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W.S. Gilbert (1836–1911)

William Schwenck Gilbert was born in London on November 18, 1836, to William Gilbert, a retired naval surgeon, and his wife Anne. The Gilberts would add three younger girls to the brood: Jane, Maud and Florence. His parents were cold and distant, with prickly characters. Stern and unyielding, they did not show affection for their son, who absorbed... See full bio »

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The Talented Mr. Ripley
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 2014 Dress Rehearsal (Short) (writer: "Three Little Maids From School Are We") (completed)
 2017 Despicable Me 3 (writer: "I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major-General")
 2016 Little Boxes (writer: "I Am The Captain of the Pinafore")
 2015/I The Dressmaker (writer: "Three Little Maids" from "The Mikado")
 2014 The Crimson Field (TV Mini-Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.5 (2014) ... (lyrics: "Three Little Maids from School Are We" - uncredited)
 2014 Date and Switch (writer: "Oh False One You Have Deceived Me ")
 2013 Brows Held High (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Cloud Atlas: Part 1 (2013) ... (writer: "We Sail the Ocean Blue" - as W.S. Gilbert)
 2013 Are You Here (writer: "The Sun Whose Rays Are All Ablaze" - as William Schwenck Gilbert)
 2013 Phineas and Ferb (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Love at First Byte/One Good Turn (2013) ... (lyrics: "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General" - uncredited)
 2012 Fun Size (writer: "THREE LITTLE MAIDS" - as W.S. Gilbert)
 2012 Quartet (lyrics: "Three Little Maids from School") / (writer: "Flowers that Bloom in the Spring", "So, Please You Sir, We Much Regret", "Titwillow")
 2012 Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Ruddy Gore (2012) ... (writer: "Ruddigore: Overture", "Ruddigore: In Sailing O'er Life's Ocean Wide")
 2010 Never Let Me Go (writer: "OVERTURE from MIKADO" - as Gilbert)
 1993-2010 The Simpsons (TV Series) (lyrics - 3 episodes)
- The Bob Next Door (2010) ... (lyrics: "Three Little Maids from School Are We", "Behold the Lord High Executioner" - uncredited)
- Deep Space Homer (1994) ... (lyrics: "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General" - uncredited)
- Cape Feare (1993) ... (lyrics: "We Sail the Ocean Blue", "I'm Called Little Buttercup", "Now Give Three Cheers", "He Is An Englishman", "Three Little Maids From School Are We" - uncredited)
 2010 The Big Bang Theory (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Pants Alternative (2010) ... ("The Elements", uncredited)
 2001-2009 Curb Your Enthusiasm (TV Series) (writer - 14 episodes)
- Seinfeld (2009) ... (writer: "Three Little Maids" - uncredited)
- The Table Read (2009) ... (writer: "Three Little Maids" - uncredited)
- Denise Handicapped (2009) ... (writer: "Three Little Maids" - uncredited)
- The Ida Funkhouser Roadside Memorial (2007) ... (writer: "Three Little Maids" - uncredited)
- The End (2005) ... (writer: "Three Little Maids" - uncredited)
 2009 Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me (TV Movie documentary) (lyrics: "When I Was a Lad")
 2009 House M.D. (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Broken (2009) ... (lyrics: "He Is an Englishman" - uncredited)
 2008 Midsomer Murders (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- The Magician's Nephew (2008) ... (lyrics: "The Sorceror" - uncredited)
 2008 Casualty 1907 (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.2 (2008) ... (writer: "Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes" - as Gilbert, uncredited)
 2008 Murdoch Mysteries (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Glass Ceiling (2008) ... (lyrics: "Three Little Maids From School Are We")
 2008 A Charman Event (Short) (as W.S. Gilbert, "The Wandering Minstrel")
 2007 The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Lip Synchin' in the Rain (2007) ... (lyrics: "When I Was a Lad")
