Warner Bros. Music Executive Danny Gould Dies

A composer-songwriter, his material appeared in such films as "National Lampoon's European Vacation," "The Lost Boys" and "The Pelican Brief."

Danny Gould, a music executive who turned a two-week temporary position at Warner Bros. into a 39-year stay at the studio, died Nov. 4 at a convalescent hospital in Los Angeles. He was 89.

With his prodigious talent for music, encyclopedic knowledge of compositions and ability to analyze any musical subject, Gould was a widely respected and resource at Warner Bros. and across the industry. His expertise was called upon by composers, conductors and music supervisors for countless film and TV projects.

Gould joined Warner Bros. Pictures in November 1970 and stayed until May 2009. A composer-songwriter, his material can be found in such studio pics as National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985), The Lost Boys (1987) and The Pelican Brief (1993).

Gould played several instruments, including the accordion, the piano and the glockenspiel. He appeared as a sideline musician in a number of films and television projects; he played the bandleader in The Eddie Cantor Story (1953) and also had roles in River of No Return (1954) and Defending Your Life (1991).

Before Warners, Gould served in the music department at Paramount and worked on such films as Paint Your Wagon (1969), Darling Lili (1970) and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970).

Gould attended Boys' High School in Brooklyn (years later, he would be honored as Man of the Year) and NYU. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served three years in the Pacific in World War II, serving as a Morse code operator (he was told musicians were good at that).

Gould is survived by his wife of 59 years, Donna; his children Sherey and Les; his daughter-in-law Susan; and his grandchildren Danny, Shane, Adam and Joanna. His sister, Sandra Gould, who played Mrs. Kravitz on TV's Bewitched, died in 1999.

Donations in Gould's memory may be made to his favorite charitable organizations: the Congregation Or Ami's Outreach to Children in Foster Care or the New Community Jewish High School's Tuition Assistance Fund.