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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

Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane Music Department
(1941)
Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Soundtrack
(2003)
Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver Music Department
(1976)
Psycho
Psycho Music Department
(1960)

Filmography

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 2014 Citizen Vader (Short) (original score music)
 2014 Gintberg på kanten (TV Series documentary) (music - 1 episode)
- Pressen (2014) ... (music)
 2013 The Marble Elephant (Short) (music composed by)
 2012 The Clinic (Short) (stock music)
 2006 The Fear (El Miedo) (composer: stock music)
 2000 'Rear Window' Ethics: Remembering and Restoring a Hitchcock Classic (Video documentary) (additional music)
 1999-2000 Troldspejlet (TV Series) (composer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #23.1 (2000) ... (composer: stock music)
- Troldspejlet Special: Stop Motion (1999) ... (composer: stock music)
 1999 Reputations (TV Series documentary) (additional music - 2 episodes)
- Hitch: Alfred the Auteur (1999) ... (additional music)
- Hitch: Alfred the Great (1999) ... (additional music)
 1994 Everything Went Wrong (Short) (music by)
 1987 It's Alive III: Island of the Alive (composer: original "It's Alive" theme)
 1983 Grizzly II: The Concert (composer: stock music)
 1978 Xenogenesis (Short) (composer: stock music)
 1976 Obsession (conductor - uncredited)
 1976 Taxi Driver (musical director - uncredited)
 1972 Endless Night (conductor)
 1971 The Road Builder (conductor) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1969 Backtrack! (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1968 Twisted Nerve (composer: Georgie theme whistled version - uncredited) / (conductor - uncredited)
 1968 Cimarron Strip (TV Series) (conductor - 1 episode)
- Knife in the Darkness (1968) ... (conductor)
 1965-1968 Lost in Space (TV Series) (composer - 17 episodes)
- The Time Merchant (1968) ... (composer: stock music - uncredited)
- The Galaxy Gift (1967) ... (composer: stock music)
- The Astral Traveller (1967) ... (composer: stock music - uncredited)
- The Phantom Family (1967) ... (composer: stock music - uncredited)
- The Dream Monster (1966) ... (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1965 Rawhide (TV Series) (conductor - 1 episode)
- Encounter at Boot Hill (1965) ... (conductor)
 1965 Joy in the Morning (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1963-1964 The Richard Boone Show (TV Series) (conductor - 3 episodes)
- Death Before Dishonor (1964) ... (conductor)
- Wall to Wall War (1963) ... (conductor)
- Statement of Fact (1963) ... (conductor)
  The Twilight Zone (TV Series) (composer - 21 episodes, 1959 - 1960) (conductor - 7 episodes, 1959 - 1963)
- Ninety Years Without Slumbering (1963) ... (conductor)
- Living Doll (1963) ... (conductor)
- Little Girl Lost (1962) ... (conductor)
- Eye of the Beholder (1960) ... (conductor)
- A World of Difference (1960) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1963 Jason and the Argonauts (conductor: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) / (musical director - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1957-1963 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series) (composer - 68 episodes)
- Face of a Shadow (1963) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
- The Lady of the Fifth Moon (1963) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
- Genesis (1962) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
- Gold and Brimstone (1959) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
- The Haunted Trees (1959) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1961 Mysterious Island (conductor: The London Symphony Orchestra) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1960-1961 Hong Kong (TV Series) (composer - 12 episodes)
- The Innocent Exile (1961) ... (composer: stock music)
- Love Honor and Perish (1961) ... (composer: stock music)
- The Woman in Grey (1961) ... (composer: stock music)
- The Hunted (1961) ... (composer: stock music)
- Lady Godiva (1961) ... (composer: stock music)
 1961 Gunsmoke (TV Series) (conductor - 2 episodes)
- Kitty Shot (1961) ... (conductor)
- Tall Trapper (1961) ... (conductor)
 1960 Jarrett of K Street (TV Movie) (composer: opening and closing theme music)
 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 Pursuit (TV Series) (composer - 12 episodes)
- The Dark Cloud (1958) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Silent Night (1958) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Last Night in August (1958) ... (composer: theme music)
- Calculated Risk (1958) ... (composer: theme music)
- Epitaph for a Golden Girl (1958) ... (composer: theme music)
 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) / (composer: title music - uncredited)
 1958 Vertigo (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1958 Perry Mason (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- The Case of the Half-Wakened Wife (1958) ... (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1958 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- The Brotherhood of the Bell (1958) ... (composer: additional music)
 1957 A Hatful of Rain (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1956 General Electric Theater (TV Series) (conductor - 1 episode)
- A Child Is Born (1956) ... (conductor)
 1956 The Wrong Man (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1954 Shower of Stars (TV Series) (conductor - 1 episode)
- A Christmas Carol (1954) ... (conductor)
 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)
 1950 Suspense (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- The Brush Off (1950) ... (composer: theme music)
 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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Other Works:

Radio: Composed the theme for the CBS series "Suspense" and served as the show's conductor from 1940-43. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Official Sites:


Alternate Names:

Bernard Hermann | Mr. Bernard Herrmann

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)
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Personal Quote:

[Good film music] . . . can invest a scene with terror, grandeur, gaiety or misery . . . \propel narrative swiftly forward, or slow it down. See more »

Trivia:

Pictured on one of six 33¢ USA commemorative postage stamps in the Legends of American Music series, honoring Hollywood Composers, issued 21 September 1999. Issued in panes of 20 stamps. Others honored in the set were Max Steiner, Dimitri Tiomkin, Franz Waxman, Alfred Newman, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold. See more »

Nickname:

Benny

Star Sign:

Cancer

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