 2007 Lilies (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- The Tallyman (2007) ... (lyrics: "When I Was a Lad", "The Sun Whose Rays Are All Ablaze")
 2006 The Good Shepherd (lyrics: "H.M.S. Pinafore: Act 1: Hail! Men O'War's Men... I'm Called Little Buttercup")
 2006 1000 Years of Popular Music (Video) (writer: "There Is Beauty" (1885) - as W.S. Gilbert)
 2006 Two and a Half Men (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- And the Plot Moistens (2006) ... (writer: "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General" - uncredited)
 2005-2006 Family Guy (TV Series) (lyrics - 2 episodes)
- Patriot Games (2006) ... (lyrics: "Libretto from The Sorcerer" - uncredited)
- Peter's Got Woods (2005) ... (lyrics: "Sighing Softly to the River" (from "The Pirates of Penzance"))
 2005 Crash Tag Team Racing (Video Game) (writer: "With Cat-Like Tread" - uncredited)
 2005 The White Countess (writer: "HMS Pinafore Overture" (1878) - as Gilbert)
 2005 The Zodiac (as W. S. Gilbert, "The Sun Whose Rays Are All Ablaze")
 2005 Brick (lyrics: "The Sun Whose Rays Are All Ablaze" - as W.S. Gilbert)
 2000-2004 The West Wing (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- A Change Is Gonna Come (2004) ... (writer: "A Wandering Minstrel, I" - uncredited)
- And It's Surely to Their Credit (2000) ... (writer: "For He Is An Englishman" - uncredited)
 2004 Duck Dodgers (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Talent Show a Go-Go/The Love of a Father (2004) ... (lyrics: "Three Little Maids From School Are We")
 2004 The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (writer: "Three Little Maids From School Are We" from "The Mikado" - uncredited)
 2004 Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers (Video) (lyrics: "L'Opera") / (writer: "The Pirates Of Penzance: Overture" - uncredited)
 2003 Peter Pan (writer: "When I Was a Lad" - as Sir William S. Gilbert)
 2003 And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (TV Movie) (writer: "On a Tree by a River a Little Tom Tit")
 2003 VeggieTales: The Wonderful World of Autotainment (Video short) (lyrics: "Modern Major General")
 2003 Frasier (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Fathers and Sons (2003) ... (lyrics: "I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major-General", "On A Tree By A River" (Willow, Tit Willow))
 2003 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Sumo East and West (2003) ... (writer: "The Mikado (Act 1 Finale)" - as Gilbert)
 2003 Six Feet Under (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- You Never Know (2003) ... (writer: "The Flowers That Bloom in the Spring")
 2002 The Wild Thornberrys Movie (writer: "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General")
 2001 Kate & Leopold (writer: "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General" - as Gilbert)
 2000 Beautiful (writer: "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General")
 2000 The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (TV Movie) (lyrics: "The Pirate King")
 2000 The Mrs Bradley Mysteries (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Death at the Opera (2000) ... (lyrics: "Three Little Maids From School Are We" - uncredited)
 1999 The Talented Mr. Ripley (as W.S. Gilbert, "WE'RE CALLED GONDOLIERI")
 1999 Topsy-Turvy (lyrics: "If You Give Me Your Attention" (1884), "This Helmet, I Suppose" (1884), "Incantation" (1877), "But Soft... / Why, Where Be Oi?" (1877), "Behold! the Lord High Executioner" (1885), "A Wand'ring Minstrel, I" (1885), "Three Little Maids from School Are We" (1885), "A More Humane Mikado" (1885), "Mi-Ya-Sa-Ma" (1885), "The Criminal Cried As He Dropped Him Down" (1885), "The Mikado Finale, Act Two" (1885), "The Sun Whose Rays Are All Ablaze" (1885))
 1999 Don't Go Breaking My Heart (writer: "Three Little Maids from School")
 1998 Star Trek: Insurrection ("A British Tar")
 1998 Girls' Night (lyrics: "Ah, Leave Me Not to Pine")
 1998 Slappy and the Stinkers (writer: "When I Was a Lad", "I Am the Captain of the Pinafore" - uncredited)
