Oscar-Winning Composer Ken Thorne Dies at 90

Ken Thorne earned an Oscar for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."
Ken Thorne earned an Oscar for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."
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Oscar-winning composer Ken Thorne died Tuesday, according to the funeral home handling his final arrangements. He was 90.

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Thorne won an Oscar for scoring the 1966 musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and earned a Grammy nomination for writing the incidental score to the 1965 Beatles film Help! He went on to receive an Emmy nomination for the 1995 CBS TV movie A Season of Hope.

Thorne was born in England and lived in West Hills, California. He began playing piano at age five and was a professional musician by 15. His other credits include Superman IISuperman III and The Monkees' comedy Head.

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For the Superman films, he showed talent for rearrangement when he took John Williams' iconic score and made it his own.

Thorne is survived by his wife, Linda, and twin daughters Emily and Claire.

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