Neil Argo

Neil Argo

San Diego, California
May 28
Date of passing: 
August 02, 2018







Neil Argo was an American composer for film and television.

While serving in the Air Force. Argo was assigned to the NORAD Band (North American Defense Command Band) in Colorado. He studied with some of the band members, gaining insight into the music business, furthering his desire for writing for film.

While in Colorado, Argo was introduced to producer Marty Stouffer, who was putting together a new TV series for PBS, Wild America, a series which explored the variety of wildlife found throughout the United States. Stouffer hired Argo to compose the theme and first 35 episodes for the series. The series, launched in October 1982, was a hit on PBS nationally, producing 120 episodes over twelve years.

Argo’s other work for television includes Dynasty, MacGyver, The Colbys, Hotel, Mission: Impossible (1988-90 reboot), and Beverly Hills 90210.

Argo's film scores included Chavez Cage of Glory (with Steven Bauer), The Legends of Nethiah (with Robert Picardo), Chasing the Green (with William Devane), Bring Him Home (with Ed Asner), and P.J. (with John Heard), among others.

In addition to his work in film and television, Argo taught orchestration and film scoring at California State University at Northridge, and was a member of the Television Academy.

Argo died August 2, 2018, in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 71.