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Bert Kaempfert (1923–1980)

Internationally renowned bandleader Bert Kaempfert was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1923. A student at the Hamburg School of Music, he was hired by bandleader Hans Busch and played with that orchestra before enlisting in the German Navy during World War II, where he served as a musician. After the war he started his own band, in addition to ... See full bio »

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(age 56) in Majorca, Spain

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 2013 Grudge Match (writer: "Danke Schoen")
 2013 Boom Town (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.6 (2013) ... (music: "L-O-V-E")
 2013 Romy, ich bin krank (Documentary short) (producer: "Cry For A Shadow")
 2012 Revenge (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Forgiveness (2012) ... (writer: "Strangers In The Night" - uncredited)
 2011-2012 Timeshift (TV Series documentary) (writer - 2 episodes)
- The British Army of the Rhine (2012) ... (writer: "Wooden Heart" - uncredited)
- Hotel DeLuxe (2011) ... (writer: "Swinging Safari" - uncredited)
 2012 The Campaign (performer: "That Happy Feeling")
 2012 Glee (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Heart (2012) ... (writer: "L-O-V-E" - uncredited)
 2011 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (writer: "Strangers In The Night")
 2011 South Jersey Sam (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Top 13 Worst Songs (2011) ... (performer: "Baby Elephant Walk")
 2010/I Burlesque (writer: "Danke Schoen")
 2009 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #9.3 (2009) ... (writer: "L.O.V.E." - uncredited)
 2009 The Queens of Country (Video) (music: "Spanish Eyes")
 2009 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (writer: "L O V E")
 2009 Nip/Tuck (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Allegra Caldarello (2009) ... (writer: "Strangers In The Night" - uncredited)
 2009 Mary and Max (performer: "A Swinging Safari") / (writer: "A Swinging Safari")
 2008 El coro de la cárcel (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.5 (2008) ... (writer: "Strangers in the Night")
 2008 The Simpsons (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Love, Springfieldian Style (2008) ... (writer: "L-O-V-E")
 2001-2007 The Country Doctor (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Junge Liebe, alte Liebe (2007) ... (writer: "Strangers In The Night" - uncredited)
- Hochstapler (2001) ... (writer: "Strangers In The Night")
 2007 Elvis: #1 Hit Performances (Video) (writer: "Wooden Heart")
 2007 Why Did I Get Married? (writer: "L-O-V-E")
 2007 Lars and the Real Girl (writer: "L O V E")
 2007 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (writer: "L O V E")
 2007 Spider-Man 3 (writer: "L O V E")
 2007 The Longest Night in Shanghai (writer: "Strangers in the Night")
 2006 My Name Is Juani (performer: "A Swinging Safari" - as Bert Kaempert)
 2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Fannysmackin' (2006) ... (writer: "Danke Schoen" - uncredited)
 2006 Love and Other Disasters ("L.O.V.E.")
 2006 Aloha from Sweden (Video) (writer: "Spanish Eyes")
 2006 Confetti (writer: "L-O-V-E")
 2006 Kupetzky (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Graceland (2006) ... (writer: "Wooden Heart (muss i denn...)" - uncredited)
 2005 Bewitched (music: "L-O-V-E" (1969))
 2004 Rory O'Shea Was Here (writer: "Frontier Psychiatrist")
 2004 Swing Girls (writer: "L. O. V. E.")
 2004 The Terminal (writer: "Strangers in the Night")
 2004 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (writer: "Strangers In The Night")
 2000-2003 Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast (TV Series) (writer - 5 episodes)
- Betriebsausflug (2003) ... (writer: "Strangers In The Night")
- Der letzte Ausweg (2000) ... (writer: "Strangers In The Night")
- Gute Freunde (2000) ... (writer: "Strangers In The Night")
- Die Macht der Musik (2000) ... (writer: "Strangers In The Night")
- Bines Albtraum (2000) ... (writer: "Strangers In The Night")
 2003 Matchstick Men (writer: "Danke Schoen")
 2003 Haz conmigo lo que quieras (writer: "Extraños en la noche (Strangers in the Night)")
 2003 Crime Spree (writer: "Danke Schoen")
 2003 How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days ("L-O-V-E")
 2003 A Guy Thing (writer: "Strangers In The Night")
 2002 Eight Legged Freaks (writer: "Strangers in the Night")
 2002 About Schmidt (performer: "Afrikaan Beat" (1962)) / (writer: "Afrikaan Beat" (1962))
