National Film Registry Composersby majfoalbkeopaza | created - 15 Jun 2018 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
Composer | Platoon
Georges Delerue was born on March 12, 1925 in Roubaix, Nord, France as Georges Henri Jean-Baptiste Delerue. He was a composer, known for Platoon (1986), Twins (1988) and The Day of the Dolphin (1973). He was married to Micheline Gautron. He died on March 20, 1992 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Platoon (1986) - 2019
Music_department | Star Trek: Insurrection
Born on February 10, 1929, Jerry Goldsmith studied piano with Jakob Gimpel and composition, theory, and counterpoint with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. He also attended classes in film composition given by Miklós Rózsa at the Univeristy of Southern California. In 1950, he was employed as a clerk ...
3. James Horner
Music_department | Titanic
James Horner began studying piano at the age of five, and trained at the Royal College of Music in London, England, before moving to California in the 1970s. After receiving a bachelor's degree in music at USC, he would go on to earn his master's degree at UCLA and teach music theory there. He ...
Soundtrack | Breakfast at Tiffany's
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, but brought up in Pennsylvania, where he played the flute in a local band, as a youth, before sending some arrangements to Benny Goodman. Goodman offered him a job and, after serving in WWII, he joined the rearranged Glenn Miller band. In 1952, he was given a two-week ...
Composer | All About Eve
Alfred Newman was born on March 17, 1901 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He is known for his work on All About Eve (1950), Airport (1970) and How the West Was Won (1962). He was married to Martha Montgomery and Mary Lou Dix. He died on February 17, 1970 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Our Daily Bread (1934) - 2015 Dodsworth (1936) - 1990 The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) - 1991 Gunga Din (1939) - 1999 Wuthering Heights (1939) - 2007 Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) - 2003 The Grapes of Wrath (1940) - 1989 The Mark of Zorro (1940) - 2009 How Green Was My Valley (1941) - 1990 Ball of Fire (1941) - 2016 Why We Fight (1942) - 2000 The Gang's All Here (1943) - 2014 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) - 2010 Leave Her to Heaven (1945) - 2018 Gentleman's Agreement (1947) - 2017 Twelve O'Clock High (1949) - 1998 All About Eve (1950) - 1990 Flower Drum Song (1961) - 2008 How the West Was Won (1962) - 1997
6. Nino Rota
Composer | The Godfather
Born in Milan in 1911 into a family of musicians, Nino Rota was first a student of Orefice and Pizzetti. Then, still a child, he moved to Rome where he completed his studies at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in 1929 with Alfredo Casella. In the meantime, he had become an 'enfant prodige', famous...
7. Miklós Rózsa
Composer | Ben-Hur
A child prodigy, Miklos Rózsa learned to play the violin at the age of five and read music before he was able to read words. In 1926, he began studying at the Leipzig Conservatory where he was considered a brilliant student. He obtained his doctorate in music in 1930. Moving to Paris the following ...
8. Max Steiner
Composer | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Austrian composer Max Steiner achieved legendary status as the creator of hundreds of classic American film scores. He was born Maximilian Raoul Walter Steiner in Vienna, Austria, the son of Marie Mizzi (Hasiba) and Gabor Steiner, an impresario, and the grandson of actor and theater director and ...
King Kong (1933) - 1991 The Informer (1935) - 2018 The Life of Emile Zola (1937) - 2000 Jezebel (1938) - 2009 Gone with the Wind (1939) - 1989 Sergeant York (1941) - 2008 Now, Voyager (1942) - 2007 Casablanca (1942) - 1989 Why We Fight (1943) - 2000 Mildred Pierce (1945) - 1996 The Big Sleep (1946) - 1997 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) - 1990 White Heat (1949) - 2003 This Is Cinerama (1952) - 2002 The Searchers (1956) - 1989
9. Franz Waxman
Composer | Sunset Blvd.
Franz Waxman (Wachsmann) pursued his dream of a career in music despite his family's misgivings. He worked for several years as a bank teller and paid for piano, harmony and composition lessons with his salary. He later moved to Berlin, where he continued his study and progress as a musician. He ...
