Archive - Jun 25, 2011
Famed Star Trek composer Fred Steiner passed away of natural causes on June 23rd. Steiner was born in New York City. He received a degree in music composition from the Oberlin Conservatory at Oberlin College in Ohio. His professional composing career began when he composed scoring and theme music for programs such as the CBS Radio Workshop, Suspense, and This is Your FBI in the 1940s and 1950s. (Memory Alpha)
Having written more scores for Star Trek: The Original Series than any other composer (more than two dozen), Steiner also worked on Star Trek: The Motion Picture as well as Star Trek: The Next Generation. Outside of the Trek universe, he wrote for many well-known television series from the 1960s including The Twilight Zone, Have Gun Will Travel, Lost in Space, Gunsmoke, & Hogan's Heroes. His most famous work being the theme to the hit lawyer drama Perry Mason starring Raymond Burr.
Steiner is survived by his two daughters Wendy and Jillian and his wife of 64 years, Shirley; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.