Elmer Bernstein (1922–2004)


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Elmer Bernstein was educated at the Walden School and New York University. He served in the US Army Air Corps in World War II. A prolific and respected film music composer, he was a protégé of Aaron Copland, who studied music with Roger Sessions and Stefan Wolpe. Bernstein worked in various artistic endeavors, including painting and the theatre ... See full bio »

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(age 82) in Ojai, California, USA

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 29 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Far from Heaven Composer
(2002)
Wild Wild West Composer
(1999)
To Kill a Mockingbird Music Department
(1962)
The Magnificent Seven Music Department
(1960)

Filmography

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 2016 The Magnificent Seven (composer: theme music)
 2015 Ghostbusters: Both Barrels at Oblivion (Short) (stock music)
 2013 Lego Airplane!: Part 1 (Short) (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 2011 The Pointless Hunt (Short) (archival music)
 2010 The Ghostbusters of New Hampshire: Spilled Milk (Short) (original score: from Ghostbusters)
 2010 Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- Despicable Me (2010) ... (composer: additional music)
 2009 Stealing Time (music by)
 2009 Ghostbusters (Video Game) (composer: theme music)
 2009 What If...? (TV Series) (music by - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (2009) ... (music by)
 2007 Return of the Ghostbusters (composer: theme music)
 2000 Chinese Coffee (conductor) / (music producer)
 2000 A Storm in Summer (TV Movie) (music producer)
 1999 Charles Lindbergh: The Lone Eagle (TV Movie documentary) (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1999 Bringing Out the Dead (conductor)
 1998 The Magnificent Seven (TV Series) (composer - 9 episodes)
- Inmate 78 (1998) ... (composer: original themes)
- Manhunt (1998) ... (composer: original themes)
- The Collector (1998) ... (composer: original theme)
- Nemesis (1998) ... (composer: original themes)
- Witness (1998) ... (composer: original themes)
 1998 Twilight (conductor)
 1997 Rough Riders (TV Mini-Series) (composer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.2 (1997) ... (composer: theme music)
- Episode #1.1 (1997) ... (composer: theme music)
 1997 The Rainmaker (conductor - uncredited)
 1997 Hoodlum (conductor - uncredited)
 1997 Digging to China (additional orchestrator: "One Big Love") / (conductor) / (score producer)
 1997 Buddy (conductor - uncredited)
 1996 Bulletproof (conductor)
 1993-1995 Fallen Angels (TV Series) (composer - 10 episodes)
- Red Wind (1995) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Black Bargain (1995) ... (composer: theme music)
- Tomorrow I Die (1995) ... (composer: theme music)
- Fly Paper (1995) ... (composer: theme music)
- A Dime a Dance (1995) ... (composer: theme music)
 1995 Canadian Bacon (conductor)
 1968-1994 National Geographic Specials (TV Series documentary) (composer - 3 episodes)
- Wings Over the Serengeti (1994) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
- Lost Kingdoms of the Maya (1993) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
- Lonely Doryman: Portugal's Men of the Sea (1968) ... (composer: theme music)
 1993 National Geographic Explorer (TV Series documentary) (composer - 1 episode)
- Life on the Line (1993) ... (composer: theme music)
 1993 The Age of Innocence (conductor - uncredited)
 1991 Cape Fear (conductor: Bernard Herrmann's original score) / (music adaptor: Bernard Herrmann's original score) / (music arranger: Bernard Herrmann's original score)
 1990 The Grifters (conductor - uncredited)
 1989 My Left Foot (conductor)
 1989 Slipstream (conductor - uncredited)
 1988 Inside the Soviet Circus (TV Movie documentary) (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1988 The Good Mother (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited) / (score producer - uncredited)
 1987 Amazing Grace and Chuck (conductor)
 1986 ¡Three Amigos! (conductor) / (orchestrator)
 1986 Legal Eagles (conductor)
 1985 Spies Like Us (conductor)
 1985 The Black Cauldron (conductor) / (orchestrator)
 1985 Ballad of the Irish Horse (TV Movie documentary) (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1985 Gulag (TV Movie) (conductor - uncredited)
 1984 Bolero (conductor) / (music supervisor)
 1984 Ghostbusters (conductor - uncredited)
 1983 Save the Panda (TV Movie documentary) (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1983 Trading Places (conductor - uncredited)
 1982 Genocide (Documentary) (conductor)
 1981 Heavy Metal (conductor)
 1980 Airplane! (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1980 The Blues Brothers (composer: 'god' theme)
 1980 Saturn 3 (conductor - uncredited)
 1979 The Great Santini (conductor - uncredited)
  The Chisholms (TV Series) (conductor - 4 episodes, 1979) (music adapted by - 4 episodes, 1979)
- Chapter IV (1979) ... (conductor) / (music adapted by)
- Chapter III (1979) ... (conductor) / (music adapted by)
- Chapter II (1979) ... (conductor) / (music adapted by)
- Chapter I (1979) ... (conductor) / (music adapted by)
