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Louis Armstrong (I) (1901–1971)

Louis Armstrong grew up poor in a single-parent household. He was 13 when he celebrated the New Year by running out on the street and firing a pistol that belonged to the current man in his mother's life. At the Colored Waifs Home for Boys, he learned to play the bugle and the clarinet and joined the home's brass band. They played at socials, ... See full bio »

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 2017 Moon Rock City (performer: "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive")
 2016 Assassin's Creed (performer: "The Frim Fram Sauce")
 2016 20th Century Women (performer: "Basin Street Blues")
 2016 A United Kingdom ("I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)")
 2016 The Age of Shadows (performer: "When you're smiling")
 2016 Finding Dory (performer: "What a Wonderful World")
 2015 Meu Amigo Hindu (performer: "La Vie en Rose")
 2015 Phantom Boy (performer: "Dream a Little Dream of Me")
 2015 Huevos: Little Rooster's Egg-cellent Adventure (performer: "What A Wonderful World")
 2015 Lang historie kort (performer: "Darling Nelly Grey")
 2014 Men, Women & Children (performer: "Melancholy Blues")
 2014 Jimmy's Hall (performer: "Sugar Foot Strut")
 2014 Easy Life (performer: "Struttin With Some Barbecue") / (writer: "Struttin With Some Barbecue")
 2014 Salaud, on t'aime (performer: "They Can't Take That Away from Me", "Cheek to Cheek")
 2013 Blue Jasmine (performer: "Aunt Hagar's Blues") / (writer: "Back O'Town Blues")
 2013 The Great Gatsby (performer: "St Louis Blues", "Ain't Misbehavin'")
 2013 Förtroligheten (performer: "What a Wonderful World")
 2012 The Four ("Ain't Misbehaving")
 2012 Back to the Sea (performer: "What A Wonderful World")
 2011 New Year's Eve (performer: "What A Wonderful World")
 2011 Tom Sawyer ("If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)")
 2011 Friends with Kids (performer: "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm")
 2011 Monte Carlo (performer: "La Vie en Rose")
 2011 The Fairy (performer: "It's Wonderful" written by Leroy Smith, nm0661695 & Cameron Slater Wells)
 2011 Jumping the Broom (performer: "La Vie en Rose")
 2010 De Pernas pro Ar (performer: "What a Wonderful World")
 2010 Di Di Hollywood (performer: "La Vie en Rose")
 2010 Rio Sex Comedy (performer: "St. James Infirmary Blues")
 2010 Shanghai (performer: "If I Can Be With You (One Hour Tonight)")
 2009 Soul Kitchen (performer: "The Creator Has a Master Plan")
 2009 The Cry of the Owl (performer: "A Kiss to Build a Dream On")
 2008 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (performer: "Dear Old Southland", "If I Could Be with You (One Hour Tonight)") / (writer: "Big Butter and Egg Man")
 2008 French Film (performer: "A Kiss To Build A Dream On")
 2008 WALL·E (performer: "La Vie en Rose")
 2008 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (performer: "What a Wonderful World")
 2007 American Gangster (performer: "Winter Wonderland" (1934))
 2006 La hora fría (performer: "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen")
 2006 Southland Tales (performer: "If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)")
 2006 Relative Strangers (performer: "Exactly like You")
 2005 Lord of War (performer: "A Kiss to Build a Dream On" (1935))
 2005 Bewitched (performer: "'Bout Time" (1968))
 2005 Madagascar (performer: "What A Wonderful World")
 2005 Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (performer: "On the Sunny Side of the Street" (1930))
 2004 Suwingu gâruzu (performer: "What a Wonderful World")
 2004 Miracle (performer: "White Christmas")
 2003 Something's Gotta Give (performer: "La Vie en Rose")
 2003 Love Me If You Dare (performer: "La Vie en Rose")
 2003 Chooch (performer: "A KISS TO BUILD A DREAM ON")
 2003 La gran aventura de Mortadelo y Filemón (performer: "La Vie en Rose")
 2002 The Quiet American (performer: "La Vie en Rose")
 2002 Mr. Deeds (performer: "Cheek To Cheek")
 2001 Serendipity (performer: "Cool Yule")
 2001 The Cat's Meow (performer: "Everybody Loves My Baby" (1924))
