Gertz was born on May 19, 1915, in Providence, Rhode Island, and played the clarinet, piano, string bass and tuba as a youth, and attended the Providence College of Music. Gertz studied composition privately with composer and music theorist Walter Piston. He was hired by Columbia Pictures in 1938, but left to serve in the United States Army Signal Corps during World War II.
Along with this work, much of his library music has also been used in many films.
Gertz retired from film and television scoring in 1968.
- The Devil's Mask (1946)
- Fox, Margalit. "Irving Gertz, Composer for Monsters of the Movies, Dies at 93", The New York Times, November 20, 2008. Accessed November 21, 2008.
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