He was a well known figure on both coasts known for his thick glasses,  and slightly nerdy appearance.  Marvin Hamlisch will be remembered as the man who wrote the Pulitzer Prize score for 1975's "A Chorus Line".

In addition to "A Chorus Line", Hamlisch scored big writing music for "The Goodbye Girl", and "Sweet Smell of Success".  He also composed more than forty film scores including The Way We Were, Sophie's Choice, Take The Money and Run, Ordinary People, and The Sting.

In 1974, he won Grammy's for best new artist and song of the year for "The Way We Were", sung by Barbra Streisand.

Hamlisch was said to have a brief illness before suddenly collapsing and dying on August 6.  He was 68.