 2001 Pearl Harbor (performer: "Jeepers Creepers")
 2001 Town & Country (performer: "Ain't Misbehavin'" (1929))
 2001 Russian Doll (performer: "Kiss of Fire")
 2001 Blow (performer: "Cool Yule")
 2000 Pollock (performer: "Blues in the South", "Mahogany Hall Stomp")
 2000 The Closer You Get (performer: "A Kiss To Build A Dream On")
 2000 Joe Gould's Secret (performer: "Muskrat Ramble" - as Louie Armstrong)
 1999 Liberty Heights (performer: "If")
 1999 My Life So Far (performer: "The Sunny Side of the Street" (1930))
 1999 The Love Letter (performer: "I'm in the Mood for Love")
 1999 Les enfants du marais (performer: "West End Blues")
 1999 Office Space (performer: "All That Meat and No Potatoes" (1941))
 1999 My Favorite Martian (performer: "Let's Fall in Love")
 1999 At First Sight (performer: "A Kiss to Build a Dream On", "They Can't Take That Away from Me")
 1998 You've Got Mail (performer: "Dummy Song")
 1998 À la place du coeur (performer: "Beale Street Blues")
 1998 Madeline (performer: "What a Wonderful World")
 1998 Doctor Dolittle (performer: "Talk to the Animals")
 1998 The Impostors (performer: "Skokiaan")
 1998 The Newton Boys (writer: "Wild Man Blues")
 1998 Wrestling with Alligators (performer: "What A Wonderful World")
 1997 My Son the Fanatic (performer: "Back O'Town Blues") / (writer: "Back O'Town Blues" - as Armstrong)
 1997 Out to Sea (performer: "I Only Have Eyes For You" (1934))
 1997 Taste of Cherry (performer: "St. James Infirmary" - uncredited)
 1997 That Old Feeling (performer: "That Old Feeling")
 1997 Secrets of the Heart (performer: "Lord You Made the Night Too Long")
 1997 Still Breathing (performer: "Old Man Mose") / (writer: "Old Man Mose")
 1996 My Fellow Americans (performer: "Life Is So Peculiar")
 1996 Children of the Revolution (performer: "Just One of Those Things", "You're the Top)
 1996 Prisoner of the Mountains (performer: "GO DOWN MOSES" (trad))
 1995 Grumpier Old Men (performer: " (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal You")
 1995 Twelve Monkeys (performer: "What a Wonderful World" (1967))
 1995 How to Make an American Quilt (performer: "La Vie en Rose")
 1995 Forget Paris (performer: "April In Paris")
 1995 French Kiss (performer: "La Vie en Rose")
 1995 Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (performer: "Makin' Whoopee")
 1995 Miami Rhapsody (performer: "JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS")
 1994 Love Affair (performer: "Life Is So Peculiar")
 1994 Only You (performer: "Only You (And You Alone)")
 1994 Corrina, Corrina (performer: "YOU GO TO MY HEAD")
 1993 Sleepless in Seattle (performer: "A Kiss to Build a Dream On")
 1992 Erotikkuna kankei (performer: "La Vie en Rose")
 1992 Ciao, Professore! (performer: "What a Wonderful World", "Ain't Misbehavin")
 1992 Mr. Saturday Night (performer: "La Vie en Rose", "Fantastic, That's You")
 1992 Storyville (performer: "When It's Sleepy Time Down South")
 1992 Class Act (performer: "Jeepers Creepers")
 1991 Rambling Rose (performer: "Dixie")
 1991 Guilty by Suspicion (performer: "I'M JUST A LUCKY SO AND SO", "JEEPERS CREEPERS")
 1991 Scenes from a Mall (performer: "Give Me Your Kisses (I'll Give You My Heart)")
 1991 Queens Logic (performer: "I've Got the World on a String")
 1990 Texasville (performer: "Basin Street Blues", "He's A Son Of The South")
 1990 Come See the Paradise (writer: "If We Never Meet Again")
 1989 Driving Miss Daisy (performer: "KISS OF FIRE" (1952))
 1989 Harlem Nights (performer: "Drop Me Off In Harlem")
 1989 When Harry Met Sally... (performer: "Our Love Is Here To Stay", "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off", "Auld Lang Syne" (uncredited))
 1987 Good Morning, Vietnam (performer: "What A Wonderful World")
 1987 The Puppetoon Movie (writer: "Old Man Mose")
 1986 Soul Man (performer: " (What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue")
 1985 The Color Purple (performer: "My Heart")
 1984 Karkalou (performer: "St. Louis Blues", "Georgia on My Mind")
 1984 The Cotton Club (writer: "I Want A Big Butter and Egg Man")
 1984 Repo Man (performer: "See See Rider")
