TV Toon Composer Harvey R. Cohen Dies

Emmy-winning composer and arranger Harvey R. Cohen passed away on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007, after suffering a heart attack in his Agoura Hills, California, home, reports VARIETY. He was 55.

Cohen won two Emmys for his music for the animated series -- DISNEY'S ALADDIN in 1995 and THE ADVENTURES OF BATMAN AND ROBIN in 1996. He garnered three other Emmy nominations for animated series -- two for CASPER and the other for BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES. His fourth nomination was for music direction on a Patti LaBelle PBS special.

Cohen provided the tunes for many other TV toons, including SUPERMAN, TINY TOON ADVENTURES and TAZ-MANIA for Warner Bros. and LITTLE MERMAID, GARGOYLES, GOOF TROOP and BONKERS for Disney.

As for his feature work, he scored the IMAX film, SANTA VS. THE SNOWMAN, as well as the direct-to-video, BELLE'S MAGICAL WORLD.

Cohen's live-action composing work included, DALLAS, KNOTS LANDING, GROWING PAINS, MURPHY BROWN and THE WONDER YEARS. He also orchestrated for John Williams, Marc Shaiman, James Horner, Michael Kamen and Teddy Castellucci. With Shaiman, he orchestrated Billy Crystal's Academy Awards opening medley four times.

Born in Brookline, Massachusetts, Cohen graduated from Connecticut's Hartt College of Music, which he follows with graduate work at Brooklyn College and L.A.'s Grove School of Music.

He is survived by longtime partner Marilynn Musiker-Roth and her four children; and his mother.

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