Gerald Fried (1928-2023)

Posted: February 18, 2023 by filmmusicreporter in Film Music News

Gerald Fried has passed away yesterday at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport, CT of pneumonia at age 95. The composer was best known for his work on classic TV shows including the original Star Trek series, Gilligan’s Island, The Man from U.N.C.L.E, Lost in Space, Mission: Impossible and Dynasty. He won an Emmy Award (shared with Quincy Jones) for his music for the 1977 mini-series Roots and was Emmy-nominated several other times for the 1980 TV movie The Silent Lovers (1980) and the mini-series The Mystic Warrior (1984) and Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story (1987). He received an Academy Award nomination for his score for the 1974 documentary Birds Do It, Bees Do It. His other feature scoring credits include Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory, The Killing, Killer’s Kiss & Fear and Desire, Robert Aldrich’s The Killing of Sister George, Too Late the Hero & The Grissom Gang, Roger Corman’s Machine-Gun Kelly, Ted Post’s The Baby, Roger Kay’s The Cabinet of Caligari and George Armitage’s Vigilante Force. His last feature score was the 2020 Star Trek parody Unbelievable!!!!! Fried is survived by his wife, four children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.