 1978 National Lampoon's Animal House (composer: additional music - uncredited) / (conductor - uncredited) / (music adaptor - uncredited)
 1977 Powers of Ten (Documentary short) (musician)
 1977 The Cousteau Odyssey (TV Series documentary) (conductor - 1 episode)
- Calypso's Search for the Britannic (1977) ... (conductor)
 1977 The Rhinemann Exchange (TV Mini-Series) (best sellers theme - 3 episodes)
- Episode #1.3 (1977) ... (best sellers theme)
- Episode #1.2 (1977) ... (best sellers theme)
- Episode #1.1 (1977) ... (best sellers theme)
 1977 Slap Shot (composer: additional music - uncredited) / (music supervisor)
 1977 Seventh Avenue (TV Mini-Series) (composer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.2 (1977) ... (composer: Best Sellers)
- Episode #1.1 (1977) ... (composer: Best Sellers)
 1976-1977 Once an Eagle (TV Mini-Series) (composer - 7 episodes)
- Part 7 (1977) ... (composer: theme music)
- Part 6 (1977) ... (composer: theme music)
- Part 5 (1976) ... (composer: theme music)
- Part 4 (1976) ... (composer: theme music)
- Part 3 (1976) ... (composer: theme music)
 1976 Serpico (TV Series) (composer - 2 episodes)
- Rapid Fire (1976) ... (composer: theme music)
- A Secret Place (1976) ... (composer: theme music)
 1976 Captains and the Kings (TV Mini-Series) (composer - 8 episodes)
- Chapter VIII (1976) ... (composer: Best Sellers theme)
- Chapter VII (1976) ... (composer: Best Sellers theme)
- Chapter VI (1976) ... (composer: Best Sellers theme)
- Chapter V (1976) ... (composer: Best Sellers theme)
- Chapter IV (1976) ... (composer: Best Sellers theme)
 1976 The Incredible Sarah (conductor - uncredited)
 1976 Ellery Queen (TV Series) (theme - 6 episodes)
 1972-1976 The Rookies (TV Series) (composer - 82 episodes)
- Journey to Oblivion (1976) ... (composer: theme music)
- Deliver Me from Innocence (1976) ... (composer: theme music)
- Blue Movie, Blue Death (1976) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Mugging (1976) ... (composer: theme music)
- From Out of the Darkness (1976) ... (composer: theme music)
 1975 Mr. Quilp (conductor) / (music supervisor)
 1974 Gold (conductor - uncredited)
 1974 Men of the Dragon (TV Movie) (conductor)
 1973-1974 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (TV Series) (composer - 4 episodes)
- I've Promised You a Father: Part 2 (1974) ... (composer: theme music)
- Subject: The Sterlization of Judy Simpson (1974) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Prowler (1973) ... (composer: theme music)
- N Is for Nightmare (1973) ... (composer: theme music)
 1974 Teaser (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1974 McQ (conductor - uncredited)
 1973 A Field of Honor (Short) (composer: score from "The Great Escape")
 1972 Arthur of the Britons (TV Series) (composer: main theme)
 1972 The Magnificent Seven Ride! (conductor)
  Appointment with Destiny (TV Series documentary) (title theme - 2 episodes, 1972) (composer - 1 episode, 1971)
- Surrender at Appomattox (1972) ... (title theme)
- Showdown at O.K. Corral (1972) ... (title theme)
- The Last Days of John Dillinger (1971) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1971 Alaska Wilderness Lake (Documentary) (conductor)
  Julia (TV Series) (composer - 60 episodes, 1968 - 1970) (conductor - 1 episode, 1968)
- Bunny Hug (1970) ... (composer: theme music)
- Absence Makes the Heart Glow (1970) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Switch Sitters (1970) ... (composer: theme music)
- Corey for President (1970) ... (composer: theme music)
- Sara's Second Part (1970) ... (composer: theme music)
 1970 The 42nd Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (musical director)
 1970 The Unfinished Journey of Robert Kennedy (TV Movie documentary) (conductor)
 1969 Hollywood: The Selznick Years (TV Movie documentary) (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1969 Tops (Documentary short) (conductor)
 1969 The Wolf Men (Documentary) (conducted by)
 1969 The Gypsy Moths (conductor - uncredited)
 1969 The Bridge at Remagen (conductor)
 1969 True Grit (conductor - uncredited)
 1969 Guns of the Magnificent Seven (conductor)
 1969 Where's Jack? (conductor - uncredited)
 1968 The 40th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (conductor) / (musical director)
 1966-1967 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series) (composer - 26 episodes)
- The Human Voice (1967) ... (composer: "ABC Stage 67" theme)
- The Wide Open Door (1967) ... (composer: theme music)
- A Time for Laughter: A Look at Negro Humor in America (1967) ... (composer: "ABC Stage 67" theme)
- I'm Getting Married (1967) ... (composer: "ABC Stage 67" theme)
- Trilogy: The American Boy - Skaterdater/The River Boy/Reflections) (1967) ... (composer: "ABC Stage 67" theme)
 1966 Hawaii (conductor - uncredited)
 1966 7 Women (conductor - uncredited)
 1965 Slattery's People (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- A Sitting Duck Named Slattery (1965) ... (composer: title music)
 1965 The General (TV Movie) (music supervisor)
 1965 The Bold Men (TV Movie documentary) (music supervisor)
 1965 The Way Out Men (TV Movie documentary) (music supervisor)
 1964 Four Days in November (Documentary) (conductor)
 1963-1964 Hollywood and the Stars (TV Series documentary) (composer - 31 episodes)
- The Wild and Wonderful Thirties (1964) ... (composer: title music)
