Basil Poledouris

Music conductor, Music producer, Editor
With his sweeping, powerful scores, composer Basil Poledouris brought a sense of epic passion and melancholy grandeur to "Conan: the Barbarian" (1982), "Robocop" (1987) and the beloved miniseries, "Lonesome Dove" (CBS ... Read more »
Born: 08/21/1945 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Music (93)

RoboCop 2014 (Movie)

("Robocop Original Theme") (Song)

Hollywood Vietnam 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Song

The Touch 2002 (Movie)

(Music)

Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles 2001 (Movie)

(Music)

Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles 2001 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Cecil B. Demented 2000 (Movie)

score producer (Music Producer)

Cecil B. Demented 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

Kimberly 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Music

For Love of the Game 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

For Love of the Game 1999 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Mickey Blue Eyes 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

Les Miserables 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

Les Miserables 1998 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Breakdown 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Breakdown 1997 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Going West in America 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Starship Troopers 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Celtic Pride 1996 (Movie)

music composer and conductor (Music)

It's My Party 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

It's My Party 1996 (Movie)

(Performer)

The 1996 Summer Olympics 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Music

The War At Home 1996 (Movie)

music composer and conductor (Music)

The War At Home 1996 (Movie)

conductor/producer (Music Producer)

Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home 1995 (Movie)

music scoring producer (Music)

Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home 1995 (Movie)

music composer (Composer)

Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home 1995 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Under Siege 2: Dark Territory 1995 (Movie)

music composer (Composer)

Under Siege 2: Dark Territory 1995 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Lassie 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

On Deadly Ground 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

Free Willy 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Hot Shots! Part Deux 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Lone Justice 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Robocop 3 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Music

Wind 1992 (Movie)

music composer and conductor (Music)

Wind 1992 (Movie)

("A Dream Comes Back To You") (Song)

Flight of the Intruder 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man 1991 (Movie)

synthesizer (Performer)

Return to the Blue Lagoon 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

White Fang 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

Kill or Be Killed 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Music

Nasty Boys 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Music

Quigley Down Under 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

The Hunt for Red October 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

The Hunt for Red October 1990 (Movie)

("Payoff") (Song)

Why Me? 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Farewell to the King 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Intrigue 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Music

L.A. Takedown 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Music

Wired 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Cherry 2000 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Spellbinder 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Split Decisions 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Amerika 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Music

No Man's Land 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

Robocop 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

Iron Eagle 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Pros and Cons 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Music

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Music

Flesh + Blood 1985 (Movie)

music director (Music)

Amazons 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Music

Conan the Destroyer 1984 (Movie)

(Original Rank: Music) (Composer)

Conan the Destroyer 1984 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Making the Grade 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

Protocol 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

Red Dawn 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

The Sheriff and the Astronaut 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Music

Conan the Barbarian 1982 (Movie)

(Music)

Fire on the Mountain 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Music

Summer Lovers 1982 (Movie)

(Music)

Defiance 1980 (Movie)

(Music)

The Blue Lagoon 1980 (Movie)

music director (Music)

The Blue Lagoon 1980 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Big Wednesday 1978 (Movie)

("Three Friends Theme") (Music)

The House of God 1978 (Movie)

(Music)

Extreme Close-Up 1972 (Movie)

(Music)

A Whale For the Killing (TV Show)

Music

Danielle Steel's "Zoya" (TV Show)

Theme Music

Fire on the Mountain (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

If These Walls Could Talk 2 (TV Show)

Music

Intrigue (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Island Sons (TV Show)

Music

Lonesome Dove (TV Show)

Music

Love and Treason (TV Show)

Music

Misfits of Science (TV Show)

Music

Nasty Boys (TV Show)

Music

Prison For Children (TV Show)

Music

Return to Lonesome Dove (TV Show)

Original Music

Single Bars, Single Women (TV Show)

Music
Other (1)

Robocop: The Series 1993 - 1995 (TV Show)

Other

Biography

With his sweeping, powerful scores, composer Basil Poledouris brought a sense of epic passion and melancholy grandeur to "Conan: the Barbarian" (1982), "Robocop" (1987) and the beloved miniseries, "Lonesome Dove" (CBS, 1989). Poledouris also set the tone for many subsequent military thrillers, with his haunting Russian-influenced score for "The Hunt for Red October" (1990). Though Poledouris never gained widespread public attention like John Williams or Danny Elfman, nor received a single Academy Award nomination, his rich melodies nonetheless remained popular and influential within the filmmaking community.

Relationships

Bobbie Poledouris

Wife

Zoe Poledouris

Daughter
credited as song performer and producer for "Into It" (also wrote) and "I Have Not Been to Oxford Town" from "Starship Troopers"

EDUCATION

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
studied music with David Raksin; directed and scored several student films

AFI Conservatory

Los Angeles, California
as an intern, worked with Lawrence Turman at 20th Century Fox

Long Beach State University

Long Beach, California
Attended on scholarship; transferred to USC

Milestones

1998

Scored Bille August's version of "Les Miserables"

1997

Composed and conducted music for Paul Verhoeven's "Starship Troopers"

1996

Composed and conducted "Tradition of the Games" for the opening ceremonies of 1th 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta

1995

Music scoring producer credit, "Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home"

1991

Played the synthesizer for the feature, "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man"

1990

Composed song "Payoff", as well as scoring "Hunt for Red October"

1989

Scored music for TV miniseries, "Lonesome Dove", picking up an Emmy for his efforts; first collaboration with director Simon Wincer

1984

Composer for Universal Studios tour attraction, "The Adventures of Conan: A Sword and Sorcery Spectacle"

1980

Music conductor and director for feature, "The Blue Lagoon"; first professional collaboration with Kleiser

1978

First feature collaboration with Milius, "Big Wednesday"

1973

Feature scoring debut, "Extreme Close-Up"

1970

Scoring debut for TV, "Congratulations, It's a Boy!" (ABC)

Scored student films for directors John Milius and Randal Kleiser while at USC

Wrote the theme music for TV show "Misfits of Science"

Grew up in Orange County, California; a piano prodigy, he won numerous competitions as a child

Began his professional career as a commercial and industrial film editor and scorer

Bonus Trivia

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He is the subject of the video "Basil Poledouris: His lIfe and Music" which is available from FILM SCORE MONTHLY magazine (5455 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1500, Los Angeles, California 90036-4201).

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