10. Victor Young
Composer | The Quiet Man
Violinist and conductor Victor Young was a prolific composer and arranger, who worked on more than 300 film scores over a period of twenty years. He came from an impoverished, but musical background and was trained on the violin at the Warsaw Imperial Conservatory, later studying piano in Paris ...
11. John Carpenter
Writer | Escape from New York
John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky ...
Halloween (1978) - 2006
12. Charles Chaplin
Writer | The Great Dictator
Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the ...
13. David Lynch
Writer | Twin Peaks
Born in precisely the kind of small-town American setting so familiar from his films, David Lynch spent his childhood being shunted from one state to another as his research scientist father kept getting relocated. He attended various art schools, married Peggy Lynch and then fathered future ...
Eraserhead (1977) - 2004
14. John Barry
Music_department | Dances with Wolves
John Barry was born in York, England in 1933, and was the youngest of three children. His father, Jack, owned several local cinemas and by the age of fourteen, Barry was capable of running the projection box on his own - in particular, The Rialto in York. As he was brought up in a cinematic ...
Producer | Apocalypse Now
Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated ...
Apocalypse Now (1979) - 2000
16. D.W. Griffith
Director | The Birth of a Nation
David Wark Griffith was born in rural Kentucky to Jacob "Roaring Jake" Griffith, a former Confederate Army colonel and Civil War veteran. Young Griffith grew up with his father's romantic war stories and melodramatic nineteenth-century literature that were to eventually shape his movies. In 1897 ...
The Birth of a Nation (1915) - 1992
17. David Raksin
Soundtrack | Captain America: The First Avenger
David Raksin's father Isidore, who both conducted and owned a music store, taught his son to play piano as well as woodwind instruments at an early age. He eventually studied music with Arnold Schönberg, but became by-and-large a self-taught multi-instrumentalist (organ and percussion), as well as ...
18. Burt Bacharach
Music_department | Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Burt Bacharach is a well known and multi award winning singer and song writer. He has been married to Jane Hansen since 1993, and they have two children together. She is his fourth wife and he has four children. He has worked on many sound tracks including the smash hit, "Beware of the Blob" for ...
19. Elmer Bernstein
Composer | Far from Heaven
Elmer Bernstein was educated at the Walden School and New York University. He served in the US Army Air Corps in World War II. A prolific and respected film music composer, he was a protégé of Aaron Copland, who studied music with Roger Sessions and Stefan Wolpe. Bernstein worked in various ...
The Ten Commandments (1956) - 1999 Sweet Smell of Success (1957) - 1993 The Magnificent Seven (1960) - 2013 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) - 1995 Hud (1963) - 2018 Powers of Ten (1977) - 1998 National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) - 2001 Airplane! (1980) - 2010 Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983) - 2009 Ghostbusters (1984) - 2015
20. Karen Black
Actress | Five Easy Pieces
Karen Black was born Karen Blanche Ziegler in Park Ridge, Illinois, to Elsie Mary (Reif), who wrote children's books, and Norman Arthur Ziegler, an engineer and businessman. She was of Norwegian (from her paternal grandmother), German, and Bohemian (Czech) descent. Karen entered Northwestern ...
Nashville (1975) - 1992
21. Gary Busey
Actor | The Buddy Holly Story
A blond-haired, fair-complexioned actor with a toothy grin and capable of an unsettling glint in his eyes, Gary Busey was born in Goose Creek, Texas, and was raised in Oklahoma. He is the son of Sadie Virginia (Arnett), a homemaker, and Delmar Lloyd Busey, a construction design manager. He has ...
Nashville (1975) - 1992
22. Philip Glass
Soundtrack | The Truman Show
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Glass worked in his father's radio store and discovered music listening to the offbeat Western classical records customers didn't seem to want. He studied the violin and flute, and obtained early admission to the University of Chicago. After graduating in mathematics ...
Actor | This Is Spinal Tap
U.S.-born actor, director, writer, musician, and composer best known for his mockumentaries, poking fun at heavy metal music, small town theatre, dog shows, folk music and film-making itself, Christopher Haden-Guest was born February fifth, 1948, in New York City. His mother, Jean Pauline (Hindes),...
