Basil Poledouris (1945–2006)

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Basil Poledouris was born on August 21, 1945 in Kansas City. He started taking piano lessons when he was 7 years old. Eventually, he went on to become a student at USC, where he studied the arts of directing, cinematography, editing, sound and, of course, music. It was also at USC he met John Milius and Randal Kleiser, both acclaimed directors ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

The Hunt for Red October Music Department
(1990)
RoboCop Composer
(1987)
The Blue Lagoon Music Department
(1980)
Conan the Barbarian Music Department
(1982)

Filmography

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 2021 Écouter les Films: Basil Poledouris (Video documentary)
 2017 Bunyan and Babe (composer: theme music)
 2011 Batman: Night's End (Short)
 2007 Special Effects Then and Now (Video documentary short) (composer: stock music - from "Robocop")
 2007 The Villians of Old Detroit (Video short) (composer: stock music - from "Robocop")
 2004 The Legend of Butch & Sundance (TV Movie) (conductor)
 2002 Death from Above: The Making of 'Starship Troopers' (Video documentary short) (composer: stock music - from "Starship Troopers")
 2002 Teenage Caveman (TV Movie) (score mixer)
 2001 Flesh + Steel: The Making of 'RoboCop' (Video documentary short) (composer: stock music - from "Robocop")
 2001 Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (conductor) / (orchestrator: Los Angeles)
 2000 Conan Unchained: The Making of 'Conan' (Video documentary) (composer: stock music - from "Conan the Barbarian")
 2000 Cecil B. Demented (music score producer)
 1999 For Love of the Game (conductor) / (orchestrator)
 1999 Kimberly (score producer - uncredited)
 1998 Les Misérables (conductor)
 1997 Basil Poledouris: His Life and Music (Video documentary) (performer)
 1997 Starship Troopers (conductor) / (score producer - uncredited)
 1997 Free Willy 3: The Rescue (composer: original themes)
 1997/I Breakdown (conductor)
 1996 Amanda (conductor) / (score producer - uncredited)
 1996 The War at Home (conductor) / (music producer)
 1996 Celtic Pride (conductor)
 1996 It's My Party (music performer)
 1995 Zoya (TV Movie) (composer: theme music)
 1995 Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (conductor/music scoring producer) / (score producer - uncredited)
 1995 Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (conductor) / (score producer - uncredited)
 1994 The Jungle Book (music producer)
  RoboCop (TV Series) (composer - 17 episodes, 1994) (original 1987 Robocop theme - 2 episodes, 1994)
- Public Enemies (1994) ... (composer: original 1987 Robocop theme)
- Midnight Minus One (1994) ... (composer: original 1987 Robocop theme)
- Corporate Raiders (1994) ... (original 1987 Robocop theme)
- Nano (1994) ... (original 1987 Robocop theme)
- Mother's Day (1994) ... (composer: original 1987 Robocop theme)
 1994 Lassie (music producer - uncredited)
 1994 On Deadly Ground (conductor) / (score producer - uncredited)
 1993 Return to Lonesome Dove (TV Mini Series) (composer - 4 episodes)
- The Passing (1993) ... (composer: themes)
- The Legacy (1993) ... (composer: themes)
- The Forge (1993) ... (composer: themes)
- The Vision (1993) ... (composer: themes)
 1993 Free Willy (conductor) / (score producer - uncredited)
 1993 Hot Shots! Part Deux (conductor) / (score producer - uncredited)
 1993 RoboCop 3 (conductor - uncredited) / (music producer - uncredited)
 1992/I Wind (conductor) / (musician: synthesizers - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1991 Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (musician: synthesizers)
 1991 Return to the Blue Lagoon (conductor)
 1991 Flight of the Intruder (conductor - uncredited) / (music producer - uncredited)
 1991/I White Fang (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1990 Quigley Down Under (conductor - uncredited)
 1990 The Hunt for Red October (conductor - uncredited) / (music producer - uncredited) / (musician: keyboards - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1989 Lonesome Dove (TV Mini Series) (conductor - 4 episodes)
- Return (1989) ... (conductor - uncredited)
- The Plains (1989) ... (conductor - uncredited)
- On the Trail (1989) ... (conductor - uncredited)
- Leaving (1989) ... (conductor - uncredited)
 1989 Farewell to the King (conductor) / (orchestrator) / (score producer - uncredited)
 1987 Cherry 2000 (conductor - uncredited) / (music producer - uncredited)
 1987 No Man's Land (score producer - uncredited)
  The Twilight Zone (TV Series) (conductor - 4 episodes, 1985 - 1987) (orchestrator - 4 episodes, 1985 - 1987)
- Song of the Younger World/The Girl I Married (1987) ... (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
- Profile in Silver/Button, Button (1986) ... (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
- Monsters!/A Small Talent for War/A Matter of Minutes (1986) ... (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
- Examination Day/A Message from Charity (1985) ... (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
  Amerika (TV Mini Series) (conductor - 7 episodes, 1987) (orchestrator - 7 episodes, 1987)
- Part VII (1987) ... (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
- Part VI (1987) ... (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
- Part V (1987) ... (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
- Part IV (1987) ... (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
- Part III (1987) ... (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
  Misfits of Science (TV Series) (theme by - 9 episodes, 1985 - 1986) (composer - 5 episodes, 1985)
- Three Days of the Blender (1986) ... (theme by)
- The Avenging Angel (1986) ... (theme by)
- Against All Oz (1986) ... (theme by)
- Center of Attention (1986) ... (theme by)
- Once Upon a Night (1986) ... (theme by)
 1986 Iron Eagle (conductor - uncredited)
 1985 Flesh+Blood (conductor)
 1984 Red Dawn (conductor - uncredited)
 1984 Conan the Destroyer (conductor)
 1984 Making the Grade (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1984 The House of God (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1982 Conan the Barbarian (conductor)
 1982 Flyers (Short) (conductor)
 1981 Fire on the Mountain (TV Movie) (conductor)
 1980 The Blue Lagoon (conductor)
 1978 Big Wednesday (conductor - uncredited)
 1977 Vegas! Vegas! Vegas! (TV Movie) (composer: theme music)
 1973 Extreme Close-Up (conductor)
 1971 Congratulations, It's a Boy! (TV Movie) (music arranger)
 1970 The Reversal of Richard Sun (composer: theme music)
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Bobbie Poledouris  (divorced)  (2 children)
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Father of Zoë Poledouris. See more »

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Worked frequently with John Milius, with whom he frequently went surfing while they were both USC film students. Their most famous collaboration was Conan the Barbarian (1982); others include Red Dawn (1984), Farewell to the King (1989) and Flight of the Intruder (1991).

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