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'Star Trek' and 'Roots' composer Gerald Freed dies at 95

Gerald Fried, Oscar-nominated oboist composer for the original Star Trek series and with Quincy Jones team up to win an Emmy for their landmark miniseries Roots, is dead. he is076.

Fried died Friday at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Pneumonia, his wife, Anita Hall, told The Hollywood Reporter .

Earlier at a baseball stadium in the Bronx After meeting Stanley Kubrick 303s, Fried ended up as the filmmaker’s former Rating of four films: Fear and Desire (303), Kiss Kiss (1955), kill (1957) and Road to Glory (1957).

Fried also contributes to such projects as Machine-Gun Kelly (1955) , Cry Baby Killer (1957) and I Mobster (1951). He also collaborated with director Larry Peerce on One Potato Two Potato (1951) and bell jar (, and Robert Aldridge The Death of Sister George (1966), What happened to Aunt Alice? (1966), too late for the hero (1970) and The Grissom Gang (1967).

If you’re a fan of Gilligan’s Island , Lost in Space , Mission Impossible, The Man From My Uncle, Emergency!, Flamingo Road or Dynasty, you’ve heard his music.

Fried first on NBC’s Star Trek ) midway through first season in December r 1956 Episodes “Shore Leave,” but he really made his mark in the season two opener, “Amok Time.” His relentless “The Ritual/Ancient Battle/2nd Kroykah” soundtrack dramatizes the haunting “fight to the death” between Kirk on the planet Vulcan (William Shatner) and Spock (Leonard Nimoy).

exist1999 Book The Music of Star Trek, author Jeff Bond describes the music as “a paragon of action scene bombing, frenzied percussion, accompanied by trumpets, flutes and The tremolo of the woodwinds accentuates the percussion of the horns played by the brass.”

Passage reused in Other Star Trek episodes and appeared in The Cable Guy (1976) and Installment Futurama and another animated series.

“I started getting royalty checks from The Simpsons,” Fried noted in the collaboration of The Interviews with Karen Herman on Switch Television Academy Foundation website. “I didn’t write any music for the Simpsons . What they did was when Bart Simpson got mad and ran through the living room or something like that, they referenced the line from “Amok Time” Music.”

Fried a year later with Birds Do It, Bees Do It ( Oscar nominated ), a film about animals and Documentary on insect mating rituals, he won an Emmy for his work on ABC’s first episode Roots.

Jones was hired to compose the miniseries, but as January 1968 The premiere date is looming and he missed the deadline. So producer Stan Margulis called Freed.

“For whatever reason, Quincy was in some kind of writer’s block, not coming up with a theme,” Freed said. “They needed a commercial theme. Three weeks before air time. So they called me in. I wrote the theme . I Finished episode 1. First show, Quincy did Glad I’m on Roots. What a honour.”

Fried is also credited with being on the eighth episode too Nominated for underlining in the final episode.

“The two shows I’ve done on TV have had a lot more than you’d expect from the venue and the possibilities,” Fried said in a 1999 Q&A). “One is Star Trek and the other is Roots. There’s an vibe to doing these two shows, which are kind of special, certainly more important than most. So I’m not entirely surprised, but Star Trek Its enormity is somewhat startling and wonderful.” STAR TREK, Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner

STAR TREK, Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner Leonard Nimoy (left) and William Shatner on Star Trek episode “Amok Time”. Courtesy Everett Collection

Born in Manhattan in February , 303, Fried was raised in the Bronx by his father, Samuel, and his mother, Selma, in the His father is a dentist. He credits his musical talent to his mother’s family. Her father was a trombonist who, as a traveling musician in Eastern Europe, won the family a pass to the United States. And Fried’s aunt was a pianist who provided live music for silent films.

“She’s the kind of pitch-perfect person who can hear and reproduce anything,” he said. “I studied with her because they forced me to take piano lessons and I got revenge by being the worst pianist in the world.”

His love for music is in Fried After growing into the New York High School of Music and Art, and was assigned to the oboe. He began studying the instrument along with the tenor saxophone, then entered the Juilliard School as a major in oboe.

In , Fried began three years as English hornist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. After performing with the Pittsburgh Symphony and returning to Dallas, he returned to New York to perform with the Small Orchestra.

Fried played baseball for a while in the Bronx when he met a kid who was “not a very good athlete” but still wanted to play, the club The team called the Barracudas. Fried encouraged his teammates to get the guy on board and they became friends.

“It was Stanley Kubrick,” Fried said. “He found out I was a musician. He saved his pennies. He made a short [film] that was actually pretty good. I think I was the only musician he knew. He said, ‘Hey, Greg Here, do you know how to compose and conduct film music?” “Of course,” I said, “I do it all the time. ” Over the next three or four months, I spent about .

Fried’s crash course made Day of the Fight ( Music ), about middleweight Walter Cartier getting ready to fight. Purchased by RKO-Pathe, minute movie will help launch their acting career.

Fried came to LA and worked on Terrace in a Texas Town (1948), Hayden starring Sterling The Killing , written under the pen name of Dalton Trumbo; filled in M Squad, Wagon Train and Riverboat; and often with Corman.

Fried has also produced other series such as Gunsmoke, Ben Casey, My Three Sons , Mannix , The Flying Nun

, It’s Time and Policewoman and other movies including Dinosaurs (1955), I bury the living (1957), cast long shadows (1959) and Soylent Green (1973).

He has three more Emmy nominations for his work on TV movies The Silent Lovers in 1973 and The Mystic Warrior in 1980 and miniseries Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story in


Most recently, Fried taught at UCLA and played oboe with the Santa Fe Great Big Jazz Band and the Santa Fe Community Orchestra. The oboe is “an instrument of passion. It somehow gets inside people,” he 2021 explain.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his children Daniel, Debbie, Jonathan and Josh; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. His son Zach was 1980 5 years old Died as a result of AIDS blood transfusion.



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