John Addison

Composer, Music teacher
A versatile, prolific talent who entered films in the late 1940s and quickly proved equally adept at scoring comedy or drama, John Addison hit a creative peak a decade later with the British film renaissance. He ... Read more »
Born: 03/15/1920 in Surrey, England, GB

Filmography

Music (88)

Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 1985, 1988 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Music

Phantom of the Opera 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Music

The Entertainer 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

To Die For 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Beryl Markham: A Shadow on the Sun 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Music

Agatha Christie's "Dead Man's Folly" 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Music

Agatha Christie's "Thirteen at Dinner" 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Music

Mr. Boogedy 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Music

Code Name: Emerald 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

Grace Quigley 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

Strange Invaders 1983 (Movie)

(Music)

The Devlin Connection 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Music

Fit For a King 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Music

Please Don't Hit Me, Mom 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Music

The French Atlantic Affair 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Music

Pearl 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Music

The Eddie Capra Mysteries 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Music

Black Beauty 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Music

Highpoint 1978 (Movie)

(Music)

The Pilot 1978 (Movie)

musical score (Music)

Joseph Andrews 1977 (Movie)

(Music)

A Bridge Too Far 1976 (Movie)

music director (Music)

Grady 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Music

Swashbuckler 1976 (Movie)

(Music)

The Seven Per-Cent Solution 1975 (Movie)

(Music)

Ride a Wild Pony 1974 (Movie)

(Music)

Dead Cert 1973 (Movie)

(Music)

Luther 1973 (Movie)

(Music)

Sleuth 1972 (Movie)

Music Composed, Conducted and Arranged by (Music)

Hamlet 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Music

Mr. Forbush and the Penguins 1970 (Movie)

(Music)

Start the Revolution Without Me 1970 (Movie)

(Music)

Country Dance 1969 (Movie)

(Music)

The Charge of the Light Brigade 1968 (Movie)

(Music)

Smashing Time 1967 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Smashing Time 1967 (Movie)

(Music)

The Honey Pot 1966 (Movie)

(Music)

Torn Curtain 1966 (Movie)

(Music)

A Fine Madness 1965 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

A Fine Madness 1965 (Movie)

(Music)

I Was Happy Here 1965 (Movie)

(Music)

The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders 1965 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Guns at Batasi 1964 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Guns at Batasi 1964 (Movie)

(Music)

The Loved One 1964 (Movie)

(Music)

Girl With Green Eyes 1963 (Movie)

(Music)

Tom Jones 1963 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Tom Jones 1963 (Movie)

(Music)

A Taste of Honey 1962 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

A Taste of Honey 1962 (Movie)

(Music)

School For Scoundrels 1960 (Movie)

(Music)

Man in a Cocked Hat 1959 (Movie)

(Music)

Hell, Heaven or Hoboken 1958 (Movie)

(Music)

All at Sea 1957 (Movie)

(Music)

Lucky Jim 1956 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Lucky Jim 1956 (Movie)

(Music)

The Cockleshell Heroes 1956 (Movie)

(Music)

The Shiralee 1956 (Movie)

(Music)

Private's Progress 1955 (Movie)

(Music)

Reach For the Sky 1955 (Movie)

(Music)

That Lady 1955 (Movie)

(Music)

Three Men in a Boat 1955 (Movie)

(Music)

The Black Knight 1954 (Movie)

(Music)

Touch and Go 1954 (Movie)

(Music)

High and Dry 1953 (Movie)

(Music)

The Man Between 1953 (Movie)

(Music)

The Red Beret 1952 (Movie)

(Music)

A Death in Canaan (TV Show)

Music

Bride of Boogedy (TV Show)

Music

Centennial (TV Show)

Music

Ellis Island (TV Show)

Music

His and Hers (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

I Was a Mail Order Bride (TV Show)

Music

Like Normal People (TV Show)

Music

Love's Savage Fury (TV Show)

