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Basil Poledouris (1945–2006)

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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The Hunt for Red October
RoboCop Composer
The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon Composer
Conan the Barbarian


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 2007 Robocop: Special Effects: Then and Now (Video documentary short)
 2007 RoboCop: Villains of Old Detroit (Video short)
 2006 The Legend of Butch & Sundance (TV Movie)
 2002 Death from Above: The Making of 'Starship Troopers' (Video documentary short)
 2002 Know Your Foe (Video documentary short)
 2001 Flesh + Steel: The Making of 'RoboCop' (Video documentary short)
 2001 Love and Treason (TV Movie)
 2000 Conan Unchained: The Making of 'Conan' (Video documentary)
 2000 If These Walls Could Talk 2 (TV Movie)
 1999 Kimberly
 1997 Basil Poledouris: His Life and Music (Video documentary)
 1997 Switchback
 1997/I Breakdown
 1996 Amanda
 1996 Celtic Pride
 1996 It's My Party
 1994 Lassie
 1994 Serial Mom
 1993 Free Willy
 1993 RoboCop 3
 1992/I Wind
 1991/I White Fang
 1990 Nasty Boys (TV Series) (12 episodes)
- Kill or Be Killed (1990) ... (music by)
- Desert Run (1990) ... (music by)
- Crossover (1990) ... (music by)
- Home Again (1990) ... (music by)
 1989 Nasty Boys (TV Movie) (music by)
 1989 Wired
 1989 Lonesome Dove (TV Mini-Series) (4 episodes)
- Return (1989)
- The Plains (1989)
- On the Trail (1989)
- Leaving (1989)
 1989 Intruder (music composed by)
 1988 Spellbinder
 1988 Intrigue (TV Movie)
 1987 Cherry 2000
 1987 No Man's Land
 1987 RoboCop
 1987 Island Sons (TV Movie)
 1987 Prison for Children (TV Movie)
 1987 Amerika (TV Mini-Series) (7 episodes)
- Part VII (1987)
- Part VI (1987)
- Part V (1987)
- Part IV (1987)
- Part III (1987)
 1986 Pros & Cons (TV Movie)
 1985-1986 The Twilight Zone (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Profile in Silver/Button, Button (1986) ... (segment "Profile in Silver")
- Monsters!/A Small Talent for War/A Matter of Minutes (1986) ... (segment "'Monsters!'")
 1986 Iron Eagle
 1985 Misfits of Science (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Deep Freeze (Pilot) (1985) ... (music)
 1985 Flesh+Blood
 1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (1985) ... (segment "Man from the South")
 1984 Protocol
 1984 Single Bars, Single Women (TV Movie)
 1984 Red Dawn
 1984 American Journeys (Documentary short) (uncredited)
 1984 The Sheriff and the Astronaut (TV Movie)
 1984 Amazons (TV Movie)
 1983 Behold Hawaii (Documentary short)
 1983 Flyers (Short)
 1982 Summer Lovers
 1981 Fire on the Mountain (TV Movie)
 1981 A Whale for the Killing (TV Movie)
 1979 Dolphin (Documentary)
 1978 Big Wednesday
 1976 The Magic Rolling Board (Documentary short)
 1974 Chick Chick Chick (Documentary short)
 1974 Vrooom! (Documentary short)
 1972 By Map and Compass (Short)
 1971 The Cell: Part One (Documentary short)
 1971 Congratulations, It's a Boy! (TV Movie)
 1970 Buttercup (Documentary short)
 1970 The Interview (TV Movie)
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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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