12 Facts About Basil Poledouris


Basil Konstantine Poledouris was an American composer, conductor, and orchestrator of film and television scores, best known for his long-running collaborations with directors John Milius and Paul Verhoeven.


Basil Poledouris was raised in the Church, and he used to sit in services enthralled by the choir's sound.


At the age of seven, Basil Poledouris began piano lessons, and after graduation from Garden Grove High School, he enrolled at the University of Southern California to study both filmmaking and music.


At USC, Basil Poledouris met movie directors John Milius and Randal Kleiser, with whom he would later collaborate as a music composer.


Basil Poledouris appeared as a background extra in several episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series.


Basil Poledouris became renowned for his powerfully epic style of orchestral composition and his intricate thematic designs.


Basil Poledouris' studio, "Blowtorch Flats", was located in Venice, California, and was a professional mixing facility specializing in film and media production.

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Basil Poledouris married his wife Bobbie in 1969; they had two daughters, Zoe and Alexis.


Basil Poledouris's elder daughter, Zoe Poledouris, is an actress and film composer, who occasionally collaborated with her father in composing film soundtracks.


In 1996, Basil Poledouris composed "The Tradition of the Games" for the Atlanta Olympics opening ceremony that accompanied the memorable dance tribute to the athletes and goddesses of victory of the ancient Greek Olympics using silhouette imagery.


Basil Poledouris spent the last four years of his life residing on Vashon Island, in Washington state.


Basil Poledouris died on November 8,2006, in Los Angeles, California, aged 61, from lung cancer.