Jimmy Van Heusen

Songwriter, Composer, Pianist
Taking his name from the shirt manufacturer, Van Heusen began writing songs for films in 1940, first in partnership with Johnny Burke and then, after 1956 with Sammy Cahn. A composer with a highly reliable ear for ... Read more »
Born: 01/26/1913 in Syracuse, New York, USA


Music (135)

Black Mass 2015 (Movie)

("Polka Dots And Moonbeams") (Song)

Bridge of Spies 2015 (Movie)

("Nancy (With The Laughing Face)") (Song)

London Town 2015 (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

And So it Goes 2014 (Movie)

("It Could Happen To You") (Song)

Lee Daniels' The Butler 2013 (Movie)

("Ain't That A Kick In The Head") (Song)

Nicky Deuce 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)


Hitchcock 2012 (Movie)

"Ain't That A Kick In The Head" (Song)

Father of Invention 2011 (Movie)

("Call Me Irresponsible") (Song)

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol 2011 (Movie)

("Ain't That A Kick In The Head") (Song)

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy 2011 (Movie)

("The Second Best Secret Agent In The Whole Wide World") (Song)

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief 2010 (Movie)

("Ain't That A Kick In The Head") (Song)

I Love You, Man 2009 (Movie)

("Ain't That A Kick In The Head") (Song)

Old Dogs 2009 (Movie)

("Come Fly With Me") (Song)

Frost/Nixon 2008 (Movie)

("Love And Marriage") (Song)

My Best Friend's Girl 2008 (Movie)

("Tender Trap (Love Is The)") (Song)

Year of Getting to Know Us 2007 (Movie)

("Come Blow Your Horn") (Song)

American Pie Presents Beta House 2006 (Movie)

("Call Me Irresponsible") (Song)

Blue Collar Comedy Tour: One For The Road 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)


Click 2006 (Movie)

("Call Me Irresponsible") (Song)

Let's Go To Prison 2006 (Movie)

("Ain't That A Kick In The Head") (Song)

Rocky Balboa 2006 (Movie)

("High Hopes") (Song)

Munich 2005 (Movie)

("But Beautiful") (Song)

Criminal 2004 (Movie)

("Darn That Dream") (Song)

Anything Else 2003 (Movie)

("It Could Happen To You") (Song)

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

("It Could Happen To You") (Song)

Unconditional Love (New Line) 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


Catch Me If You Can 2002 (Movie)

("Come Fly With Me") (Song)

The Adventures of Pluto Nash 2002 (Movie)

("My Kind of Town") (Song)

Two Weeks Notice 2002 (Movie)

("Come Fly With Me") (Song)

Domestic Disturbance 2001 (Movie)

("Call Me Irresponsible") (Song)

My First Mister 2001 (Movie)

("All the Way") (Song)

Autumn in New York 2000 (Movie)

("Polka Dots and Moonbeams") (Song)

What Planet Are You From? 2000 (Movie)

("High Hopes") (Song)

American Beauty 1999 (Movie)

songs("Call Me Irresponsible" "Where Love Has Gone") (Song)

B. Monkey 1999 (Movie)

("Imagination") (Song)

Blast From the Past 1999 (Movie)

("Like Someone in Love") (Song)

Bringing Out the Dead 1999 (Movie)

("September of My Tears") (Song)

Just the Ticket 1999 (Movie)

("Call Me Irresponsible") (Song)

Payback 1999 (Movie)

("Ain't That a Kick in the Head") (Song)

Pushing Tin 1999 (Movie)

("All the Way") (Song)

Snow Falling on Cedars 1999 (Movie)

("Would You") (Song)

Antz 1998 (Movie)

("Hight Hopes") (Song)

Sour Grapes 1998 (Movie)

("Ain't That a Kick in the Head") (Song)

Fools Rush In 1997 (Movie)

("Ain't That a Kick in the Head") (Song)

Married... With Children 1986 - 1997 (TV Show)

Theme Song

Out to Sea 1997 (Movie)

