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Michael Sembello

Michael Sembello was born on April 17, 1954 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Gremlins
Gremlins Soundtrack
(1984)
Flashdance
Flashdance Soundtrack
(1983)
American Wedding
American Wedding Soundtrack
(2003)
Independence Day
Independence Day Soundtrack
(1996)

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  One Hit Wonderland (TV Series documentary) (performer - 4 episodes, 2012 - 2017) (writer - 4 episodes, 2012 - 2017)
- "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles (2017) ... (performer: "Automatic Man") / (writer: "Automatic Man")
- St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion) by John Parr (2015) ... (performer: "Maniac") / (writer: "Maniac")
- Maniac by Michael Sembello (2014) ... (performer: "Maniac", "Summer Lovers", "Automatic Man", "Gremlins... Mega Madness", "Gravity", "Heavy Weather") / (writer: "Maniac", "Summer Lovers", "Automatic Man", "Gremlins... Mega Madness", "Heavy Weather")
- Rico Suave by Gerardo (2012) ... (performer: "Maniac") / (writer: "Maniac", "When the Lights Go Out")
  Cuéntame (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2016) (writer - 1 episode, 2016)
- ¡Maldito amor! (2016) ... (performer: "Maniac") / (writer: "Maniac")
  Ferdinando Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 2015) (music - 1 episode, 2015) (performer - 1 episode, 2015)
- Nicole Bahls e Sanderson (2015) ... (lyrics: "Maniac" - uncredited) / (music: "Maniac" - uncredited) / (performer: "Maniac" - uncredited)
 2012 Até que a Sorte nos Separe (writer: "Maniac")
  Glee (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2012) (writer - 1 episode, 2012)
- Props (2012) ... (performer: "Maniac" - uncredited) / (writer: "Maniac" - uncredited)
 2011 Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (performer: "Maniac") / (writer: "Maniac")
 2010 Atop the Fourth Wall (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Action Comics #593 (2010) ... ("Maniac")
 2010 Just Wright (writer: "Maniac")
  Live from Studio Five (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2010) (writer - 1 episode, 2010)
- Episode #1.117 (2010) ... (performer: "Maniac") / (writer: "Maniac")
 2009 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Round Ten: Finals (2009) ... (writer: "Maniac" - uncredited)
 2009 Dance Flick (performer: "Maniac") / (writer: "Maniac")
 2009 Miss Austria 2009 (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (2009) ... (performer: "Maniac" - uncredited)
 2008 Hamlet 2 (writer: "Maniac")
 2008 Idols! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Liveshow #4 - Disco (2008) ... (writer: "Maniac")
  Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2006) (writer - 1 episode, 2006)
- Both of You, Duel Like You Want to Win (2006) ... (performer: "Maniac" - uncredited) / (writer: "Maniac" - uncredited)
 2006 Scrubs (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- My Way Home (2006) ... (writer: "Maniac" - uncredited)
  So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2005) (writer - 1 episode, 2005)
- Top 6 (2005) ... (performer: "Maniac") / (writer: "Maniac")
 2004 Cesko hledá SuperStar (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Sedmé finále: Filmové písne (2004) ... (writer: "Maniac")
 2004 Cold Case (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Lover's Lane (2004) ... (performer: "Maniac")
 2003 American Wedding (performer: "Maniac") / (writer: "Maniac")
 2003/I Going Down (performer: "Maniac")
 2003 Deutschland sucht den Superstar (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Finale (2003) ... (writer: "Maniac")
- Mottoshow #7 - Disco und Hits der 70er (2003) ... (writer: "Maniac")
  Malcolm in the Middle (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2001) (writer - 1 episode, 2001)
- Mini-Bike (2001) ... (performer: "Maniac" - uncredited) / (writer: "Maniac" - uncredited)
  Pop Up Video (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1998) (music - 1 episode, 1998) (performer - 1 episode, 1998) (producer - 1 episode, 1998)
- Movie Magic 1: Movie Theme Songs (1998) ... (lyrics: "Maniac") / (music: "Maniac") / (performer: "Maniac") / (producer: "Maniac")
  Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends (TV Series documentary) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1998) (music - 1 episode, 1998) (performer - 1 episode, 1998)
- Survivalists (1998) ... (lyrics: "Maniac" - uncredited) / (music: "Maniac" - uncredited) / (performer: "Maniac" - uncredited)
 1993-1997 Mystery Science Theater 3000 (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Space Mutiny (1997) ... (writer: "Maniac")
- The Day the Earth Froze (1993) ... (writer: "Maniac")
