Dennis McCarthy
Born (1945-07-03) July 3, 1945 (age 78)
United States
GenresFilm score, television score
Occupation(s)Composer, arranger

Dennis McCarthy (born July 3, 1945) is an American composer of television and film scores.[1][2] His soundtrack credits include several entries in the Star Trek franchise, including underscores for The Next Generation,[1] Deep Space Nine,[1] Voyager, Enterprise, and the 1994 feature film Star Trek Generations.[3] His other television credits include Dynasty, V, MacGyver, Sliders, Dawson's Creek, and Project Greenlight.[1] He also produced the album Ol' Yellow Eyes Is Back by Brent Spiner also from Star Trek, and composed music for stage productions.[4]

McCarthy has won 18 ASCAP awards and a Primetime Emmy Award for his theme on Deep Space Nine, in addition to nine Emmy nominations for his various Star Trek-related work. He also shares one Emmy for his music direction for the 63rd Academy Awards.


Feature films

Year Title Director Notes
1982 Pray TV Robert Markowitz
1983 Off the Wall Rick Friedberg
The Kid with the 200 I.Q. Leslie H. Martinson
Last Plane Out David Nelson
1986 Gone to Texas Peter Levin
1990 Kaleidoscope Jud Taylor
1991 Daddy Michael Miller
1992 Aladdin Ron Clements
John Musker
Additional music[5]
Score composed by Alan Menken
1994 Tonya and Nancy: The Inside Story Larry Shaw
Star Trek Generations David Carson
1995 The Colony Rob Hedden
1996 Lying Eyes Marina Sargenti
1997 Love's Deadly Triangle Richard A. Colla
McHale's Navy Bryan Spicer
When Innocence Is Lost Bethany Rooney
Breast Men Lawrence O'Neil
1998 Letters from a Killer David Carson
1999 Ultimate Deception Richard A. Colla
Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years Lynne Littman
2000 In His Life: The John Lennon Story David Carson
2001 Conspiracy Frank Pierson
2002 The Scorpion King Chuck Russell Additional music
Score composed by John Debney
2003 Die, Mommie, Die! Mark Rucker
2004 Landers Sean Findley
2007 A Modern Twain Story: The Prince and the Pauper James Quattrochi
2018 Death of a Nation Dinesh D'Souza
Bruce Schooley
Documentary film


Year Title Notes
1969–71 The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour Musical director;
5 episodes
1980 Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters Musical director;
3 episodes
1980–81 Enos 17 episodes
1982 Private Benjamin 2 episodes
1983 Gun Shy 6 episodes
Small & Frye
The Fall Guy Episode: "To The Finish"
Cutter to Houston 3 episodes
1983–84 Goodnight, Beantown 2 episodes
1984 V: The Final Battle 2 parts
Glitter Episode: "Illusions"
1984–85 V 19 episodes
1985 Stir Crazy 2 episodes
Cover Up Episode: "Black Widow"
1985–87 The Colbys 13 episodes
Hotel 2 episodes
1985-89 Dynasty 29 episodes
1985–91 MacGyver 69 episodes
1986 The Twilight Zone 3 episodes
The New Mike Hammer Episode: "Murder in the Cards"
The Love Boat Episode: "The Shipshape Cruise"
Trapper John, M.D. 4 episodes
1987–88 Houston Knights 20 episodes
1987–94 Star Trek: The Next Generation 88 episodes
Nominated–Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (5)
1989 Island Son Episode: "Everyday People"
Falcon Crest Episode: "Enquiring Minds"
1990 Tiny Toon Adventures 2 episodes
1990–93 Parker Lewis Can't Lose 73 episodes
1991 Eddie Dodd 6 episodes
63rd Academy Awards Television special
1992 Beverly Hills, 90210 Episode: "Baby Makes Five"
1994 Burke's Law 4 episodes
Birdland 7 episodes
1995 Sliders 2 episodes
1993–99 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 77 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music
1995–96 Deadly Games 7 episodes
1995–2001 Star Trek: Voyager 65 episodes
Nominated–Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (2)
1997–98 Stargate SG-1 4 episodes
1998 Players Episode: "Mint Condition"
1999 Dawson's Creek 9 episodes
1999-2000 Get Real 22 episodes
2001–02 Project Greenlight 12 episodes
2001–05 Star Trek: Enterprise 30 episodes
Nominated–Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series

Other media

Year Title Notes
1996 The Utilizer Short film
Star Trek: Borg Video game
1997 Still Kicking Short film
2001 Hal Buckley
2004 Star Trek: The Experience Theme attraction
2007 Bench Short film
2009 Boba and Melon Gum
2010 Stew
Walking with the Devil Inside
2010–17 Star Trek: The Romulan Wars Web series
2011 A Better Place Short film
2012 The Fisherman
2014–15 Starship Antyllus Web series
2017 The Derelict: A Star Trek Fan Production Short film
Star Trek: Renegades Web series


  1. ^ a b c d Leo Weekly
  2. ^ "Longtime Star Trek composer Dennis McCarthy on his scores for DS9 and Generations | SYFY WIRE". Archived from the original on 2018-07-24. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  3. ^ "Exclusive Interview: Star Trek Composer Dennis McCarthy". 27 July 2015. Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  4. ^ "Dennis McCarthy". Broadway Play Publishing Inc. Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  5. ^ "THE SCORPION KING". Library of Congress. Retrieved 2019-02-14.