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Walter Scharf (1910–2003)

Emmy- and Golden Globe-winner and ten-time Oscar-nominee Walter Scharf was born and raised in New York City, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants. He started playing music at an early age, helping his uncle play the piano in theaters for silent films. His mother Bessie Zwerling was a well-known comedian in New York's Yiddish theater. He got his ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 10 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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 1979 Salvage 1 (TV Series) (composer - 18 episodes)
- Round Up (1979) ... (composer: theme music)
- Harry's Doll (1979) ... (composer: theme music)
- Dry Spell (1979) ... (composer: theme music)
- Diamond Volcano (1979) ... (composer: theme music)
- Hard Water: Part 2 (1979) ... (composer: theme music)
  The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau (TV Series documentary) (conductor - 4 episodes, 1968 - 1974) (composer - 2 episodes, 1968 - 1971)
- Beneath the Frozen World (1974) ... (conductor)
- A Sound of Dolphins (1972) ... (conductor)
- The Unsinkable Sea Otter (1971) ... (composer: theme music)
- Whales (1968) ... (composer: theme music) / (conductor)
- Search in the Deep (1968) ... (conductor)
 1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (conductor) / (music arranger)
 1970 Uncle Sam Magoo (TV Movie) (conductor) / (music arranger) / (music supervisor)
 1970 The Cheyenne Social Club (conductor)
 1969 National Geographic Specials (TV Series documentary) (composer - 1 episode)
- Hippo! (1969) ... (composer: theme music)
 1968 Funny Girl (conductor) / (music supervisor) / (orchestrator)
 1966-1967 Mission: Impossible (TV Series) (conductor - 5 episodes)
- The Bank (1967) ... (conductor)
- The Survivors (1967) ... (conductor)
- The Ransom (1966) ... (conductor)
- Old Man Out: Part 2 (1966) ... (conductor)
- Old Man Out: Part 1 (1966) ... (conductor)
 1967 The Wild Wild West (TV Series) (conductor - 1 episode)
- The Night of the Assassin (1967) ... (conductor)
 1967 The Long Duel (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1965 The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood (TV Movie) (conductor) / (music arranger)
 1965 Tickle Me (conductor)
 1964 Honeymoon Hotel (conductor)
 1963 The Nutty Professor (conductor)
 1963 My Six Loves (conductor)
 1962 Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (TV Movie) (composer: incidental music) / (conductor)
 1962 It's Only Money (conductor)
 1961 Pocketful of Miracles (music conductor)
 1961 The Errand Boy (conductor)
 1961 The Ladies Man (conductor)
 1960-1961 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series) (conductor - 5 episodes)
- The Terrible Clockman (1961) ... (conductor)
- Pippi Longstocking (1961) ... (conductor)
- Babes in Toyland (1960) ... (conductor)
- The House of the Seven Gables (1960) ... (conductor)
- The Reluctant Dragon (1960) ... (conductor)
 1960 Cinderfella (conductor)
 1960 The Bellboy (conductor)
 1959 Startime (TV Series) (musical director - 1 episode)
- The Jazz Singer (1959) ... (musical director)
 1959 Twilight Zone (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- One for the Angels (1959) ... (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1959 Don't Give Up the Ship (conductor)
 1959 The Trap (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1958 Missile Monsters (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1958 Rock-a-Bye Baby (music adaptor)
 1958 King Creole (music adaptor)
 1957 The Sad Sack (conductor)
 1957 The Joker Is Wild (conductor)
 1957 Loving You (conductor) / (music arranger)
 1956 Bundle of Joy (conductor: background score) / (music adaptor: background score)
 1956 Hollywood or Bust (conductor) / (music arranger)
 1956 Three Violent People (conductor)
 1956 Pardners (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1956 Three for Jamie Dawn (conductor - uncredited)
 1956 The Leather Saint (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1956 The Birds and the Bees (conductor)
 1956 Time Table (musical director)
 1955 Artists and Models (conductor) / (music arranger)
 1955 You're Never Too Young (conductor) / (music arranger)
 1955 Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1955 The Donald O'Connor Show (TV Series) (musical director - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.6 (1955) ... (musical director)
 1954 Living It Up (conductor) / (music arranger)
 1954 Drums Across the River (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1954 The French Line (conductor) / (music arranger)
 1953 War Arrow (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1953 The All American (musician - uncredited)
 1953 Down Laredo Way (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1953 Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1953 Canadian Mounties vs. Atomic Invaders (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1953 Francis Covers the Big Town (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1953 Column South (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1953 Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1953 Seminole (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1953 The Redhead from Wyoming (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1952 Hans Christian Andersen (musical director)
 1952 Horizons West (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1952 Yankee Buccaneer (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1952 The Duel at Silver Creek (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1952 Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1952 Steel Town (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1952 Here Come the Nelsons (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1952 The Cimarron Kid (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1951 Cave of Outlaws (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1951 Utah Wagon Train (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1951 Little Egypt (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1951 Cattle Drive (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1951 Comin' Round the Mountain (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1951 Lost Planet Airmen (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1951 The Dakota Kid (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1951 Hollywood Story (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1951 The Fat Man (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1951 Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1951 Target Unknown (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1951 The Pride of Maryland (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1950 Mystery Submarine (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1950 Under Mexicali Stars (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1950 Kansas Raiders (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1950 Undercover Girl (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1950 South Sea Sinner (musical director)
