Joel Goldsmith, Jennifer Goldsmith, and Aaron Goldsmith, all of Los Angeles.
He is also survived by his former wife, Sharon Goldsmith of Brattleboro, Vt.; grandchildren Ryanne and Benjamin Goldsmith-Asher, Laurel Edson, Samuel and Charles Grossman, and Sofia Goldsmith; and a great-grandchild, Lola Duenyas.
Services were held at Hillside Memorial in Los Angeles on July 23.u