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Acker Bilk (1929–2014)

Acker Bilk was born on January 28, 1929 in Pensford, Somerset, England as Bernard Stanley Bilk. He was married to Jean Hawkins. He died on November 2, 2014 in Bath, Somerset. See full bio »

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 2016 The Brontes at the BBC (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Lonely" - uncredited) / (writer: "Lonely" - uncredited)
  Mad Men (TV Series) (performer - 3 episodes, 2008 - 2015) (writer - 3 episodes, 2008 - 2015)
- Time & Life (2015) ... (performer: "Stranger on the Shore" - uncredited) / (writer: "Stranger on the Shore" - uncredited)
- Favors (2013) ... (performer: "Stranger On The Shore") / (writer: "Stranger On The Shore")
- Meditations in an Emergency (2008) ... (performer: "Stranger On The Shore" - uncredited) / (writer: "Stranger On The Shore" - uncredited)
 2012 Populaire (writer: "Stranger on the Shore")
 2012 Love Me Do: The Beatles '62 (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Stranger on the Shore") / (writer: "Stranger on the Shore")
 2011 Paul Williams Still Alive (Documentary) (performer: "We've Only Just Begun" words and music by nm0931437)
 2001 The Majestic (writer: "Stranger on the Shore")
 1998 There's Something About Mary (performer: "Stranger on the Shore") / (writer: "Stranger on the Shore")
 1995 Mr. Holland's Opus (writer: "STRANGER ON THE SHORE")
  Heartbeat (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1992) (writer - 1 episode, 1992)
- Changing Places (1992) ... (performer: "Stranger on the Shore" - uncredited) / (writer: "Stranger on the Shore" - uncredited)
 1989 Screenplay (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- A Small Mourning (1989) ... (music: "Stranger on the Shore" - uncredited)
 1988 Red Heat (writer: "STRANGER ON THE SHORE")
 1987 Perfect Strangers (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Since I Lost My Baby (1987) ... (writer: "Stranger on the Shore" - uncredited)
 1985 Sweet Dreams (performer: "Stranger On the Shore") / (writer: "Stranger On the Shore")
 1984 The Flamingo Kid (performer: "Stranger on the Shore") / (writer: "Stranger on the Shore")
 1979 The Wanderers (writer: "Stranger on the Shore")
 1976 Top of the Pops (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #13.35 (1976) ... (performer: "Aria")
 1975 The Lawrence Welk Show (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- America on the Move (1975) ... (music: "Stranger on the Shore" - uncredited)
 1968 Till Death Us Do Part (music: "Stranger on the Shore" - uncredited)
 1964 Die lustigen Weiber von Tirol (performer: "Evening Shadows")
 1964 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #17.21 (1964) ... (performer: "Acker's Lacquer" - uncredited)
 1963 Bitter Harvest (performer: "Bitter Harvest Theme" - as Mr. Acker Bilk)
 1963 West 11 (performer: "West 11" (title theme) - as Mr. Acker Bilk) / (writer: "West 11" (title theme) - as Mr. Aker Bilk)
 1962 Four Hits and a Mister (Short) (writer: "Stranger On The Shore")
 1962 Band of Thieves (music: "All I Want To Do Is Sing", "Kissin") / (writer: "Lonely" - uncredited)
 1960 Bandstand (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 23 April 1960 (1960) ... (writer: "Summer Set")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He performed in the revue, "Take to the Hills! Charity Revue," at the Scala Theatre in London, England with Patrick Mower, Ian Hamilton, Brian Marber, Gemma Jones, Hughie Green, Michael Flanders, Donald Swann, Larry Adler, and Joan Heal in the cast. Gerald Harper was director.

Official Sites:

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Alternate Names:

Acker.Bilk-Combo | Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band | Mr. Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band | Mr. Acker Bilk and the Paramount Jazz Band | A. Bilk | Mr. Acker Bilk | Mr Acker Bilk and His Paramount Jazzband | Mr. Acker Bilk's Paramount Jazzband


5' 7½" (1.71 m)

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Personal Quote:

On being awarded the MBE in 2001: over the moon with the Honour...I'll get a few of my friends in Somerset together, who I paint with, and we'll crack open a bottle of something, maybe cider. See more »


He was awarded the M.B.E. (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2001 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to jazz music. See more »


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