Earle Hagen passed away on May 26, 2008 after a long illness during which he constantly displayed the fortitude and spirit reflected throughout the 89 years his presence graced this earth. He was surrounded by family and loved ones, and our sincerest sympathy goes out to all of them, in particular to his wife Laura who brought so much joy to the last years of his life.
Last Honor Among So Many
On Sunday, April 20, 2008 Earle Hagen was honored by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Gold Circle Award for 50 years of outstanding contributions to the medium.
Having overcome an extremely serious illness this past month, thanks to his own fabulous and indomitable spirit as well as prayers from fans around the world (but most especially all the TLC from the wonderful Laura), Earle was able to not only accept his Gold Circle Award in person from actor Robert Culp, but exhibit the joie de vivre which endears us all to him.
Other inductees into the TV Academy's Gold Circle included (from left) Robert Loggia, James MacArthur, Ann-Margret, Paul Apodaca, Keely Smith, Earle Hagen (looking so great!), and Cal Ahlers. (photo by Del Francis, courtesy of The Desert Sun)
Long-time friend Jon Burlingame offers a closer look at the ceremonies on the Film Music Society website
Earle Hagen was long known as one of the great show business storytellers. Read all about his fascinating adventures in the world of entertainment In his autobiography,
“Memories of a Famous Composer - Nobody Ever Heard Of”
the whole delightful story is told with Earle Hagen's inimitable wit and charm.
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SPECTACULAR 85TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
ON JULY 9, 2004
Celebrating the night of his 85th birthday, Earle Hagen was in attendance at the Hollywood Bowl for a gala evening of television music, including a grand suite of ten of his top TV themes arranged by Joe Curiale.
Other special guests of the evening on hand to mark the Big Day included conductor John Mauceri, Joe Mantegna, Peter Gallagher, The Smothers Brothers, Shelley Long, Morgan Fairchild, Ja'Net DuBois, Deney Terrio, Donna McKechnie, Sally Struthers, Scott Bakula, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Tyne Daly, David Newell and introducing Earle Hagen to greet the crowd, "I Spy" star Robert Culp.
In addition to Earle Hagen's hit themes, the program featured music from “West Wing,” conducted by composer Bruce Broughton), The Simpsons, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Battlestar Gallactica, and themes by Jerry Goldsmith.
and read more about the night
in an article by noted music journalist and author
"I Spy" star Robert Culp leads the Hollywood Bowl audience in singing Happy Birthday to Earle Hagen
EARLE HAGEN PERFORMS AT TV LAND AWARDS
TV Land has voted “The Andy Griffith Show” BEST SHOW OF THE YEAR. Earle Hagen makes his “acting debut” at the 2004 awards ceremonies. Go to
For details on the event!
COMPOSERS & LYRICISTS HONOR EARLE HAGEN
In December 2003, the Society of Composers and Lyricists honoured Earle Hagen with their Ambassador Award. Read an interview which he gave to composer Bruce Babcock for the Society's publication to mark the event.
Earle Hagen was guest of honor at Mayberry Days in September 2003. The event is staged in the home town of Andy Griffith, Mount Airey, North Carolina, and the crowds who flocked to see the composer of the famous whistling theme gave Earle Hagen a taste of the affection in which he is held across America. For details, go to
EARLE HAGEN WALK OF FAME STAR
In April 2003, Earle Hagen was honoured with a prominent star on the Palm Springs Walk of Fame. The Best of All Worlds team was there. Read all about the day
Film Score Monthly produces a CD bersion
of five great Earle Hagen scores from the TV series “I Spy”
Direct from the soundtracks of
"So Long, Patrick Henry" - "A Time of the Knife" - "Turkish Delight," - "The Warlord" -
"Mainly on the Plains"
along with a 24-page booklet of liner notes and photos and foreword by Robert Culp
It's available in limited edition ONLY from Film Score Monthly, so check out their website for ordering details and sound clips! Just click on the album cover above!!
ASMAC SALUTES EARLE HAGEN
Among the many honors and awards which grace Earle Hagen's `trophy cabinet,' one of the most coveted is the Irwin Kostal Tribute Award presented to him by his peers in the American Society of Musicians Arrangers & Composers in November 2000. Read Earle Hagen's acceptance speech, reflecting on his long and illustrious career.