Jerry Goldsmith

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

Available to Stream

  • Watch on

Next on TV

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
  • 1986, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): Nominee
  • 1976, Emmy — Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Special: Winner
  • 1970, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): Nominee
  • 1976, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): Winner
  • 1975, Emmy — Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition - Special Program: Winner
  • 1967, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: 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
  • 1998, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1998, BAFTA Film Awards — The Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music: 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
  • 1973, Emmy — Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition - Special Program: Winner
  • 1976, BAFTA Film Awards — The Anthony Asquith Award for Original Music for a Film: Nominee
  • 1980, BAFTA Film Awards — The Anthony Asquith Award: Nominee
  • 1983, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): Nominee
  • 1999, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1998, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Musical or Comedy Score): Nominee
  • 1982, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): Nominee
  • 1978, 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
  • 1973, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Dramatic Score): Nominee
  • 1968, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Score--for a motion picture [not a musical]): Nominee
  • 1992, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): Nominee
  • 1966, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Music Score): Nominee
  • 1974, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Dramatic Score): Nominee
  • 1975, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): Nominee
  • 1962, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Music Score--substantially original): Nominee
  • 1965, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Music Score--substantially original): 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

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

College

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

Let's Talk About Sex on TV, Baby

Sex Ed Week explores the ways TV is pushing boundaries forward – and the ways it still lets us down

Every Episode of Game of Thrones, Ranked From Worst to Best

Find out which episode of the HBO hit reigns supreme.

My News

Sign up and add shows to get the latest updates about your favorite shows - Start Now