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Elmer Bernstein
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Composer
    (April 4, 1922-August 18, 2004)
    Wrote music for 'Gunsmoke (1955-1975),' 'The Man with the Golden Arm (1955),' 'The Ten Commandments (1956),' 'The Magnificent Seven (1960),' 'Birdman of Alcatraz (1962),' 'To Kill a Mockingbird (1962),' 'The Great Escape (1963),' 'Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967),' 'True Grit (1969),' 'Animal House (1978),' 'Moonraker (1979),' 'Meatballs (1979),' 'The Blues Brothers (1980),' 'Airplane! (1980),' 'Stripes (1981),' 'An American Werewolf in London (1981),' 'Trading Places (1983),' 'Ghost Busters (1984),' 'Bolero (1984),' 'Spies Like Us (1985),' 'National Geographic Explorer (1985- ),' 'Leonard Part 6 (1986),' 'My Left Foot (1989),' 'The Grifters (1990),' 'A Rage in Harlem (1991),' 'Cape Fear (1991),' 'The Age of Innocence (1993),' 'John Grisham's The Rainmaker (1997),' 'Wild Wild West (1999)' and 'Far From Heaven (2002)'
    Many of the movies he scored were of low quality.
    He composed the music to what is considered one of the worst movies ever, 'Robot Monster.'
    He never became a household name like the film composers Bernard Herrmann and John Williams.
    His theme for 'The Magnificent Seven' was used in TV commercials for Marlboro cigarettes.
    Many people assume he was related to the great composer Leonard Bernstein, but he wasn't.
    His parents were Greenwich Village bohemians who had drunken parties all night, and didn't pay much attention to him.
    He served as a U.S. Army airman in World War II.
    He made it onto Senator Joe McCarthy's blacklist in the 1950's (a fact that always made him proud).
    He was prolific, once writing eleven scores in a single year.
    He felt it was wrong for directors to take all the credit for movies, when so many others are actually involved in the process.
    He was nominated for eleven Oscars, but only won once.
    He contributed spooky music to Michael Jackson's famous 'Thriller' video.
    He outlived fellow movie composer Jerry Goldsmith by almost a month.

Credit: Wieland Kalligaro


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