Sunday, November 12, 2006

Gone Too Soon

Just saw that composer Basil Poledouris passed away on Nov 8 at the way too early age of 61. For those of you who don't follow movie soundtracks, Basil was responsible for the great Conan the Barbarian score as well as many others including Starship Troopers, Robocop, and Hunt for Red October. I had hoped he would be tapped to score the still developing 3rd Conan film but can now only hope his great themes are at least used in some way.

Also of note is the passing of Jack Palance. I'm too young to have appreciated his cowboy works of decades past but did not miss his fantastic turn as Curly in the City Slickers films. Jack was a Pennsylvania native who eventually came to Hollywood after brief stints as a prize fighter, football player, journalist, and Army man. He also enjoyed writing poetry and fiction ("Believe it...or not!").

Rest in peace, gentlemen.


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