 2002 He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not (writer: "L.O.V.E.")
 2001 Dean Martin: That's Amore (TV Movie) (music: "L-O-V-E")
 2001 Malcolm in the Middle (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Charity (2001) ... (music: "Strangers in the Night")
 2001 Riding in Cars with Boys (writer: "Love")
 2001 Corky Romano (writer: "L O V E")
 2001 High Heels and Low Lifes (music: "Spanish Eyes (Moon Over Naples)") / (performer: "Spanish Eyes (Moon Over Naples)")
 2001 Manitou's Shoe (writer: "Strangers in the Night")
 2001 Ed (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Mixed Signals (2001) ... (writer: "Danke Schoen")
 2000 Meet the Parents (writer: "Danke Schoen")
 2000 The Dish (writer: "Afrikaan Beat" (1962), "A Swingin' Safari" (1962))
 2000 Born Romantic (writer: "L.O.V.E." - as Kaempfert)
 2000 Duets (writer: "Strangers In The Night")
 1999 Mutual Love Life (Short) (writer: "L.O.V.E.")
 1999 Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (writer: "Strangers In The Night")
 1999 Siam Sunset (writer: "A Swingin' Safari")
 1999 Eyes Wide Shut (music: "Strangers in the Night" (1966))
  Friends (TV Series) (music - 1 episode, 1999) (writer - 1 episode, 1996)
- The One in Vegas: Part 1 (1999) ... (music: "Danke Schoen" - uncredited)
- The One with the Lesbian Wedding (1996) ... (writer: "Strangers in the Night" - uncredited)
 1999 Paperback Hero (writer: "Strangers in the night")
 1999 Bertelsen - DR2s talkshow (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (1999) ... (writer: "Sommerferiebussen")
 1999 A Walk on the Moon (writer: "Danke Schoen" (1962))
 1998 Disturbing Behavior (writer: "Danke Schoen")
 1998 The Parent Trap (writer: "L O V E")
 1998/I Godzilla (writer: "Danke Schoen")
 1998 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (writer: "Strangers In the Night")
 1998 Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (performer: "Lady") / (writer: "Lady")
 1997 Turrón y... cuenta nueva (TV Movie) (writer: "Strangers in the Night")
 1997 Weapons of Mass Distraction (TV Movie) (writer: "DANKE SCHOEN")
 1997 That Old Feeling (writer: "Love")
 1997 Hamish Macbeth (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Honourable Policeman (1997) ... (writer: "Strangers in the Night" - uncredited)
 1997 Fools Rush In (writer: "Danke Schoen")
 1996 American Strays (music: "Danke Schoen")
 1994 Trapped in Paradise (writer: "Danke Schoen")
 1994 I Like It Like That (writer: "L-O-V-E")
 1994 The Little Rascals (writer: "L-O-V-E")
 1994 Florida Lady (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Tour d'amour (1994) ... (writer: "Strangers In The Night")
  Mystery Science Theater 3000 (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes, 1992 - 1994) (music - 2 episodes, 1989 - 1991)
- 12 to the Moon (1994) ... (writer: "Strangers in the Night")
- Attack of the the Eye Creatures (1992) ... (writer: "Strangers in the Night")
- Mighty Jack (1991) ... (music: "Strangers in the Night")
- Humanoid Woman (1989) ... (music: "Danke Schoen")
 1988-1993 Derrick (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Mann im Regen (1993) ... (writer: "Strangers in the night")
- Das Ende einer Illusion (1988) ... (writer: "Strangers In The Night")
 1992 Makinavaja, el último choriso (writer: "Strangers in the Night" - as B. Kaempfert)
 1991 Der Hausgeist (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Nacht der einsamen Herzen (1991) ... (writer: "Strangers In The Night")
 1991 The Linguini Incident ("A MAN COULD GET KILLED")
 1991 The 63rd Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (music: "Ghost")
 1991 Lunatics: A Love Story (music: "Strangers in the Night")
 1990 Beverly Hills, 90210 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Perfect Mom (1990) ... (writer: "Strangers In The Night" - uncredited)
 1990 Family Matters (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Marriage 101 (1990) ... (writer: "Strangers in the Night")
 1990 A Gnome Named Gnorm (lyrics: "STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT") / (music: "STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT")
 1990 Quick Change (writer: "L-O-V-E")
 1990 A Bit of Fry and Laurie (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.2 (1990) ... (writer: "Strangers in the Night" - uncredited)
 1989 Screenplay (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- A Small Mourning (1989) ... (music: "Strangers in the Night" - uncredited)
 1989 Sea of Love (music: "A Man Could Get Killed" - uncredited)
