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Johnny Marks (II) (1909–1985)

You may not know his name, at least not right away, but you've surely heard at least one of Johnny Marks's songs at Christmastime. The brother-in-law of Robert L. May, who wrote the original story of "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," it was he who set the story to music. After failing to sell the song to, among others, Bing Crosby, Marks ... See full bio »

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 2013 Call the Midwife (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Christmas Special (2013) ... (writer: "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" - uncredited)
 2013 Mike & Mike (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Episode dated 23 December 2013 (2013) ... (writer: "A Holly Jolly Christmas" - uncredited)
- Episode dated 18 December 2013 (2013) ... (writer: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer")
- Episode dated 17 December 2013 (2013) ... (writer: "A Holly Jolly Christmas")
 2011-2013 Saturday Night Live (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Jimmy Fallon/Justin Timberlake (2013) ... (writer: "A Holly Jolly Christmas", "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" - uncredited)
- Paul Rudd/One Direction (2013) ... (writer: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" - uncredited)
- Jimmy Fallon/Michael Bublé (2011) ... (writer: "A Holly Jolly Christmas")
 2013 Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale (TV Special) (writer: "Run Rudolph Run" - uncredited)
  Glee (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode, 2013) (lyrics - 1 episode, 2010) (music - 1 episode, 2010)
- Previously Unaired Christmas (2013) ... (writer: "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" - uncredited)
- A Very Glee Christmas (2010) ... (lyrics: "The Most Wonderful Day of the Year" - uncredited) / (music: "The Most Wonderful Day of the Year" - uncredited)
 2012 Regular Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Christmas Special (2012) ... (writer: "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree")
  Chelsea Lately (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 2012) (music - 1 episode, 2012)
- Episode #6.166 (2012) ... (lyrics: "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" - uncredited) / (music: "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" - uncredited)
 2012 Sword Art Online (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Red-Nosed Reindeer (2012) ... (writer: "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer")
 2012 The Queen of Versailles (Documentary) (writer: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" - uncredited)
 2011 Britain's Favourite Christmas Songs (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree")
 2007-2011 Chuck (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Chuck Versus the Santa Suit (2011) ... (writer: "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree")
- Chuck Versus the Crown Vic (2007) ... (writer: "A Holly Jolly Christmas" - uncredited)
 2010-2011 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
- Episode #20.63 (2011) ... (writer: "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" - uncredited)
- Episode #19.61 (2010) ... (writer: "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" - uncredited)
- Episode #19.53 (2010) ... (writer: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer")
- Episode #19.46 (2010) ... (writer: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" - uncredited)
 2011 New Girl (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The 23rd (2011) ... (writer: "Run Rudolph Run" - uncredited)
 2011 Eureka (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Do You See What I See (2011) ... (writer: "A Holly Jolly Christmas" - uncredited)
 2010 Danville 2nd Ward Young Men (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Christmas 2010 (2010) ... (writer: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer")
 2010 Rock & Chips (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Five Gold Rings (2010) ... (writer: "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree")
 2010 Conan (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Santa vs. Rudolph vs. Predator (2010) ... (writer: "Run, Rudolph, Run" - uncredited)
 2010 Lemmy (Documentary) (writer: "Run Rudolph Run")
 2009 Stealing Time (writer: "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree")
 2008 Gavin & Stacey (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.8 (2008) ... (writer: "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree")
 2008 Pride and Glory (writer: "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer")
 2007 Radio City Christmas Spectacular (TV Movie) (writer: "Jingle Jingle Jingle" - uncredited)
 2007 This Christmas (writer: "Rockin' around the Christmas Tree")
 2007 Chapter 27 (writer: "Run Rudolph Run")
 2007 Expired (writer: "Holly Jolly Christmas")
 2006 The Holiday (writer: "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" (1958))
 2006 Deck the Halls (writer: "Rockin' around the Christmas Tree", "Run Rudolph Run")
 2006 Nobody Is Perfect (as John D. Marks, "Rudolph, The Rednosed Reindeer")
 2005 7th Heaven (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- X-Mas (2005) ... (writer: "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree")
 2005 Monk (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Mr. Monk and the Secret Santa (2005) ... (writer: "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" - uncredited)
 2005 Just Friends (writer: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer")
 2005 The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper (Short) (writer: "Jingle, Jingle, Jingle")
 2005 Sky High (writer: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer")
 2004 EastEnders (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 25 December 2004 (2004) ... (writer: "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" - uncredited)
 2004 House M.D. (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Damned If You Do (2004) ... (writer: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" - uncredited)
 2004 Christmas with the Kranks (writer: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (1949))
 2004 Miracle (writer: "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree")
 2004 Soundstage (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Chris Isaak Christmas (2004) ... (writer: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer")
 2003 Cheaper by the Dozen (writer: "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree")
 2003 Malcolm in the Middle (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Christmas Trees (2003) ... (writer: "A Holly Jolly Christmas")
 2003 Stealing Christmas (TV Movie) (writer: "Run Rudolph Run" - as John D. Marks)
 2003 Bad Santa (writer: "Holly Jolly Christmas" (1962))
 2003 Radio (writer: "A Holly Jolly Christmas" (1962) - as John Marks)
 2002 Less Than Perfect (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- One Office Party Too Many (2002) ... (writer: "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree")
 2002 Friday After Next (writer: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer")
