The Oscar-winning composer Maurice Jarre, who wrote the music for several Hollywood blockbusters, has died at the age of 84.
Jarre, the father of electronic music composer Jean-Michel, was born in Lyon, France. He had lived in Los Angeles for many years, and had laterly suffered from cancer. He wrote several concert pieces, but is best-known for the sweeping music in such films as Doctor Zhivago, A Passage to India and Lawrence of Arabia. Jarre’s musical career had taken off in 1961 when the movie producer Sam Spiegel asked him to write the score for Lawrence of Arabia. It won him his first Academy Award. He followed that with The Train in 1964, then earned more success with Doctor Zhivago, which brought him a second Oscar.