Composer Albert Sendrey, who contributed musical talent to 170 films including “Easter Parade” and “Guys and Dolls,” died May 18 at the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 91.
Chicago native grew up surrounded by music. His Hungarian-born father was the opera and symphony conductor and composer Alfred Sendrey. His mother, Eugenia, had been a soprano at the Vienna Opera under Gustav Mahler.
During his long career, he orchestrated, arranged and composed music for movies and television, working for MGM in the 1940s and 1950s and later as pianist and conductor for Tony Martin.
Sendrey, whose work was sometimes uncredited, wrote the music for Fred Astaire’s classic ceiling dance in “Royal Wedding”, said fellow composer and friend Scott Harper.
His TV credits included “Bonanza,” and “Laramie”.
In 1953 Sendrey began composing production numbers for the Riviera and the Sands hotels in Las Vegas.
Three years later he began working with Martin and continued until his retirement a year and a half ago.
He is survived by five children.