Bob Merrill

Lyricist, Composer, Screenwriter
Bob Merrill made quite name for himself creating amazing music for a variety of big screen productions. The early stages of his career in entertainment ran the industry gamut with credits like "The Wonderful World of ... Read more »
Born: 05/17/1920 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Music (18)

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)

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)

Funny Girl 1968 (Movie)

from musical(lyrics) (Music)

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 made quite name for himself creating amazing music for a variety of big screen productions. The early stages of his career in entertainment ran the industry gamut with credits like "The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm" with Laurence Harvey (1962) to his name. In the eighties and the nineties, Merrill devoted his time to various credits, such as "The Fabulous Baker Boys" (1989), "Coupe de Ville" (1990) starring Alan Arkin, "Gotta Dance!" (AMC, 1994-95), "In & Out" (1997), the Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening box office smash "American Beauty" (1999) and "Mickey Blue Eyes" with Hugh Grant (1999). In the nineties and the early 2000s, Merrill lent his talents to projects like "The Iron Giant" (1999) starring Jack Angel, "The Crew" with Richard Dreyfuss (2000), "The AMC Project: Gay Hollywood" (AMC, 2002-03), "The Singing Detective" (2003) starring Robert Downey Jr., "Connie and Carla" (2004) and the Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon smash hit "Walk the Line" (2005). Merrill last provided music for "College Road Trip" (2008). Merrill was married to Dolores Marquez. Bob 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 film "W.C. Fields & Me" starring Rod Steiger and Valerie Perrine

1975

Penned 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

Hitchhiked to Hollywood, CA

Served in the Army during WWII

Hired by MGM to compose musicals

Worked as a porter

Raised in Philadelphia, PA

Dialogue director at Columbia Pictures

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