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Joe Darion (1911–2001)

Songwriter ("The Impossible Dream", "Changing Partners", "Ricochet") and author, educated at City College of New York. He wrote the Broadway stage scores for "Shinbone Alley (archie and mehitabel)" and "Man of La Mancha". Joining ASCAP in 1951, he wrote for radio, TV, films, theatre and concerts. His chief musical collaborators include George ... See full bio »

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 2013 From Broadway with Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook (TV Movie) (writer: "The Impossible Dream")
 2013 Behind the Candelabra (TV Movie) (writer: "The Impossible Dream" - as Joseph Darion)
  Britain's Got Talent (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode, 2013) (lyrics - 1 episode, 2010)
- Episode #7.2 (2013) ... (writer: "The Impossible Dream" - uncredited)
- Episode #4.12 (2010) ... (lyrics: "The Impossible Dream" - uncredited)
 2012 The Master (writer: "Changing Partners")
 2011/I Jack and Jill (writer: "The Impossible Dream" - as Joseph Darion)
 2010 Atop the Fourth Wall (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Doom's IV #1/2 (2010) ... (lyrics: "The Impossible Dream")
 2008 The X Factor (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #5.24 (2008) ... (writer: "The Impossible Dream" - uncredited)
 2007 So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Top 10 (2007) ... (writer: "Man of la Mancha")
 2006 Two and a Half Men (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- And the Plot Moistens (2006) ... (lyrics: "The Impossible Dream" - uncredited)
 2006 American Dreamz (writer: "Impossible Dream")
 2005 History Rings True: Red Sox Opening Day Ring Ceremony (Video documentary) (lyrics: "The Impossible Dream")
  Great Performances (TV Series) (1 episode, 2004) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1999)
- Broadway's Lost Treasures II (2004) ... ("The Impossible Dream")
- My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies (1999) ... (lyrics: "Man of La Mancha")
 2003 The 57th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (lyrics: "The Impossible Dream (The Quest)")
 1998 Celebrity (lyrics: "The Impossible Dream" (1965))
 1996 Up Close & Personal (lyrics: "The Impossible Dream")
 1993 La Florida (writer: "La Quete" ("The Impossible Dream") - as Joseph Dorion)
 1992 Leaving Normal (writer: "Changing Partners")
 1991 The Metropolitan Opera Presents (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- The Metropolitan Opera Silver Anniversary Gala (1991) ... (lyrics: "Man of La Mancha: The Impossible Dream")
 1989 Quantum Leap (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Catch a Falling Star - May 21, 1979 (1989) ... (lyrics: "Medley from Man of La Mancha: Man of La Mancha / Dulcinea / The Impossible Dream", "Dulcinea" (partial), "What Does He Want of Me?", "The Death Scene: Man of La Mancha" (reprise), "Finale Ultimo from 'Man of La Mancha' (The Impossible Dream)" - uncredited)
  It's Garry Shandling's Show. (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1987) (music - 1 episode, 1987)
- Force Boxman (1987) ... (lyrics: "The Ho Ho Song") / (music: "The Ho Ho Song")
  Fame (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode, 1984) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1984)
- The Monster That Devoured Las Vegas (1984) ... (writer: "To Dream The Impossible Dream")
- Stages (1984) ... (lyrics: "The Impossible Dream" - uncredited)
 1983 Parade of Stars (TV Movie) ("Dulcinea")
 1980 De Mike Burstyn show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.1 (1980) ... (lyrics: "The impossible dream")
 1977 The Muppet Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- John Cleese (1977) ... (lyrics: "The Impossible Dream")
 1976 Rhoda (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- H-e-e-e-r-e's Johnny (1976) ... (lyrics: "The Impossible Dream (The Quest)" - uncredited)
 1976 Gloria Gaynor - diskojen kuningatar (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "The Impossible Dream")
 1972 The Julie Andrews Hour (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.13 (1972) ... (lyrics: "The Impossible Dream")
 1972 Man of La Mancha (lyrics: "Man of La Mancha" (I, Don Quixote), "It's All The Same", "Dulcinea", "I'm Only Thinking Of Him", "I Really Like Him", "The Barber's Song", "Golden Helmet of Mambrino", "Little Bird, Little Bird", "The Impossible Dream", "The Dubbing" (Knight of the Woeful Countenance), "Aldonza", "A Little Gossip")
 1970 Petticoat Junction (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Love Rears Its Ugly Head (1970) ... (lyrics: "The Impossible Dream (The Quest)" - uncredited)
 1969 The Kraft Music Hall (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Broadway's Best: 1969 (1969) ... (lyrics: "Man of La Mancha" (I, Don Quixote), "The Impossible Dream")
 1969 Mondo Trasho (writer: "Ricochet")
 1968 The 22nd Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (writer: "The Impossible Dream")
 1967 The Jerry Lewis Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.12 (1967) ... (lyrics: "Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote)")
  The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode, 1967) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1966)
- Episode #20.34 (1967) ... (writer: "Piraeus, My Love", "Illya Darling/Never on Sunday")
- Episode #19.23 (1966) ... (lyrics: "Man of La Mancha" (I, Don Quixote) (partial), "What Does He Want of Me?", "The Impossible Dream", "Finale (The Impossible Dream))
 1967 The Hollywood Palace (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #4.23 (1967) ... (lyrics: "The Impossible Dream")
 1967 The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (1967) ... (lyrics: "The Impossible Dream" - uncredited)
 1966 The Milton Berle Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (1966) ... (lyrics: "The Impossible Dream")
 1958 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.12 (1958) ... (lyrics: "A Woman Wouldn't Be a Woman" - uncredited)
  Your Hit Parade (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1954) (writer - 1 episode, 1953)
- Episode dated 27 February 1954 (1954) ... (lyrics: "Changing Partners")
- Episode dated 26 December 1953 (1953) ... (writer: "Ricochet" - uncredited)
 1948 I Remember Mama ("Mama")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Shinbone Alley (1957). Musical. Book by Joe Darion and Mel Brooks. Based on the "archie and mehitabel" stories by Don Marquis. Music by George Kleinsinger. Lyrics by Joe Darion. Music and Choral Direction by Maurice Levine. Music orchestrated by George Kleinsinger. Additional orchestrations by Irwin Kostal. Additional Musical ... See more »
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Trivia:

In 1966, won two Tony Awards for "Man of La Mancha:" for Best Lyricist with collaborator 'Mitch Leigh' winning for Best Composer, and for his lyrics as part of a Best Musical win. In 1968, he was nominated in the same two categories for "Ilya, Darling:" as Best Lyricist, this time with Manos Hatzidakis as Best Composer, and for his lyrics as part of a Best Musical nomination.

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