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Joel Goldsmith Dead: 'Star Trek' And 'Stargate' Composer Dies At 54

Posted: 05/ 1/2012 10:36 am Updated: 05/ 1/2012 11:37 pm

Joel Goldsmith Dead
Joel Goldsmith contributed music to 'Star Trek: First Contact.'

Joel Goldsmith, the famed composer behind both "Star Trek" and "Stargate," died Saturday after a long battle with cancer, Variety reports. He was 54.

Though he got his start scoring sci-fi and horror films ("Laserblast," "The Man With Two Brains"), the son of Oscar-winning composer Jerry Goldsmith found his true calling in television. He went on to score over 350 episodes of various "Stargate" series and contributed over 20 minutes of music to "Star Trek: First Contact," which was scored by his father. He had recently turned to video games, contributing music to "Call of Duty 3."

Fellow composer Neal Acree, who worked with Goldsmith on "Stargate" released a statement on his friend's passing:

I’m utterly heartbroken at the loss of my dear friend and mentor Joel Goldsmith. He was like a second father to me and I feel like I owe much of my career to the opportunities he gave me including my first feature film and first experience scoring television. His influence on my life, both personally and musically, will stay with me always.”

Goldsmith was a three-time Emmy nominee. First nominated in 1998 for "Stargate SG-1," he was also nominated in 2005 for the main theme for "Stargate Atlantis" and in 2006 for "Stargate Atlantis: Grace Under Pressure."

For more on Goldsmith's career and legacy, head over to Variety's full obituary.

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