Yesterday, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce unveiled a long overdue Walk of Fame star for the late Jerry Goldsmith, who over his five-decades long career composed five Star Trek feature films and themes for two of the TV series.
He won an Oscar for his score for The Omen in 1977, but was nominated for 17 additional ones, including a nod for 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Some of his most memorable non-Trek scores, as hard as they are to narrow down to a few, include Chinatown, Patton, Planet of the Apes, Alien, Mulan, The Boys from Brazil, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
His Star Trek films were Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek Nemesis. His theme for The Motion Picture was used for the main title theme for Star Trek: The Next Generation and he composed the theme for Star Trek: Voyager, for which he won an Emmy.
The ceremony was lead by Leron Gubler, President & CEO Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, who noted the following when giving an overview of Goldsmith’s career:
Jerry’s music is played virtually every hour of every day around the world. This is in part due to his many contributions to the big and small screen incarnations of the legendary Star Trek. He scored five of the movies for the franchise and is heralded theme for Star Trek: The Motion Picture because the well-known signature for the long-running TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Also speaking at the event was composer David Newman (Ice Age, Tarzan), who worked with Goldsmith as a young musician fresh out of school in the 70s. He spoke about Goldsmith’s music and his experiences with him, including this story about Star Trek:
I played violin on [Star Trek: The Motion Picture]. I watched Jerry struggle with this. He was trying to find a theme and he was still kind of in his early sort of mature style and I think they wanted a more kind of bombastic theme. And I watched him make his original score into what the score became. And for a young person that eventually wanted to be a film composer, it was a lesson like nothing else. Every Goldsmith movie, you felt like you were in something special.
You can watch the entire ceremony below (courtesy of Variety):
Star Trek Tribute to Jerry Goldsmith
The 2005 Special Edition DVD for Star Trek: First Contact included a tribute to Goldsmith’s work, with commentary from many stars and behind-the-scenes luminaries. You can watch that below.
Star Trek takes up a lot of space on the Walk of Fame
Goldsmith isn’t the only Star Trek vet with a star on Hollywood Boulevard. Others include LeVar Burton, James Doohan, Whoopi Goldberg, DeForest Kelley, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, George Takei, Michael Westmore, Michael Westmore, Jr., and of course, Gene Roddenberry, among dozens of Trek guest stars like Kirstie Alley, Michael Ansara, Jill Ireland, and Ricardo Montalban.
More info at walkoffame.com.