 2002 The Santa Clause 2 (writer: "Run Rudolph Run")
 2001 Roswell (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Samuel Rising (2001) ... (writer: "Holly Jolly Christmas")
 2001 Prancer Returns (Video) (writer: "HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS" - as John Marks)
 2001 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & the Island of Misfit Toys (Video) (lyrics: "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer") / (music: "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer")
 2001 On the Edge (writer: "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer")
 2000 Friends (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The One with the Holiday Armadillo (2000) ... (writer: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" - uncredited)
 2000 The Family Man (writer: "A Holly Jolly Christmas")
 2000 Cast Away (writer: "Run Rudolph Run")
 2000 Greenfingers (writer: "Run Rudolph Run" - as John D. Marks)
 2000 Reindeer Games (writer: "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" - as John D. Marks)
 1999 The Minus Man (writer: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer")
 1998 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Christmas Amnesia (1998) ... (writer: "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" - uncredited)
 1998 Enemy of the State (writer: "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree")
 1998 I'll Be Home for Christmas (writer: "Run Rudolph Run")
 1997 Men Behaving Badly (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Gift of Jami (1997) ... (writer: "Rockin' around the Christmas Tree" - uncredited)
 1997 Tinseltown (lyrics: "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer") / (music: "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer")
 1996 Jingle All the Way (writer: "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", "Run Rudolph Run")
 1996 The Long Kiss Goodnight (writer: "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree")
 1995 The Beatles Anthology (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer: "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer")
 1995 Dead Presidents (writer: "Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer")
 1995 Houseguest (writer: "Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer")
 1994 The Ref (writer: "A Holly Jolly Christmas")
 1993 Beavis and Butt-Head (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- A Very Special Christmas with Beavis and Butt-Head (1993) ... (writer: "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer")
 1993 Mystery Science Theater 3000 (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Gunslinger (1993) ... (writer: "We're a Couple of Misfits" - uncredited)
- Bride of the Monster (1993) ... (writer: "Fame and Fortune" - uncredited)
 1992 Melrose Place (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- A Melrose Place Christmas (1992) ... (writer: "A Holly Jolly Christmas")
 1992 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (writer: "A Holly Jolly Christmas")
 1991 Our Voices with Bev Smith (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 25 December 1991 (1991) ... (writer: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer")
 1991 Scenes from a Mall (writer: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer")
 1990 Christmas at Home (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer")
 1990 Home Alone (writer: "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", "Run Rudolph Run")
 1989 The Simpsons (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire (1989) ... (writer: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" - uncredited)
 1989 Christmas Vacation (writer: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer")
 1989 Great Balls of Fire! (writer: "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer")
 1988 Scrooged (writer: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer")
 1987 A Muppet Family Christmas (TV Movie) (writer: "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day")
 1984 Scrooge's Rock 'N' Roll Christmas (TV Movie) (writer: "Rocking Around The Christmas Tree")
 1983 Party Party (writer: "Run Rudolph Run" - as J. Marks)
  Cheers (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1983) (music - 1 episode, 1983)
- Where There's a Will... (1983) ... (lyrics: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" - uncredited) / (music: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" - uncredited)
 1982 Diner (writer: "Run Rudolph Run")
 1979 Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July (TV Movie) (lyrics: "No Bed of Roses", "Don't Let the Parade Pass You By", "We're A Couple of Misfits", "You're Everything I Ever Wanted") / (music: "No Bed of Roses", "Don't Let the Parade Pass You By", "We're A Couple of Misfits", "You're Everything I Ever Wanted") / (writer: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer")
 1976 The Sonny and Cher Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.11 (1976) ... (writer: "Frosty the Snowman", "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer")
 1975 The Tiny Tree (TV Short) (lyrics: "To Love And Be Loved", "When Autumn Comes") / (music: "To Love And Be Loved", "When Autumn Comes") / (writer: "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day", "Tell It To A Turtle", "Minuet For Clarinet", "A-Caroling We Go", "Joyous Christmas", "Merry, Merry Christmas to You")
 1974 Countdown (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.7 (1974) ... (writer: "Run Rudolph Run")
 1969 An Old-Time Country Christmas (TV Movie) (writer: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer")
 1965 Shindig! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.29 (1965) ... (writer: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer")
 1964 Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (TV Movie) (writer: "Jingle Jingle Jingle", "We Are Santa's Elves", "There's Always Tomorrow", "We're A Couple of Misfits", "Fame and Fortune", "Silver and Gold", "The Most Wonderful Day of the Year", "A Holly Jolly Christmas", "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer")
 1957 The Frank Sinatra Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank (1957) ... (writer: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" - uncredited)
 1957 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Christmas Shopping Show (1957) ... (writer: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer")
 1954 The Oily American (Short) (music: "Who Calls?" - uncredited)
 1948 A Feather in His Hare (Short) (music: "Who Calls?" - uncredited)
 1948 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Short) (writer: "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer")
 1945 Nasty Quacks (Short) (music: "Who Calls?" - uncredited)
 1942 The Daffy Duckaroo (Short) (music: "Who Calls?" - uncredited)
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Songwriter: Wrote "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas", a hit for Burl Ives. See more »

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Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 549-551. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998. See more »

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Scorpio

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