Basil Poledouris (1945-2006) was a Greek-American composer noted for producing the scores for some of the most popular movies of the modern era, including ''Film/RedDawn1984'', ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982'', ''Film/FreeWilly'', ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' and ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober''. Known for his [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome epic, symphonic scores]], he is frequently regarded as one of the best film composers of all time. Many of his work is famous in its own right, with his scores for ''Conan'' and ''[=RoboCop=]'' (which featured men banging on ''anvils'') being particularly noteworthy.

[[HeAlsoDid He also had a very small number]] of [[TheCameo acting credits]], most notably as a Klingon, a {{Redshirt}}, and [[ANaziByAnyOtherName an Ekosian trooper]] on various episodes of ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' (the original series).
!! List of scores composed by Basil Poledouris include:

* ''Big Wednesday'' (1978)
* ''Literature/TheBlueLagoon'' and its sequel (1980, 1991)
* ''Film/{{Conan the Barbarian|1982}}'' (1982) and ''Film/ConanTheDestroyer'' (1984)
* ''Film/{{Red Dawn|1984}}'' - this was the very first soundtrack album to be released by Intrada[[note]]and Poledouris's ''Switchback'' was the first album to be released on the label's Special Collection imprint[[/note]].
* ''Film/{{RoboCop|1987}}'' and ''Film/RoboCop3'' (1987, 1993)
* ''Film/{{Cherry 2000}}'' (1987) - this was the first CD Club release from Creator/VareseSarabande (later reissued in expanded form by Prometheus and twinned with Poledouris's ''No Man's Land'').
* ''Literature/LonesomeDove'' (1989)
* ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'' (1990)
* ''Film/QuigleyDownUnder'' (1990)
* ''Film/HarleyDavidsonAndTheMarlboroMan'' (1991)
* ''Film/FreeWilly'' and its first sequel (1993, 1995)
* ''Film/HotShotsPartDeux'' (1993)
* ''Film/OnDeadlyGround'' (1994)
* ''Film/SerialMom'' (1994)
* ''Film/TheJungleBook'' (1994)
* ''[[Film/UnderSiege Under Siege 2: Dark Territory]]'' (1995)
* ''Film/{{Breakdown}}'' (1997)
* ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' (1997)
* ''Film/{{Les Miserables|1998}}'' (1998)
* ''For Love Of The Game'' (1999)
* ''Film/CecilBDemented'' (2000) with his daughter Zoe Poledouris
* ''[[Film/CrocodileDundee Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles]]'' (2001)
* ''The Legend Of Butch And Sundance'' (2004) - MadeForTVMovie and pilot for an unsold series; his final score.[[note]]This was shelved for two years, and received its first TV screening just a few months before he passed away.[[/note]]