LOS ANGELES – Nathan Scott, a film and television composer, arranger and conductor whose credits include composing music for the TV classics “Dragnet” and “Lassie,” has died. He was 94.

Scott, the father of jazz saxophonist and composer-arranger Tom Scott, died Saturday of age-related causes at his Los Angeles home, said his daughter, Linda Colley.

In a four-decade career that began on radio in the early 1940s, Scott launched a six-year post-World War II stint at Republic Pictures as a composer, arranger and conductor on films starring actors such as Gene Autry, Rocky Lane, Roy Rogers and Bob Steele. That included composing the music for the John Wayne sea picture “Wake of the Red Witch.”

As a freelance composer, he worked on TV series such as “Have Gun-Will Travel,” “My Three Sons,” “Rawhide,” “The Twilight Zone,” “The Untouchables” and “Wagon Train.”


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