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Overview (2)

Born in Rome, Lazio, Italy
Height 5' 5½" (1.66 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 film scores were relatively undistinguished, but he was hired by Leone for A Fistful of Dollars (1964) on the strength of some of his song arrangements. His score for that film, with its sparse arrangements, unorthodox instrumentation (bells, electric guitars, harmonicas, the distinctive twang of the jew's harp) and memorable tunes, revolutionized the way music would be used in Westerns, and it is hard to think of a post-Morricone Western score that doesn't in some way reflect his influence. Although his name will always be synonymous with the spaghetti Western, Morricone has also contributed to a huge range of other film genres: comedies, dramas, thrillers, horror films, romances, art movies, exploitation movies - making him one of the film world's most versatile artists. He has written nearly 400 film scores, so a brief summary is impossible, but his most memorable work includes the Leone films, Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers (1966) , Roland Joffé's The Mission (1986), Brian De Palma's The Untouchables (1987) and Giuseppe Tornatore's Cinema Paradiso (1988), plus a rare example of sung opening credits for Pier Paolo Pasolini's The Hawks and the Sparrows (1966).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

Spouse (1)

Maria Travia (13 October 1956 - present) ( 4 children)

Trade Mark (5)

Frequently uses female voices as instruments blended with his lush orchestrations
Composes music for Sergio Leone's films
Heavy use of trumpets and classical guitar
Often works with quentin tarantino.
Uses very simple but effective musical themes

Trivia (25)

Father of Marco, Alessandra, Andrea Morricone and Giovanni Morricone.
Heavy-metal band Metallica starts their shows with Morricone's instrumental "The Ecstasy Of Gold" (from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)) before appearing on stage.
It's been felt by some that he was deprived of a possible Academy Award when the U.S. distributor of Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America (1984) failed to file the paperwork so the score could be considered for nomination. This score is still regarded as one of his best.
Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 37th Cannes International Film Festival in 1984.
Refuses to move to Hollywood despite being offered a villa by a studio.
Studied at the Conservatory of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia.
Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 49th Venice International Film Festival in 1992.
Has worked with director Sergio Leone in numerous films, in fact, it was Leone's trademark to work with Morricone.
Supporter of the Italian center-left Democratic Party (PD) led by Walter Veltroni.
After more than 40 years of working with Clint Eastwood, Morricone's speech was translated from Italian to English by him at the 2007 Oscars.
Frequently uses Edda Dell'Orso to provide haunting wordless vocals on his film scores.
He composed the official theme for the Argentina '78 World Cup.
Co-wrote "It couldn't happen here" with the British pop duo Pet Shop Boys for their 1987 album "Actually".
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Live Theatre at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 26, 2016.
At age 87, Ennio Morricone became the oldest winner of a competitive Academy Award in 2016 (Best Original Score for The Hateful Eight (2015)), until James Ivory won at age 89 in 2018 (Best Original Screenplay for Call Me by Your Name (2017)).
Despite his legendary reputation, he has only won one competitive Oscar.
Did not win an competitive Oscar until over 50 years in the industry.
Director Quentin Tarantino accepted Morricone's Golden Globe win for The Hateful Eight (2015) on his behalf.
His Oscar win for The Hateful Eight (2015) was his first competitive win.
At one point he was onboard to score Inglourious Basterds (2009), but backed out due to his belief that he would be unable to work efficiently in the amount of time given.
He is not fluent in English and will give interviews only in his native language.
He has lived in Italy his entire life and has never desired to live in Hollywood.
He was reportedly considered to score Heaven's Gate (1980).
He wrote scores for What Dreams May Come (1998) and The Scarlet Letter (1995) that were rejected.
Stanley Kubrick was very fond of Morricone's work, particularly on Once Upon a Time in the West (1968). The American director considered hiring him to write score of A Clockwork Orange (1971). But when Sergio Leone - who was working on Duck, You Sucker (1971) at the time - was asked if the composer was available. Leone insisted that Morricone was needed, even though this wasn't true. Morricone still regrets the missed opportunity to this day. Kubrick also briefly considered him for Barry Lyndon (1975), but nothing ever came of this.

Personal Quotes (3)

I'm not linked to one genre or another. I like to change, so there's no risk of getting bored. I enjoy all sorts of films and I don't consider myself a horror fan, although I do like Dario Argento's and John Carpenter's movies.
You can't save a bad movie with a good score.
I definitely felt that I should have won for The Mission (1986). Especially when you consider that the Oscar-winner that year was 'Round Midnight (1986), which was not an original score. It had a very good arrangement by Herbie Hancock, but it used existing pieces. So there could be no comparison with "The Mission". [2001]

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