RIP Fred Steiner

RIP Fred Steiner

Submitted by MGoShoe on June 26th, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Fred Steiner, composer of "Rocky and Bullwinkle " and an Oscar nominee for his work died of natural causes Thursday at his home in Ajijic, Mexico. He was 88.

Steiner was Oscar nominated for his contributions to Quincy Jones' 1985 score for "The Color Purple." He also scored, on his own, a handful of features including "Man From Del Rio," "Time Limit," "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre" and "The Sea Gypsies."

But it was in television where Steiner made an enduring mark, with memorable scores for seven early-1960s episodes of "The Twilight Zone" and a dozen scores for the original "Star Trek" including such now-classic episodes as "Charlie X," "The Corbomite Maneuver" and "Balance of Terror."

His TV work -- which spanned the 1950s through the 1990s -- also included dozens of episodes of "Gunsmoke," "Have Gun -- Will Travel," "Rawhide," "Daniel Boone," "The Wild Wild West," "The Virginian," "The Guns of Will Sonnett," "Hogan's Heroes," "Mannix," "Hawaii Five-O," "Dynasty," "Amazing Stories" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation." He also penned the themes for TV's "Navy Log" and "Boots and Saddles."

Steiner's most famous piece is probably the 1957 theme for the long-running lawyer series "Perry Mason," although his fun music for the 1961 cartoon series "Rocky and His Friends" (later, in primetime, "The Bullwinkle Show") is an equal favorite of baby boomers; Steiner's music included the Broadway-style "Bullwinkle Show" theme and a sendup of silent-movie-music cliches for "Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties."

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