Emmy-Nominated TV and Film Composer Dead at 83 -- His Work Was Featured on 'Kojak,' 'Hawaii Five-0,' 'Columbo' and Many Other Shows Deadline
A composer whose work was familiar to millions of viewers through a series of hit television shows has died. Deadline.com reports that John Cacavas, who wrote scores for films and television shows including the 1970s series “Kojak,” died Jan. 28 at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 83.
“The South Dakota native scored numerous TV series and films throughout his career beginning with the 1972 feature ‘Horror Express,’” the story reports. “He went on to score the next two movies in the ‘Airport’ franchise, ‘Airport 1975’ and ‘Airport ’77.’”
His strong friendship with “Kojak” star Telly Savalas led to his role writing scores for the television series, which ran from 1973 to 1978. His other TV work included "Hawaii Five-0," "The Bionic Woman," “Matlock,” “Columbo” and “Quincy.”
He earned two Emmy nominations for original music for a series, with one stemming from a “Kojak” episode and the other for a police series called “Eischied.”
The piece adds: “Cacavas also guest conducted for or had his music performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Manhattan Pops, the symphonies of Vancouver, Detroit, San Francisco, Milwaukee and Miami.”