 1997 From Hare to Eternity (Short) (lyrics: "My Gallant Crew", "I'm Called Little Buttercup" - uncredited)
 1997 Lolita (writer: "I'm Called Little Buttercup")
  Mystery Science Theater 3000 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode, 1997) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1994)
- The Horror of Party Beach (1997) ... (writer: "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General" - uncredited)
- Colossus and the Headhunters (1994) ... (lyrics: "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General")
 1997 Wilde (lyrics: "Ah, Leave me not to Mine Alone" - as Gilbert) / (music: "Ah, Leave me not to Mine Alone" - as Gilbert)
 1995 Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (writer: "When The Foeman Bares His Steel" - as Sir William S. Gilbert)
 1994 Ready to Wear (writer: "From 'The Pirates of Penzance'")
 1994 The Pirates of Penzance (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Pour, O Pour The Pirate Sherry", "When Frederic Was A Little Lad", "Oh, Better Far To Live And Die", "Oh, False One, You Have Deceived Me", "Climbing Over Rocky Mountain", "Stop, Ladies, Pray!", "Oh, Is There Not One Maiden Breast", "Poor Wondering One", "What Ought We Do?", "How Beautifully Blue The Sky", "Stay, We Must Not Lose Our Senses", "Hold, Monsters!", "I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major-General", "Oh, Men Of Dark And Dismal Fate")
 1993 Wittgenstein (lyrics: "I Am Alone and Unobserved")
  Tiny Toon Adventures (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes, 1991 - 1992) (music - 3 episodes, 1990 - 1991)
- Music Day (1992) ... (writer: "Pirates of Penzance - With Cat-Like Tread" - uncredited)
- Elephant Issues (Why Dizzy Can't Read/C.L.I.D.E. And Prejudice/One Beer) (1991) ... (writer: "Pirates of Penzance - With Cat-Like Tread" - uncredited)
- Going Places (1991) ... (writer: "Pirates of Penzance - With Cat-Like Tread" - uncredited)
- You Asked for It Again (1991) ... (music: "I'm Called Little Buttercup" - uncredited)
- Who Bopped Bugs Bunny? (1990) ... (music: "I'm Called Little Buttercup" - uncredited)
 1992 Alex (writer: "A Wand'ring Minstrel I" - uncredited)
 1992 'Allo 'Allo! (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- A Fistful of Francs (1992) ... (lyrics: "Three Little Maids From School Are We" - uncredited)
 1992 A Bit of Fry and Laurie (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.2 (1992) ... (lyrics: "He Is an Englishman" - uncredited)
 1992 The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (TV Mini-Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- The Master Blackmailer (1992) ... (lyrics: "Three Little Maids From School Are We" - uncredited)
 1988 Permanent Record (as W.S. Gilbert, "H.M.S. Pinafore Excerpts")
 1988 The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Here's a Side Effect of Serious Moonlight (1988) ... (writer: "Three Little Maids From School Are We")
 1987 Moonlighting (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Cool Hand Dave: Part 2 (1987) ... (writer: "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General (parody)")
 1987 El Mikado (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Obertura", "Presentar-nos és un plaer/Sóc un pobre juglar", "El gran Mikado, cast i pur", "No hi pensis més/I jo he viatjat durant un mes/Mireu el gran i just senyor botxí", "Si un dia se'm demana", "Som un tren de noies", "Som cinc noietes virginals", "Perdó si per un mal entés", "Si no fossis la promesa", "Tinc tant d'orgull", "Venim perquè amb gran negui (Final Acte 1)", "Veus quin pentinat", "El sol que lluu potent i dur", "Mira, torna a sortir el sol", "Quin moment més dur", "Mi-Ya Sa-Ma/Un rei més bo", "Mira el destí, quin gran senyor", "Les flors que floreixen al maig/Tan sola i malgrat tot tan viva", "Prop d'un riu", "Hi ha bellesa en l'esclatar d'un bombardeig", "S'ha casat amb la jove Yum-Yum")
 1987 Falcon Crest (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- New Faces (1987) ... (lyrics: "As Some Day It May Happen" - uncredited)
 1986 An American Tail (lyrics: "Poor Wand'ring One")
