Henry Mancini

Composer, Music arranger, Pianist
Multiple Oscar and Grammy award-winning composer whose numerous plush, tuneful, often jazzy scores of the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s were often more memorable than the films and TV shows for which they were written ... Read more »
Born: 04/16/1924 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Music (263)

Crazy About Tiffany's 2016 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song Performer)

Crazy About Tiffany's 2016 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song)

The Wrecking Crew 2015 (Movie)

("The Pink Panther Theme") (Song Performer)

The Wrecking Crew 2015 (Movie)

("The Pink Panther Theme") (Song)

Battleship 2012 (Movie)

("The Pink Panther Theme") (Song)

Not Fade Away 2012 (Movie)

("Tana's Theme") (Song)

Not Fade Away 2012 (Movie)

("Tana's Theme") (Song Performer)

Paul 2011 (Movie)

("Planet Claire") (Song)

W.E. 2011 (Movie)

("Lujon") (Song)

Robert Klein: Unfair & Unbalanced 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Music

Monsters vs. Aliens 2009 (Movie)

("Planet Claire") (Song)

The Pink Panther 2 2009 (Movie)

Pink Panther Theme (Theme Music)

Two Lovers 2009 (Movie)

("Lujon") (Song)

In Bruges 2008 (Movie)

("Touch Of Evil") (Composer)

Love and Other Disasters 2006 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song)

Take the Lead 2006 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song)

The Pink Panther 2006 (Movie)

("The Pink Panther Theme(Paul Oakenfold Remix)") (Song)

The Pink Panther 2006 (Movie)

("The Pink Panther Theme(Paul Oakenfold Remix)") (Song Performer)

The Pink Panther 2006 (Movie)

Pink Panther Theme Writer (Theme Song)

Elizabethtown 2005 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song)

Ice Princess 2005 (Movie)

Music Performer("The Pink Panther Theme") (Performer)

Ice Princess 2005 (Movie)

("The Pink Panther Theme") (Music)

Kings and Queen 2005 (Movie)

(Original Music)

The Longest Yard 2005 (Movie)

("My Ballz") (Song)

Beyond the Sea 2004 (Movie)

("Fabulous Places") (Song)

Fahrenheit 9/11 2004 (Movie)

("Peter Gunn" (Theme)) (Song)

Fahrenheit 9/11 2004 (Movie)

("Peter Gunn" (Theme)) (Song Performer)

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle 2003 (Movie)

("The Pink Panther") (Music)

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle 2003 (Movie)

("Planet Claire") (Song)

How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days 2003 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song)

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002 (Movie)

("Experiment In Terror") (Song)

The Truth About Charlie 2002 (Movie)

("Charade") (Song)

Victor/Victoria 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Music

Condo Painting 2000 (Movie)

("Mr Lucky") (Song)

The Family Man 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

The Family Man 2000 (Movie)

("Dear Heart") (Song Performer)

200 Cigarettes 1999 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song)

Elephant Juice 1999 (Movie)

("Daydream") (Song Performer)

Le Derriere 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

Mystery Men 1999 (Movie)

("Planet Claire") (Song)

One Hundred and One Nights 1999 (Movie)

music excerpts (Music)

Blues Brothers 2000 1998 (Movie)

("Theme from Peter Gunn") (Song)

Simon Birch 1998 (Movie)

("Peter Gunn Theme") (Song)

The Big Lebowski 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

The Big Lebowski 1998 (Movie)

("Lujon") (Song Performer)

The Odd Couple II 1998 (Movie)

("The Village Inn") (Song)

The Real Blonde 1998 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song)

A Smile Like Yours 1997 (Movie)

(Song)

A Smile Like Yours 1997 (Movie)

("The Pink Panther Theme") (Song Performer)

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

("Days of Wine and Roses") (Song)

The Devil's Advocate 1997 (Movie)

songs("Days of Wine and Roses" "Moment to Moment" "It's Easy to Say") (Song)

Julie Andrews: Back on Broadway 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Music

The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Original Score

100 Years of the Hollywood Western 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Music

A Capitol Fourth (1994) 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Music

Dumb & Dumber 1994 (Movie)

