Amadeus music editor and composer John Strauss dies
- 18 February 2011
- From the section Entertainment & Arts
Composer and music editor John Strauss, who worked on films including the Oscar-winning Amadeus, has died at the age of 90 in Los Angeles.
Strauss, who had Parkinson's disease, died at a nursing home on Monday night, the Los Angeles Times reported.
As a composer, his best-known work in the US was the theme tune to 1960s comedy Car 54, Where Are You? which he co-wrote with show creator Nat Hiken.
He also worked as music editor on a number of Woody Allen films.
They included Take the Money and Run as well as Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask).
In the 1984 biopic Amadeus - the story of the rivalry between composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri - he was music co-ordinator and also briefly appeared in the film as a conductor.
He also won a Grammy as producer of the film's soundtrack album.
The Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said Strauss's diverse credits "portrayed his versatility and wide range of skills as well as his notable contributions to the arts".
In 1978, Strauss shared a sound editing Emmy for his work on TV film The Amazing Howard Hughes.