Richard Markowitz

Richard Allen Markowitz (born September 3, 1926 in Santa Monica, California, died December 6, 1994 in Santa Monica) was an American film and television composer. He was the father of singer Kate Markowitz.


As a Santa Monica High School student, Markowitz led a big band called Dick Allen and the Teenagers under the name Dick Allen. Following his graduation in 1943 he performed military service in World War II. After the war, Markowitz studied music in Paris and under Arthur Honegger and Arnold Schoenberg.[1] Whilst in Paris he played in jazz clubs and met his wife Haru Yanai.[2]

Markowitz began film composing with the 1958 film Stakeout on Dope Street for director Irvin Kershner. He collaborated again with Kernsher on the films The Young Captives, (1959), Hoodlum Priest (1961), and Face in the Rain (1963). He collaborated with his wife on the score of the film Roadracers (1959) where Haru wrote lyrics to the songs. His other film scores included One Man's Way (1963), Bus Riley's Back in Town (1965), Wild Seed (1965), Ride Beyond Vengeance (1966), The Shooting (1966), which starred Warren Oates and Jack Nicholson, Cry for Me, Billy (1972), and Circle of Power (1981).

In 1961 he composed the score for Bert I. Gordon's The Magic Sword and began his television career composing the theme song and background music to The Rebel where the theme song was sung by Johnny Cash.

He again scored a well known Western TV series when he replaced Dimitri Tiomkin in conducting the theme and background music to The Wild Wild West. Keeping with the Western genre he scored the television movie (Scalplock) that spawned the series The Iron Horse as well as providing music for a variety of American television series and made for TV movies such as Weekend of Terror (1970), The Hanged Man (1974), Brinks: The Great Robbery (1976), Mayday at 40,000 Feet! (1976) and Death Car on the Freeway (1979).

Television series scored by Markowitz


"Episode(s)" denotes the listing may be incomplete.

YearTitleInfoOn CD?
1949Trouble, Inc.(failed pilot)NO
1961Las Vegas BeatTV movie (failed pilot)NO
1962Ben CaseyEpisode(s):
"Rigadoon for Three Pianos" (Season 2)
"Will Everyone Who Believes in Terry Dunne Please Applaud" (season 2)
"La Vie, La Vie Interieure" (season 2)
"A Cardinal Act of Mercy -- Part 1" (season 2)
"A Cardinal Act of Mercy -- Part 2" (season 2)
"A Hundred More Pipers" (season 2)
"The Echo of a Silent Cheer -- Part 1" (season 3)
"The Echo of a Silent Cheer -- Part 2" (season 3)
"Light Up the Dark Corners" (season 3)
"There Was Once a Man in the Land of Uz" (season 3)
1962EmpireAt least one episode.NO
1963Breaking PointAt least two episodes.NO
1963Postmark: Jim FletcherEpisode(s):
"(unknown title)" (failed pilot)
And theme music.
"One Way Out" (season 1)
"Sabers In the Sun" (pilot)
"Hondo and the Brave"
And theme music.
1975Joe ForresterEpisode(s):
"Deadly Weekend: Part 1"
"Deadly Weekend: Part 2"
And theme music.
1976Most WantedEpisode(s):
"The Slaver"
"The Barking Dog"
1976Most WantedEpisode(s):
1976The QuestEpisode(s):
"The Buffalo Hunters"
1978The RunawaysEpisode(s):
"No Prince for My Cinderella"
"Melinda and the Pinball Wizard"
"Lies We Live With"
"Too Young to Love"
1978Doctors' Private LivesEpisode(s):
(only four episodes made; John Cacavas also on the series)
1984GlitterAt least one episode.NO
1984Murder, She WroteTotal 72 episodes (from season 1 to 7)NO
1986Blacke's MagicEpisode(s):
"Knave of Diamonds, Ace of Hearts"
"Vanishing Act"
"Prisoner of Paradise"
"Forced Landing"
1986DynastyAll episodes:
"The Decision"
"The Vigil"
Both episodes from season 6 and co-composed (uncredited) with Jack Smalley.
1987The Law and Harry McGrawEpisode(s):
"Dead Men Don't Make Phone Calls"
"Murder by Landslide"
"Yankee Doodle Dandy"
"The Fallen Arrow"
"She's Not Wild About Harry"
"Angela's Secret" (co-scored with Jack Smalley)
"Solve It Again Harry"
"Gilhooey's Is History"
"Waiting Game"
Theme music nominated for an Emmy.


  2. p. 44 Bessman, Jim Markowitz Maps Solo Career with Dad as Inspiration Billboard 27 March 2004

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