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Alex North (1910–1991)

Alex North studied music at the Curtis Institute of Philadelphia, then won a scholarship to Juillard in New York (1929) and the Moscow Conservatoire (1933), making him the first-ever American to become a member of the Union of Soviet Composers. In Europe, he worked as music director for the Latvian State Theatre, before returning to the U.S. in ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 15 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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 2001 Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood (TV Movie documentary) (conductor: "Cleopatra" score)
 1979 Wise Blood (music adaptor)
 1978 Somebody Killed Her Husband (music adaptor)
 1978 Alone in the Dark (composer: song "Unchained Melody")
 1976-1977 Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II (TV Series) (composer - 21 episodes)
- Chapter XXI (1977) ... (composer: theme)
- Chapter XX (1977) ... (composer: theme)
- Chapter XIX (1977) ... (composer: theme)
- Chapter XVIII (1977) ... (composer: theme)
- Chapter XVII (1977) ... (composer: theme)
 1974 Shanks (conductor)
 1974 Lost in the Stars (musical director)
 1971 Willard (conductor)
 1969 A Dream of Kings (conductor)
 1968/I The Shoes of the Fisherman (conductor - uncredited)
 1968 The Devil's Brigade (conductor)
 1966 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (conductor)
 1965 The Agony and the Ecstasy (conductor)
 1964 The Outrage (conductor)
 1964 Cheyenne Autumn (conductor)
 1963 Cleopatra (conductor)
 1962 All Fall Down (conductor - uncredited)
 1961 The Children's Hour (conductor) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1961 The Misfits (conductor)
 1960 Spartacus (music conductor)
 1956-1960 Playhouse 90 (TV Series) (composer - 132 episodes)
- In the Presence of Mine Enemies (1960) ... (composer: theme)
- The Shape of the River (1960) ... (composer: theme)
- Journey to the Day (1960) ... (composer: theme)
- Alas, Babylon (1960) ... (composer: theme)
- The Hiding Place (1960) ... (composer: theme)
 1959 The Wonderful Country (conductor)
 1959 The Trap (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1958 Home Before Dark (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1958 South Seas Adventure (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1956 The King and Four Queens (conductor)
 1955 The Rose Tattoo (musical director)
 1955 Teen-Age Crime Wave (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1955 Daddy Long Legs (composer: ballet music "Paris, Hong Kong, Rio")
 1955 Cell 2455 Death Row (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1955 Unchained (conductor)
 1954 Go Man Go (conductor)
 1953 The American Road (Documentary short) (musical director)
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Stage Play: King Richard III. Historical drama (revival). Written by William Shakespeare. Music by Alex North. Conducted by Alex North. Production Design by Richard Whorf. Costume Design by Emeline Roche. Directed by Margaret Webster. City Center: 9 Dec 1953- 20 Dec 1953 (15 performances). Cast: James Arenton, Leopold Badia (as "The Lord ... See more »

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Stanley Kubrick was initially forced by MGM to have North (who had written the score for Kubrick's Spartacus (1960))compose an original score for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Kubrick, however, always intended to use classical music for the film. Kubrick allowed North to score the first half of the film before informing him they planned to use only sound effects for the second half. It wasn't ... See more »

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