Edward "Ward" Costello (July 5, 1919 - June 4, 2009) was an American actor, composer and lyricist. He composed and wrote the lyrics to the theme for The Gallant Hours. Prior to his work in film, Costello served in both the British Royal Air Force and the U.S. Army Signal Corps during the Second World War. During his acting career, Costello appeared in several television programs, including Star Trek: The Next Generation, Little House on the Prairie and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. He retired from acting in 1989. Ward Costello died from complications of a stroke on June 4, 2009, aged 89. He was survived by his wife, Gerarda; three sons; a daughter; two brothers and a sister.