Joel Goldsmith


Joel King Goldsmith
Birth nameJoel King Goldsmith
Born(1957-11-19)November 19, 1957
Los Angeles, California, United States
DiedApril 29, 2012(2012-04-29) (aged 54)
Hidden Hills, California, U.S.
GenresFilm score, contemporary classical music
Occupation(s)Composer, conductor

Joel King Goldsmith (November 19, 1957 – April 29, 2012) was an American composer of film, television, and video game music.[1]


Joel Goldsmith was born on November 19, 1957, in Los Angeles, California, the third of four children of Sharon (née Hennagin), a singer,[2] and renowned composer Jerry Goldsmith. He was of Jewish descent.[3] Goldsmith's maternal uncle was composer and professor Michael Hennagin.[4]

He was the main composer for the TV series Stargate SG-1, although the main titles were written by David Arnold (who composed the score to Stargate, the film that began the Stargate franchise). For Stargate Atlantis, Goldsmith composed the main titles and the score. He also composed the main title theme and score for the second season of the CBS series Martial Law.

During his career, he usually collaborated with two composers; his father Jerry Goldsmith, and Neal Acree. He made his first move into video games music in 2006, scoring Call of Duty 3. During his final years, Goldsmith relocated to Hidden Hills, California, where he built a home studio in his back yard.

Goldsmith died of cancer on April 29, 2012, aged 54, at his home in Hidden Hills, California.[5] His interment was at Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery.

Emmy Award nominations


Year(s) Title Type Notes
1977 End of the World film
1978 Laserblast film Collaborated with Richard Band
1983 The Man with Two Brains film/comedy
1989 Ricky 1 parody Parody of the Rocky films
1989 The Rift film also known as La Grieta
1990 Moon 44 film
1991 Brotherhood of the Gun film
1992 A Woman, Her Men, and Her Futon film
1993 Joshua Tree film
1993 Man's Best Friend film
1993–1994 The Untouchables TV series
1994–1995 Hawkeye TV series
1996 Star Trek: First Contact film Joel Goldsmith collaborated with his father Jerry Goldsmith on this film
1997 Kull the Conqueror film
1997–2007 Stargate SG-1 TV series
1988 Counterforce film
1998 Diagnosis Murder TV Series Joel re-orchestrated the Dick DeBenedictis theme and scored episodes
1999 Diamonds film
1999 Martial Law TV Series Joel wrote the new main title theme and scored episodes
2001–2002 Witchblade TV series
2003 Helen of Troy TV miniseries
2004–2009 Stargate Atlantis TV series
2006 Call of Duty 3 video game
2007–2011 Sanctuary TV series
2008 Stargate: The Ark of Truth direct-to-video The first of two direct-to-video Stargate films
2008 Stargate: Continuum direct-to-video
2009–2011 Stargate Universe TV series
2011/2012 War of the Dead film
2012 Echoes pilot, un-aired 2012 Will Waring un-aired pilot; final known score


  1. ^ Hinman, Michael (April 30, 2012). "Stargate Composer Joel Goldsmith Dies At 54". Airlock Alpha. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
  2. ^ Block, Maxine; Rothe, Anna Herthe; Candee, Marjorie Dent; Moritz, Charles (2001). "Current Biography Yearbook". H.W. Wilson: 658. ISBN 9780824210168. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ Brooks, Vincent, ed. (2006). You Should See Yourself: Jewish Identity in Postmodern American Culture. Rutgers University Press. p. 96.
  4. ^ Kendall, Lukas (2002). "Film Score Monthly". 7. Reed Elsevier Inc. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ Burlingame, Jon (April 29, 2012). "Composer Joel Goldsmith dies at 54". Variety. Archived from the original on 5 July 2012. Retrieved April 29, 2012.

External links

  • FreeClyde – The Official Website of Joel Goldsmith
  • Joel Goldsmith at IMDb
  • Joel Goldsmith at Find a Grave
  • Joel Goldsmith Memorial on Destinies-The Voice of Science Fiction