Family spokesman Jason Lee said Hamlisch died Monday after a brief illness. Other details aren’t being released.
Hamlisch’s career included composing, conducting and arranging music from Broadway to Hollywood. He was a frequent visitor to Buffalo over the years as a conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s pop concerts.
The composer won every major award in his career, including three Academy Awards, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globes.
His music colored some of film and Broadway’s most important works.
Hamlisch composed more than 40 film scores, including “Sophie’s Choice,” ”Ordinary People” and “Take the Money and Run.” He won his third Oscar for his adaptation of Scott Joplin’s music for “The Sting.” On Broadway, Hamlisch received the Pulitzer Prize for long-running favorite “The Chorus Line” and wrote “The Goodbye Girl” and “Sweet Smell of Success.” A news release from his publicist said he was scheduled to fly to Nashville, Tenn., this week to see a production of his hit musical, “The Nutty Professor.”