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Ralph Ferraro (3 July 1929 – 3 April 2012; age 82) was an American composer and orchestrator who served in the latter capacity for composer Leonard Rosenman on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Ferraro was Rosenman's orchestrator on many other films, including Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970; featuring Jeff Corey, James Gregory, and Gregory Sierra) A Man Called Horse (1970; starring Dame Judith Anderson), Bound for Glory (1976; featuring David Clennon, Ronny Cox, Wendy Schaal, and Gail Strickland, and costumes by William Ware Theiss) and RoboCop 2 (1990; featuring Bill Bolender, Roger Aaron Brown, Gary Bullock, Erik Cord, Gabriel Damon, Robert DoQui, John Glover, Stephen Lee, Tzi Ma, Jeff McCarthy, Mark Rolston, Phil Rubenstein, and Peter Weller).
Most frequently, however, Ferraro orchestrated scores composed by Randy Edelman. Among their collaborations are the features Quick Change (1990; featuring Reg E. Cathey, Tim Halligan, and Kurtwood Smith), Beethoven's 2nd (1993; featuring Jeff Corey and William Schallert), Gettysburg (1993; with a cast including William O. Campbell, Kevin Conway, Mark Moses, Kieran Mulroney, Andrew Prine, and W. Morgan Sheppard), Angels in the Outfield (1994; starring Christopher Lloyd and Neal McDonough), Billy Madison (1995; featuring Larry Hankin), While You Were Sleeping (1995; featuring Rick Worthy), Dragonheart (1996; featuring Dina Meyer, Brian Thompson, and the voice of Sean Connery), Shanghai Noon (2000; with cinematography by Dan Mindel) and its 2003 sequel, Shanghai Knights, xXx (2002) and Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2004; featuring Diedrich Bader and William Shatner).
In addition to those listed above, Ferraro also orchestrated the scores for such films as The Wiz (1978) and Masters of the Universe (1987), the latter of which starred Anthony De Longis, Meg Foster, Frank Langella, and Star Trek: Voyager regular Robert Duncan McNeill. He also composed the scores for two cult projects: the US version of the 1966 horror film She Beast and the 1974 erotic sci-fi parody Flesh Gordon.