("Imagination") (Song)

That Old Feeling 1997 (Movie)

("Call Me Irresponsible") (Song)

Vegas Vacation 1997 (Movie)

songs("Come Fly with Me" "Ain't That a Kick in the Head") (Song)

Citizen Ruth 1996 (Movie)

("All the Way") (Song)

Michael 1996 (Movie)

songs("I Thought about You" "It Could Happen to You") (Song)

Mother 1996 (Movie)

("Call Me Irresponsible") (Song)

My Fellow Americans 1996 (Movie)

("Life Is so Peculiar") (Song)

Star Trek: First Contact 1996 (Movie)

("Moonlight Becomes You") (Song)

Miami Rhapsody 1995 (Movie)

("(Love Is) The Tender Trap") (Song)

A Bronx Tale 1993 (Movie)

songs("Same Old Song and Dance" "Ain't That a Kick in the Head") (Song)

Philadelphia 1993 (Movie)

("All the Way") (Song)

Rookie of the Year 1993 (Movie)

("The Second Time Around") (Song)

Bebe's Kids 1992 (Movie)

("Moonlight Becomes You") (Song)

Cool World 1992 (Movie)

("Let's Make Love") (Song)

Dying Young 1991 (Movie)

("All the Way") (Song)

Hudson Hawk 1991 (Movie)

("Swinging on a Star") (Song)

Only the Lonely 1991 (Movie)

("Ain't That a Kick in the Head") (Song)

True Colors 1991 (Movie)

("Call Me Irresponsible") (Song)

Air America 1990 (Movie)

("Come Fly With Me") (Song)

Alice 1990 (Movie)

songs("Moonlight Becomes You" "Darn That Dream") (Song)

Betsy's Wedding 1990 (Movie)

("Come Fly With Me") (Song)

Goodfellas 1990 (Movie)

("Ain't That a Kick In the Head") (Song)

Crimes and Misdemeanors 1989 (Movie)

("Polkadots and Moonbeams") (Song)

Let's Get Lost 1989 (Movie)

("Imagination" "Deep in a Dream") (Song)

New York Stories 1989 (Movie)

song "It Could Happen to You"(("Life Lessons")) (Song)

The Presidio 1988 (Movie)

("Moonlight Becomes You") (Song)

Evening at Pops (08/17/86) 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


Hannah and Her Sisters 1986 (Movie)

("It Could Happen to You" "Polkadots and Moonbeams") (Song)

Racing With the Moon 1984 (Movie)

("Moonlight Becomes You") (Song)

Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean 1982 (Movie)

("The Last Dance") (Music)

American Pop 1981 (Movie)

("Nancy (With the Laughing Face)") (Song)

This Is Elvis 1981 (Movie)

("It's Nice to Go Trav'ling") (Song)

Raging Bull 1980 (Movie)

("Come Fly With Me") (Song)

Mikey and Nicky 1976 (Movie)

("All the Way") (Song)

Journey Back to Oz 1974 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Nightmare Honeymoon 1971 (Movie)

("The Tender Trap") (Song)

The Great Bank Robbery 1969 (Movie)

songs("The Rainbow Rider" "Heaven Helps Him Who Helps Himself") (Song)

Star! 1968 (Movie)

("Star!") (Song)

Thoroughly Modern Millie 1967 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Texas Across the River 1965 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Robin and the Seven Hoods 1964 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Come Blow Your Horn 1963 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Honeymoon Hotel 1963 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Johnny Cool 1963 (Movie)

title song (Song)

The Pleasure Seekers 1963 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Where Love Has Gone 1963 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Four For Texas 1962 (Movie)

title song (Song)

My Six Loves 1962 (Movie)

("It's A Damn Good Thing") (Song)

Papa's Delicate Condition 1962 (Movie)

("Call Me Irresponsible") (Song)

Under the Yum Yum Tree 1962 (Movie)

title song (Song)

A Pocketful of Miracles 1961 (Movie)

(title song) (Music)

Come Fly With Me 1961 (Movie)

title song (Song)

