Two Star Trek veterans died this month
It's not often that two people are so connected in these TV obituary roundup posts I do every week or so, but these two people are worth mentioning in the same post.
Alexander Courage, who composed the theme song for the original Star Trek series, died on May 15 at age 88. He also did music for episodes of many other series, including Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Waltons, Lost in Space, Land of the Giants, The Loner, Eight is Enough, Daniel Boone, Riverboat, and many others. He was also an orchestrator on several movies, including L.A. Confidential, The Haunting, The Mummy, First Knight, The Shadow, Rudy, Malice, Hook, Sleeping with the Enemy, The Poseidon Adventure, Hello Dolly, My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls, and a ton of others.
But Courage wasn't the only Star Trek figure to pass away that week...Joseph Pevney directed several classic Trek episodes, including "City on the Edge of Forever," "Amok Time," "The Trouble with Tribbles," and "The Immunity Syndrome." Other shows that Pevney directed over the years include The Fugitive, The Munsters, The Rockford Files, The Incredible Hulk, Little House on the Prairie, Petrocelli, Fantasy Island, Emergency, Bonanza, Adam-12, Marcus Welby, M.D., Mission Impossible, Wagon Train, Twelve O'Clock High, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Bewitched, and too many others to mention. Pevney also directed many movies and was also a writer and actor. He died at age 96.