Emmy-Winning TV Composer and Jazz Man — Who Wrote Music for TV Shows Including ‘Leave It to Beaver’ and ‘The Fugitive’ — Dead at 95

Oct 19, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The Emmy-winning composer of music for a string of popular TV shows, including “Leave It to Beaver,” “The Fugitive” and “Run for Your Life,” has died, The New York Times reports.

Pete Rugolo, who was the arranger for jazz great Stan Kenton in the 1940s before going on to a long career composing for TV and film, died Sunday in Sherman Oaks, Calif., at 95.

Rugolo received eight Emmy nominations for his TV music, winning the Emmy twice — in 1970 for “The Challengers” and in 1972 for “The Bold Ones: The Lawyers.”

He wrote music for the TV shows “Thriller,” “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour,” “Alias Smith and Jones,” “Felony Squad” and “Family,” among many others.


Pete Rugolo

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