The Road to Hong Kong 1961 (Movie)

songs (Song)

High Time 1960 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Let's Make Love 1960 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Ocean's Eleven 1960 (Movie)

songs("Ain't That A Kick In The Head" "Eee-o Eleven") (Song)

Surprise Package 1960 (Movie)

title song (Song)

The World of Suzie Wong 1960 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Wake Me When It's Over 1960 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Who Was That Lady? 1960 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Journey to the Center of the Earth 1959 (Movie)

songs("Twice As Tall" The Faithful Heart") (Song)

Journey to the Center of the Earth 1959 (Movie)


A Hole in the Head 1958 (Movie)

("All My Tomorrows" "High Hopes") (Song)

Career 1958 (Movie)

("Love is a 'Career'") (Song)

Holiday For Lovers 1958 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Indiscreet 1958 (Movie)

("Indiscreet") (Song)

Night of the Quarter Moon 1958 (Movie)

("Night of the Quarter Moon") (Song)

Paris Holiday 1958 (Movie)

("Every Day's A Holiday in Paris") (Song)

Say One For Me 1958 (Movie)

("Say One For Me" "The Secret of Christmas" "The Night Rock 'n' Roll Died" "The Girl Most Likely to Succeed" "He's Starting to Get to Me" "I Couldn't Care Less" "You Can't Love 'Em All" "Chico's Choo-Choo") (Music)

Some Came Running 1958 (Movie)

("To Love and Be Loved") (Music)

They Came to Cordura 1958 (Movie)

title song (Song)

This Earth Is Mine 1958 (Movie)


The Joker Is Wild 1957 (Movie)

songs("All the Way" "Swinging On A Star") (Song)

Anything Goes 1956 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Pardners 1956 (Movie)

songs("Buckskin Beauty" "Pardners" "The Wind! The Wind!" "Me 'N You 'N the Moon") (Song)

Not As a Stranger 1955 (Movie)


The Tender Trap 1955 (Movie)

("(Love Is...)The Tender Trap") (Song)

Young at Heart 1954 (Movie)

("You, My Love") (Song)

Little Boy Lost 1953 (Movie)

songs("'The Magic Window" "Cela M'Est Egal" "A Propos de Rien") (Song)

Road to Bali 1952 (Movie)

songs (Song)

The Bells of St. Mary's 1945 (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Road to Morocco 1941 (Movie)

songs (Song)

And the Angels Sing (Movie)


Belle of the Yukon (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Dixie (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Edie & Pen (TV Show)


Mr. Music (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Riding High (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))


Taking his name from the shirt manufacturer, Van Heusen began writing songs for films in 1940, first in partnership with Johnny Burke and then, after 1956 with Sammy Cahn. A composer with a highly reliable ear for catchy ditties and dramatic ballads alike, he wrote such Oscar-winners as "Swinging on a Star" from "Going My Way" (1944) and "High Hopes" from "A Hole in the Head" (1959). Van Heusen wrote 76 tunes recorded by Frank Sinatra (more than any other composer) and the songs for six of the seven Bing Crosby-Bob Hope-Dorothy Lamour "Road" comedy films.


Bobbe Heusen

married from 1969 until his death performed on Broadway and in vaudeville with her sisters as the Brox Sisters born c. 1901 died on May 2, 1999 at age 98 formerly married to agent William Perlberg


Syracuse University

Syracuse , New York



Co-wrote (with Cahn) two unsuccessful Broadway musicals, "Skyscraper" and "Walking Happy"


Began collaboration with lyricist Sammy Cahn


Teamed with lyricist Johnny Burke to write for Paramount; first score was "Love Thy Neighbor"


First successful song, "Darn That Dream"

Began writing songs while in high school; placed several songs in Cotton Club revues through friendship with Jerry Arlen, Harold Arlen's older brother; renamed himself after Van Heusen shirt company

Worked as staff pianist for several NY music publishing houses

Bonus Trivia


He was elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame when it was founded (1971).


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