John Barry

Composer, Musician, Arranger
One of the most decorated and respected composers of his generation, John Barry excelled at sweeping scores which added to the unique power of cinema, transporting viewers into the heart of the filmgoing experience ... Read more »
Born: 11/02/1933 in York, England, GB

Filmography

Music (172)

The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 (Movie)

("Goldfinger") (Song)

Ted 2012 (Movie)

("All Time High") (Song)

Cathouse: Menage A Trois 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Song

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past 2009 (Movie)

("6 Underground") (Song)

Burn After Reading 2008 (Movie)

("Born Free") (Song)

Madagascar 2005 (Movie)

("Born Free") (Song)

The Jacket 2005 (Movie)

("We Have All the Time in the World") (Song)

A Guy Thing 2003 (Movie)

("Born Free") (Song)

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle 2003 (Movie)

("Born Free") (Song)

Catch Me If You Can 2002 (Movie)

("The James Bond Theme") (Performer)

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002 (Movie)

("Wednesday's Child") (Song)

Enigma 2002 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Enigma 2002 (Movie)

music composer (Composer)

Roger Williams: Pop Goes the Ivories 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Song

The Watcher 2000 (Movie)

("6 Underground") (Song)

Cincinnati Pops Holiday: Love Is in the Air 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Music

Go 1999 (Movie)

("Fire Up the Shoesaw") (Song)

She's All That 1999 (Movie)

("The Rockafeller Skank") (Song)

The Debt Collector 1999 (Movie)

("Life in Mono (Sweatbox Mix)") (Song)

Can't Hardly Wait 1998 (Movie)

("6 Underground (The Umbrellas of Ladywell Mix No 2)") (Song)

Great Expectations 1998 (Movie)

("The Ipcress File") (Song)

Mercury Rising 1998 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Mercury Rising 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

Playing By Heart 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

Playing By Heart 1998 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Swept From the Sea 1998 (Movie)

score producer (Music Producer)

Swept From the Sea 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997 (Movie)

("Born Free") (Song)

The Saint 1997 (Movie)

("Golden Girl") (Song Performer)

The Saint 1997 (Movie)

(Song)

Across the Sea of Time 1995 (Movie)

music composer and conductor (Music)

Cry, the Beloved Country 1995 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

The Scarlet Letter 1995 (Movie)

original music composer and conductor (Original Music)

The Specialist 1994 (Movie)

music composer and conductor (Music)

Deception 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Indecent Proposal 1993 (Movie)

orchestra conductor (Music Conductor)

Indecent Proposal 1993 (Movie)

music composer (Composer)

John Barry's Moviola 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Music Conductor

John Barry's Moviola 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Music

My Life 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

The Witness 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Music

Chaplin 1992 (Movie)

music composer & conductor (Music)

The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag 1992 (Movie)

("Born Free") (Song)

Dances With Wolves 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Hearts of Fire 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

USA Today: The Television Show 1988 - 1990 (TV Show)

Music

A Killing Affair 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Masquerade 1988 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Masquerade 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Evening at Pops (07/18/87) 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Music

The Living Daylights 1987 (Movie)

songs("The Living Daylights" "Where Has Every Body Gone?" "If There Was a Man") (Song)

The Living Daylights 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

Howard the Duck 1986 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Howard the Duck 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

My Sister's Keeper 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Peggy Sue Got Married 1986 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Peggy Sue Got Married 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

The Golden Child 1986 (Movie)

("The Best Man in the World" "Wisdom of the Ages") (Music)

A View to a Kill 1985 (Movie)

("A View to a Kill") (Song)

A View to a Kill 1985 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

A View to a Kill 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

Jagged Edge 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

Morons From Outer Space 1985 (Movie)

("Born Free") (Song)

Out of Africa 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

Mike's Murder 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

The Cotton Club 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

Until September 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

High Road to China 1983 (Movie)

(Music)

Octopussy 1983 (Movie)

("All Time High") (Song)

Octopussy 1983 (Movie)

music director (Music)

Frances 1982 (Movie)

(Music)

Hammett 1982 (Movie)

music director (Music)

The Golden Seal 1982 (Movie)

(Theme Music)

The Golden Seal 1982 (Movie)

("Letting Go") (Song)

Body Heat 1981 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Body Heat 1981 (Movie)

(Original Rank: Music) (Composer)

The Legend of the Lone Ranger 1981 (Movie)

("The Man in the Mask") (Song)

The Legend of the Lone Ranger 1981 (Movie)

(Music)

Inside Moves 1980 (Movie)

(Music)

Murder By Phone 1980 (Movie)

(Music)

Night Games 1980 (Movie)

(Music)

Raise the Titanic 1980 (Movie)

(Music)

Somewhere in Time 1980 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Somewhere in Time 1980 (Movie)

(Music)

Touched By Love 1980 (Movie)

(Music)

Hanover Street 1979 (Movie)

(Music)

Moonraker 1979 (Movie)

("Moonraker") (Song)

Moonraker 1979 (Movie)

(Music)

Saint Jack 1979 (Movie)

("Goldfinger") (Song)

The Black Hole 1979 (Movie)

music director (Music)

The Corn Is Green 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Music

Game of Death 1978 (Movie)

