You may not know his name, but you know his music: “Planet of the Apes,” “Chinatown,” “Patton” and numerous other major films were all scored by Oscar-winning composer Jerry Goldsmith.
While he died in 2004, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame posthumously honoring Oscar- and Emmy-winning composer Goldsmith will be unveiled Tuesday.
Composers David Newman, Charles (Charlie) Fox and Paul Williams are set to speak at the 11:30 a.m. ceremony in front of the Musicians Institute on Hollywood Boulevard.
Goldsmith’s widow Carole and their son Aaron will accept the star. The ceremony coincides with Aaron’s birthday.
Goldsmith’s star will be the 2,611th since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961 with the first 1,558 stars. The ceremony will be livestreamed on walkoffame.com.
Goldsmith composed two of the American Film Institute’s top 25 film scores of all time — “Chinatown,” ninth on the list,†and†”Planet of the Apes,” 18th.
Goldsmith received 18 Oscar nominations, winning for best original score in 1977 for “The Omen.”
Goldsmith composed the scores for such films as “Patton,” “The Sand Pebbles,” “A Patch of Blue,” “Poltergeist,” “Basic Instinct,” “Papillon,” “Rudy,” “Gremlins,” “Mulan,” and “L.A. Confidential.”
Goldsmith was nominated for seven Emmys and won five — four for outstanding original dramatic score for a miniseries, movie, or a special for “The Red Pony” (1973), “QB VII” (1975); “Babe” (1976); and “Masada” (1981) and outstanding original main title theme music for “Star Trek: Voyager” (1995).
Goldsmith was born Feb. 10, 1929, in Los Angeles and studied piano and composition from a young age. After studying at USC and Los Angeles City College he went to work at CBS, which employed him as a composer for radio and television throughout the 1950s.
Goldsmith composed scores and themes for such television series as “Dr. Kildare,” “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” and “The Waltons,” and composed scores for episodes of “The Twilight Zone”†and†”Gunsmoke.”
Goldsmith died on July 21, 2004, at the age of 75. Then-Rep. Mark Udall, D-Colorado, took to the floor of the House of Representatives to eulogize Goldsmith, calling him “a national treasure.”
—City News Service
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