- The Great Directors (1964) ... (composer: title music)
- What a Way to Go: An Extravaganza in the Making (1964) ... (composer: title music)
- The Odyssey of Rita Hayworth (1964) ... (composer: title music)
- The Oscars - Moments of Greatness: Part 2 (1964) ... (composer: title music)
 1964 The Carpetbaggers (conductor - uncredited)
 1964 The World of Henry Orient (conductor - uncredited)
 1962-1963 Story Of... (TV Series documentary) (title music - 5 episodes)
- Story of a Press Agent (1963) ... (title music)
- Story of a Harness Driver (1963) ... (title music)
- The Story of a Writer (1962) ... (title music)
- Story of an Actress (1962) ... (title music)
- Ray Bradbury ... (title music)
 1963 Story of a Rodeo Cowboy (Documentary) (title music)
 1963 Love with the Proper Stranger (conductor - uncredited)
 1963 Project: Man in Space (TV Movie documentary) (conductor)
 1963 Biography of a Rookie: The Willie Davis Story (TV Movie documentary) (music supervisor)
 1963 Rampage (conductor - uncredited)
 1963 The Great Escape (conductor - uncredited)
 1963 Hud (conductor - uncredited)
 1962-1963 Saints and Sinners (TV Series) (composer - 16 episodes)
- New Lead Berlin (1963) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Year Joan Crawford Won the Oscar (1963) ... (composer: theme music)
- Slug It, Miss Joyous (1963) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Home-Coming Bit (1963) ... (composer: theme music)
- Taste of Evil (1962) ... (composer: theme music)
 1962 A Girl Named Tamiko (conductor - uncredited)
 1962 To Kill a Mockingbird (conductor - uncredited)
 1962 The Beachcomber (TV Series) (composer - 39 episodes)
- Paradise Lost (1962) ... (composer: theme music)
- Roll of Thunder (1962) ... (composer: theme music)
- A Rooster Named Red (1962) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Two-Sided Triangle (1962) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Search for Robert Herrick (1962) ... (composer: theme music)
 1962 Walk on the Wild Side (conductor - uncredited) / (songs)
 1961 Summer and Smoke (conductor - uncredited)
 1961 The Comancheros (conductor - uncredited)
 1961 The Young Doctors (conductor - uncredited)
 1960 Peter Pan (TV Movie) (composer: incidental music)
 1960 The Magnificent Seven (conductor - uncredited)
 1960 From the Terrace (conductor - uncredited)
 1960 The Rat Race (conductor - uncredited)
 1959-1960 Riverboat (TV Series) (composer - 31 episodes)
- The Sellout (1960) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
- The Quick Noose (1960) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
- The Long Trail (1960) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
- The Night of the Faceless Men (1960) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
- Hang the Men High (1960) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1959 The Miracle (conductor - uncredited)
 1959 Have Rocket -- Will Travel (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1959 Israel (Documentary short) (conductor) / (music arranger)
 1958 Some Came Running (conductor - uncredited)
 1958 Kings Go Forth (conductor - uncredited)
 1958 The Law and Jake Wade (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1958 Saddle the Wind (conductor - uncredited)
 1957 Toccata for Toy Trains (Short) (conductor)
 1957 The Tin Star (conductor - uncredited)
 1957 Sweet Smell of Success (conductor)
 1957 Beau James (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1956-1957 Studio 57 (TV Series) (composer - 2 episodes)
- The Velvet Trap (1957) ... (composer: stock music - uncredited)
- The Rarest Stamp (1956) ... (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1957 Fear Strikes Out (conductor - uncredited)
 1957 Drango (conductor - uncredited)
 1957 Men in War (conductor - uncredited)
 1956 Eames Lounge Chair (Documentary short) (musician: piano - uncredited)
 1956 The Naked Eye (Documentary) (conductor)
 1956 The Ten Commandments (conductor - uncredited) / (music producer - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1955 House: After Five Years of Living (Documentary short) (musician: piano)
 1955 The Fighting Chance (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1955 The Man with the Golden Arm (conductor - uncredited)
 1955 Headline Hunters (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1955 Producers' Showcase (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- Peter Pan (1955) ... (composer: incidental music)
 1954 Miss Robin Crusoe (musical director)
 1954 Silent Raiders (conductor)
 1953 Cat-Women of the Moon (musical director - as Elmer Bernstien)
 1953 Robot Monster (music director)
 1953 Never Wave at a WAC (conductor)
 1952 Battles of Chief Pontiac (musical director)
 1952 Sudden Fear (music director)
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Unused score: Last Man Standing (1996) See more »

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I would say that the work on The Ten Commandments (1956) was singularly the most exciting project of my entire life.

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He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7083 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on March 28, 1996. See more »

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