This Is Spinal Tap (1984) - 2002
24. Dudley Moore
Actor | Arthur
Dudley Moore, the gifted comedian who had at least three distinct career phases that brought him great acclaim and success, actually started out as a musical prodigy as a child. He was born in Dagenham, Essex, England, in 1935, to working class parents, Ada Francis (Hughes), an English secretary, ...
The Hole (1962) - 2013
25. Ennio Morricone
Composer | The Hateful Eight
A classmate of director Sergio Leone with whom he would form one of the great director/composer partnerships (right up there with Eisenstein & Prokofiev, Hitchcock & Herrmann, Fellini & Rota), Ennio Morricone studied at Rome's Santa Cecilia Conservatory, where he specialized in trumpet. His first ...
26. Rob Reiner
Actor | All in the Family
Robert Reiner was born in New York City, to Estelle Reiner (née Lebost) and Emmy-winning actor, comedian, writer, and producer Carl Reiner.
As a child, he often looked up to his father as his inspiration and role-model. Carl Reiner was on The Dick Van Dyke Show, which he created and also starred in....
This Is Spinal Tap (1984) - 2002
27. Hans Zimmer
Composer | Gladiator
German-born composer Hans Zimmer is recognized as one of Hollywood's most innovative musical talents. He featured in the music video for The Buggles' single "Video Killed the Radio Star", which became a worldwide hit and helped usher in a new era of global entertainment as the first music video to ...
28. Carter Burwell
Music_department | Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Carter Burwell was born on November 18, 1954 in New York City, New York, USA as Carter Benedict Burwell. He is known for his work on Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), Carol (2015) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011). He has been married to Christine Sciulli since ...
29. Bernard Herrmann
Soundtrack | Taxi Driver
The man behind the low woodwinds that open Citizen Kane (1941), the shrieking violins of Psycho (1960), and the plaintive saxophone of Taxi Driver (1976) was one of the most original and distinctive composers ever to work in film. He started early, winning a composition prize at the age of 13 and ...
30. Malcolm Arnold
Composer | The Bridge on the River Kwai
Born in Northampton on 21st October 1921, Malcolm Arnold studied composition with Gordon Jacob and trumpet with Ernest Hall at the Royal College of Music. In 1941 he joined the trumpet section of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, becoming principal by 1943. After two years of war service and one ...
31. William Axt
Composer | The Bad Man of Brimstone
Composer and conductor, educated at DeWitt Clinton High School, and in private music study in Berlin. He was the assistant conductor at the Hammerstein Grand Opera Company in New York, and conducted for Emma Trentini between 1914-1918. He was musical director at the Capitol Theatre in New York, and...
32. Roy Webb
Composer | Notorious
Trained in classical music at Columbia University, Webb worked on Broadway by the time he was in his mid-20's, not only composing incidental music, but co-writing original plays with his older brother, the director Kenneth S. Webb. By 1923, he worked as conductor/arranger on hit shows like "Music ...
Soundtrack | Under the Cherry Moon
Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Mattie Shaw, a jazz singer and social worker, and John L. Nelson, a lyricist and pianist. His father's stage name was "Prince Rogers". His parents were both from African-American families from Louisiana. They separated during his youth, ...
Purple Rain (1984) - 2019
34. Carl Davis
Composer | The General
Carl Davis was born on October 28, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on The General (1926), City Lights (1931) and The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981). He has been married to Jean Boht since December 28, 1970. They have two children.
The Crowd (1981) - 1989 Show People (1982) - 2003 The Wind (1983) - 1993 The Strong Man (1985) - 2007 Greed (1986) - 1991 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1987) - 1997 The General (1987) - 1989 The Big Parade (1988) - 1992 Flesh and the Devil (1988) - 2006 Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1989) - 1989 Safety Last! (1990) - 1994 It (1992) - 2001 The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1993) - 1995 The Phantom of the Opera (1996) - 1998
Composer | Clash of the Titans
Composer Laurence Rosenthal was born in Detroit, Michigan. He studied piano and composition at the Eastman School of Music and later with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. His symphonic compositions have been premiered by Leonard Bernstein with the New York Philarmonic, among others. He has composed ...
