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Nelson Riddle (1921–1985)

Versatile Ameican arranger/conducter who started as a trombonist with several big bands, including Tommy Dorsey. In a long, distinguished career, he not only scored numerous films and television shows, but made many now-legendary recordings in collaboration with such people as Rosemary Clooney, Nat 'King' Cole, and, most notably, Frank Sinatra. ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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 2010 What If...? (TV Series) (music by - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.2 (2010) ... (music by)
 1982-1985 Newhart (TV Series) (composer - 57 episodes)
- Write to Privacy (1985) ... (composer: additional music)
- Locks, Stocks, and Noodlehead (1985) ... (composer: additional music)
- Candidate Larry (1985) ... (composer: additional music)
- Oh, That Morocco (1985) ... (composer: additional music)
- Summa Cum Larry (1985) ... (composer: additional music)
 1984 Linda Ronstadt in Concert: What's New (Video) (music arranger)
 1984 All-Star Party for Lucille Ball (TV Special) (musical director)
 1982 Strike Force (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- Chinatown (1982) ... (composer: additional music)
 1980 Rough Cut (conductor) / (music adaptor)
 1978 The Carpenters: A Christmas Portrait (TV Special) (musical arrangements) / (musical director)
 1978 Goin' Coconuts (conductor)
 1978 Project U.F.O. (TV Series) (thematic music by - 1 episode)
- Sighting 4016: The Pipeline Incident (1978) ... (thematic music by)
 1978 Harper Valley P.T.A. (conductor)
 1978 The 50th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (musical director)
 1977 That's Action (Documentary) (music supervisor)
 1972-1977 Emergency! (TV Series) (composer - 74 episodes)
- Limelight (1977) ... (composer: title theme)
- Hypochondri-Cap (1977) ... (composer: title theme)
- Upward and Onward (1977) ... (composer: title theme)
- All Night Long (1977) ... (composer: title theme)
- Isolation (1977) ... (composer: title theme)
 1977 The 4th Annual American Music Awards (TV Special) (musical director)
 1976 America at the Movies (Documentary) (conductor: title music) / (music arranger: title music)
 1976 Fury of the Dragon (composer: stock music - Batman theme)
 1976 City of Angels (TV Series) (composer - 13 episodes)
- Match Point (1976) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
- The Bloodshot Eye (1976) ... (composer: theme music)
- Say Goodbye to Yesterday (1976) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Castle of Dreams (1976) ... (composer: theme music)
- A Sudden Silence (1976) ... (composer: theme music)
 1976 That's Entertainment, Part II (Documentary) (composer: new sequences - uncredited) / (conductor: new sequences) / (music arranger: new sequences)
 1976 John Denver and Friend (TV Special) (musical director)
 1975 Caribe (TV Series) (composer - 13 episodes)
- Assault on the Calavera (1975) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Assassin (1975) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Patriots (1975) ... (composer: theme music)
- Counterfeit Killer (1975) ... (composer: theme music)
- One Second to Doom (1975) ... (composer: theme music)
 1974 The Great Gatsby (composer: additional music) / (conductor) / (music arranger) / (music supervisor)
 1973 The Helen Reddy Show (TV Series) (orchestra leader)
 1973 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Ford (TV Special documentary) (musical director)
  The Julie Andrews Hour (TV Series) (musical director - 2 episodes, 1972 - 1973) (conductor - 1 episode, 1973)
- Episode #1.21 (1973) ... (conductor) / (musical director)
- Episode #1.2 (1972) ... (musical director)
 1971-1972 The D.A. (TV Series) (composer - 13 episodes)
- The People vs. Boley (1972) ... (composer: theme music)
- The People vs. Walsh (1971) ... (composer: theme music)
- The People vs. Whitehead (1971) ... (composer: theme music)
- The People vs. Nelson (1971) ... (composer: theme music)
- The People vs. Howard (1971) ... (composer: theme music)
 1971 The CBS Newcomers (TV Series) (musical director)
 1970 On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (conductor) / (music arranger) / (music supervisor)
 1970 Hell's Bloody Devils (composer: theme music)
 1969 Paint Your Wagon (conductor)
 1969 The Maltese Bippy (conductor)
 1969 Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters (TV Series) (musical director - 1 episode)
- Pilot (1969) ... (musical director)
  Tarzan (TV Series) (composer - 21 episodes, 1967 - 1968) (conductor - 20 episodes, 1967 - 1968)
- Alex the Great (1968) ... (composer: theme music) / (conductor)
- Trina (1968) ... (composer: theme music) / (conductor)
- Rendezvous for Revenge (1968) ... (composer: theme music) / (conductor)
- Jungle Ransom (1968) ... (composer: theme music) / (conductor)
- End of a Challenge (1968) ... (composer: theme music) / (conductor)
 1968 ...And Debbie Makes Six (TV Special) (musical director)
 1967 The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (TV Series) (musical director - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.13 (1967) ... (musical director)
 1967 Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music + Ella + Jobim (TV Special) (music arranger) / (musical director)
 1967 How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (conductor) / (music supervisor)
 1966 El Dorado (conductor)
 1966 Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music Part II (TV Special) (musical director)
 1966 The Man Who Never Was (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Search for a Bent Twig (1966) ... (music)
 1965-1966 The Wackiest Ship in the Army (TV Series) (conductor - 6 episodes)