 1950 Vigilante Hideout (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1950 Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1950 Deported (musical director)
 1950 Jungle Stampede (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1950 The Old Frontier (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1950 Winchester '73 (composer: title music - uncredited)
 1950 Covered Wagon Raid (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1950 Sierra (musical director - uncredited)
 1950 Curtain Call at Cactus Creek (musical director - uncredited)
 1950 The Invisible Monster (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1950 I Was a Shoplifter (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1950 Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1950 The Kid from Texas (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1950 Tarnished (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1949 Abandoned (musical director)
 1949 Flame of Youth (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1949 The James Brothers of Missouri (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1949 The Wyoming Bandit (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1949 King of the Rocket Men (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1949 City Across the River (musical director - uncredited)
 1949 Ma and Pa Kettle (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1949 Death Valley Gunfighter (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1949 Hideout (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1949 Sheriff of Wichita (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1949 Rose of the Yukon (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1948 The Far Frontier (musical director - uncredited)
 1948 Mexican Hayride (conductor) / (music arranger)
 1948 Out of the Storm (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1948 Angel in Exile (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1948 Sons of Adventure (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1948 California Firebrand (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1948 Casbah (music arranger) / (musical director)
 1948 Are You with It? (music arranger) / (musical director)
 1948 Madonna of the Desert (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1947 Under Colorado Skies (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1947 Spoilers of the North (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1946 Stagecoach to Denver (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1946 I've Always Loved You (musical director)
 1946 The Magnificent Rogue (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1946 Rio Grande Raiders (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1946 Red River Renegades (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1946 One Exciting Week (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1946 The El Paso Kid (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1946 The Catman of Paris (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1946 Alias Billy the Kid (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1946 Murder in the Music Hall (musical director)
 1946 Days of Buffalo Bill (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1946 The Phantom Rider (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1945 The Cherokee Flash (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1945 Woman Who Came Back (musical director)
 1945 Dakota (musical director)
 1945 Mexicana (musical director)
 1945 Colorado Pioneers (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1945 Rough Riders of Cheyenne (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1945 Love, Honor and Goodbye (musical director) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1945 The Fatal Witness (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1945 Phantom of the Plains (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1945 Hitchhike to Happiness (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1945 Trail of Kit Carson (composer: stock music - uncredited) / (music department head - uncredited)
 1945 Road to Alcatraz (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1945 Gangs of the Waterfront (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1945 The Chicago Kid (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1945 Santa Fe Saddlemates (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1945 Three's a Crowd (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1945 Corpus Christi Bandits (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1945 Earl Carroll Vanities (musical director)
 1945 Sheriff of Cimarron (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1944 The Big Bonanza (composer: title music - uncredited)
 1944 Lake Placid Serenade (musical director)
 1944 Brazil (musical director)
 1944 Faces in the Fog (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1944 Zorro's Black Whip (musical director - uncredited)
 1944 Storm Over Lisbon (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1944 Haunted Harbor (musical director - uncredited)
 1944 The Girl Who Dared (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1944 Atlantic City (musical director)
 1944 The Yellow Rose of Texas (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1944 Goodnight, Sweetheart (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1944 Man from Frisco (musical director) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1944 Henry Aldrich's Little Secret (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1944 The Tiger Woman (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1944 Cowboy and the Senorita (musical director)
 1944 Rosie the Riveter (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1944 Call of the South Seas (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1944 Henry Aldrich Plays Cupid (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1944 Casanova in Burlesque (composer: additional music) / (musical director)
 1944 Captain America (composer: stock music - uncredited) / (musical director - uncredited)
 1944 The Fighting Seabees (musical director - uncredited)
 1944 Hands Across the Border (composer: additional music - uncredited) / (musical director)
 1943 Whispering Footsteps (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1943 Canyon City (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1943 Mystery Broadcast (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1943 The Masked Marvel (musical director - uncredited)
 1943 A Scream in the Dark (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1943 Hoosier Holiday (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1943 Sleepy Lagoon (musical director)
