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Don Ellis (I) (1934–1978)

Don Ellis was born on July 25, 1934 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Donald Johnson Ellis. He is known for his work on The French Connection (1971), Priceless (2006) and French Connection II (1975). He died on December 17, 1978 in Hollywood, California. See full bio »

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Known For

The French Connection Music Department
Priceless Soundtrack
French Connection II Music Department
Mission: Impossible Music Department


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 1977 Ruby (arranger) / (conductor)
 1975-1976 Doctors' Hospital (TV Series) (composer - 12 episodes)
- Lullabye (1976) ... (composer: theme music)
- And Hear a Sudden Cry (1976) ... (composer: theme music)
- Surgeon, Heal Thyself (1975) ... (composer: theme music)
- And Sorrow for Angels (1975) ... (composer: theme music)
- My Cup Runneth Over (1975) ... (composer: theme music)
 1975 French Connection II (conductor)
 1973 The Seven-Ups (conductor)
 1971 The French Connection (music conducted by)
 1968 Bullitt (musician: trumpet - uncredited)
 1967 Mission: Impossible (TV Series) (conductor - 1 episode)
- A Cube of Sugar (1967) ... (conductor)
 1967 How I Spent My Summer Vacation (TV Movie) (musician: trumpet - uncredited)
 1964 New York Philharmonic Young People's Concerts (TV Series) (musician - 1 episode)
- Jazz in the Concert Hall (1964) ... (musician: trumpet)
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American jazz trumpeter and occasional film composer. Began professionally with the orchestras of Glenn Miller and Ray McKinley. After national service, he formed his own band which performed in New York's Greenwich Village. From the late 1950's, he played a more progressive style of jazz, working with smaller groups, including the George Russell Sextet. During the 1960's, he made a series of ... See more »

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