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John Addison (I) (1920–1998)

British composer, primarily of film scores. From a military family and the son of a Royal Field Artillery colonel, John Mervyn Addison was born March 16, 1920, in Chobham, Surrey, and attended Wellington College, Berkshire, with plans for a military career. His interest and talent for music intervened, and he left Wellington for the Royal College ... See full bio »

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Known For

A Bridge Too Far Music Department
Sleuth Music Department
Murder, She Wrote Music Department
Tom Jones Music Department


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 2000 'Torn Curtain' Rising (Video documentary short) (stock music)
 2000 Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die For (TV Movie) (composer: "Murder, She Wrote" theme - uncredited)
 1996 Murder, She Wrote: Mystery Jigsaw Puzzles (Video Game) (composer: original "Murder, She Wrote" theme)
 1984-1996 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series) (composer - 262 episodes)
- Death by Demographics (1996) ... (composer: theme)
- Mrs. Parker's Revenge (1996) ... (composer: theme)
- What You Don't Know Can Kill You (1996) ... (composer: theme)
- Race to Death (1996) ... (composer: theme)
- Southern Double-Cross (1996) ... (composer: theme)
 1990 The Phantom of the Opera (TV Mini Series) (conductor - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.2 (1990) ... (conductor)
- Episode #1.1 (1990) ... (conductor)
 1988 Beryl Markham: A Shadow on the Sun (TV Movie) (conductor)
 1986 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series) (conductor - 1 episode)
- Mr. Boogedy (1986) ... (conductor)
 1986 Dead Man's Folly (TV Movie) (conductor - uncredited)
 1985 Thirteen at Dinner (TV Movie) (conductor - uncredited)
 1984 Grace Quigley (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator)
 1982 Eleanor, First Lady of the World (TV Movie) (conductor)
 1980 The Pilot (conductor)
 1978-1979 The Eddie Capra Mysteries (TV Series) (composer - 13 episodes)
- Now You See Her... (1979) ... (composer: theme music)
- Murder Plays a Dead Hand (1978) ... (composer: theme music)
- Dying Declaration (1978) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Two Million Dollar Stowaway (1978) ... (composer: theme music)
- Breakout to Murder (1978) ... (composer: theme music)
 1978 A Death in Canaan (TV Movie) (music arranger)
 1977 A Bridge Too Far (conductor)
 1977 Joseph Andrews (conductor)
 1976 The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (conductor - uncredited)
 1976 Swashbuckler (conductor)
 1974 Dead Cert (conductor)
 1974 Luther (conductor) / (music arranger)
 1972 Sleuth (conductor) / (music arranger)
 1971 Cry of the Penguins (conductor)
 1970 Start the Revolution Without Me (conductor)
 1967 Smashing Time (additional lyrics) / (conductor)
 1967 The Honey Pot (conductor)
 1966 Torn Curtain (conductor - uncredited)
 1966 Time Lost and Time Remembered (conductor)
 1966 The Uncle (conductor)
 1965 The Loved One (conductor)
 1964 Guns at Batasi (conductor)
 1964 Detective (TV Series) (composer - 17 episodes)
- The Quick One (1964) ... (composer: theme music)
- Death of a Fellow Traveller (1964) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Speaking Eye (1964) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Case of Oscar Brodski (1964) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Hungry Spider (1964) ... (composer: theme music)
 1964 The Peaches (Short) (conductor)
 1964 Sherlock Holmes (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- The Speckled Band (1964) ... (composer: theme music)
 1964 Girl with Green Eyes (conductor)
 1963 The Model Murder Case (conductor)
 1963 Tom Jones (music conductor)
 1962 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (arranger) / (conductor)
 1962 Go to Blazes (conductor)
 1961 A Taste of Honey (conductor)
 1961 Sambo and the Snow Mountains (TV Movie) (conductor)
 1961 His and Hers (conductor)
 1960 A French Mistress (conductor: the Sinfonia Of London)
 1960 The Entertainer (conductor)
 1960 School for Scoundrels (conductor)
 1959 Look Back in Anger (music supervisor - uncredited)
 1959 Man in a Cocked Hat (conductor)
 1958 Hell, Heaven or Hoboken (conductor)
 1957 Cat Girl (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1957 Lucky Jim (music director)
 1956 Private's Progress (music director)
 1955 Josephine and Men (musical director)
 1955 John and Julie (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1955 Make Me an Offer! (conductor)
 1954 The End of the Road (conductor: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
 1953 Terror on a Train (conductor)
 1952 The Hour of 13 (conductor: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
 1952 Brandy for the Parson (conductor)
 1948 The Outsider (composer: the school song and dance numbers)
 1947 Fame Is the Spur (The Chopin Prelude played by - as Jock Addison)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He was the musical director for Bertolt Brecht's play, "Saint Joan of the Stockyards", at the Queen's Theatre in London, England in an English Stage Company production with Siobhan McKenna, Lionel Stander, Michael Medwin, Mark Dignam, Robert Ayres, Dervis Ward, Rachel Kempson, Hal Galili, Clive Endersby, Jean Boht and Thick ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Jock Addison


Pamela Birchenough  (his death)  (3 children)

Did You Know?


British wartime fighter pilot Douglas Bader, the subject of "Reach for the Sky" - scored by Addison - was his brother-in-law. See more »



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