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Robert Farnon (1917–2005)

Robert Farnon was born on July 24, 1917 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Robert Joseph Farnon. He is known for his work on The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), The Truth About Spring (1965) and His Majesty O'Keefe (1954). He was married to Patricia Smith. He died on April 23, 2005 in Guernsey, Channel Islands, UK. See full bio »

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Known For

(1976)
The Truth About Spring Music Department
(1965)
(1954)
Bear Island Music Department
(1979)

Filmography

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 1986 Christmas Eve with Val Doonican (TV Movie) (special orchestrations)
 1982 Friend or Foe (conductor)
 1979 A Man Called Intrepid (TV Mini-Series) (conductor - 3 episodes)
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... (conductor)
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... (conductor)
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... (conductor)
 1979 Mary and Joseph: A Story of Faith (TV Movie) (conductor)
 1979 Bear Island (conductor)
 1978-1979 Secret Army (TV Series) (composer - 5 episodes)
- A Safe Place (1979) ... (composer: title music)
- Revenge (1979) ... (composer: title music)
- Invasions (1979) ... (composer: title music)
- The Last Run (1979) ... (composer: title music)
- Day of Wrath (1978) ... (composer: title music)
 1956-1974 Armchair Theatre (TV Series) (composer - 427 episodes)
- According to the Rules (1974) ... (composer: theme music "Proscenium" - uncredited)
- The Virgins (1974) ... (composer: theme music "Proscenium" - uncredited)
- Amy, Wonderful Amy (1974) ... (composer: theme music "Proscenium" - uncredited)
- If You Could See What I Can See (1974) ... (composer: theme music "Proscenium" - uncredited)
- That Sinking Feeling (1973) ... (composer: theme music "Proscenium" - uncredited)
 1972-1974 Colditz (TV Series) (composer - 28 episodes)
- Liberation (1974) ... (composer: theme music)
- Death Sentence (1974) ... (composer: theme music)
- Chameleon (1974) ... (composer: theme music)
- Very Important Person (1974) ... (composer: theme music)
- Senior American Officer (1974) ... (composer: theme music)
 1973 Applause (TV Movie) (music supervisor)
 1972 Tony Bennett at the Talk of the Town (TV Mini-Series) (musical director - 7 episodes)
- Episode #1.7 (1972) ... (musical director)
- Episode #1.6 (1972) ... (musical director)
- Episode #1.5 (1972) ... (musical director)
- Episode #1.4 (1972) ... (musical director)
- Episode #1.3 (1972) ... (musical director)
 1971 BBC Show of the Week (TV Series) (conductor - 1 episode)
- Tony Bennett Sings ... (1971) ... (conductor)
 1969 Peterson Plays Farnon... ...Plays Peterson (TV Movie) (conductor)
 1968 The Champions (TV Series) (musical director - 1 episode)
- The Beginning (1968) ... (musical director)
 1966 A Song for Everyone (TV Series) (orchestrations - 2 episodes)
- Kenneth McKellar Sings a Song for Europe (1966) ... (orchestrations)
- Episode #5.3 (1966) ... (orchestrations)
 1965 The Truth About Spring (conductor)
 1962 Don't Talk to Strange Men (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1962 The Road to Hong Kong (musical director)
 1962 The Titans (TV Mini-Series documentary) (composer and conductor - 1 episode)
- The Soviet Union (1962) ... (composer and conductor)
 1959 Expresso Bongo (music and lyrics by) / (musical director)
 1959 Panorama (TV Series documentary) (composer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 25 May 1959 (1959) ... (composer: title music)
 1958 The Long Knife (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1957 The Little Hut (conductor - uncredited)
 1957 True as a Turtle (conductor)
  Alan Melville Takes You from A-Z (TV Series) (conductor - 1 episode, 1956) (featuring the music of - 1 episode, 1956)
- F (1956) ... (conductor) / (featuring the music of)
 1956 It's a Wonderful World (conductor - uncredited) / (music arranger - uncredited) / (musical director)
 1956 Rex Milligan (TV Series) (opening theme - 6 episodes)
- Rex Milligan Raises the Roof (1956) ... (opening theme: "Playtime" - as Bob Farnon)
- The Bogus Formula (1956) ... (opening theme: "Playtime" - as Bob Farnon)
- Rex Milligan Keeps the Flag Flying (1956) ... (opening theme: "Playtime" - as Bob Farnon)
- The Land Yacht (1956) ... (opening theme: "Playtime" - as Bob Farnon)
- The Unexploded Rumour (1956) ... (opening theme: "Playtime" - as Bob Farnon)
 1955 All for Mary (conductor)
 1955 King's Rhapsody (composer: additional music - uncredited) / (conductor: musical score) / (music arranger: musical score)
 1954 Let's Make Up (conductor - uncredited) / (music arranger: incidental score)
 1953 This Is London (Short) (conductor)
 1952 Where's Charley? (music arranger)
 1951 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series) (orchestrator - 1 episode)
- London Melody (1951) ... (orchestrator)
 1950 The Dancing Years (orchestrator) / (score adaptation - uncredited)
 1950 BBC Television Children's Newsreel (TV Series) (conductor: theme music "Holiday Spirit" - 1950, uncredited)
 1949 Maytime in Mayfair (conductor: The New Symphony Orchestra) / (musical director)
 1949 Paper Orchid (conductor - uncredited)
 1948 William Comes to Town (musical director)
 1948 Elizabeth of Ladymead (musical director)
 1948 Just William's Luck (musical director)
 1948 Spring in Park Lane (musical director)
 1947 When the Bough Breaks (music arranger: dance music - uncredited)
 1947 The Woman in the Hall (music arranger: dance music - uncredited)
 1946 This Man Is Mine (musical director: Canadian Army Orchestra)
 1946 London Town (music arranger: choir, "If Spring Were Only Here to Stay" - uncredited)
 1945 'I Know Where I'm Going!' (music arranger: choral music - uncredited)
 1945 A Yank in London (music arranger: dance music - uncredited)
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Personal Details

Official Sites:

The Robert Farnon Society

Alternate Names:

Bob Farnon | Robert Farnon and the Canadian Army Orchestra | The Robert Farnon Orchestra
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Trivia:

While still in his teens, Farnon played lead trumpet in the CBC Orchestra and did vocal arrangements. He became a prominent composer of light orchestral music for radio, film, and TV, and worked with such stars as Tony Bennett, Jose Carreras, Sarah Vaughan, and Frank Sinatra. Film music composers Henry Mancini and John Williams have acknowledged his influence on their work. See more »

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