The Incredible Hulk Composer, Joe Harnell, Has Passed Away
Thursday, July 14, 2005

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Joe Harnell, the composer of several classic TV scores such as THE INCREDIBLE HULK, V and THE BIONIC WOMAN, died on Thursday, 14th of July of heart failure at the age of 80.

Born in New York on 2 August 1924, Harnell studied music at the University of Miami before entering the air force and touring with the Glenn Miller Air Force Band in Europe and USA. He continued to study under such prestigious names as Nadia Boulanger in Paris and Sir William Walton in London (later, he also studied under Aaron Copland in USA). Following his return to the US in 1946, Harnell worked as an arranger and director for artists such as Frank Sinatra, Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland and Lena Horne.

As a film and television composer, Harnell made an everlasting impression with his end credits music for the INCREDIBLE HULK series - a sad, reflective and beautiful theme for solo piano that will always be remembered as one of American television's most ingenious themes. His other credits include the V miniseries, ALIEN NATION (the 1989 TV movie), TV movies SENIOR TRIP and THE LIBERATORS and series DRACULA '79, THE BIONIC WOMAN and SANTA BARBARA. He also composed the brilliant logo signature for United Artists.

According to Harnell’s web site (, funeral services will be private. A memorial celebration will be announced at a later date. Contributions may be made in Joe's name to USC Thornton School of Music, Los Angeles, CA. Several limited-release CDs of Harnell’s music to HULK, V, and other series are still available via his web site.

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