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David Raksin (1912–2004)

David Raksin's father Isidore, who both conducted and owned a music store, taught his son to play piano as well as woodwind instruments at an early age. He eventually studied music with Arnold Schönberg, but became by-and-large a self-taught multi-instrumentalist (organ and percussion), as well as composer and arranger for radio and for his own ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins. See more awards »

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 1971 What's the Matter with Helen? (conductor)
 1967 Lost in Space (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- The Toymaker (1967) ... (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1966 A Big Hand for the Little Lady (conductor)
 1961-1966 Ben Casey (TV Series) (composer - 153 episodes)
- Then, Suddenly, Panic (1966) ... (composer: title music)
- Twenty Six Ways to Spell Heartbreak: A, B, C, D... (1966) ... (composer: title music)
- Where Did All the Roses Go? (1966) ... (composer: title music)
- Lullaby for a Wind-Up Toy (1966) ... (composer: title music)
 1964 Invitation to a Gunfighter (conductor - uncredited)
 1963-1964 Breaking Point (TV Series) (composer - 30 episodes)
- My Hands Are Clean (1964) ... (composer: title music)
- I, the Dancer (1964) ... (composer: title music)
- Confounding Her Astronomers (1964) ... (composer: title music)
- Never Trouble Trouble Till Trouble Troubles You (1964) ... (composer: title music)
- Glass Flowers Never Drop Petals (1964) ... (composer: title music)
 1963 Here's Edie (TV Series) (conductor - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.2 (1963) ... (conductor)
 1962 Two Weeks in Another Town (conductor - uncredited)
 1961-1962 Father of the Bride (TV Series) (composer - 34 episodes)
- The Visit (1962) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Hammers (1962) ... (composer: theme music)
- Bradley's Shack (1962) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Band (1962) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Hospital (1962) ... (composer: theme music)
 1960 Pay or Die (musical director)
 1959-1960 Five Fingers (TV Series) (composer - 16 episodes)
- Counterfeit (1960) ... (composer: theme music)
- A Shot in the Dark (1960) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Search for Edvard Stoyan (1960) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Judas Goat (1960) ... (composer: theme music)
- Operation Ramrod (1959) ... (composer: theme music)
 1959 Al Capone (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1959 Gunmen from Laredo (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1958 A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1958 Return to Warbow (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1957 The Hard Man (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1957 Until They Sail (conductor - uncredited)
 1957 20 Million Miles to Earth (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1957 The Way to the Gold (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1957 The Vintage (conductor - uncredited)
 1957 Hellcats of the Navy (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1957 The Guns of Fort Petticoat (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1957 The Phantom Stagecoach (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1957 Zombies of Mora Tau (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1957 Oh, Men! Oh, Women! (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1956 Reprisal! (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1956 The White Squaw (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1956 Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1954 Gorilla at Large (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1954 Wyoming Renegades (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1953 Bad for Each Other (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1953 City of Bad Men (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1953 A Slight Case of Larceny (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1953 Fast Company (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1953 Rogue's March (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1952 The Bad and the Beautiful (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1952 Fearless Fagan (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1952 Pat and Mike (conductor - uncredited)
 1952 The Girl in White (conductor - uncredited)
 1951 The Man with a Cloak (conductor - uncredited)
 1951 Across the Wide Missouri (conductor - uncredited)
 1951 Kind Lady (conductor - uncredited)
 1950 The Magnificent Yankee (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1950 Right Cross (conductor - uncredited)
 1950 Atom Man vs. Superman (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1950 The Next Voice You Hear... (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1950 The Reformer and the Redhead (conductor - uncredited)
 1948 Superman (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1948 Adventures in Silverado (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1947 The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (musical supervisor)
 1946 Behind Green Lights (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1945 Where Do We Go from Here? (composer: incidental music)
 1945 Diamond Horseshoe (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1945 Circumstantial Evidence (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1944 The Fighting Lady (Documentary) (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1944 Sunday Dinner for a Soldier (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1944 Irish Eyes Are Smiling (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1944 Sweet and Low-Down (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1944 Till We Meet Again (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1944 The Canterville Ghost (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1944 Bathing Beauty (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1944 Home in Indiana (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1944 Roger Touhy, Gangster (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1944 Buffalo Bill (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1944 The Sullivans (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1944 The Lodger (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1944 Know Your Ally: Britain (Documentary short) (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1943 Girl Crazy (composer: additional music - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1943 Happy Land (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1943 Guadalcanal Diary (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1943 Paris After Dark (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1943 Sweet Rosie O'Grady (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1943 Bomber's Moon (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1943 Jitterbugs (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1943 Du Barry Was a Lady (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1943 My Friend Flicka (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1943 Three Hearts for Julia (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1943 They Came to Blow Up America (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1943 Crash Dive (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1943 Something to Shout About (orchestrator)