("Whiney Whiney (Things That Make Me Crazy)") (Song)

Blake Edwards' Son of the Pink Panther 1993 (Movie)

("Clouseau's Anthem") (Song)

Blake Edwards' Son of the Pink Panther 1993 (Movie)

music orchestrator (Music)

Hexed 1993 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song)

Married to It 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Matinee 1993 (Movie)

music composer("Stalking the Creature" main title "Tarantula") (Composer)

The Man Without A Face 1993 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song)

Tom & Jerry: The Movie 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Tom & Jerry: The Movie 1993 (Movie)

songs (Song)

The Democrats: A Presidential Debate 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Never Forget 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Music

Switch 1991 (Movie)

music score (Music)

Switch 1991 (Movie)

("It's All There") (Song)

Tic Tac Dough 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Music

Days of Thunder 1990 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song)

Ghost Dad 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Newhart 1982 - 1990 (TV Show)

Music

Born on the Fourth of July 1989 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song)

Heavy Petting 1989 (Movie)

("Peter Gunn") (Performer)

Physical Evidence 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

The 75th Anniversary of Beverly Hills 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Welcome Home 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Hotel 1983 - 1988 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Mother, Mother 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Permanent Record 1988 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song)

Sunset 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

The Presidio 1988 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song)

Without A Clue 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Blind Date 1987 (Movie)

music score (Music)

Blind Date 1987 (Movie)

("Simply Meant to Be") (Song)

Circus 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Music

Evening at Pops (06/20/87) 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Song

Heaven 1987 (Movie)

(Song)

Heaven 1987 (Movie)

("Peter Gunn Theme") (Song Performer)

No Man's Land 1987 (Movie)

("Dear Heart") (Song)

Remington Steele 1982 - 1987 (TV Show)

Music

The Glass Menagerie 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

A Fine Mess 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

A Fine Mess 1986 (Movie)

("A Fine Mess") (Song)

Off Beat 1986 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song)

Ripley's Believe It or Not 1982 - 1986 (TV Show)

Theme Music

That's Life! 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

That's Life! 1986 (Movie)

("Life in a Looking Glass") (Song)

The Great Mouse Detective 1986 (Movie)

songs("The World's Greatest Criminal Mind" "Goodbye, So Soon") (Song)

What's Happening Now! 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Music

Fletch 1985 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song)

Lifeforce 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

Porky's Revenge 1985 (Movie)

("Peter Gunn Theme") (Music)

Santa Claus: The Movie 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

Santa Claus: The Movie 1985 (Movie)

songs("Thank You Santa" "Every Christmas Eve" "Making Toys" "Patch! Natch") (Song)

That's Dancing! 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

Best Defense 1984 (Movie)

(Song)

Best Defense 1984 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song Performer)

Harry & Son 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

The Blue Knight 1975 - 1984 (TV Show)

Music

Angela 1983 (Movie)

(Music)

Better Late Than Never 1983 (Movie)

(Music)

Curse of the Pink Panther 1983 (Movie)

(Music)

Curse of the Pink Panther 1983 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song)

Second Thoughts 1983 (Movie)

(Music)

The Lords of Discipline 1983 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song)

The Man Who Loved Women 1983 (Movie)

("Little Boys") (Music)

The Right Stuff 1983 (Movie)

(London Symphony Orchestra) (Music Conductor)

The Right Stuff 1983 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song)

The Thorn Birds 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Music

An Officer and A Gentleman 1982 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song)

Class of 1984 1982 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song)

Some Kind of Hero 1982 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song)

Trail of the Pink Panther 1982 (Movie)

(Music)

Victor/Victoria 1982 (Movie)

(Music)

Victor/Victoria 1982 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Young Doctors in Love 1982 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song)

Back Roads 1981 (Movie)

(Music)

Back Roads 1981 (Movie)

("Ask Me No Questions (I'll Tell You No Lies)") (Song)

Condorman 1981 (Movie)

(Music)

Mommie Dearest 1981 (Movie)

(Music)

S.O.B. 1981 (Movie)

(Music)

Little Miss Marker 1980 (Movie)

(Music)

10 1979 (Movie)

