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Sammy Cahn (1913–1993)


Award-winning songwriter ("All the Way" [Academy Award, 1957], "Three Coins in the Fountain" [Academy Award, 1954], "Love and Marriage" [Emmy Award, 1955], "High Hopes" [Academy Award, 1959], "Call Me Irresponsible" [Academy Award, 1963]), composer, author and publisher, educated at Seward Park High School in New York. He was a violinist in ... See full bio »

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Won 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 42 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

Die Hard Soundtrack
(1988)
Reindeer Games Soundtrack
(2000)
(1996)

Filmography

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 2022 Peter Pan & Wendy (original lyrics by) (post-production)
 2020 Frank Sinatra: The Christmas Waltz (Music Video)
 2003 Rod Stewart: Time After Time (Music Video)
 1989-1993 Married... with Children (TV Series) (composer - 50 episodes)
- No Chicken, No Check (1993) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
- Movie Show (1993) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
- You Can't Miss (1993) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
- Mr. Empty Pants (1993) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
- Heels on Wheels (1993) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1988-1989 Day by Day (TV Series) (composer - 33 episodes)
- Father Knows Best (1989) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Lost Weekend (1989) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Reunion (1989) ... (composer: theme music)
- Foul Play (1989) ... (composer: theme music)
- Three Men and a Babe (1989) ... (composer: theme music)
 1987 The 59th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (special musical material)
 1986 All-Star Party for Clint Eastwood (TV Special) (special lyrics: "How Much I Care")
 1986 NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration (TV Special documentary) (special musical material)
 1985 All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan (TV Special) (special lyrics: "Mr. Wonderful")
 1984 All-Star Party for Lucille Ball (TV Special) (special music lyrics)
 1982 Miss Peach of the Kelly School (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.3 ... (lyrics: theme song)
 1982 Heidi's Song (music: lyrics)
 1975-1979 Two's Company (TV Series) (composer - 29 episodes)
- The Friendly Aristocrats (1979) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Rolls-Royce (1979) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Silence (1979) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Visiting Scots (1979) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Salesman (1979) ... (composer: theme music)
 1978 The Stud (lyrics by: 'Almost') / (lyrics by: 'It's Good')
 1977 Once Upon a Brothers Grimm (TV Movie) (lyricist)
 1976 Bob Hope's Bicentennial Star Spangled Spectacular (TV Special) (special lyrics)
 1975 Whiffs (songs)
 1972 Journey Back to Oz (songs: lyrics by)
 1962-1965 The Joey Bishop Show (TV Series) (composer - 91 episodes)
- Joey Discovers Jackie Clark (1965) ... (composer: "Joey" theme)
- What'll You Have? (1965) ... (composer: "Joey" theme)
- Joey the Star Maker (1965) ... (composer: "Joey" theme)
- Larry's Habit (1965) ... (composer: "Joey" theme)
- Never Put It in Writing (1965) ... (composer: "Joey" theme)
 1964-1965 The Bing Crosby Show (TV Series) (composer - 4 episodes)
- Real Estate Venture (1965) ... (composer: theme music)
- Janice and Me on a Saturday (1964) ... (composer: theme music)
- Genius at Work (1964) ... (composer: theme music)
- A Bit of Fresh Danish (1964) ... (composer: theme music)
 1964 Robin and the 7 Hoods (songs by)
 1961-1964 Hazel (TV Series) (composer - 99 episodes)
- Maid for a Day (1964) ... (composer: theme)
- Let's Get Away from It All (1964) ... (composer: theme)
- Campaign Manager (1964) ... (composer: theme)
- Such a Nice Little Man (1964) ... (composer: theme)
- Arrivederci, Mr. B (1964) ... (composer: theme)
 1963 Here's Edie (TV Series) (special material - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.4 (1963) ... (special material)
 1960 Ocean's 11 (songs by)
 1956-1960 Playhouse 90 (TV Series) (composer - 125 episodes)
- In the Presence of Mine Enemies (1960) ... (composer: theme)
- The Shape of the River (1960) ... (composer: theme)
- Journey to the Day (1960) ... (composer: theme)
- Alas, Babylon (1960) ... (composer: theme)
- The Hiding Place (1960) ... (composer: theme)
 1960 Frank Sinatra's Welcome Home Party for Elvis Presley (TV Special) (special words and music)
 1960 The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: To the Ladies (TV Special) (special words and music)
 1959 The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: An Afternoon with Frank Sinatra (TV Special) (special words and music)
 1959 Bing Crosby and Dean Martin Present High Hopes (TV Special) (composer: special music)
 1958 Bing Crosby and His Friends (TV Special) (music)
 1956 Saturday Spectacular: High Button Shoes (TV Movie) (lyrics)
 1956 The Opposite Sex (lyricist: new songs)
 1955 The Court Jester (words and music)
 1955 Producers' Showcase (TV Series) (music & lyrics by - 1 episode)
- Our Town (1955) ... (music & lyrics by)
 1954-1955 The Colgate Comedy Hour (TV Series) (special lyrics - 3 episodes)
- Episode #6.1 (1955) ... (special lyrics)
- Episode #4.34 (1954) ... (special lyrics)
 1953 Three Sailors and a Girl (lyrics: original songs)
 1953 Peter Pan (songs)
 1952 April in Paris (lyrics: original songs)
 1951 Double Dynamite (songs by)
 1951 Rich, Young and Pretty (lyrics: songs)
 1950 The West Point Story (lyrics: original songs)
 1949 Always Leave Them Laughing (special music and lyrics)
 1949 It's a Great Feeling (lyricist: songs)
 1947 It Happened in Brooklyn (songs by)
 1945 Anchors Aweigh (songs by: Frank Sinatra)
 1944 Knickerbocker Holiday (additional musical numbers by)
 1942 Bambi (songs by - uncredited)
 1941 Honolulu Lu (songs)
 1941 Go West, Young Lady (lyrics and music by)
 1941 Two Latins from Manhattan (music and lyrics by)
 1940 All Girl Revue (Short) (lyricist: special songs - as Cahn)
 1940 Double or Nothing (Short) (lyricist: special songs)
 1940 One for the Book (Short) (lyrics: special songs - as Cahn)
 1938 The Knight Is Young (Short) (lyricist: special songs - as Cahn)
 1938 The Prisoner of Swing (Short) (lyrics: special songs - as Cahn)
 1938 Script Girl (Short) (lyrics: special songs)
 1937 Ups and Downs (Short) (lyricist: songs - as Cahn)
 1937 Postal Union (Short) (lyricist: songs - as Cahn)
 1937 Hotel a la Swing (Short) (special songs by)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Wrote (w/Jule Styne) music / lyrics to "High Button Shoes", produced on Broadway. Musical comedy. Book by Stephen Longstreet, based on his "The Sisters Liked Them Handsome". Dance arrangements by Genevieve Pitot. Music orchestrated by Philip J. Lang. Vocal arrangements by Bob Martin. Musical Director: Milton Rosenstock. ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | See more »

Alternate Names:

Cahn | Sammy Kahn | Sammy & Tita

Spouse:

Virginia Curtis  (his death) | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[feuding with Dimitri Tiomkin over Oscar nominations for Best Song] It would have been better if he had just gracefully accepted the fact that my song for the year, "Three Coins in the Fountain" [1954], was better and let it go at that. Tiomkin has stimulated a virus that has infected every branch of the music industry.

Trivia:

Won Academy Awards for four songs: "Three Coins in the Fountain", "High Hopes", " All the Way" and "Call Me Irresponsible". See more »

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