Remembering Joel Goldsmith

The musical world has lost the composer who gave us the musical sound behind the Stargate franchise.

Joel Goldsmith has passed away at the age of 54.

Goldsmith composed the scores for 334 episodes of Stargate SG-1,Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe.

“I’m utterly heartbroken at the loss of my dear friend and mentor Joel Goldsmith,” said fellow Stargate composer Neal Acree via Gateworld. “He was like a second father to me and I feel like I owe much of my career to the opportunities he gave me including my first feature film and first experience scoring television. His influence on my life, both personally and musically, will stay with me always.”

Not long after his death, former cast and crew from the Stargate> series took to Twitter to express their condolences.

“Dear Joel, Heaven sounds so much sweeter now,” former SG-1 star Richard Dean Andersontweeted. “But we’ll forever miss you here. Play on, Friend.”

Amanda Tapping (SG-1 and Atlantis‘ Samantha Carter) added: “RIP Joel Goldsmith. Very sad day.Stargate wouldn’t have been the same without you. The music and the legend live on.”

Goldsmith had music in his blood — he was the son of composer Jerry Goldsmith. The two teamed up to score Star Trek: First Contact in 1996, before Jerry’s death in 2004.

The cause of death has not been released.


  1. TallGrrl says

    No, I don’t “Like” that this has happened.
    I am acknowleging the passing of a great composer.
    I’m a big fan of his Dad’s work, and I love what they both did with ST: First Contact, which happens to be one of my favourite Trek films.
    Such a loss.
    RIP, Joel Goldsmith.

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