 1981 They All Laughed (performer: "AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'", "MEMORIES OF YOU")
 1980 Stardust Memories (performer: "Stardust" (1929))
 1980 The Hollywood Knights (performer: "Hello Dolly")
 1979 Saint Jack (performer: "I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None of My Jelly Roll", "Basin Street Blues", "Someday You'll Be Sorry") / (writer: "Someday You'll Be Sorry")
 1979 Escape to Athena (performer: "Oh When the Saints Go Marching In" - uncredited)
 1978 Killer of Sheep (performer: "West End Blues")
 1976 The Man Who Fell to Earth (performer: "Blueberry Hill")
 1975 The Day of the Locust (performer: "JEEPERS CREEPERS")
 1971 Minnie and Moskowitz (writer: "Yes, I'm In The Barrel" - uncredited)
 1970 Wenn die tollen Tanten kommen (performer: "Medley")
 1969 Hello, Dolly! (performer: "Hello, Dolly!" (1964) - uncredited)
 1969 On Her Majesty's Secret Service (performer: "We Have all the Time in the World")
 1967 Iyulskiy dozhd (performer: "La Vie en Rose")
 1966 A Man Called Adam (lyrics: "Someday Sweetheart", "Back o' Town Blues") / (music: "Someday Sweetheart", "Back o' Town Blues") / (performer: "Someday Sweetheart", "Back o' Town Blues")
 1965 When the Boys Meet the Girls (performer: "Throw it Out Your Mind") / (writer: "Throw it Out Your Mind")
 1961 Auf Wiedersehen (performer: "Canal St Blues", "Dipper Mouth Blues", "Pretty Little Missy", "Back O Town Blues")
 1961 Paris Blues ("Wild Man Moore", uncredited)
 1959 The Beat Generation (performer: "Someday You'll Be Sorry", "The Beat Generation") / (writer: "Someday You'll Be Sorry")
 1959 The Five Pennies (performer: "Goodnight - Sleep Tight" (1959), "When the Saints Go Marching In" (1896), "After You've Gone" (1918) (uncredited), "Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?" (1902) (uncredited), "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" (1862) (uncredited))
 1959 Die Nacht vor der Premiere (performer: "Kisses in the Night")
 1958 Les tricheurs (as Armstrong, "Wild Man Blues")
 1956 High Society (performer: "High Society Calypso" - uncredited)
 1954 The Glenn Miller Story (performer: "Basin Street Blues" - uncredited)
 1951 Here Comes the Groom (performer: "MISTO CRISTOFO COLUMBO")
 1951 The Strip (performer: "A Kiss to Build a Dream On") / (writer: "J.T. Jive" - uncredited)
 1948 A Song Is Born (performer: "A Song Was Born" (1948), "Goldwyn Stomp" (1947) (uncredited))
 1948 Boarding House Blues (writer: "THROW IT OUT OF YOUR MIND" - uncredited)
 1947 New Orleans (performer: "(Do You Know What It Means to Miss) New Orleans" (1947), "Maryland, My Maryland" (1861) (uncredited), "Where the Blues Were Born in New Orleans" (1947), "Buddy Bolden's Blues" (uncredited), "Farewell to Storyville" (uncredited), "The Blues Are Brewin'" (1947), "Endie" (1947), "West End Blues" (uncredited))
 1944 Atlantic City ("RHYTHM FOR SALE") / (performer: "HARLEM ON PARADE", "AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'")
 1944 Jam Session (performer: "I Can't Give You Anything but Love")
 1939 Lying Lips (lyrics: "I've Got a Heart Full of Rhythm" - uncredited) / (music: "I've Got a Heart Full of Rhythm" - uncredited)
 1938 Going Places (performer: "Jeepers Creepers" (1938), "Mutiny in the Nursery" (1938) - uncredited)
 1936 Pennies from Heaven (performer: "Skeleton in the Closet" (1936))
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Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 16 Print Biographies | 6 Portrayals | 7 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Louis Armstrong und seine All-Stars | Original New Orleans Ragtime Band | Satchmo | Louis Armstrong's Hot Seven


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He was laid to rest at the Flushing Cemetery, Section 9 in Flushing, Queens, New York City not too far from his home in Corona, Queens. His tombstone is a red granite, emblazoned simply "Satchmo" Louis Armstrong with a beautiful white trumpet figure laden on top. Buried with him is his last of four wives, Lucille Armstrong who died in 1983. See more »


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