Jerry Goldsmith

  • Birth Name: Jerrald King Goldsmith
  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Died: July 21, 2004
  • Profession: Composer, Conductor
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Fast Facts

  • Began to play piano at age 6.
  • Inspired to be a composer after hearing Miklós Rósza's score for Spellbound in 1945; later took a course in film composition from Rósza at the University of Southern California.
  • Was hired by CBS as a clerk typist in 1950, but eventually began composing music for radio and TV programs, including Dr. Kildare, The Twilight Zone and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
  • Composed and recorded the score to Chinatown in just three weeks.
  • Wrote the scores for five Star Trek movies and the main title themes for two Star Trek series.

Awards

  • 1980, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1976, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
  • 1976, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): Winner
  • 1975, Emmy — Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition - Special Program: Winner
  • 1976, Emmy — Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Special: Winner
  • 1999, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1967, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1998, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1998, BAFTA Film Awards — The Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music: Nominee
  • 1976, BAFTA Film Awards — The Anthony Asquith Award for Original Music for a Film: Nominee
  • 1978, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): Nominee
  • 1992, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): Nominee
  • 1966, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Music Score): Nominee
  • 1973, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Dramatic Score): Nominee
  • 1965, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Music Score--substantially original): Nominee
  • 1986, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): Nominee
  • 1970, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): Nominee
  • 1981, Emmy — Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Limited Series or a Special (dramatic underscore): Winner
  • 1961, Emmy — Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Music for Television: Nominee
  • 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievement in Main Title Theme Music: Winner
  • 1966, Emmy — Individual Achievements in Music: Nominee
  • 1979, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): Nominee
  • 1973, Emmy — Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition - Special Program: Winner
  • 1983, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): Nominee
  • 1993, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1984, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1975, BAFTA Film Awards — The Anthony Asquith Award: Nominee
  • 1998, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Musical or Comedy Score): Nominee
  • 1982, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): Nominee
  • 1980, BAFTA Film Awards — The Anthony Asquith Award: Nominee
  • 1968, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Score--for a motion picture [not a musical]): Nominee
  • 1975, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): Nominee
  • 1962, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Music Score--substantially original): Nominee
  • 1974, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Dramatic Score): Nominee
  • 1997, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Dramatic Score): Nominee
  • 1965, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1975, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee

Relationships

  • Tessa Goldsmith — Mother
  • Carrie Goldsmith — Daughter
  • Aaron Goldsmith — Son
  • Ellen Edson — Daughter
  • Morris Goldsmith — Father
  • Sharon Hennigan — Ex-wife
  • Jennifer Grossman — Daughter
  • Joel Goldsmith — Son
  • Carol Heather Goldsmith — Wife

College

  • Attended Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, California, United States

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