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Rod McKuen (1933–2015)

Rod McKuen was born on April 29, 1933 in Oakland, California, USA as Rodney Marvin McKuen. He died on January 29, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California. See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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 2012 One Hit Wonderland (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas (2012) ... (lyrics: "Seasons in the Sun")
 2009 This Beat Goes On: Canadian Pop Music in the 1970s (TV Movie documentary) (lyrics: "Seasons in the Sun")
 2009 The Queens of Country (Video) ("Feelings") / (performer: "A Boy Named Charlie Brown", "'Til That Day", "China Grove", "All I Can Do", "Every Loner Has To Go Alone") / (writer: "A Boy Named Charlie Brown", "Every Loner Has To Go Alone")
 2007 Zodiac (writer: "Jean")
 2007 Dolly Parton & Friends (Video) ("Feelings") / (performer: "A Boy Named Charlie Brown", "'Til That Day", "China Grove", "All I Can Do", "Every Loner Has To Go Alone") / (writer: "A Boy Named Charlie Brown", "Every Loner Has To Go Alone")
 2006 Madonna: The Confessions Tour Live from London (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Drowned World/Substitute for Love")
 2006 The Eight (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Madonna (2006) ... (writer: "Drowned World/Substitute for Love" - uncredited)
 2005 I'm Going to Tell You a Secret (Documentary) (writer: "Drowned World/Substitute For Love")
 2003 High Chaparall (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Steve-O (2003) ... (writer: "Seasons in the sun")
 2002 Merci Dr Rey! ("If You Go Away")
 2002 Cherish (writer: "Seasons in the Sun")
 2002 Pumpkin (writer: "If You Go Away")
 2001 Madonna: Drowned World Tour 2001 (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Drowned World/Substitute for Love")
 2000 Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970) (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Teenage Crush")
 1999 Madonna: The Video Collection 93:99 (Video) (writer: "Drowned World/Substitute for Love")
  Mystery Science Theater 3000 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode, 1992) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1989)
- Tormented (1992) ... (writer: "Seasons in the Sun" - uncredited)
- Mighty Jack (1989) ... (lyrics: "Seasons in the Sun")
 1991 Get a Life (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Chris Moves Out (1991) ... (writer: "Seasons in the Sun")
 1989 Cheers (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Feeble Attraction (1989) ... (writer: "Seasons in the Sun" - uncredited)
 1985 Better Off Dead... (writer: "A Man Alone")
 1976 Emily (performer: "Sweet Emily", "God'll Get You", "Rah, Rah, Ragtime", "And How") / (writer: "Sweet Emily", "God'll Get You", "Rah, Rah, Ragtime", "And How", "Trash", "Honey, Don't You Know")
 1976 Dolly (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.25 ... (performer: "All I Can Do", "I Know")
 1974 The Ernie Sigley Show (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Episode dated 10 October 1974 (1974) ... (writer: "Jean")
- Episode dated 27 June 1974 (1974) ... (writer: "Seasons in the Sun")
- Episode dated 9 April 1974 (1974) ... (writer: "Seasons in the Sun")
 1973 The Borrowers (TV Movie) (performer: "Isn't It Something") / (writer: "Isn't It Something", "Borrowers Theme")
 1972-1973 The Graham Kennedy Show (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode dated 5 June 1973 (1973) ... (writer: "Love's Been Good to Me")
- Episode dated 21 November 1972 (1972) ... (writer: "If You Go Away")
 1971 Kraft Music Hall Presents: The Des O'Connor Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 7 July 1971 (1971) ... (lyrics: "I Think of You" - uncredited)
 1971 Scandalous John (performer: "Pastures Green (Vocal)", "Pastures Green (Vocal Reprise)") / (writer: "Pastures Green (Vocal)", "Pastures Green (Vocal Reprise)")
 1970 The 42nd Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (writer: "Jean")
 1970 The Lawrence Welk Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Academy Awards (1970) ... (writer: "Jean" - uncredited)
  The Johnny Cash Show (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes, 1970) (performer - 1 episode, 1970)
- Episode #1.25 (1970) ... (writer: "Love's Been Good to Me")
- Episode #1.18 (1970) ... (performer: "Doesn't Anybody Know My Name") / (writer: "Doesn't Anybody Know My Name")
 1969 A Boy Named Charlie Brown (lyrics: "A Boy Named Charlie Brown", "Champion Charlie Brown", "Failure Face") / (music: "A Boy Named Charlie Brown", "Champion Charlie Brown", "Failure Face") / (performer: "A Boy Named Charlie Brown")
 1969 Music Scene (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.6 (1969) ... (writer: "Railroad Poetry")
- Episode #1.1 (1969) ... (writer: "Jean")
 1969 Me, Natalie (lyrics: "Natalie", "We", "Off-Ramp To Nowhere") / (performer: "Natalie", "We")
 1969 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (performer: "Jean" (1969) - uncredited) / (writer: "Jean" (1969) - uncredited)
 1968 Joanna (lyrics: "Joanna", "I'll Catch The Sun", "Ain't You Glad You're Living Joe", "Hello Heartaches", "Joanna (Reprise)") / (music: "Joanna", "I'll Catch The Sun", "Run To Me, Fly To Me (Waltz For Joanna)", "I'm Only Me (Two Girls Bathing)", "When Am I Ever Going Home", "Ain't You Glad You're Living Joe", "Till We're Together Again (Cas's Theme)", "Joanna And Clyde", "Peter's Theme (Before I Die)", "Joanna Hits Town", "Saturday Night In Knightsbridge", "Morocco", "Some August Day", "Hello Heartaches", "Harpsichord Concerto (4th Movement)", "Twenty Four Rue St. Benoit", "Joanna (Reprise)") / (performer: "I'll Catch The Sun")
 1968 Heidi (TV Movie) (lyrics: "A Place of My Own")
 1965 Shindig! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.4 (1965) ... (writer: "The World I Used to Know")
 1963 The Young Swingers (lyrics: "You Pass Me By") / (music: "You Pass Me By")
 1958 Summer Love (writer: "Calypso Rock")
 1957 Golden Ladder (Short) (performer: "Golden Ladder")
 1956 Rock, Pretty Baby (lyrics: "Picnic By The Sea") / (music: "Picnic By The Sea")
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Songwriter: "Seasons in the Sun" (recorded by Terry Jacks; reached #1 on the rock charts) See more »

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His autobiographical book "Finding My Father: One Man's Search for Identity", dealt with his search for his biological father, and was the subject of a nationwide debate on illegitimate births. See more »


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