Film composer who worked for Warner Bros. for nearly 40 years. His screen credits included "42nd Street," "Gold Diggers of 1935," "The Great Lie," "Knute Rockne All American," "A Streetcar Named Desire," "No Time for Sergeants," and "1776."
He worked as a pianist in a movie house in Mechanicville during his teens. He then accepted a job as a musical arranger in 1928 in New York City.
He won Academy Awards for Best Original Score for the films "Yankee Doodle Dandy" from 1942, "This is the Army" from 1943, and "The Music Man" from 1962.
His son Michael was also a film composer. He and his wife Lorraine left behind three children and four grandchildren.
He oversaw the musical direction for the 1954 film "A Star is Born" starring Judy Garland.