A Raisin in the Sun (1961) - 2005
36. Thomas Newman
Music_department | Skyfall
Thomas Newman is an American film score composer. He was born in Los Angeles. His father was notable film score composer Alfred Newman (1900-1970). The Newman family is of Russian-Jewish descent, and includes several other well-known musicians. Thomas' mother Martha Louis Montgomery (1920-2005) ...
37. John Williams
Composer | Star Wars
As one of the best known, awarded, and financially successful composers in US history, John Williams is as easy to recall as John Philip Sousa, Aaron Copland or Leonard Bernstein, illustrating why he is "America's composer" time and again. With a massive list of awards that includes over 41 Oscar ...
Jaws (1975) - 2001 Star Wars (1977) - 1989 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) - 2007 Superman (1978) - 2017 The Empire Strikes Back (1980) - 2010 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) - 1999 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) - 1994 Jurassic Park (1993) - 2018 Schindler's List (1993) - 2004 Saving Private Ryan (1998) - 2014
38. Miles Davis
Soundtrack | In the Line of Fire
Miles Davis, famous jazz trumpeter, composer and bandleader, was born 26 May 1926 in Alton, Illinois. He moved to New York in 1944 and studied at Juilliard. He left school and entered the jazz society of New York, meeting such famous musicians as Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Charles Mingus. ...
39. Lee Holdridge
Composer | Old Gringo
40. Barry Gibb
Soundtrack | Grease
If you were to try and summarize Barry Gibb's forty-five year career in the music industry in a single phrase you would probably come up with something such as "versatile". Barry Gibb continues to remain an important, relevant figure in the music industry due to his willingness to adapt his music, ...
Saturday Night Fever (1977) - 2010
41. Maurice Jarre
Composer | Lawrence of Arabia
Unlike many musicians who started to learn music while still in their childhood, Maurice Jarre was already late in his teens when he discovered music and decided to make a career in that field. Against his father's will, he enrolled at Conservatoire de Paris where he studied percussions, ...
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) - 1991
42. Brian Benison
Music_department | Kung Pow: Enter the Fist
43. Stanley Myers
Composer | The Witches
Myers wrote a soundtrack for Age of Consent (1969) at the request of the studio and this was used to replace the original soundtrack by Peter Sculthorpe. The Sculthorpe soundtrack was the director's preferred soundtrack and this has now been restored.
The Deer Hunter (1978) - 1996
44. Michael Kamen
Soundtrack | Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Michael Kamen was born on April 15, 1948 in New York City, New York, USA as Michael Arnold Kamen. He was married to Sandra Keenan. He died on November 18, 2003 in London, England.
Die Hard (1988) - 2017
45. Robert Israel
Composer | The General
The Cheat (1994) - 1993 The General (1995) - 1989 The Navigator (1995) - 2018 Mighty Like a Moose (1998) - 2007 Tol'able David (1999) - 2007 Greed (1999) - 1991 The Lost World (2000) - 1998 The Freshman (2002) - 1990 The Last Command (2010) - 2006 The Docks of New York (2010) - 1999 Big Business (2011) - 1992 A Corner in Wheat (????) - 1994 The Musketeers of Pig Alley (????) - 2016
46. Isaac Hayes
Actor | Escape from New York
Isaac Hayes was the second-born child of Isaac Sr. and Eula Hayes, but was raised by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Wade Sr. The child of a poor family, he grew up picking cotton in Covington, Tennessee. He dropped out of high school, only to be encouraged later by his former high school ...
Shaft (1971) - 2000
47. Quincy Jones
Producer | The Color Purple
Considered to be one of the greatest minds in music and television history, Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. was born on March 14, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois. He is the son of Sarah Frances (Wells), a bank executive, and Quincy Delight Jones, Sr., a carpenter.
Jones found his love for music while he was ...
48. Randy Newman
Soundtrack | The Princess and the Frog
Randy Newman was born on November 28, 1943 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Randall Stuart Newman. He has been married to Gretchen Preece since 1990. They have two children. He was previously married to Roswitha Schmale.
Toy Story (1995) - 2005
49. Carlos Santana
Soundtrack | La Bamba
Carlos Santana is a guitarist, composer, singer and band-leader who helped to shape the concept of "world music" by his experiments with blending many styles of music from a multitude of ethnic sources.