("Don't Call It Love") (Song)

10 1979 (Movie)

(Music)

A Change of Seasons 1979 (Movie)

(Music)

A Change of Seasons 1979 (Movie)

("Where Do You Catch the Bus For Tomorrow?") (Song)

Co-Ed Fever 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Music

More American Graffiti 1979 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song)

Nightwing 1979 (Movie)

(Music)

The Great Santini 1979 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song)

The Pink Panther 1969 - 1979 (TV Show)

Music

The Prisoner of Zenda 1979 (Movie)

(Music)

What's Happening! 1975 - 1979 (TV Show)

Music

Columbo 1971 - 1978 (TV Show)

Music

House Calls 1978 (Movie)

(Music)

Prisoner in the Street 1978 (Movie)

(Music)

Revenge of the Pink Panther 1978 (Movie)

(Music)

Revenge of the Pink Panther 1978 (Movie)

("Move 'Em Out") (Song)

Sanford Arms 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Music

Arthur Hailey's "The Moneychangers" 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Music

Kingston: Confidential 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Music

McCloud 1970 - 1977 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Lifeguard 1976 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song)

Silver Streak 1976 (Movie)

(Music)

Silver Streak 1976 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

The Invisible Man 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Music

W.C. Fields and Me 1976 (Movie)

(Music)

Alex & the Gypsy 1975 (Movie)

(Music)

Once Is Not Enough 1975 (Movie)

(Music)

The Big Bus 1975 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song)

The Blue Knight 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Music

The Great Waldo Pepper 1975 (Movie)

(Music)

The Pink Panther Strikes Again 1975 (Movie)

music director (Music)

The Pink Panther Strikes Again 1975 (Movie)

("Come to Me" "Until You Love Me") (Song)

The Return of the Pink Panther 1975 (Movie)

(Music)

The Parallax View 1974 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song)

99 and 44/100% Dead 1973 (Movie)

(Music)

Ann-Margret -- When You're Smiling 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Music

Curiosity Shop 1971 - 1973 (TV Show)

Theme Song

Oklahoma Crude 1973 (Movie)

(Music)

That's Entertainment! 1973 (Movie)

music adaptation (Music)

The Girl From Petrovka 1973 (Movie)

(Music)

The White Dawn 1973 (Movie)

(Music)

Visions of Eight 1973 (Movie)

(Music)

Cade's County 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Music

The Thief Who Came to Dinner 1972 (Movie)

(Music)

McMillan & Wife 1971 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Sometimes a Great Notion 1971 (Movie)

(Music)

The Salzburg Connection 1971 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song)

Darling Lili 1970 (Movie)

(Music)

Darling Lili 1970 (Movie)

Songs (Song)

The Hawaiians 1970 (Movie)

(Music)

The Molly Maguires 1970 (Movie)

(Music)

The Night Visitor 1970 (Movie)

(Music)

The Sunflower 1970 (Movie)

(Music)

Downhill Racer 1969 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song)

Gaily, Gaily 1969 (Movie)

(Music)

Gaily, Gaily 1969 (Movie)

songs("There's Enough to Go Round" "Tomorrow Is My Friend") (Song)

Me, Natalie 1969 (Movie)

(Music)

Me, Natalie 1969 (Movie)

title song (Song)

The Brotherhood 1968 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song)

The Party 1968 (Movie)

(Music)

The Party 1968 (Movie)

("Nothing to Lose") (Song)

Gunn 1967 (Movie)

(Music)

Gunn 1967 (Movie)

("I Like the Look") (Song)

Two For the Road 1967 (Movie)

(Music)

Wait Until Dark 1967 (Movie)

(Music)

Arabesque 1966 (Movie)

(Music)

Walk, Don't Run 1966 (Movie)

("Theme from Charade") (Song)

What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? 1966 (Movie)

(Music)

What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? 1966 (Movie)

("In the Arms of Love") (Song)

Moment to Moment 1965 (Movie)

(Music)

Moment to Moment 1965 (Movie)

("Moment to Moment") (Song)

The Great Race 1965 (Movie)

(Music)

The Great Race 1965 (Movie)

