Not even John Williams -- who seems to have his signature on just about anything made in Hollywood -- can stand up to him.
Yet, you may have never heard of Fred Steiner before.
Steiner, who died Thursday in Mexico at age 88, has 77 titles to his name as a member of a music department, 66 titles as a composer and 14 soundtracks, according to Internet Movie Database. It's a career that started all the way back in 1949 in the series "Man Against Crime," and culminating in incidental music lifted from his original "Star Trek" work in the "Star Trek: Phase II" fan productions through this year.
In fact, his genre work is extremely extensive. "Twilight Zone," "Lost in Space," "Star Trek," "Amazing Stories," "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Star Trek: The Motion Picture," and "Stars Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi." He also is the composer of the Perry Mason theme that was used for many years on both the series and later television movies.
He received an Oscar nomination in 1986 for his work on the music for "The Color Purple."
Steiner came from a highly musical family. His father, George Steiner, had a 30-year career in Hollywood beginning with some uncredited work in shorts in 1930 to "The Bullwinkle Show" in 1961.
The younger Steiner's daughter is singer and songwriter Wendy Waldman from the 1960s American folk rock band Bryndle.
Hear Steiner's famous "Perry Mason" theme here.
Waldman survives him.
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