He was born Carlos Augusto Alves Santana on July 20, 1947, in Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico....
La Bamba (1987) - 2017
Soundtrack | Friday the 13th: A New Beginning
A well-respected conductor and composer, who arrived in the US in 1937 and became a citizen in 1944. His education included studies with Wladimir Tscherbachev, Otto Respighi, and Jaroslav Krichka in the Conservatory and Pontifical Academy of Sacred Music of Vatican in Rome. He was assistant ...
51. George Antheil
Composer | In a Lonely Place
Composer and pianist, educated at the Curtis Music Settlement School. He studied with Constantin von Sternberg, Ernest Bloch and Clark Smith under a Guggenheim Fellowship. In Europe, he gave piano recitals between 1921-1926. He wrote incidental music to the play "Oedipus". Besides his film music, ...
52. Georges Auric
Composer | Le salaire de la peur
At the least George Auric was a fine musician, having been a child prodigy, but he was much more in the musical world. He studied under Vincent D'Indy (a devotee of Cesar Franck and the German school of symphonic composition) and attended the Paris Conservatory (1920). By the time he was 20 he had ...
Roman Holiday (1953) - 1999
53. George Bassman
Music_department | The Wizard of Oz
Composer and songwriter ("I'm Getting Sentimental Over You", the Tommy Dorsey theme), conductor and arranger, he was educated at the Boston Conservatory and studied with Toch and Strelitzer. Between 1931-1934 he arranged for dance orchestras, and then for Andre Kostelanetz and CBS between 1934-1936...
Ride the High Country (1962) - 1992
54. Les Baxter
Soundtrack | Hitman: Agent 47
Born March 14, 1922, at Mexia, Texas. He learned to play the piano at five years of age and studied at the Detroit Conservatory and at Pepperdine College in Los Angeles, California (his uncle was the college's first president). He began his career as a concert pianist but later joined Mel Tormé's "...
House of Usher (1960) - 2005
Composer | BlacKkKlansman
A world renowned trumpeter/composer/band leader and Blue Note recording artist, Terence Blanchard is the most prolific jazz musician to ever compose for motion pictures. Blanchard was born and raised in New Orleans where he studied with the Marsalis brothers at the famed New Orleans Center for the ...
56. Claude Bolling
Soundtrack | The Holiday
The Navigator (1969) - 2018
57. Scott Bradley
Soundtrack | Outbreak
Shawn Roney, in his thesis A Frog, A Cat, A Mouse, A "Deranged Genius" and More: The Story of MGM Cartoons (1998), quoted his interview with Hanna:
"I worked close with Scott Bradley because I did all of the timing of the Tom and Jerrys and did a lot of my work on bar sheets, where the actual notes ...
58. Roy Budd
Music_department | Get Carter
Born on the 14th March, 1947, Roy Budd the musician was entirely self-taught, and was hailed as a child prodigy. At the age of four he began to play the piano, initially by ear and then by copying various melodies he heard by listening to the radio. By the age of six he had appeared in public at ...
59. Ralph Burns
Music_department | Cabaret
Songwriter ("Early Autumn", "Bijou"), bandleader, composer, conductor, arranger and pianist, educated at the New England Conservatory. He studied piano with Marion Deviney. He was a pianist and arranger for the Charlie Barnet orchestra, and later with Woody Herman for seven years. He arranged for ...
60. David Buttolph
Composer | The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
Prolific screen composer, arranger, and conductor, educated at Juillard and the Academie fur Musik in Vienna. He played in night clubs in Vienna and Munich from 1923 to 1926, then was an opera coach in Munich, 1926-1927. In 1927 he conducted for NBC, and then became music director for WGY in ...
61. Gerard Carbonara
Music_department | The Gold Rush
Composer, conductor and violinist, educated at the National Conservatory in New York (on a scholarship) and at the Naples Conservatory. He also studied with Martucci Dworczak. He was an opera coach in Milan in 1910, and a concert violinist and opera conductor throughout Europe and the United States...
Stagecoach (1939) - 1995
62. Stanley Clarke
Composer | Boyz n the Hood
Four-time Grammy Award Winner Stanley Clarke has attained "living legend" status during his over 40-year career as a bass virtuoso. He is the first bassist in history who doubles on acoustic and electric bass with equal ferocity and the first jazz-fusion bassist ever to headline tours, selling out ...