 1989 The Dream Team (writer: "STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT")
 1989 Chances Are (writer: "STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT")
 1989 Die Wicherts von nebenan (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Auf Inspektion (1989) ... (writer: "Strangers In The Night" - uncredited)
 1988 License to Drive (writer: "STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT")
 1987 Ishtar (music: "STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT")
 1986 The Color of Money (music: "Strangers In The Night")
 1986 Ferris Bueller's Day Off (writer: "Danke Schoen")
 1986 Identitats (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 11 May 1986 (1986) ... (music: "Strangers in the Night")
 1985 Fright Night (music: "Strangers in the Night" - uncredited)
 1985 Fraternity Vacation (writer: "DANKE SHOEN")
 1983 Zeg 'ns Aaa (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- De rode knop (1983) ... (music: "Strangers in the Night" - uncredited)
 1983 Scarface (music: "Strangers in the Night")
 1983 Mr. Mom (writer: "Strangers in the Night " - uncredited)
 1983 Baby It's You (music: "Strangers In The Night")
 1983 Schöne Bescherung - Ein Beitrag zum Fest von Trude Herr (TV Movie) ("Strangers in the Night")
 1982 Frank Sinatra: Concert for the Americas (Video) (writer: "Strangers In The Night")
 1981 Arthur (music: "Strangers in the Night" - uncredited)
 1979 Mrs. Columbo (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Caviar with Everything (1979) ... (music: "Strangers in the Night" - uncredited)
 1976 Dolly (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.15 ... (writer: "Spanish Eyes")
 1976 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Losing Streak (1976) ... (writer: "Strangers in the Night" - uncredited)
 1975 Kojak (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- A House of Prayer, a Den of Thieves (1975) ... (writer: "Strangers in the Night")
 1974 Mary Tyler Moore (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- I Love a Piano (1974) ... (writer: "Strangers in the Night")
 1974 The Benny Hill Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Film Time at the Natural Film Theatre (1974) ... (writer: "Wooden Heart (Muss I Denn)")
 1972 De Fred Haché Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.5 (1972) ... (writer: "L.O.V.E.")
 1970 An Elephant Called Slowly (music: "Happy Trumpeter", "A Swingin' Safari", "Market Day", "African Beat" - uncredited)
 1970 You Can't Win 'Em All (writer: "Main Title Music")
 1969 Mondo Trasho (writer: "Strangers in the Night")
 1968 Here's Lucy (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Lucy Sells Craig to Wayne Newton (1968) ... ("Danke Schoen")
 1968 The Dean Martin Comedy Hour (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 24 October 1968 (1968) ... (music: "L-O-V-E")
 1967 Peggio per me... meglio per te (writer: "Wooden Heart" - as Haemplery)
 1967 How to Kill 400 Duponts (writer: "Strangers In The Night" - as Kaempfert)
 1966 The Andy Williams Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #5.1 (1966) ... (writer: "Strangers in the Night" - uncredited)
 1966 A Man Could Get Killed (writer: "Strangers in the Night", "But Not Today")
 1965 I'll Take Sweden (writer: "Strangers in the Night")
 1965 Shindig! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.34 (1965) ... (writer: "Wooden Heart")
 1964 Kapitein Zeppos (TV Mini-Series) ("Living it Up")
  The Match Game (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes, 1963) (writer - 2 episodes, 1963)
- Peggy Cass & Peter Lind Hayes (1963) ... (performer: "A Swingin' Safari") / (writer: "A Swingin' Safari")
- Sally Ann Howes & Abe Burrows (1963) ... (performer: "A Swingin' Safari") / (writer: "A Swingin' Safari")
 1960 G.I. Blues (writer: "Wooden Heart")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Songwriter: Wrote "Strangers in the Night", a hit for Frank Sinatra. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Portrayal | See more »


Alternate Names:

Berthold Kämpfert
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Did You Know?

Trivia:

Although almost all of his best-known recordings featured a trumpet lead, it is ironic that Kaempfert, although a talented multi-instrumentalist, could not play trumpet. The trumpet solos on his recordings were by either Charles Tabor or Fred Moch, both of whom received credit for doing so on Kaempfert's albums. See more »

Nickname:

Fips

Star Sign:

Libra

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