John Cacavas (August 13, 1930 – January 28, 2014 ), born in [1 ] Aberdeen, South Dakota, was a composer and conductor probably best known for his television scores, such as , for which he was the chief composer, and for which he composed the show's third main title theme for its 5th and final season in 1977-1978. Cacavas's television credits also include Kojak , Hawaii Five-O , The Bionic Woman Mrs. Columbo, and . While he has extensive credits in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century television series and television movies, such as , he has comparatively few credits for Perfect Murder, Perfect Town film scores, most notably two entries in the Airport series: and Airport 1975 . He was also responsible for the eerie score for Airport '77 , a film starring Horror Express Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Scoring music for the 1981 television movie Hellinger's Law  reunited him with Kojak veteran Telly Savalas.
Cacavas is also notable for his "Flute Poem", known by
Canadian viewers as the opening to , a series of public service announcements profiling various wild Canadian animals. Hinterland Who's Who [2 ]
More recently, he wrote the
theme song for the 2005 video game . The song, "March Popakov Remix", was sampled by Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories DJ Danger Mouse and is used frequently in the game.
Cacavas recently published his
autobiography, entitled It's More than Do-Re-Mi: My Life in Music. He lived in Beverly Hills, California and London, England with his wife, Bonetta Becker Cacavas and was an accomplished chef. They have three grown children, Lisa, John and Jennifer, and three grandchildren, James Stewart, Eric and Alexander Cacavas.
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