("The Sweetheart Tree") (Song)

The Richard Boone Show 1963 - 1965 (TV Show)

Theme Song

A Shot in the Dark 1964 (Movie)

(Music)

A Shot in the Dark 1964 (Movie)

("Shadow of Paris") (Song)

Dear Heart 1964 (Movie)

(Music)

Man's Favorite Sport? 1964 (Movie)

(Music)

Man's Favorite Sport? 1964 (Movie)

title song (Song)

The Pink Panther 1964 (Movie)

(Music)

The Pink Panther 1964 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Charade 1963 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Charade 1963 (Movie)

(Music)

The Boston Terrier 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

Music

The Killers 1963 (Movie)

("Too Little Time") (Song)

Days of Wine and Roses 1962 (Movie)

(Music)

Days of Wine and Roses 1962 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Experiment in Terror 1962 (Movie)

(Music)

Soldier in the Rain 1962 (Movie)

(Music)

Bachelor in Paradise 1961 (Movie)

(Music)

Bachelor in Paradise 1961 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Breakfast At Tiffany's 1961 (Movie)

(Music)

Breakfast At Tiffany's 1961 (Movie)

("Moon River") (Song)

Hatari! 1961 (Movie)

(Music)

Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation 1961 (Movie)

(Music)

Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation 1961 (Movie)

("Cream Puff") (Song)

Peter Gunn 1958 - 1961 (TV Show)

Music

The Second Time Around 1961 (Movie)

title song (Song)

High Time 1960 (Movie)

(Music)

Mr. Lucky 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Music

The Great Impostor 1960 (Movie)

(Music)

Never Steal Anything Small 1959 (Movie)

music adaptation (Music)

Damn Citizen! 1958 (Movie)

(Music)

Summer Love 1958 (Movie)

songs("To Know You Is to Love You" "Summer Love" "Beatin' on the Bongos" "Ding-A-Ling") (Song)

Touch of Evil 1958 (Movie)

(Music)

Voice in the Mirror 1958 (Movie)

(Music)

Foxfire 1955 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Six Bridges to Cross 1955 (Movie)

title song (Song)

The Benny Goodman Story 1955 (Movie)

(Music)

The Private War of Major Benson 1955 (Movie)

("Toy Tiger") (Song)

The Glenn Miller Story 1954 (Movie)

music adaptation (Music)

The Glenn Miller Story 1954 (Movie)

(Song)

A Family Upside Down (TV Show)

Music

A Hard Straight (TV Show)

Song

Banacek (TV Show)

Theme Music

Fear (TV Show)

Music

Hotel (TV Show)

Theme Music

Justin Case (TV Show)

Music

Lost in Alaska (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Monica Mancini... On Record (TV Show)

Music

Peter Gunn (TV Show)

Music

Pink Panther and Sons (TV Show)

Theme Music

The Best Place to Be (TV Show)

Music

The Lone Hand (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Sex Symbol (TV Show)

Song

The Shadow Box (TV Show)

Music

The Veils of Bagdad (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))
Actor (30)

All About Alfred 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Frank Sinatra: The Voice 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollywood Soundtrack Story 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Audrey Hepburn Remembered 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A Capitol Fourth (1992) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Glenn Miller: America's Musical Hero 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 34th Annual Grammy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Presenter

Seriously... Phil Collins 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

A Capitol Fourth 1990 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

National Memorial Day Concert 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

A Capitol Fourth 1989 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 31st Annual Grammy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

Santa Claus: The Making of the Movie 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

Mancini and Friends 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Emmy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

Whatta Year... 1986 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

A Capitol Fourth -- 1986 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Years of America's Popular Music 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Years of Golden Hits 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Perry Como's Music From Hollywood 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Play It Again, Uncle Sam 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mancini Generation 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Monsanto Presents Mancini 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Monsanto Presents Mancini 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Monsanto Presents Mancini 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

On Parade 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Multiple Oscar and Grammy award-winning composer whose numerous plush, tuneful, often jazzy scores of the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s were often more memorable than the films and TV shows for which they were written. Mancini began his career as a pianist-arranger for the Glenn Miller Orchestra under the direction of Tex Beneke after WWII and from 1952 to 1958 worked on more than 100 films as staff composer for Universal Pictures. In 1958 Mancini reached a career-changing landmark when he provided the hard-boiled, jazzy theme for Blake Edwards' "Peter Gunn" TV show. His feature film work, which had began attracting attention with his compositions and adaptation for "The Glenn Miller Story" (1954), also showed increasing maturity that same year with his Latin-accented, percussive score for Orson Welles' classic "Touch of Evil."

