2008-05-30

Alexander Courage dies at 88

Falcon Crest composer Alexander Courage died May 15 at the age of 88 after a long illness.

Courage’s most famous composition, the fanfare and theme for the original “Star Trek” series, was his most widely-recognized composition. He was nominated twice in the 1960s along with Lionel Newman for “The Pleasure Seekers” and “Doctor Dolittle”, and won an Emmy award in 1988 for his arranging work on “Julie Andrews: The Sound of Christmas.”

He also did extensive scoring work on Earl Hamner's “The Waltons,” scoring over 100 episodes, plus work on TV’s “Eight is Enough” and “Medical Center” plus orchestration work on films including “Jurassic Park,” “Basic Instinct” and “Air Force One”