8 Aug 2012

Composer Marvin Hamlisch dies at 68

1:30 pm on 8 August 2012

The American composer Marvin Hamlisch, who wrote the scores for films and shows including The Sting and A Chorus Line, has died in Los Angeles at the age of 68.

A family spokesperson says he died on Tuesday after a brief illness.

Hamlisch wrote more than 40 film scores including his Oscar-winning score and title song for the Barbra Streisand/Robert Redford film The Way We Were.

He notably adapted Scott Joplin's ragtime music for the Paul Newman/Robert Redford film The Sting, particularly the theme song, "The Entertainer".

As well as A Chorus Line, which won the Pulitzer Prize, Hamlisch's scores for Broadway included They're Playing Our Song, The Goodbye Girl and Sweet Smell of Success.

In total he won three Academy Awards, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globes.

His publicist says he had been scheduled to fly to Nashville, Tennessee, this week to see a production of his latest musical, The Nutty Professor, directed by Jerry Lewis and based on the 1963 comedy film of the same name.

He was also working on a new musical, Gotta Dance, and was scheduled to score a new film about the pianist Liberace starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.