 1986 Mr. Belvedere (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- The Play (1986) ... (lyrics: "I'm called Little Buttercup", "My gallant crew, good morning" (uncredited), "He is an Englishman" (uncredited), "I am the very model of a modern Major General")
 1985 A Room with a View (writer: "Let the Piano's Martial Blast" - uncredited)
 1985 Out of Africa (writer: "There Is Beauty in the Bellow of the Blast" (1885) from "The Mikado" - uncredited)
 1985 A Woman of Substance (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... (writer: "Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes" - uncredited)
 1984 A Passage to India (lyrics: "The Sun, whose Rays are All Ablaze" - uncredited)
 1984 Die Fledermaus (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Three Little Maids From School")
 1982 Fame (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Solo Song (1982) ... (writer: "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General" - uncredited)
 1982 The Pirate Movie (writer: "I Am A Pirate King", "The Modern Major General's Song", "Tarantara", "The Sister's Song", "Come Friends Who Plough The Sea")
 1982 The Rodney Dangerfield Show: It's Not Easy Bein' Me (TV Movie) (lyrics: "The Mikado" - uncredited) / (music: "The Mikado" - uncredited)
 1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark (lyrics: "I am the Monarch of the Sea" (1878), "A British Tar" (1878) - uncredited)
 1981 Chariots of Fire (lyrics: "He is an Englishman" (1878), "Three Little Maids from School Are We" (1885), "With Catlike Tread" (1879), "The Soldiers of Our Queen" (1881), "There Lived a King" (1889) - uncredited)
 1980 Charlie's Angels (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Three for the Money (1980) ... (lyrics: "The Policeman's Song" - uncredited)
 1978 Absolution (lyrics: "Soldiers of our Queen", "In doleful train ...", "Pretty Sort of Treatment for a Military Man")
 1978 Foul Play (writer: "Excerpts from Gilbert & Sullivan's THE MIKADO" - as Gilbert)
 1978 The Bad News Bears Go to Japan (as W.S. Gilbert, "Selected themes")
 1976-1978 The Muppet Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 2 episodes)
- Gilda Radner (1978) ... (lyrics: "The Major-General's Song" (uncredited), "Poor Wand'ring One")
- Valerie Harper (1976) ... (lyrics: "Tit Willow")
 1977 Top of the Pops (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 19 May 1977 (1977) ... (writer: "The Moon and I")
 1976 The Shootist (lyrics: "Willow, Tit Willow")
 1975 Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (TV Short) (lyrics: "When I Was a Lad")
 1974 Monty Python's Flying Circus (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- The Light Entertainment War (1974) ... (lyrics: "For He's Gone and Married Yum-Yum" - uncredited)
 1973 Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing (writer: "How beautifully blue the sky")
 1972 The Ruling Class (lyrics: "Poor Wand'ring One" - uncredited)
 1972 Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (writer: "Tit Willow")
 1971 The Go-Between ("Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes" (1889), uncredited)
 1970 The Brady Bunch (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- The Tattle-Tale (1970) ... (lyrics: "A-Wand'ring Minstrel I" - uncredited)
 1970 Bewitched (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- To Go or Not to Go, That Is the Question (1970) ... (lyrics: "I'm Called Little Buttercup" - uncredited)
 1969 The Extraordinary Seaman (lyrics: "My Gallant Crew", "We Sail the Ocean Blue" - uncredited)
 1966 Ruddigore ("Ruddigore")
 1965 The Big Job (lyrics: "Policeman's Song", "Tarantara", "Come Friends and Plough the Sea" - uncredited)
 1963 The Cracksman (lyrics: "Tit Willow" - uncredited)
 1961 Car 54, Where Are You? (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Christmas at the 53rd (1961) ... (writer: "I Am The Captain Of The 53rd", "A Policeman's Lot Is Not A Happy One" - uncredited)
 1959-1960 The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 2 episodes)