Relationships

Anna Mancini

Mother

Christopher Mancini

Son

Virginia Mancini

Wife
married September 13, 1947 formerly a member of the singing group the Mellolarks

Quinto Mancini

Father
played the flute in the Aliquippa (PA) Sons of Italy band

Felice O'Connor

Daughter
twin of Monica

Monica O'Connor

Daughter
twin of Felice

EDUCATION

Carnegie Institute of Technology

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania
school name later changed to Carnegie-Mellon University

The Juilliard School

New York , New York 1942

Aliquippa High School

Aliquippa , Pennsylvania 1942

studied with Max Adkins of the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Milestones

1995

Made Broadway debut as composer (posthumously) with Blake Edwards' stage version of "Victor/Victoria"

1994

Began undergoing treatments for blood clots and cancer

1994

Made one of last public appearances on April 19 at gala celebrating his 70th birthday at the Pauley Pavilion at UCLA

1993

Last feature film credit as well as last feature collaboration with Blake Edwards, "Son of the Pink Panther"

1993

Last major TV appearance, on the Disney Channel's variety concert special, "Disney's Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra"

1992

Composed music for the syndicated revival of the game show, "Tic Tac Dough"

1991

Last TV theme music composition, "Democrats: A Presidential Debate"

1987

Career feted on the PBS variety show, "Mancini and Friends"

1986

Received last of 18 Oscar nominations, in the category of "Best Song", for the title tune of Blake Edwards's comedy, "That's Life"

1983

Last original theme music composition for a TV series, the ABC anthology drama, "Hotel"

1977

Composed music for the NBC TV series, "Kingston: Confidential"

1976

Composed music for first TV miniseries, "Arthur Hailey's 'The Moneychangers'"

1970

Hosted and served as music director for three syndicated TV specials highlighting his compositions, "Monsanto Presents Mancini"

1960

First of 27 feature collaborations with writer-producer-director Blake Edwards, "High Time"

1960

Association with Universal ended with his work on the film, "The Great Imposter"

1959

Became an RCA recording artist

1958

Created now-classic theme for TV detective series, "Peter Gunn"; also first notable TV composition and first collaboration with writer-director Blake Edwards

1954

First film credit for title song, "Six Bridges to Cross" and for music adaptation and song, "The Glenn Miller Story"

1954

Received first Oscar nomination, for "Best Scoring of a Musical Picture", for "The Glenn Miller Story"

1952

First film work, as uncredited arranger on the Abbott and Costello comedy, "Lost in Alaska"

1946

Joined Glenn Miller Band (under direction of Tex Beneke) as pianist and arranger

Last TV collaborations with Blake Edwards, the TV-movies "Justin Case" and "Peter Gunn"

Provided music for the NBC sci-fi adventure series, "The Invisible Man"

Composed music for the CBS TV series, "Cade's County"

Composed music for the NBC mystery series, "Columbo", in the 1970s

Went to work for Universal-International as staff composer where he wrote scores for over 100 films including "The Glenn Miller Story" (1954) for which he received his first Oscar nomination

Provided music for the ABC sitcom, "What's Happening"

Composed his first score for a TV series, the CBS adventure, "Mr. Lucky"

Obtained first instrument, a piccolo, at age eight; later learned the flute and piano

Hosted and served as music director of the syndicated variety series, "The Mancini Generation"

Bonus Trivia

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Named a honorary alumni at UCLA (1974)

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He received an honorary doctrate of music from Duquesne University in 1977.

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Made honorary major of Northridge CA

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Endowed yearly for the film music scholarship at UCLA.

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Endowed yearly for the composition scholarship at Juilliard School of Music in New York.

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