Ernest Gold

Ernest Gold
Los Angeles Times


Ernest Gold
Film: South side of the 6400 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Composer | Songwriter
Born July 13, 1921 in Vienna, Austria
Died March 17, 1999 of complications from stroke in Santa Monica, CA

Ernest Gold's soaring musical scores brought him a 1960 Academy Award for "Exodus" and several Oscar nominations.

Besides an Academy Award, Gold won two Grammy Awards for "Exodus." The theme song for the film became a popular success, going to No. 2 on the pop charts, with various versions selling briskly.

In a prolific 30-year career, Gold's credits included music for films such as "Witness for the Prosecution," "The Pride and the Passion," "Too Much Too Soon," "The Defiant Ones," "Inherit the Wind," "Judgment at Nuremberg," "A Child Is Waiting," "Ship of Fools," "Fun With Dick and Jane," "Cross of Iron" and "The Runner Stumbles."

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1959 Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture On the Beach Nomination
    1960 Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture Exodus Win
    1963 Best Original Score It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Nomination
    1963 Best Song "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" from It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Nomination*
    1969 Best Original Score The Secret of Santa Vittoria Nomination
    * A joint nomination shared with other people.

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