Date of Birth 30 October 1906, Calumet, Michigan, USA Date of Death 25 January 1985, Glendale, California, USA (Alzheimer's disease) Mini Biography Paul was the son of J.J. Smith, who was a professor at the College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho in the early 1900's. It was a very musical family. Father J J composed a number of songs for the College. Paul became music director for Disney. His brother Arthur also became a studio musician and played on films and TV shows. Paul J. Smith (October 30, 1906 - January 25, 1985) was an Academy Award-winning American music composer. He was born in Calumet, Michigan. Smith spent much of his life working at Disney as composer for many of its films' scores, animated and live-action alike, movie and television alike (from 1962 to 1963, he also composed music for Leave It to Beaver). In Fantasia, he is one of the studio employees in the orchestra. He also composed the scores for several of the True-Life Adventures episodes. His main collaborator and partner was Hazel "Gil" George. She wrote the song title for The Light in the Forest with him and Lawrence Edward Watkin. Smith also did the stock music for the Blondie series of the late 1940s and early 1950s. He won an Academy Award for Best Original Score for Pinocchio. He died in Glendale, California at age 78. In 1994, he was posthumously awarded as a Disney Legend.