Gerald Fried is an American musician, composer and oboist, well known for his compositions in film and television. He was born February 13, 1928 and raised in the New York City, where he attended the Juilliard School of Music. He attended high school with Stanley Kubrick and composed the scores for five of his earliest films.
After moving to Los Angeles, Fried began composing and arranging music for several films, such as "Terror in a Texas Town" and shows such as "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," "Star Trek" and "Gilligan's Island." His full credits consist of nearly 300 films, television episodes, and specials.
Fried is perhaps best known for his collaboration with Quincy Jones on their Emmy Award-winning score for the 1977 miniseries Roots. He won Golden Pine Award (Lifetime Achievement) at the 2013 International Samobor Film Music Festival.