Boyz n the Hood (1991) - 2002
63. Michel Colombier
Soundtrack | Man on Fire
Michel Colombier was born on May 23, 1939 in Lyon, France. He is known for his work on Man on Fire (2004), The Golden Child (1986) and Hobo with a Shotgun (2011). He was married to Dana Colombier. He died on November 14, 2004 in Santa Monica, California, USA.
Purple Rain (1984) - 2019
64. Bill Conti
Composer | For Your Eyes Only
Bill Conti was born on April 13, 1942 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. He is known for his work on For Your Eyes Only (1981), Rocky (1976) and The Karate Kid Part II (1986). He is married to Shelby Cox. They have two children.
Music_department | Jurassic Park
Alexander Courage was born on December 10, 1919 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Alexander Mair Courage Jr. He is known for his work on Jurassic Park (1993), Star Trek: Generations (1994) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). He was married to Shirley Pumpelly. He died on May 15, 2008 in ...
The Band Wagon (1953) - 1995
66. Mason Daring
Music_department | Lone Star
Mason Daring was born on September 21, 1949 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Kevin Mason Daring. He is known for his work on Lone Star (1996), Where the Heart Is (2000) and Something's Gotta Give (2003).
67. Frank De Vol
Composer | Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Frank DeVol was born to Herman Frank DeVol and Minnie Emma Humphreys DeVol in Moundsville, West Virginia, on September 20, 1911. He grew up in Canton, Ohio. His father had a "pit" orchestra at the local movie house, and his mother had a sewing shop in Canton. His father was also an accountant. ...
68. Adolph Deutsch
Composer | The Apartment
Academy Award-winning composer, songwriter, conductor and arranger, educated at London Poly. and the Royal Academy of Music. He came to the USA in 1910 and became a US citizen in 1920, eventually leading his own orchestra; later he composed and arranged for and conducted other dance bands. He was ...
Producer | White Christmas
Composer, songwriter ("A Home in the Meadow"), film executive and conductor, educated at Loyola College (on scholarship) and a piano student of his mother, and later, Letonal, Mortimer Wilson, Joseph Schillinger, and Ernst Toch. He became music director for MGM in 1941, and also was the music ...
Going My Way (1944) - 2004
70. George Duning
Composer | From Here to Eternity
George Duning was educated in Cincinnati, Ohio, and during his early 20s played trumpet and piano for the Kay Kyser band, later arranging most of the music for Kyser's popular "Kollege of Musical Knowledge" radio program. It was during the Kyser band's appearance in Carolina Moon (1940) that ...
Composer | Pueblerina
La perla (1947) - 2002
72. George Fenton
Composer | Groundhog Day
George Fenton was born on October 19, 1949 in Bromley, Kent, England as George Richard Ian Howe. He is known for his work on Groundhog Day (1993), The Bounty Hunter (2010) and Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998).
Groundhog Day (1993) - 2006
73. Brad Fiedel
Music_department | True Lies
Extremely talented, prolific and versatile composer Brad Fiedel was born on March 10, 1951 in New York City. His mother was a dancer and his father was a composer and musician. Brad started out as a keyboardist for Hall & Oates. Fiedel first began composing music for movies in the mid-70s for such ...
The Terminator (1984) - 2008
74. Jerry Fielding
Composer | The Wild Bunch
A three-time Oscar nominee, Jerry Fielding was among the boldest and most experimental of all Hollywood film composers. His music typically utilized advanced compositional procedures, producing dense, often richly dissonant orchestral textures, sometimes flavored with jazz. Fielding's film music ...
75. Milt Franklyn
Soundtrack | Arthur
Composer and conductor for Warner Brothers cartoons since 1935, educated at the University of Utah, the University of California, and the University of Pennsylvania. He was Master of Ceremonies for Fanchon and Marco between 1927 and 1930, and then for Paramount Publix and Loews between 1931 and ...