 1997 McHale's Navy (writer: "Rockin' on The Real")
 1997 The Pest (producer: "The Pest (Voodoo Mambo)", "I Like It Hot", "Oye Querido", "Touching Me", "Get Me Out of Here", "I Love Rock n' Roll", "Spank It", "Paris Techno", "Que Pasa, Que Pasa") / (writer: "The Pest (Voodoo Mambo)", "The Pest Theme", "I Like It Hot", "Oye Querido", "Touching Me", "Get Me Out of Here", "Spank It", "Paris Techno", "Que Pasa, Que Pasa")
 1997 The Simpsons (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious (1997) ... (writer: "Maniac")
 1996 House Arrest (performer: "Do What You Gotta Do For Love") / (writer: "It's Good To Know That I'm Alive")
 1996 Independence Day (writer: "Boom Boom Booty")
 1996 Flipper (producer: "Flipper")
 1995 The Big Green (performer: "SUNNY SIDE UP") / (writer: "I Believe In You", "SUNNY SIDE UP", "AS LONG AS WE CAN WALK")
 1995 Virtuosity ("Ka-Pow") / (producer: "Ka-Pow")
 1995 Tommy Boy ("Maniac")
 1994 D2: The Mighty Ducks (arranger: "MR. BIG STUFF")
 1994 The Critic (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Eyes on the Prize (1994) ... (music: "Maniac" - uncredited)
 1994 Blank Check (arranger: "MONEY (THAT'S WHAT I WANT)")
 1990 Predator 2 (producer: "EN MI BARRIO") / (writer: "EN MI BARRIO")
 1989 She's Out of Control (performer: "Maniac") / (writer: "Maniac")
 1989 Weekend at Bernie's (producer: "HOT AND COLD" (End Title Song))
 1988 Dead Solid Perfect (TV Movie) (performer: "One Lover") / (writer: "One Lover")
 1988 Dance 'Til Dawn (TV Movie) (writer: "What You Say", "Rock Until You Drop")
 1988 Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (writer: "Maniac")
 1988 Salsa (performer: "Salsa Heat", "Puerto Rico") / (writer: "Under My Skin", "Salsa Heat", "Puerto Rico", "Margarita")
 1988 Sledge Hammer! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Secret of My Excess (1988) ... (writer: "Maniac")
 1987 The Monster Squad (performer: "Rock Until You Drop") / (producer: "Rock Until You Drop", "The Monster Squad") / (writer: "Rock Until You Drop", "The Monster Squad")
 1987 Back to the Beach ("Some Things Live Forever") / (producer: "Some Things Live Forever")
 1987 The Last Innocent Man (TV Movie) (performer: "What You Really Want") / (writer: "What You Really Want")
 1987 Campus Man (performer: "ROCK UNTIL YOU DROP", "LOOKIN' UP", "MONEY MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER")
 1987 Stingray (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Night Maneuvers (1987) ... (performer: "Into The Fire")
- The First Time Is Forever (1987) ... (performer: "First Time Is Forever")
  Growing Pains (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1986) (music - 1 episode, 1986)
- Jason and the Cruisers (1986) ... (lyrics: "Maniac") / (music: "Maniac")
 1986 Jake Speed (writer: "Maniac" - as M. Sembello)
 1985 Cocoon (performer: "Gravity") / (producer: "Gravity")
 1984 Body Rock (writer: "Smooth Talker")
 1984 Gremlins (lyrics: "Gremlins...Mega-Madness") / (music: "Gremlins...Mega-Madness") / (performer: "Gremlins...Mega-Madness") / (producer: "Gremlins...Mega-Madness")
 1984 The 56th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special documentary) (performer: "Maniac")
  Knight Rider (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes, 1983 - 1984) (writer - 2 episodes, 1983 - 1984) (producer - 1 episode, 1983)
- White-Line Warriors (1984) ... (performer: "Maniac") / (writer: "Maniac")
- Blind Spot (1983) ... (performer: "Maniac") / (producer: "Maniac") / (writer: "Maniac")
 1984 Fame (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Fame Looks at Music '83 (1984) ... (writer: "Maniac" - uncredited)
  Zeg 'ns Aaa (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1984) (music - 1 episode, 1984) (performer - 1 episode, 1984)
- Nachtmerries (1984) ... (lyrics: "Maniac" - uncredited) / (music: "Maniac" - uncredited) / (performer: "Maniac" - uncredited)
 1983 Automan (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Staying Alive While Running a High Flashdance Fever (1983) ... (writer: "Maniac")
 1983 Flashdance (lyrics: "Imagination", "Maniac") / (music: "Maniac") / (performer: "Maniac") / (producer: "Maniac")
 1982 Summer Lovers (performer: "Summer Lovers") / (writer: "Summer Lovers")
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His song "Maniac" from the film Flashdance (1983) - co-written with Dennis Matkosky - reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States in September 1983, and was subsequently nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. It lost to another song from the film, "Flashdance... What a Feeling", written by Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey and Irene Cara, which was also performed ... See more »

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