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'Star Trek' composer Alexander Courage dies

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Alexander Courage, renowned for composing the original Star Trek theme, has died aged 88.

Variety reports that Courage, who had been in poor health for several years, passed away on May 15 in a caring facility in California.

He first composed the now familiar theme for Star Trek's pilot episode in 1965 and also worked on the music for several episodes and on the related feature films First Contact and Insurrection. His work in the genre was not confined to just Star Trek, as he scored many episodes of Lost In Space and Land Of The Giants.

Philadelphia-born Courage also received Oscar nominations, alongside Lionel Newman, for scoring the soundtracks of The Pleasure Seekers in 1963 and Doctor Dolittle in 1967.
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