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Lennie Niehaus

Lennie Niehaus was born on June 11, 1929 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Leonard Niehaus. He is known for his work on Million Dollar Baby (2004), Gran Torino (2008) and Mystic River (2003). See full bio »
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 2008 Gran Torino (conductor) / (orchestrator)
 2008 Changeling (conductor) / (orchestrator)
 2006 Letters from Iwo Jima (conductor) / (orchestrator)
 2006 Flags of Our Fathers (conductor) / (orchestrator)
 2004 Million Dollar Baby (conductor) / (orchestrator)
 2003 Mystic River (conductor) / (orchestrator)
  American Masters (TV Series documentary) (music arranger - 1 episode, 2000) (orchestrator - 1 episode, 2000)
- Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows (2000) ... (music arranger) / (orchestrator)
 1998 Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (Video) (conductor) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1997 Eastwood After Hours: Live at Carnegie Hall (TV Special documentary) (musical director)
 1993 Lush Life (TV Movie) (conductor) / (orchestrator)
 1992 Unforgiven (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1990-1991 True Colors (TV Series) (composer - 11 episodes)
- Presumed Guilty (1991) ... (composer: theme music)
- Yo' House, Mama: Part 2 (1991) ... (composer: theme music)
- Yo' House, Mama: Part 1 (1991) ... (composer: theme music)
- Favorite Son (1991) ... (composer: theme music)
- Puppet Regime (1990) ... (composer: theme music)
 1990 The Two Jakes (orchestrator)
 1988 Bird (music supervisor)
 1986 Heartbreak Ridge (conductor)
 1986 Ratboy (conductor)
 1986 Back to School (instrumental score conductor)
 1985 Pee-wee's Big Adventure (conductor) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1984 Under the Volcano (orchestrator)
 1980 Below the Belt (orchestrator - as Leonard Niehaus)
 1979 High Midnight (TV Movie) (orchestrator)
 1979 Escape from Alcatraz (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1979 Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (orchestrations - as Leonard Niehaus)
 1977 Demon Seed (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1976 The Enforcer (music arranger - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1976 The Bad News Bears (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1974 Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (orchestrator - as Leonard Niehaus)
 1973 Shirts/Skins (TV Movie) (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1973 The Outfit (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1972 Chato's Land (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1971 Straw Dogs (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1970 Hunters Are for Killing (TV Movie) (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1959 Not for Hire (TV Series) (composer: theme music - as Leonard Niehaus)
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Alternate Names:

Leonard Niehaus

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Known best for scoring several films for Clint Eastwood, he also scored a documentary about him. They actually met back in the early days of their careers when they discovered a mutual passion for jazz music.

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