- The Ghost of Lord Nelson-San (1966) ... (conductor)
- Brother Love (1966) ... (conductor)
- The Lamb Who Hunted Wolves: Part 2 (1966) ... (conductor)
- The Lamb Who Hunted Wolves: Part 1 (1966) ... (conductor)
- ....And Tyler, Too (1965) ... (conductor)
 1965 Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music (TV Special) (musical director)
 1965 Red Line 7000 (conductor)
 1965 Marriage on the Rocks (conductor)
 1964-1965 The Rogues (TV Series) (composer - 30 episodes)
- A Daring Step Backward (1965) ... (composer: theme music)
- Mr. White's Christmas (1965) ... (composer: theme music)
- Grave Doubts (1965) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
- Wherefore Art Thou, Harold? (1965) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
- Our Men in Marawat (1965) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1964 Profiles in Courage (TV Series) (composer: theme music)
 1964 Robin and the 7 Hoods (conductor)
  Route 66 (TV Series) (composer - 116 episodes, 1960 - 1964) (conductor - 103 episodes, 1960 - 1964) (arranger - 2 episodes, 1960)
- I'm Here to Kill a King (1964) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited) / (conductor)
- Part Two: Where There's a Will, There's a Way (1964) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited) / (conductor)
- Where There's a Will, There's a Way: Part One (1964) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited) / (conductor)
- Follow the White Dove with the Broken Wing (1964) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited) / (conductor)
- This Is Going to Hurt Me More Than It Hurts You (1964) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited) / (conductor)
 1959-1963 The Untouchables (TV Series) (composer - 118 episodes)
- A Taste for Pineapple (1963) ... (composer: theme music)
- Line of Fire (1963) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Torpedo (1963) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Jazz Man (1963) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Charlie Argos Story (1963) ... (composer: theme music)
  Naked City (TV Series) (composer - 11 episodes, 1962 - 1963) (conductor - 3 episodes, 1962 - 1963)
- One, Two, Three, Rita Rakahowski (1963) ... (conductor)
- Color Schemes Like Never Before (1963) ... (composer: theme music)
- Carrier (1963) ... (composer: theme music)
- Stop the Parade! A Baby Is Crying! (1963) ... (composer: theme music)
- Howard Running Bear Is a Turtle (1963) ... (composer: theme music)
 1962-1963 Sam Benedict (TV Series) (composer - 28 episodes)
- Season for Vengeance (1963) ... (composer: theme music)
- Of Rusted Cannons and Fallen Sparrows (1963) ... (composer: theme music)
- Read No Evil (1963) ... (composer: theme music)
- Accomplice (1963) ... (composer: theme music)
- Seventeen Gypsies and a Sinner Named Charlie (1963) ... (composer: theme music)
 1962 Lolita (conductor)
 1960 Ocean's 11 (conductor)
 1960 Frank Sinatra's Welcome Home Party for Elvis Presley (TV Special) (musical director)
 1960 Can-Can (conductor) / (music arranger)
 1960 The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: To the Ladies (TV Movie) (musical director)
 1959 Li'l Abner (conductor)
 1959 Bing Crosby and Dean Martin Present High Hopes (TV Special) (musical director)
 1959 The Best of Everything (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1959 Never Steal Anything Small (music arranger - uncredited)
  The Frank Sinatra Show (TV Series) (musical director - 23 episodes, 1957 - 1958) (conductor - 2 episodes, 1957)
- Pat Suzuki and Natalie Wood (1958) ... (musical director)
- Ella Fitzgerald (1958) ... (musical director)
- Ethel Merman (1958) ... (musical director)
- The Brownstone Incident (1958) ... (musical director)
- Spike Jones and Helen Grayco (1958) ... (musical director)
 1958 St. Louis Blues (conductor) / (music arranger)
 1958 Merry Andrew (conductor) / (music adaptor)
 1958 The Girl Most Likely (conductor) / (music arranger)
 1957 Pal Joey (music adaptation) / (music arrangements)
 1957 The Nat King Cole Show (TV Series) (orchestra director - 2 episodes)
- Episode #3.3 (1957) ... (orchestra director)
- Episode #2.4 (1957) ... (orchestra director)
 1957 The Joker Is Wild (music arranger: songs)
 1957 The Pajama Game (orchestrator)
  The Rosemary Clooney Show (TV Series) (conductor - 2 episodes, 1956 - 1957) (orchestra director - 1 episode, 1956)
- Episode #1.38 (1957) ... (conductor)
- Episode #1.7 (1956) ... (orchestra director)
- Episode #1.3 (1956) ... (conductor)
 1956 Accused of Murder (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1956 High Society (orchestrator)
 1956 A Kiss Before Dying (orchestrator)
 1956 Autumn Leaves (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1956 Carousel (orchestrator)
 1955 Guys and Dolls (orchestrations)
  Producers' Showcase (TV Series) (musical director - 1 episode, 1955) (orchestrator - 1 episode, 1955)
- Our Town (1955) ... (musical director) / (orchestrator)
  This Is Your Music (TV Series) (conductor - 1 episode, 1955) (music arranger - 1 episode, 1955)
- A Salute to Johnny Mercer (1955) ... (conductor) / (music arranger)
 1954 Satins and Spurs (TV Movie) (arrangements)
 1953 The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1953 All Ashore (music arranger)
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Album: "Sea of Dreams". See more »

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Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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He was nominated for the 2014 New Jersey Hall of Fame in the Arts and Entertainment Category. See more »

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Gemini

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