David Raksin

Composer, Conductor, Arranger
Best known for his haunting scores for "Laura" (1944) and the Vincente Minnelli melodramas, "The Bad and the Beautiful" (1944) and "Two Weeks in Another Town" (1962), Raksin began his film career as the music arranger ... Read more »
Born: 08/04/1912 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Music (82)

Forever Hollywood 1998 (Movie)

theme from("The Bad and the Beautiful") (Theme Music)

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil 1997 (Movie)

("Laura") (Song)

Hollywood Sound 1994 (Movie)

music composer (Composer)

The Puppetoon Movie 1987 (Movie)

("The Little Broadcast") (Song)

What's The Matter With Helen? 1971 (Movie)

Music Composed and Conducted by (Music)

Glass Houses 1970 (Movie)

(Music)

Will Penny 1968 (Movie)

(Music)

Will Penny 1968 (Movie)

("The Lonely Rider") (Song)

A Big Hand For the Little Lady 1966 (Movie)

(Music)

A Big Hand For the Little Lady 1966 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Ben Casey 1961 - 1966 (TV Show)

Music

Sylvia 1965 (Movie)

(Music)

Sylvia 1965 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Breaking Point 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

Music

Invitation to a Gunfighter 1964 (Movie)

(Music)

Love Has Many Faces 1964 (Movie)

(Music)

Love Has Many Faces 1964 (Movie)

title song (Song)

The Patsy 1964 (Movie)

(Music)

The Patsy 1964 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Night Tide 1963 (Movie)

(Music)

Too Late Blues 1961 (Movie)

(Music)

Two Weeks in Another Town 1961 (Movie)

(Music)

Al Capone 1958 (Movie)

(Music)

Separate Tables 1958 (Movie)

(Music)

Twilight For the Gods 1958 (Movie)

(Music)

Until They Sail 1957 (Movie)

(Music)

Until They Sail 1957 (Movie)

("Until They Sail") (Song)

Bigger Than Life 1956 (Movie)

(Music)

Gunsight Ridge 1956 (Movie)

(Music)

Jubal 1956 (Movie)

(Music)

The Big Combo 1955 (Movie)

music director (Music)

Apache 1954 (Movie)

(Music)

It's a Big Country 1952 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)

Pat and Mike 1952 (Movie)

(Music)

The Bad and the Beautiful 1951 (Movie)

(Music)

Right Cross 1950 (Movie)

(Music)

The Next Voice You Hear 1949 (Movie)

(Music)

Force of Evil 1948 (Movie)

(Music)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 1947 (Movie)

(Music)

Laura 1944 (Movie)

(Music)

Hollywood Cavalcade 1939 (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

A Lady without Passport (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Across the Wide Missouri (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Apartment for Peggy (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

City without Men (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Daisy Kenyon (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Dead Men Tell (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Don Juan Quilligan (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Dr. Renault's Secret (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Fallen Angel (Movie)

(Songwriter)

Fallen Angel (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Forever Amber (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Frontier Marshal (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Fury at Furnace Creek (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Grounds for Marriage (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Just off Broadway (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Kind Lady (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Lady in a Corner (TV Show)

Music

Manila Calling (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Mr. Moto's Last Warning (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

She's Dangerous (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Smoky (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Stanley and Livingstone (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Tampico (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Day After (TV Show)

Music

The Gang's All Here (Movie)

(Songwriter)

The Ghost of Flight 401 (TV Show)

Music

The Girl in White (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Homestretch (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Kid Comes Back (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Magnificent Yankee (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Man with a Cloak (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Men in Her Life (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Men in Her Life (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

The Reformer and the Redhead (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (Movie)

(Musical Arrangement)

The Suicide's Wife (TV Show)

Music

The Undying Monster (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Whirlpool (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))
Actor (2)

The Hollywood Soundtrack Story 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Best known for his haunting scores for "Laura" (1944) and the Vincente Minnelli melodramas, "The Bad and the Beautiful" (1944) and "Two Weeks in Another Town" (1962), Raksin began his film career as the music arranger for Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times" (1936). He has also composed for the stage, radio, TV ("Wagon Train," "Life With Father," "Father of the Bride," "Ben Casey" and "Medical Center"), symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles.

Relationships

Isidor Raksin

Father

Pauline Raksin

Mother

Joanne Kaiser

Wife
Married on September 19, 1959; mother of Alexander and Valentina

Valentina Raksin

Daughter
from second marriage

Alexander Raksin

Son
from second marriage

Richard Raksin

Son
from first marriage

EDUCATION

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 1934
(Music)

studied music with Isadore Freed and Arnold Schoenberg

Milestones

1969

Joined faculty of UCLA, teaching composition

1956

Named adjunct professor of music and public administration at USC

1936

Wrote first film score, "Dancing Pirate"

1935

Entered film as arranger for Charlie Chaplin films

Wrote and narrated radio programs about film music

Popular songs include "Apache Highlights".

Bonus Trivia

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Board of directors member to the American Society of Music Arrangers from 1938-58.

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Board of directors member for the Screen Composers Association since 1945.

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Raksin has served as president of the Composers and Lyricists Guild of America from 1962-70.

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He is on the executive committee for the Society of Composers and Lyricists.

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