One Froggy Evening (1955) - 2003
76. Gerald Fried
Music_department | Soylent Green
Composer, author and oboist, educated at Juilliard (BS). He was first oboist for the Dallas Symphony and the New York Little Orchestra between 1948 and 1956. Then he joined Revue Studios in California, lasting until 1960, thereafter working freelance. Joining ASCAP in 1956, his chief musical ...
Paths of Glory (1957) - 1992
77. Hugo Friedhofer
Composer | The Best Years of Our Lives
Hugo Friedhofer -- how many times have you seen that name in the credits of 1930s and '40s movies for "orchestration" or "musical arranger" and thought -- Gee, what a busy guy! He was, and, ironically, much of that work went uncredited. He is not usually mentioned with the great film composers of ...
78. George Gershwin
Soundtrack | Manhattan
He was born Jacob Gershowitz, 26 September 1898, in Brooklyn, New York, of Russian-Jewish immigrants. As a boy he could play popular and classical works on his brother Ira's piano by ear. In 1913 he quit school to study music and began composing for Tin Pan Alley; by 1919 he had his first hit "...
Porgy and Bess (1935) - 2011
79. Irving Gertz
Composer | Dragnet
A prolific composer, arranger, pianist, clarinetist, string bassist and tuba player who was most closely associated with Columbia, 20th Century-Fox and Universal studios. After studying at the Providence (Rhode Island) College of Music and privately with instructor-author Walter Piston, he began ...
80. Albert Glasser
Composer | The Gay Amigo
One of the most prolific B-movie composers, Albert Glasser started off as a copyist in the music department at Warner Brothers in the late 1930s, learning the art of film scoring from scratch while working under such big guns as Max Steiner and Erich Wolfgang Korngold. He graduated to orchestrating...
The Negro Soldier (1944) - 2011
81. Ernest Gold
Music_department | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Ernest Gold was born on July 13, 1921 in Vienna, Austria as Ernst Siegmund Goldner. He is known for his work on It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963), On the Beach (1959) and Exodus (1960). He was married to Jan Keller and Marni Nixon. He died on March 17, 1999 in Santa Monica, California, USA.
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) - 2013
82. Miles Goodman
Composer | Little Shop of Horrors
Goodman attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. (There is now a scholarship there bearing his name.) At Antioch, he was an English major. Goodman studied Shakespeare in London and originally desired to be a director. He studied with private music teachers including Albert Harris and ...
La Bamba (1987) - 2017
83. Dave Grusin
Composer | The Firm
Dave Grusin was born on June 26, 1934 in Littleton, Colorado, USA as David Grusin. He is known for his work on The Firm (1993), The Graduate (1967) and Tootsie (1982). He was previously married to Edith Ruth Price, Sara Jane Tallman and Barbara Jo Davidson.
84. Manos Hatzidakis
Composer | Pote tin Kyriaki
The names of Manos Hadjidakis and Mikis Theodorakis have been written with golden letters in the music history of Greece since 1960. He was born in Xanthi on 23 October 1925, in a mid-class family. When he came of age he came in the capital city of Greece of Athens. He succeeded from the beginning ...
America America (1963) - 2001
Music_department | Stagecoach
Songwriter ("Beyond the Blue Horizon", "Sing You Sinners"), composer and conductor, educated at the Grace Church Choir School in New York and the London Academy of Music. He was also a music student of Theodore Ysaye. His career included being chief organist at the Church of the Resurrecion in ...
86. Lennie Hayton
Music_department | Singin' in the Rain
Composer, MGM music director (1940-1953), conductor, arranger and pianist in the jazz groups of 'Frankie Trumbauer', Bix Beiderbecke, Red Nichols, Joe Venuti and others. He was also with the Paul Whiteman orchestra. He also was music director for Lena Horne, his wife. Joining ASCAP in 1953, his ...
Singin' in the Rain (1952) - 1989
87. Ray Heindorf
Music_department | Yankee Doodle Dandy
Raymond John Heindorf was born August 25, 1908. in Haverstraw, New York. He grew up in Mechanicville, New York, where he moved to when he was about 10 years old. In 1926 he graduated from Mechanicville High School. He was interested in cars and machinery; he loved to play pool with his father, the ...
