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Toots Thielemans (1922–2016)

Toots Thielemans was born on April 29, 1922 in Brussels, Belgium as Jean-Baptiste Frederic Isidore Thielemans. He is known for his work on Baantjer (1995), Midnight Cowboy (1969) and Fried Green Tomatoes (1991). He died on August 22, 2016 in Brussels. See full bio »


(age 94) in Brussels, Belgium

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Baantjer Music Department
Midnight Cowboy
Midnight Cowboy Music Department
Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried Green Tomatoes Music Department
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  Baantjer (TV Series) (musician - 124 episodes, 1995 - 2006) (soloist - 1 episode, 2006)
- De Cock en de onzichtbare moordenaar - Deel 2 (2006) ... (musician: mouth organ)
- De Cock en de onzichtbare moordenaar - Deel 1 (2006) ... (musician: mouth organ)
- De Cock en de dood van een doorbijter - Deel 2 (2006) ... (musician: mouth organ)
- De Cock en de dood van een doorbijter - Deel 1 (2006) ... (musician: mouth organ) / (soloist)
- De Cock en de moord op herhaling - Deel 2 (2006) ... (musician: mouth organ)
 2004 Witse (TV Series) (musician: harmonica solo)
 2002 Tom & Thomas (musician: harmonica soloist - as Jean 'Toots' Thielemans)
 1998 How Stella Got Her Groove Back (musician: harmonica)
 1998 Hard Rain (musician: harmonica solo)
 1995 French Kiss (musician: harmonica solo)
 1994 Intersection (musician: harmonica performances)
 1991 Fried Green Tomatoes (musician: harmonica solo)
 1986 Manon of the Spring (musician: harmonica solo)
 1986 Jean de Florette (musician: harmonica solo)
 1986 As Summers Die (TV Movie) (harmonica)
 1985 L'homme aux yeux d'argent (musician: harmonica)
 1984 Hello (Short) (musician: soloist)
 1983 One Could Laugh in Former Days (solist: mondharmonica)
 1981 Arthur (musician: harmonica solo)
 1980 Le guignolo (musician: harmonica)
 1979 Chilly Scenes of Winter (musician: Guitar, harmonica and whistle - as Jean 'Toots' Thielemans)
 1978 The Wiz (musician: harmonica - uncredited)
 1977 Invitation to Dance (TV Movie) (musician: harmonica)
 1976 Sesamstraat (TV Series) (musician)
 1974 The Sugarland Express (harmonica: solos - as 'Toots' Thielemans)
 1973 Salut l'artiste (musician: harmonica solo)
 1973 Turkish Delight (musician: harmonica solo)
 1972 The Getaway (musician: harmonica solos)
 1971 Brother John (musician: harmonica solo)
 1970 Adam at Six A.M. (musician: harmonica - as Jean Toots Thielemans)
 1969 Midnight Cowboy (musician: harmonica played by - as Jean 'Toots' Thielemans)
 1967 Banning (musician: harmonica - uncredited)
 1961 The Young Savages (musician: harmonica - uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Played harmonica on Billy Joel's "Leave a Tender Moment Alone" (1984).

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Alternate Names:

'Toots' Thielemans | Jean 'Toots' Thielemans | Jean Toots Thielemans | Jean Thielemans | Toots Thielmans

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His harmonica is heard in the theme songs to "Sesame Street" and "Midnight Cowboy", and many other film scores. He whistled the Old Spice deodorant commercial in the 1970s and '80s. See more »

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