Bob Merrill

Lyricist, Composer, Screenwriter
Bob Merrill brought his musical talents to a variety of films over the course of his Hollywood career. He raised in Philadelphia, PA. In 1981, he wrote "Chu Chu & The Philly Flash" featuring Alan Arkin and Carol ... Read more »
Born: 05/17/1921 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Music (19)

College Road Trip 2008 (Movie)

("People") (Song)

Walk the Line 2005 (Movie)

("She Wears Red Feathers") (Song)

Connie and Carla 2004 (Movie)

("Don't Rain On My Parade") (Song)

The AMC Project: Gay Hollywood 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Song

The Singing Detective 2003 (Movie)

("How Much Is That Doggie In The Window") (Song)

The Crew 2000 (Movie)

("Mambo Italiano") (Song)

American Beauty 1999 (Movie)

("Don't Rain On My Parade") (Song)

Mickey Blue Eyes 1999 (Movie)

("Mambo Italiano") (Song)

The Iron Giant 1999 (Movie)

("Honeycomb") (Song)

In & Out 1997 (Movie)

("People") (Song)

Gotta Dance! 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Music Conductor

Coupe de Ville 1990 (Movie)

("(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window") (Song)

The Fabulous Baker Boys 1989 (Movie)

("People") (Song)

Lady in White 1988 (Movie)

("(How Much is That) Doggie in the Window") (Song)

Housekeeping 1987 (Movie)

("Sparrow in the Treetop") (Song)

Hello, Dolly! 1969 (Movie)

("Elegance") (Song)

Funny Girl 1968 (Movie)

from musical(lyrics) (Music)

Funny Girl 1968 (Movie)

songs("People" "Don't Rain On My Parade" "I'm The Greatest Star" "Sadie, Sadie" "His Love Makes Me Beautiful" "You Are Woman, I Am Man" "If A Girl Isn't Pretty" "Funny Girl" "The Swan" "Roller Skate Rag") (Song)

The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm 1962 (Movie)

songs("The Princess Waltz" "Ah-Oom" "Christmas Land" "Dee-Are-A-Gee-O-En" "Gypsy Rhapsody" "Above the Stars" "Theme From the Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm" "Singing Bone") (Song)
Writer (2)

W.C. Fields and Me 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Portrait of a Showgirl (TV Show)

Screenplay

Biography

Bob Merrill brought his musical talents to a variety of films over the course of his Hollywood career. He raised in Philadelphia, PA. In 1981, he wrote "Chu Chu & The Philly Flash" featuring Alan Arkin and Carol Burnett. Merrill began his entertainment career with his music featured in films like the adaptation "The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm" (1962) with Laurence Harvey. He followed this honor with songs in "Hello, Dolly!" (1969), the dramatic adaptation "Housekeeping" (1987) with Christine Lahti and "Lady in White" (1988). He was nominated for an Academy Award for "Funny Girl" in 1968. . In the eighties and the nineties, Merrill's music continued to appear on the silver screen, including in films like the Jeff Bridges dramatic comedy "The Fabulous Baker Boys" (1989), "Coupe de Ville" (1990) and the Kevin Kline comedy "In & Out" (1997). His work was also in the Kevin Spacey blockbuster dramedy "American Beauty" (1999) and the Hugh Grant comedy "Mickey Blue Eyes" (1999). Merrill was additionally credited in "The Iron Giant" with Jack Angel (1999), "The Crew" with Richard Dreyfuss (2000) and "The AMC Project: Gay Hollywood" (AMC, 2002-03). His credits also expanded to "The Singing Detective" (2003). Merrill's music was most recently used in the comedy "College Road Trip" (2008) with Martin Lawrence. Merrill was married to Dolores Marquez. Merrill passed away in February 1998 at the age of 78.

Relationships

Dolores Marquez

Wife
divorced in 1976 survived him

Suzanne Merrill

Wife
survived him

Lawrence Merrill

Brother
survived him

Milestones

1990

His musical "Hanna...1939" played off-Broadway

1984

"We're Home" played off-Broadway; consisted of 37 of Merrill's original songs

1981

Wrote "Chu Chu & The Philly Flash" featuring Alan Arkin and Carol Burnett

1976

Scripted the film "W.C. Fields & Me" starring Rod Steiger and Valerie Perrine

1975

Penned a feature starring Diana Ross, "Mahogany"

1972

Last original musical score for Broadway, "Sugar"

1964

Co-wrote "Funny Girl" with composer Julie Styne

1957

Opened "New Girl In Town" on Broadway based on Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie"

1948

Served as CBS' first casting director

Raised in Philadelphia, PA

Worked as a porter

Dialogue director at Columbia Pictures

Served in the Army during WWII

Hitchhiked to Hollywood, CA

Hired by MGM to compose musicals

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