Composer Profile: JERRY GOLDSMITH


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Jerrald ‘Jerry’ Goldsmith was born on February 10th, 1929, in Los Angeles. He studied the piano with Jacob Gimpel and film composition at the University of Southern California under the legendary Hungarian composer of movie music Miklós Rózsa. Jerry Goldsmith wrote music for such 1950s and 60s TV shows as ‘Wagon Train’, ‘Have Gun Will Travel’, ‘The Twilight Zone’, ‘Thriller’, ‘Dr. Kildare’, and ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’.

His friend, the legendary movie composer Alfred Newman got Goldsmith the chance in 1957 to score his first film, the western ‘Black Patch’. From that beginning, Jerry Goldsmith quickly established himself as a major composer of movie music and he has written the music for over 200 films which encompass every genre. He has been nominated 17 times for an Oscar, and won for ‘The Omen’ in 1976. Among his many marvelous movie themes is ‘Patton’.

Jerry Goldsmith died on July 21st, 2004, after a long and silent battle against cancer. Even ill he continued untill his death to be one of the most sought after composers in the movie industry, and in 2002 he did the hit thriller ‘The Sum of All Fears’ and ‘Star Trek: Nemesis’. Jerry Goldsmith has left four children. His son Joel, also a composer, passed away on April 29, 2012. In 2003 Joel,  who collaborated in a few of his father’s works, did the very impressive score for the four hour mini-series ‘Helen of Troy’. Jerry Goldsmith’s wife Carol performed vocals on many of her husband’s scores.

GOLDSMITH FILMOGRAPHY

Timeline (2003) (score withdrawn) (uncredited)
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
The Sum of All Fears (2002)
Along Came A Spider (2001)
The Last Castle (2001)
Hollow Man (2000)
The Haunting (1999)
The Mummy (1999)
The Thirteenth Warrior (1999)
Deep Rising (1998)
Mulan (1998)
Small Soldiers (1998)
Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
U.S. Marshals (1998)
Air Force One (1997)
The Edge (1997)
Fierce Creatures (1997)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Chain Reaction (1996)
City Hall (1996)
Executive Decision (1996)
A Family Thing (1996)
The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
Congo (1995)
First Knight (1995)
Powder (1995)
Star Trek: Voyager (1995)
Angie (1994)
Bad Girls (1994)
I.Q. (1994)
The River Wild (1994)
The Shadow (1994)
Dennis the Menace (1993)
Malice (1993)
Matinee (1993)
Rudy (1993)
Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
The Vanishing (1993)
Basic Instinct (1992)
Forever Young (1992)
Love Field (1992)
Medicine Man (1992)
Mom and Dad Save the World (1992)
Mr. Baseball (1992)
Not Without My Daughter (1991)
Omen IV: The Awakening (1991)
Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
The Russia House (1990)
Total Recall (1990)
The ‘burbs (1989)
Criminal Law (1989)
Leviathan (1989)
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
Warlock (1989)
Rambo III (1988)
Rent-a-Cop (1988)
Extreme Prejudice (1987)
Innerspace (1987)
Lionheart (1987)
Hoosiers (1986)
Link (1986)
Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)
Baby… Secret of the Lost Legend (1985)
Explorers (1985)
King Solomon’s Mines (1985)
Legend (1985)
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Gremlins (1984)
The Lonely Guy (1984)
Runaway (1984)
Supergirl (1984)
Dusty (1983)
Psycho II (1983)
The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1983)
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
Under Fire (1983)
The Challenge (1982)
First Blood (1982)
Inchon (1982)
Poltergeist (1982)
The Secret of NIMH (1982)
The Final Conflict (1981)
Night Crossing (1981)
Outland (1981)
Raggedy Man (1981)
The Salamander (1981)
Caboblanco (1980)
Alien (1979)
The Great Train Robbery (1979)
Players (1979)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
The Boys from Brazil (1978)
Capricorn One (1978)
Coma (1978)
Damien: Omen II (1978)
Magic (1978)
The Swarm (1978)
Contract on Cherry Street (1977)
Damnation Alley (1977)
High Velocity (1977)
Islands in the Stream (1977)
MacArthur (1977)
Twilight’s Last Gleaming (1977)
The Cassandra Crossing (1976)
The Last Hard Men (1976)
Logan’s Run (1976)
The Omen (1976)
Babe (1975)
Breakheart Pass (1975)
Breakout (1975)
A Girl Named Sooner (1975)
Medical Story (1975)
The Reincarnation of Peter Proud (1975)
Take a Hard Ride (1975)
The Terrorists (1975)
The Wind and the Lion (1975)
Chinatown (1974)
S*P*Y*S (1974)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1974)
Winter Kill (1974)
Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies (1973)
The Don Is Dead (1973)
Hawkins on Murder (1973)
Indict and Convict (1973)
One Little Indian (1973)
Papillon (1973)
Police Story (1973)
The Red Pony (1973)
Shamus (1973)
The Culpepper Cattle Company (1972)
Lights Out (1972)
The Man (1972)
The Other (1972)
Pursuit (1972)
The Brotherhood of the Bell (1971)
Crawlspace (1971)
Crosscurrent (1971)
Do Not Fold
Spindle
or Mutilate (1971)
Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
The Going Up of David Lev (1971)
The Homecoming – A Christmas Story (1971)
The Last Run (1971)
The Mephisto Waltz (1971)
Wild Rovers (1971)
The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
Patton (1970)
Rio Lobo (1970)
A Step Out of Line (1970)
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
The Traveling Executioner (1970)
100 Rifles (1969)
The Chairman (1969)
The Illustrated Man (1969)
Justine (1969)
Bandolero! (1968)
The Detective (1968)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Sebastian (1968)
The Flim Flam Man (1967)
Hour of the Gun (1967)
In Like Flint (1967)
The Karate Killers (1967)
Warning Shot (1967)
The Blue Max (1966)
One of Our Spies Is Missing (1966)
The Sand Pebbles (1966)
Seconds (1966)
Stagecoach (1966)
To Trap a Spy (1966)
The Trouble With Angels (1966)
The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
In Harm’s Way (1965)
Morituri (1965)
Our Man Flint (1965)
A Patch of Blue (1965)
The Satan Bug (1965)
Von Ryan’s Express (1965)
Fate Is the Hunter (1964)
Rio Conchos (1964)
Seven Days in May (1964)
Shock Treatment (1964)
The Spy With My Face (1964)
A Gathering of Eagles (1963)
Lilies of the Field (1963)
The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)
The Prize (1963)
The Stripper (1963)
Take Her
She’s Mine (1963)
Freud (1962)
Lonely Are the Brave (1962)
The Spiral Road (1962)
The Crimebusters (1961)
The General with the Cockeyed ID (1961)
The Expendables (1960)
Studs Lonigan (1960)
City of Fear (1959)
Face of a Fugitive (1959)
Black Patch (1957)
Don’t Bother to Knock (1952).

