Fred Steiner Passes Away at 88

Posted: June 24, 2011 by filmmusicreporter in Film Music News

Fred Steiner has died at the age of 88. The composer was born on February 24, 1923 in New York. Best known for writing the piece Park Avenue Beat, which was used as the theme for the hit TV show Perry Mason, he also wrote music for such shows as Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke, Hogan’s Heroes, Hotel, Lost in Space, Hawaii Five-O, Dynasty and Amazing Stories. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for Steven Spielberg’s 1985 film The Color Purple as one of the composers credited for writing the music for the movie alongside lead composer Quincy Jones.

  1. John F. Tashjian says:

    I’m sorry to hear of Mr. Steiner’s passing. I doubt that I’ll ever watch an episode of “Star Trek”, “The Twilight Zone” and “Perry Mason” in quite the same way again. Rest in Peace, Mr. Stieiner, rest in peace.

  2. I have to agree-the watching of many of these shows will not be the same with his passing RIP to a great composer…

  3. Bart says:

    Fred :
    You made the world a better place. Your musical inventions will live in my mind till I die. You knew the true secrets of how to bring human emotion and the human spirit into the world of music. Thankyou, Fred, THANK YOU !!!!!!! And wherever the heck you are now, I hope you are still composing and kicking ASS !! We will miss you !

  4. Johnny says:

    Fred, I grew up listening to your music on old tv shows such as Gunsmoke. Thanks for the great memories. Johnny

  5. jojan says:

    best music, good work