Academy Award-winning film composer Elmer Bernstein died in his sleep yesterday (Aug. 18) at his Ojai, Calif., home after a long illness. He was 82.
Bernstein wrote the music for more than 200 films and television scores during his career, which spanned more than five decades. He was nominated for an Academy Award 14 times as a composer, and won in 1967 for “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Some of his other nominated scores include “The Man with the Golden Arm,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Far From Heaven.”
Bernstein also earned five Grammy Award nominations for “The Age of Innocence,” “Ghostbusters” and “Walk on the Wild Side.”
He is survived by his wife, four children and five grandchildren. Memorial services are pending.