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Bernard Herrmann (I) (1911–1975)


The man behind the low woodwinds that open Citizen Kane (1941), the shrieking violins of Psycho (1960), and the plaintive saxophone of Taxi Driver (1976) was one of the most original and distinctive composers ever to work in film. He started early, winning a composition prize at the age of 13 and founding his own orchestra at the age of 20. After ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Soundtrack
(2003)
Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver Music Department
(1976)
Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane Music Department
(1941)
Death Proof
Death Proof Soundtrack
(2007)

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 2006 The Fear (El Miedo) (composer: stock music)
 1987 It's Alive III: Island of the Alive (composer: original "It's Alive" theme)
 1983 Grizzly II: The Concert (composer: stock music)
 1976 Obsession (conductor - uncredited)
 1976 Taxi Driver (musical director - uncredited)
 1972/I Endless Night (conductor - uncredited)
 1971 The Night Digger (conductor) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1969 Backtrack! (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1968 Twisted Nerve (composer: Georgie theme whistled version - uncredited) / (conductor - uncredited)
 1965 Joy in the Morning (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1963 Jason and the Argonauts (conductor: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) / (musical director - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1961 Mysterious Island (conductor: The London Symphony Orchestra) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1960 The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (conductor: The London Symphony Orchestra) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1960 Psycho (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1959 Blue Denim (conductor - uncredited)
 1959 North by Northwest (conductor - uncredited) / (music arranger - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1959 The Trap (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1958 The Naked and the Dead (conductor - uncredited)
 1958 The Fiend Who Walked the West (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1958 The Law and Jake Wade (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1958 Vertigo (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1957 A Hatful of Rain (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1956 The Wrong Man (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1954 The Egyptian (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1954 Garden of Evil (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1953 King of the Khyber Rifles (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1953 Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1953 White Witch Doctor (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1952 The Snows of Kilimanjaro (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1952 5 Fingers (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1951 On Dangerous Ground (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1951 The Day the Earth Stood Still (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1947 The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1946 Anna and the King of Siam (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1945 Hangover Square (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1944 The Falcon in Mexico (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1943 Jane Eyre (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1942 The Magnificent Ambersons (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1941 The Devil and Daniel Webster (conductor) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1941 Citizen Kane (music conducted by) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(1945-47) Opera: Wrote the music for a production of "Wuthering Heights". See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 2 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 2 Articles | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Bernard Hermann | Mr. Bernard Herrmann

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[Alfred Hitchcock] only finishes a picture 60 percent. I have to finish it for him. See more »

Trivia:

His second wife was the cousin of his first wife. See more »

Nickname:

Benny

Star Sign:

Cancer

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