Vale – Fred Steiner

Fred Steiner - 1923-2011

Accomplished film and television score composer Fred Steiner has passed away.

Steiner wrote a large amount of music for the original Star Trek television series, composed the theme to Perry Mason and The Bullwinkle Show, and arranged scores for episodes of Lost In Space, The Twilight Zone, Amazing Stories, Gunsmoke, Hawaii Five-O, Rawhide, The Untouchables, Tiny Toon Adventures, Dynasty and Hotel.

His feature film scores include Run For The Sun and The St Valentine’s Day Massacre, and he was nominated for an Oscar for his work with Quincy Jones (among others) on Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple. He also performed orchestration work on other film scores (often uncredited), including Star Trek: The Motion Picture and The Greatest Story Ever Told.

Mr Steiner passed away on June 23rd. He was 88.

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  1. It's quite astonishing the quality and range of this man's work. Didn't realise he was responsible for half the work noted above.

    • It's always nice to look at somebody's body of work and realise just how much talent and influence they had on the material they gave us. Indeed, it truly was a strong body of work. Thanks guys!

  2. …it's a shame really that these sorts of unsung heroes go under the radar. Or maybe it is just my own ignorance. But it does remind me of the big-headed fool that is Robbie Williams who admittedly, has released some great songs, but the real talent behind them is Guy Chambers. But Guy Chambers – who he?! Well, he was the guy who wrote Robbie Williams' classics Angels, and has also worked on film soundtracks for films such as Bridget Jones' Diary.

    • Well, part of our mantra here at is to ensure we pay tribute to those unsung, often unknown heroes who work tirelessly in the background and never receive the same acclaim their more famous brethren often achieve.

      Mind you, we probably won't worry about paying tribute to Guy Chambers at any point…..

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Vale – Fred Steiner

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