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Arthur Morton
Birth name: Arthur Goldberg
Gender: Male
Date of birth: 8 August 1908
Place of birth: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
Date of death: 15 April 2000
Place of death: Santa Monica, California, USA
Roles: Orchestrator

Arthur Morton (8 August 190815 April 2000; age 91) was an orchestrator who worked on the Star Trek films Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, and Star Trek: First Contact and on the Star Trek: The Next Generation pilot episode "Encounter at Farpoint".

Born as Arthur Goldberg in Duluth, Minnesota, he was the younger brother of the late orchestrator Lawrence Morton. He attended the West High School in Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota where he graduated in 1929. Morton performed in jazz bands and soon moved to Los Angeles where he met and married his wife of 82 years, Emmy Lou Hellman. Morton was a long time friend of Jerry Goldsmith and orchestrated for over thirty years Goldsmith's scores. [1]

His work is featured on the following Star Trek soundtracks:

Morton started to compose for film and television in the 1930s. He contributed stock music to films such as the comedy Night Life of the Gods (1935), the drama Princess O'Hara (1935), the comedy Turnabout (1940), the romance It Had to Be You (1947), the adventure Rogues of Sherwood Forest (1950), the crime drama Pushover (1954), and television productions including Shirley Temple's Storybook (1958-1961), Laramie (1959-1963), Black Saddle (1959-1960), Bus Stop (1961-1962), Gene Roddenberry's The Lieutenant (1963), Peyton Place (1964-1969), Medical Center (1969-1973), and The Waltons (1972-1974).

Working as orchestrator on more than 500 film and television productions in a career which spanned over sixty years, Morton's latest orchestrations include the thriller Coma (1978, starring Genevieve Bujold), the comic adaptation Superman (1978), the science fiction film Alien (1979), the horror film Poltergeist (1982), the horror comedy Gremlins (1984) and its sequel Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), the science fiction comedy Innerspace (1987), the horror comedy The 'Burbs (1989), the science fiction thriller Total Recall (1990), the drama Not Without My Daughter (1991), the comic adaptation The Shadow (1994), the adventure Congo (1995), the science fiction film Chain Reaction (1996), and the crime drama L.A. Confidential (1997).

Morton passed away at his home in Santa Monica on 15 April 2000, at the age of 91, following a stroke three years earlier. [2]

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