Raoul Kraushaar, longtime music director and supervisor for films and TV, died Saturday Oct. 13 of natural causes in Pompano Beach, Fla. He was 93.
Native of France and son of an orchestral musician, he stowed aboard a ship bound for New York City in 1926, studied music arranging under Hugo Riesenfeld at Columbia U. and later relocated to Los Angeles to start his career.
His first credited film work in Hollywood was the Gene Autry starrer “Round-up Time in Texas” (1937). He also worked as an arranger for orchestras including that of bandleader Ted Fiorito.
Kraushaar became one of the first “packagers” of music for TV in the 1950s, taking libraries of music that he owned (and sometimes contributed to as composer or arranger) and selling them to TV shows.
He supplied music for such shows as “The Untouchables,” “My Three Sons,” “The Donna Reed Show,” “Dennis the Menace,” “Father Knows Best,” The Fugitive” and “The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok.”He also composed for “The Abbott and Costello Show.” Kraushaar also supplied or composed music cues for popular cartoons including “Yogi Bear” and “Huckleberry Hound.”
He served as music coordinator for the film “Cabaret” and was connected in one form or another with “Blue Gardenia,” “Invaders From Mars,” several Abbott and Costello films, Gene Autry and Hopalong Cassidy features and numerous horror/suspense pics.
He is survived by four daughters, a son, 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is pending.