 1943 Nobody's Darling (musical director)
 1943 Headin' for God's Country (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1943 West Side Kid (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1943 Someone to Remember (musical director)
 1943 Silver Spurs (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1943 Secret Service in Darkest Africa (musical director - uncredited)
 1943 Thumbs Up (musical director)
 1943 Henry Aldrich Swings It (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1943 Song of Texas (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1943 Riders of the Rio Grande (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1943 Daredevils of the West (musical director - uncredited)
 1943 Henry Aldrich Gets Glamour (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1943 Chatterbox (musical director)
 1943 Shantytown (musical director)
 1943 Santa Fe Scouts (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1943 The Mantrap (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1943 Tahiti Honey (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1943 Hit Parade of 1943 (musical director)
 1943 The Blocked Trail (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1943 The Purple V (composer: title music - uncredited)
 1943 Hello Frisco, Hello (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1943 London Blackout Murders (composer: title music - uncredited)
 1942 Johnny Doughboy (composer: additional music - uncredited) / (musical director)
 1942 Ice-Capades Revue (composer: music cues) / (musical director)
 1942 Secrets of the Underground (composer: additional music - uncredited) / (musical director)
 1942 Valley of Hunted Men (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1942 The Palm Beach Story (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1942 Youth on Parade (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1942 Flying Tigers (musical director)
 1942 Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1942 The Major and the Minor (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1942 Bells of Capistrano (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1942 Henry Aldrich, Editor (composer: title music - uncredited)
 1942 Call of the Canyon (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1942 Holiday Inn (composer: additional music - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1942 Priorities on Parade (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1942 Are Husbands Necessary? (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1942 Moonlight Masquerade (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1942 Stardust on the Sage (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1942 Romance on the Range (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1942 This Gun for Hire (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1942 Take a Letter, Darling (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1942 True to the Army (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1942 Reap the Wild Wind (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1942 The Lady Has Plans (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1942 Blue, White and Perfect (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1941 Louisiana Purchase (composer: additional music - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1941 West of Cimarron (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1941 Red River Valley (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1941 Bahama Passage (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1941 Mr. Bug Goes to Town (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1941 Tuxedo Junction (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1941 Birth of the Blues (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1941 Down Mexico Way (composer: title music - uncredited)
 1941 Ice-Capades (composer: main and end title music - uncredited)
 1941 Mountain Moonlight (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1941 Puddin' Head (orchestrator)
 1941 Country Fair (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1941 Rookies on Parade (orchestrator)
 1941 Road to Zanzibar (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1941 That Night in Rio (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1941 I Wanted Wings (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1941 Murder Among Friends (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1941 Prairie Pioneers (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1941 Tall, Dark and Handsome (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1941 Hudson's Bay (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1940 Michael Shayne: Private Detective (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1940 The Mark of Zorro (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1940 Hit Parade of 1941 (orchestrator)
 1940 Pier 13 (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1940 Manhattan Heartbeat (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1940 Maryland (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1940 Sailor's Lady (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1940 Lucky Cisco Kid (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1940 Free, Blonde and 21 (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1940 Johnny Apollo (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1939 The Honeymoon's Over (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1939 Barricade (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1939 Hollywood Cavalcade (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1939 Second Fiddle (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1939 Susannah of the Mounties (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1939 The Three Musketeers (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1938 Suez (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1938 Alexander's Ragtime Band (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1938 Kentucky Moonshine (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1937 Ali Baba Goes to Town (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1937 Wake Up and Live (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1937 Seventh Heaven (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1937 Nancy Steele Is Missing! (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1936 Follow the Fleet (music arranger - uncredited)
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Unsold pilot: Wrote the music for "Suzuki Beane" one of the pilot episodes produced for a proposed TV anthology series called "The Victor Borge Comedy Theatre." See more »
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Child: daughter Susan.

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