Ernest Gold (13 July 1921 – 17 March 1999) was an American award-winning composer. Born in Vienna, Austria, Gold wrote nearly 100 film & television scores. He won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Score in 1960 for 'On the Beach' & won an Academy Award a year later for Best Music Score for 'Exodus'. His work for 'On the Beach' was also awarded a Grammy Award. Gold's classical works include a piano concerto, a string quartet & a piano sonata.