Van Alexander (1915 – 2015)

Posted: July 19, 2015 by filmmusicreporter in Film Music News

van-alexanderVariety is reporting that Van Alexander died this afternoon at age 100 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He composed scores for several 1960s sitcoms including BewtichedI Dream of JeannieHazel, The Donna Reed Show and Dennis the Menace. Throughout his career, Alexander earned three Emmy Award nominations for his music direction for The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters and The Golddiggers, as well as for his music for 1970s Gene Kelly’s Wonderful World of Girls. His film scoring credits include The Atomic Kid, Baby Face Nelson, Andy Hardy Comes Home, 13 Frightened Girls, Strait-Jacket and Girls Town. In 2002, he was honored with the ASCAP Life in Music Award. Alexander is survived by two daughters, four grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.