Composer who contributed scores to over 500 films and TV series, including more than 60 award-winning movies. He was primarily known for his work on Spaghetti westerns such as the Dollars Trilogy.
He wrote background music for radio dramas. His first major hit was with Paul Anka's interpretation of "Ogni volta" or "Every Time," which he co-wrote with Roby Ferrante in 1963.
He received an honorary Academy Award in 2007. It was presented to him by Clint Eastwood.
He fathered four children with his wife Maria Travia, one of whom, Andrea, followed in her father's footsteps to become a film composer.
His compositions were extensively reused, most notably in the films of Quentin Tarantino.