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‘The Color Purple’ Composer Fred Steiner Dies At 88

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fred Steiner, a television and film music composer who penned the theme for the “Perry Mason” TV series and was one of the composers of the Oscar-nominated score for “The Color Purple” has died.

Steiner died of natural causes Thursday at his home in the town of Ajijic in the Mexican state of Jalisco, his daughter Wendy Waldman told The Los Angeles Times. He was 88.

One of the busiest composers in Hollywood in the 1950s and `60s, he crafted music for “Gunsmoke,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Star Trek” “Have Gun, Will Travel,” “Rawhide,” “Hogan’s Heroes” and other TV series.

Steiner contributed music to more than two dozen episodes of the original “Star Trek” TV series and also provided music for “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi” in 1983.

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