Composer | The Shop Around the Corner
Werner Richard Heymann was active as a classical composer in Berlin from 1912. By the end of the decade, he also wrote songs for cabaret and served as musical director for Max Reinhardt from 1918 to 1919. In films with Ufa from 1923, he initially worked as assistant to the head of the music ...
Soundtrack | The Spirit
Friedrich Hollaender was the son of the composer Victor Hollaender, who composed shows in Berlin in the 1890s to 1910s. Frederick received early musical training, since 1913 he was student of opera composer Engelbert Humperdinck (who composed Hänsel und Gretel). He started as repetitor at a theater...
90. Kenyon Hopkins
Music_department | 12 Angry Men
American composer and arranger. He was the son of a clergyman and studied music theory and composition at Oberlin College and Temple University, from where he graduated in 1933. He composed music for films, radio and theatre, as well as two symphonies, chamber music and a jazz ballet.
91. Mark Isham
Composer | Blade
From his days as one of the pioneering icons of electronic music to his current status as a world-renowned legendary film composer, Mark Isham continues to be one of the most prolific and provocative artists on the scene. His gift for creating unforgettable melodies and his love of fresh, ...
92. Laurie Johnson
Prolific British composer who has written scores for over four hundred film and television series. Very much of the old school of film composers, he studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and his scores reflect this classical training in their complexity. The trademark Johnson sound is the...
93. Bronislau Kaper
Composer | Mutiny on the Bounty
Born: February 5, 1902 in Warsaw, Poland Died: April 25, 1983 in Los Angeles, California, USA Kaper displayed musical talent as early as the age of seven when his family acquired a piano. His inclination to music led him to study both piano and composition, while also taking courses in law to ...
94. Sol Kaplan
Soundtrack | Virtuosity
Child prodigy on the piano, performing at Carnegie Hall by the age of 21. During World War II, wrote music for the Army Signal Corps and the OSS (precursor of the CIA) film units. First solo feature motion picture work "Tales of Manhattan" (1942), then at Eagle-Lion (1948), then 20th Century Fox. ...
Salt of the Earth (1954) - 1992
95. Bernhard Kaun
Music_department | The Adventures of Mark Twain
American-born film composer of German ancestry. Began his career as a conductor at the Alhambra Theatre in his native Milwaukee. From 1930, he worked in Hollywood for Universal, Warner Brothers and Paramount (often on horror films) as orchestrator and composer of scores and incidental music.
96. Jerome Kern
Soundtrack | Till the Clouds Roll By
Jerome David Kern was born in 1885. He began his stage career grafting American songs (for which he wrote the music) into imported European operettas. His breakthrough came with the song "They Didn't Believe Me", written (with lyrics by Edward Laska) for a show called "The Girl from Utah". It ...
Swing Time (1936) - 2004
97. Krzysztof Komeda
Composer | Rosemary's Baby
Krzysztof Komeda was born on April 27, 1931 in Poznan, Wielkopolskie, Poland as Krzysztof Komeda-Trzcinski. He was a composer, known for Rosemary's Baby (1968), The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) and Mammals (1962). He was married to Zofia von Tittenbrun. He died on April 23, 1969 in Warsaw, ...
Rosemary's Baby (1968) - 2014
Composer | The Adventures of Robin Hood
Erich Wolfgang Korngold was the son of a well-known music critic. A child prodigy, he accompanied his father in playing four-handed piano arrangements by the age of five. By the age of eleven he drew his first plaudits from enthusiastic Viennese audiences (including the emperor Franz Josef) with ...
99. William Lava
Soundtrack | A Serious Man
He was an extremely prolific and capable film composer, educated at Northwestern University. He studied conducting with Albert Coates, and came to Hollywood in 1936. His chief collaborators were Harry Tobias, Stan Jones, Max Steiner, Sammy Cahn, Franz Waxman, Henry Mancini, Ray Heindorf, and Frank ...
100. Michel Legrand
Composer | The Thomas Crown Affair
Michel Legrand is a three-time Academy Award-winning French composer, conductor and pianist who composed over 200 film and television scores as well as recorded over a hundred albums of jazz, popular and classical music.
He was born on February 24, 1932, in Becon-les-Bruyeres, in the Paris suburbs, ...
Atlantic City (1980) - 2003