Composer Marvin Hamlisch known for the dozens of scores he wrote for movies, including the hit The Sting and the Tony award he won for A Chorus Line, died at 68 in Los Angeles. A spokesman for his family said that Hamlisch had died following just a short illness. No other details about the composer’s death were released.
The composer’s career included conducting, arranging and composing music from Hollywood to Broadway. Hamlisch won every award imaginable in the industry during his musical career including four Emmys, three Oscars, three Golden Globe Awards and a Tony. His music helped color some of Broadway and film’s most important productions.
He composed over 40 scores for films including Ordinary People, Take the Money and Run and Sophie’s Choice. His third Academy Award was for The Sting when he adapted the music from Scott Joplin. Hamlisch on Broadway won a Pulitzer Prize doing The Chorus Line the long running hit and he penned Sweet Smell of Roses and The Goodbye Girl. His publicist announced Hamlisch had been set to go to Tennessee this week to watch a new production of the musical he wrote, The Nutty Professor.
Hamlisch earned a place in America’s culture through excellent music, but also was a part of popular culture. He was known for being nerdy looking, complete with his thick eyeglasses.
Hamlisch was also the principal conductor for pops for orchestras in San Diego, Seattle, Pasadena, Dallas Milwaukee and Pittsburgh. He was scheduled to be presented with the same position in the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra and was scheduled to head the New York Philharmonic in its upcoming concert for New Year’s Eve.