GOLDSMITH AWARDS

1976 Academy Awards – Winner, Best Original Score – The Omen
1998 Academy Awards – Nominee, Best Original Musical or Comedy Score – Mulan
1997 Academy Awards – Nominee, Best Original Dramatic Score – L.A. Confidential
1992 Academy Awards – Nominee, Best Original Score – Basic Instinct
1986 Academy Awards – Nominee, Best Original Score – Hoosiers
1983 Academy Awards – Nominee, Best Original Score – Under Fire
1982 Academy Awards – Nominee, Best Original Score – Poltergeist
1979 Academy Awards – Nominee, Best Original Score – Star Trek: The Motion Picture
1978 Academy Awards – Nominee, Best Original Score – The Boys from Brazil
1976 Academy Awards – Nominee, Best Original Song – “Ave Satani” from The Omen
1975 Academy Awards – Nominee, Best Original Score – The Wind and the Lion
1974 Academy Awards – Nominee, Best Original Score – Chinatown
1973 Academy Awards – Nominee, Best Original Score – Papillon
1970 Academy Awards – Nominee, Best Original Score – Patton
1968 Academy Awards – Nominee, Best Original Score – Planet of the Apes
1966 Academy Awards – Nominee, Best Original Score – The Sand Pebbles
1965 Academy Awards – Nominee, Best Original Score – A Patch of Blue
1962 Academy Awards – Nominee, Best Original Score – Freud
1998 Golden Globes – Nominee, Best Original Score – Mulan
1997 Golden Globes – Nominee, Best Original Score – L.A. Confidential
1992 Golden Globes – Nominee, Best Original Score – Basic Instinct
1979 Golden Globes – Nominee, Best Original Score – Alien
1979 Golden Globes – Nominee, Best Original Score – Star Trek: The Motion Picture
1974 Golden Globes – Nominee, Best Original Score – Chinatown

Original Article by D’Lynn Waldron

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