Music

Mistress of Paradise (TV Show)

Music

Nero Wolfe (TV Show)

Music

Something in Common (TV Show)

Music

Strange Voices (TV Show)

Music

Terror on a Train (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Bastard (TV Show)

Music

The Power Within (TV Show)

Music

The Wave (TV Show)

Music
Actor (1)

No, Honestly 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor
Other (11)

The Importance of Being Earnest 2002 (Movie)

(Carpenter)

The Mummy Returns 2001 (Movie)

(Carpenter)

Elizabeth 1998 (Movie)

(Carpenter)

Velvet Goldmine 1998 (Movie)

(Carpenter)

Bean 1997 (Movie)

(United Kingdom crew) (Carpenter)

Haunted 1997 (Movie)

(Carpenter)

The Second Civil War 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Other

Some Mother's Son 1996 (Movie)

(Carpenter)

Memphis Belle 1990 (Movie)

(Carpenter)

Mountains of the Moon 1990 (Movie)

(Carpenter)

Gulliver's Travels (TV Show)

Carpenter

Biography

A versatile, prolific talent who entered films in the late 1940s and quickly proved equally adept at scoring comedy or drama, John Addison hit a creative peak a decade later with the British film renaissance. He composed sprightly classical melodies as well as moody jazz scores for the "Angry Young Men" films of the 1960s, as evidenced by his significant contribution to a goodly number of Tony Richardson films, including "Look Back in Anger" (1959), "The Entertainer" (1960), "A Taste of Honey" (1961), "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" (1962) and the Oscar-winning, "Tom Jones" (1963).

In the 1970s, Addison relocated to California where he continued to provide scores for such films as "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution" (1976) and Richard Attenborough's WWII-epic "A Bridge Too Far" (1977). The prolific composer found a new outlet in TV, providing the memorable theme to the long-running CBS series "Murder, She Wrote" (1984-96) as well as the scores for a variety of miniseries (e.g., "Centennial", NBC 1978-79; "Ellis Island", CBS 1984) TV-movies (e.g., "A Death in Canaan", CBS 1978), and other series (i.e., "Nero Wolfe", NBC 1981). Addison continued to compose classical pieces as well, including the Bassoon Concertina which had its premiere in Manchester in 1998.

Relationships

Pamela Addison

Wife
survived him

Daniel Addison

Son
survived him

Jonathan Addison

Son
survived him

Rex Birchenough

Step-Son
survived him

Jill Lucas

Sister
survived him

Lucinda Sanderson

Daughter
survived him

Sandra Stapleton

Step-Daughter
survived him

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Music

Wellington College

Milestones

1998

Premiered his Bassoon Concertina in Manchester, England

1990

Settled in Vermont

1990

Scored the NBC mininseries "The Phantom of the Opera"

1989

Final film score, "To Die For", a vampire drama

1984

Provided the songs and the musical underscoring for the CBS miniseries "Ellis Island"

1984

Composed the theme for the CBS series "Murder, She Wrote"

1978

Reteamed with Richardson for the TV-movie "A Death in Canaan" (CBS)

1978

Scored the NBC mininseries "Centennial"

1977

Earned a BAFTA for his music score for the WWII drama "A Bridge Too Far"

1976

Scored "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution"

1976

Moved to California; began working in television

1963

Received an Oscar for his musical score for Richardson's "Tom Jones"

1959

First film collaboration with director Tony Richardson, "Look Back in Anger"

1948

First film score for "The Guinea Pig"

Scored the music for several stage productions of the new British playwrights at the Royal Court Theatre including John Osborne's "The Entertainer", "Luther" in the mid-1950s

Wrote score for ballets, "Carte Blanche" and "Cat's Cradle"

Taught at the Royal College of Music

Composed British musical revue, "Cranks" and the stage musicals "The Amazons" and "Popkiss"

Bonus Trivia

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Served as a professor for the Royal College of Music.

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