 1943 The Fighting Guerrillas (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1942 Iceland (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1942 Joan of Ozark (additional orchestrator - uncredited)
 1942 In Old California (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1942 Whispering Ghosts (composer: title music - uncredited)
 1942 The Night Before the Divorce (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1942 Song of the Islands (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1942 Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1942 A Gentleman at Heart (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1942 Lady for a Night (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1941 The Perfect Snob (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1941 Cadet Girl (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1941 Rise and Shine (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1941 The Men in Her Life (musical director)
 1941 Swamp Water (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1941 Last of the Duanes (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1941 Sun Valley Serenade (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1941 Men of the Timberland (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1940 The Green Hornet Strikes Again! (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1940 The Great Profile (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1940 Alias the Deacon (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1940 West of Carson City (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1940 The Blue Bird (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1940 The Green Hornet (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1939 Barricade (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1939 Chip of the Flying U (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1939 Hollywood Cavalcade (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1939 Oklahoma Frontier (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1939 The Witness Vanishes (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1939 The Oregon Trail (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1939 Susannah of the Mounties (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1939 The Gorilla (composer: stock music - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1939 The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (music arranger - uncredited)
 1939 Love Affair (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1939 Scouts to the Rescue (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1938 The Missing Guest (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1938 Young Fugitives (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1938 Outlaw Express (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1938 Western Trails (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1938 Kentucky Moonshine (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1938 The Devil's Party (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1938 Air Devils (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1938 The Lady in the Morgue (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1938 Goodbye Broadway (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1938 The Last Stand (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1938 State Police (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1938 The Crime of Doctor Hallet (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1938 Border Wolves (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1938 The Baroness and the Butler (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1938 Forbidden Valley (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1938 Midnight Intruder (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1938 The Goldwyn Follies (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1938 Happy Landing (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1938 The Jury's Secret (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 The Singing Outlaw (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 Sh! The Octopus (composer: title music - uncredited)
 1937 Courage of the West (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 Nothing Sacred (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1937 52nd Street (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1937 A Girl with Ideas (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 The Westland Case (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 Trouble at Midnight (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 The Lady Fights Back (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 Idol of the Crowds (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 One Hundred Men and a Girl (assistant: Leopold Stokowski - uncredited)
 1937 The Man Who Cried Wolf (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 Reported Missing (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 Stella Dallas (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1937 San Quentin (composer: title music - uncredited)
 1937 Marry the Girl (composer: title music - uncredited)
 1937 Wild West Days (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 I Cover the War (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 Armored Car (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 The Road Back (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1937 Let Them Live (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 Night Key (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 Marked Woman (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 Midnight Court (composer: music cues - uncredited)
 1937 Breezing Home (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1936 Three Smart Girls (composer: title music - uncredited)
 1936 These Three (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1936 Modern Times (arranged by)
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Worked as a music professor at University of Southern California.

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | 4 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

D. Raksin | David Raskin
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Personal Quote:

When Alfred Hitchcock balked at the idea of having music in the film Lifeboat (1944), because he thought the audience wouldn't know where the music was coming from in the middle of the ocean, Raksin retorted "Ask Hitch where the cameras are coming from".

Trivia:

Raskin recorded a commentary track (with film historian Jeanine Basinger) on the DVD of "Laura". See more »

Nickname:

Grandfather of Film Music

Star Sign:

Leo

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