Paul Smith (film and television composer)

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Paul Smith
Born Paul J. Smith
(1906-10-30)October 30, 1906
Calumet, Michigan
Died January 25, 1985(1985-01-25) (aged 78)
Glendale, California
Cause of death Alzheimer's Disease
Occupation American film composer
Years active 1940-1985

Paul J. Smith (October 30, 1906 - January 25, 1985) was an American music composer.


He was born in Calumet, Michigan on October 30, 1906. Smith spent much of his life working at Disney as composer for many of its films' scores, animated and live-action alike, movie and television alike (from 1962 to 1963, he also composed music for Leave It to Beaver). In Fantasia, he is one of the studio employees in the orchestra. He also composed the scores for several of the True-Life Adventures episodes. His main collaborator and partner was Hazel "Gil" George. She wrote the song title for The Light in the Forest with him and Lawrence Edward Watkin. Smith also did the stock music for the Blondie series of the late 1940s and early 1950s. He won an Academy Award for Best Original Score with Leigh Harline and Ned Washington for Pinocchio as his first and only Oscar win.


He died on January 25, 1985 in Glendale, California, from Alzheimer's Disease at age 78.

In 1994, he was posthumously honored as a Disney Legend.

Animation scores[edit]

Live-action scores (not counting TV)[edit]

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