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Elmer Bernstein

Composer, conductor, songwriter

Died when: 82 years 136 days (988 months)
Star Sign: Aries


Elmer Bernstein

Elmer Bernstein (/ˈbɜːrnstiːn/ BURN-steen;April 4, 1922 – August 18, 2004) was an American composer and conductor.In a career that spanned over five decades, he composed "some of the most recognizable and memorable themes in Hollywood history", including over 150 original film scores, as well as scores for nearly 80 television productions.

For his work he received an Academy Award for Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967) and Primetime Emmy Award.He also received seven Golden Globe Awards, five Grammy Awards, and two Tony Award nominations.

He composed and arranged scores for over 100 film scores, including Sudden Fear (1952), The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), The Ten Commandments (1956), Sweet Smell of Success (1957), The Magnificent Seven (1960), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), The Great Escape (1963), Hud (1963), Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), True Grit (1969), My Left Foot (1989), The Grifters (1990), Cape Fear (1991), Twilight (1998), and Far from Heaven (2002).

He is known for his work on the comedic films, Animal House (1978), Meatballs (1979), Airplane! (1980), The Blues Brothers (1980), Stripes (1981), Trading Places (1984), Ghostbusters (1984), Spies Like Us (1985), and Three Amigos (1986).

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