- H.M.S. Pinafore (1960) ... (lyrics: "We Sail the Ocean Blue", "I'm Called Buttercup", "I Am the Captain of the Pinafore", "British Tar", "Sorry for Her Lot", "I Am The Monarch Of The Sea", "When I Was a Lad", "Never Mind the Why and Wherefore", "Carefully on Tiptoe Stealing" - uncredited)
- The Mikado (1959) ... (lyrics: "If You Want to Know Who We Are", "A Wandering Minstrel, I", "Three Little Maids from School Are We", "Behold, The Lord High Executioner", "They'll None of 'Em Be Missed", "Were You Not to KoKo Plighted", "The Sun Whose Rays", "Here's a How-De-Do", "A More Humane Mikado", "Finale" - uncredited)
 1958 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.12 (1958) ... (lyrics: "Three Little Maids" - uncredited)
 1956 Omnibus (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- The American Musical Comedy (1956) ... (lyrics: "Act I Finale")
 1956 The Green Man ("A Wandering Minstrel I", uncredited)
 1954-1955 You Bet Your Life (TV Series) (lyrics - 2 episodes)
- Episode #5.18 (1955) ... (lyrics: "There Is beauty In The Bellow Of The Blast")
- Episode #5.9 (1954) ... (lyrics: "The Yeomen Of The Guard")
 1950 The Glass Menagerie (lyrics: "When the Foeman Bears His Steel" - uncredited)
 1946 Girl on the Spot (lyrics: "A Policeman's Lot", "We Sail the Ocean Blue", "When the Foeman Bares His Steel", "I'm Called Little Buttercup", "Now to the Banquet We Press", "Dance a Cachucha", "Sorry Her Lot", "Love Is a Plaintive Song", "Pirate King Song", "Poor Wand'ring One" - uncredited)
 1945 Operation Snafu (Short) (music: "Three Little Maids From School" - uncredited)
 1944 Pay Day (Short) (music: "I'm Called Little Buttercup" - uncredited)
 1943 The Goldbrick (Short) (lyrics: "Tit Willow" - uncredited) / (music: "Tit Willow" - uncredited)
 1939 The Mikado (lyrics: "If You Wonder Who We Are" (1885), "The Sun Whose Rays Are All Ablaze" (1885), "A Wand'ring Minstrel I" (1885), "Our Great Mikado" (1885), "Behold the Lord High Executioner" (1885), "Three Little Maids from School Are We" (1885), "Were You Not to Ko-Ko Plighted" (1885), "I Am So Proud" (1885), "The Threatened Cloud Has Passed Away" (1885), "Your Revels Cease!" (1885), "For He's Going to Marry Yum-Yum" (1885), "Brightly Dawns Our Wedding Day" (1885), "Here's a How-de-do" (1885), "From Every Kind of Man Obedience I Expect" (1885), "A More Humane Mikado" (1885), "The Criminal Cried as He Dropped Him Down" (1885), "The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring" (1885), "Willow, Tit-willow" ("On a Tree By a River") (1885) - uncredited)
 1937 The Girl Said No (lyrics: "The Mikado's Song", "Three Little Maids from School", "The Lord High Executioner", "Poor Little Buttercup", "I Am the Monarch of the Sea", "Policeman's Song", "The Magnet and the Churn", "It Really Doesn't Matter", "The Flowers That Bloom in the Spring", "A Wand'ring Minstrel I", "The Yeoman of the Guard" - uncredited)
 1907 Hereupon We're Both Agreed (Short) (lyrics: "Hereupon We're Both Agreed" (1888))
 1907 Were I Thy Bride (Short) (lyrics: "Were I Thy Bride" (1888))
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(January 27, 2000 to February 27, 2000) He wrote the lyrics for the musical, "The Pirates of Penzance," at the Public Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Arthur Sullivan composed music. Ted Pappas was artistic director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 13 Print Biographies | 8 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sir William Schwenck Gilbert | William S. Gilbert | William Schwenk Gilbert

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Personal Quote:

To resolve the controversy over who wrote Shakespeare's works, simply have Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree read from Shakespeare over the top contenders and the true author will surely turn over in his grave.


His musical, "The Mikado" at The Hypocrites Theatre in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for the 2013 Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Award for Musical Production. See more »

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