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 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 9:29 PM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)


I'm very sorry to bring the sad news that Basil Poledouris has died after his battle with cancer. He appeared at the Spanish film music concert only a few months ago which is remarkable as he was quite sick at the time. I am sure the official obituary will be posted soon.

Basil was a really lovely man. He was genuinely warm and friendly and kind in addition to being so talented and productive over the years.

I'm still in shock as I knew he was sick but it is always hard to process this kind of news. So, I have more to say, but I'll do it later.

Terribly sad,


 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 9:34 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

What a terribly sad and horrible announcement to have to make. He died a relatively young man. My condolences to his friends, family and fans.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 9:34 PM   
 By:   Niall from Ireland   (Member)

My God, this is terrible news Lukas. He was such a wonderful composer. I am too numb to say any more right now. Thank you for letting us know. May he rest in peace. Amen.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 9:36 PM   
 By:   Michael Arlidge   (Member)

Incomprehensible, and unexpected news. I feel physically sick. I'm too shaken to say more right now.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 9:37 PM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

I'm shocked, when I read the news, I got goosebumps and not in a good way. Man that sucks, guess thats why he hasn't scored much for a few years. Tonight the only Basil score that should be played is It's My Party, his gentle piano score is a great tribute, my heart hurts, and it goes out to the family. Man what a freaking bummer.

On a rather sadder note, my father I lost a couple months ago was 61 same age as Basil, I'm still grieving for him and now for Basil, 61 way too young way too young.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 9:42 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I've kept waiting for his big comeback, and that isn't going to happen. He was too young for this. I'm deeply sorrowful for the loss of his wonderful musical voice and very sad for him and his family. R.I.P.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 9:55 PM   
 By:   MarkB   (Member)

Oh my, this is terrible news. Much too young. My condolences to his family.


 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 10:00 PM   
 By:   Spymaster   (Member)

Oh my God. This is devastating - and shocking - news! Like many others here, I never even knew he was ill :-( My sincerest condolences to Bobbie and Zoe and the rest of the Poledouris family. Basil was a true master of film music and he will be sorely missed. He composed five of my all-time favourite scores:


I'm heartbroken right now.


 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 10:03 PM   
 By:   Dr. Lao   (Member)

Oh. I was listening to Conan right now. Don't know what to say.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 10:04 PM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

I just now saw this. I don't have the right words. All I can say is what a loss, and my sincere condolences to his family.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 10:04 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

He was born August21st, 1945- making him 61 years old.

Mini biography
Basil Poledouris was born on August 21, 1945 in Kansas City. He started taking piano lessons when he was 7 years old. Eventually he went on to become a student at USC, where he studied the arts of directing, cinematography, editing, sound and of course music. It was also at USC he met John Milius and Randal Kleiser, both acclaimed directors with whom he would work in the future. Even though Basil had already composed music to John Milius' much talked about Big Wednesday (1978), his real breakthrough came in 1982 when he composed the score to Milius' epic fantasy movie, Conan the Barbarian (1982). The powerful themes that Basil created for this movie opened the eyes of the movie industry, as well as the public, and it is arguably one of the best soundtracks of the 80s. Basil went on to make soundtracks for such movies as: RoboCop (1987) (the first Paul Verhoeven movie of many for which he has composed), "Lonesome Dove" (1989) (mini) (for which he won an Emmy), Farewell to the King (1989), The Hunt for Red October (1990), Free Willy (1993), in Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers (1997) with Casper Van Dien and Denise Richards and Misérables, Les (1998).

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 10:07 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

It truly is unbelievable. Or at least something not wanted to be.

I too am deeply saddened by this news.

My sincere condolonces to his Wife, family and friends.

Another Superb Maestro now resides in a Better Place.

I thank him for the gifts of his beautiful music and for being such a pleasant gentleman.

I remember meeting him at a Society Function at the Western Museum at Griffith park. He was most greatful to hear how much I loved his music. I recall some crazy "Fan Boy" following him out to his car afterwards. Basil handled the situation with such warmth, patience and grace. I will remember his kind demeanor and genuine smile.

I celebrate him tonight and in the future with each joyfull playing of his Music.

I will also watch in his honor, the wonderful "UP Close and Personal" Video that Lukas Produced years ago. Thank you Lukas!

I'll keep the fond memory of Basil on his Boat sailing the beautiful sea, in my heart always.

God Bless You Maestro Poledouris! You truly will be missed.


Here are some nice remembrances of the Man. More once you get there. Thanks to those who posted these clips. Enjoy!

CONAN and THE BLUE LAGOON are amongst the many Priceless treasures he has left us.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 10:10 PM   
 By:   scoringsessions   (Member)

Indeed, I just heard about this an hour ago myself, and was very saddened to hear this. Basil was a great guy, and I will miss him deeply.

Please visit his official messageboard and leave your condolences for his family:

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 10:18 PM   
 By:   BlanketyBlank   (Member)

Oh my God.

Oh my God.

A part of me just died too.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 10:18 PM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

I've known Basil since 1982 and he was one of the most kind and intelligent human beings I've ever run across and it was always a pleasure to work with him on the many CD projects we did together.

I last time spoke to him about two or three weeks ago and he was asking me where he could get more copies of HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, I told him that I'd take care of it for him.

He told me he was undergoing cemo again and his voice was weak and in my heart I KNEW this was more then likely the last time I'd speak with him.....

I told him that if there was anything I could do, let me know.

And that was the last time I talked to him.

The world is a much sadder place tonight because he isn't here.

I'm going to pull the soundtrack IT'S MY PARTY, a score that he not only composed, but performed on piano and remember a great composer, a good man and a very dear friend who leaves behind two wonderful daughters, a number of good firends and family members and a Musical legacy that touched countless others.

Basil, Rest in peace, you've more then earned it.


Ford A. Thaxton

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 10:21 PM   
 By:   BlanketyBlank   (Member)

My deepest condolences to Basil's many friends and his wonderful family.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 10:22 PM   
 By:   Ed   (Member)

Tragic news indeed. A master of melody and of intensity. Basil's contributions to film music will not be forgotten.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 10:24 PM   
 By:   BlanketyBlank   (Member)

CONAN is, was, and always will be my favorite score of all. I am so upset right now I can barely speak or put thoughts together.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 10:41 PM   
 By:   johnmullin   (Member)

Wow, what a bummer. He was really one of my favorites and certainly one of the best of his generation.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2006 - 10:42 PM   
 By:   Johnnyecks   (Member)

Oh my God. I am speechless. Over the past year I have been slowly archiving my scores, and transering them all over the mp3s. Today, of all days, I finally reached my Poledouris collection and, even at this time, was working on Honor and Glory. While it was ripping, I decided to check here and I see this.

Rest in peace Basil. You gave me great company, and will continue to do so through your music.

My sincerest condolences to his daughters, family, and friends. They truely lost a great man.

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