("Will This Be the Song I'll Be Singing Tomorrow") (Song)

Game of Death 1978 (Movie)

music director (Music)

Starcrash 1978 (Movie)

music director (Music)

The Gathering 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Music

When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? 1978 (Movie)

("Four in the Morning") (Song)

The Betsy 1977 (Movie)

(Music)

The Deep 1977 (Movie)

(Music)

Eleanor and Franklin 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Music

King Kong 1976 (Movie)

(Music)

Robin and Marian 1976 (Movie)

(Music)

The White Buffalo 1976 (Movie)

(Music)

Orson Welles' Great Mysteries 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Music

The Day of the Locust 1974 (Movie)

(Music)

The Man With the Golden Gun 1974 (Movie)

(Music)

The Adventurer 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Theme Song

The Dove 1973 (Movie)

(Music)

The Tamarind Seed 1973 (Movie)

(Music)

The Tamarind Seed 1973 (Movie)

("Play It Again") (Song)

A Doll's House 1972 (Movie)

(Music)

Shirley's World 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Music

The Persuaders! 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Music

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 1971 (Movie)

(Music)

Diamonds Are Forever 1971 (Movie)

Music Composed, Conducted and Arranged by (Music)

Follow Me! 1971 (Movie)

(Music)

Mary, Queen of Scots 1971 (Movie)

(Music)

Murphy's War 1971 (Movie)

(Music)

They Might Be Giants 1971 (Movie)

(Music)

Walkabout 1971 (Movie)

(Music)

Monte Walsh 1970 (Movie)

(Music)

The Last Valley 1970 (Movie)

(Music)

Midnight Cowboy 1969 (Movie)

Musical Supervision (Music Supervisor)

On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969 (Movie)

(Music)

Boom! 1968 (Movie)

(Music)

Deadfall 1968 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Deadfall 1968 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Deadfall 1968 (Movie)

(Music Arranger)

Deadfall 1968 (Movie)

(Music)

Petulia 1968 (Movie)

(Music)

The Appointment 1968 (Movie)

("The Appointment") (Song)

The Lion in Winter 1968 (Movie)

music director (Music)

The Dutchman 1967 (Movie)

(Music)

You Only Live Twice 1967 (Movie)

("You Only Live Twice") (Song)

You Only Live Twice 1967 (Movie)

(Music)

The Chase 1966 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

The Chase 1966 (Movie)

(Music)

The Quiller Memorandum 1966 (Movie)

("Wednesday's Child") (Song)

The Quiller Memorandum 1966 (Movie)

(Music)

The Quiller Memorandum 1966 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

The Whisperers 1966 (Movie)

(Music)

Born Free 1965 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Born Free 1965 (Movie)

(Music)

King Rat 1965 (Movie)

(Music)

King Rat 1965 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Mister Moses 1965 (Movie)

(Music)

Mister Moses 1965 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

The Knack... and How to Get It 1965 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

The Knack... and How to Get It 1965 (Movie)

(Music)

The Wrong Box 1965 (Movie)

(Music)

Thunderball 1965 (Movie)

(Music)

Thunderball 1965 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Elizabeth Taylor in London 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

Music

From Russia With Love 1964 (Movie)

(Music)

Goldfinger 1964 (Movie)

(Music)

Seance on a Wet Afternoon 1964 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Seance on a Wet Afternoon 1964 (Movie)

(Music)

The Ipcress File 1964 (Movie)

(Music)

The Man in the Middle 1964 (Movie)

(Music)

Zulu 1964 (Movie)

(Music)

Dr. No 1963 (Movie)

(Theme Song)

Dr. No 1963 (Movie)

(Music)

The L-Shaped Room 1963 (Movie)

(Jazz sequences) (Music)

Never Let Go 1960 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Never Let Go 1960 (Movie)

(Music)

Love Among the Ruins (TV Show)

Music

Sophia Loren in Rome (TV Show)

Music

Svengali (TV Show)

Music

The Glass Menagerie (TV Show)

Music

The War Between the Tates (TV Show)

Music

Willa (TV Show)

Music
Actor (4)

The Big Uneasy 2010 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

The World of James Bond 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

John Barry's Moviola 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Deadfall 1968 (Movie)

Orchestra Conductor (Actor)

Biography

One of the most decorated and respected composers of his generation, John Barry excelled at sweeping scores which added to the unique power of cinema, transporting viewers into the heart of the filmgoing experience. Rising to fame as an influential arranger and composer on the James Bond series, Barry composed 11 soundtracks, creating the soundscape of the Bond universe, which remained instantly recognizable for generations of filmgoers. He went on to achieve even greater cinematic immortality, creating the music and scores for such classics as "Born Free" (1966), "The Lion in Winter" (1968), "Midnight Cowboy" (1969) and "Somewhere in Time" (1980), but he was best remembered for his achingly romantic scores that helped turn "Out of Africa" (1985) and "Dances with Wolves" into such magical, evocative experiences. Over his 50-year career, Barry won a boatload of awards, including five Oscars, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, a Grammy and a Saturn Award, as well as a slew of nominations. Incredibly talented and well respected, Barry helped fuse the connection between modern moviemaking and music, and influenced generations of filmmakers and filmgoers who wept, laughed and loved to his inimitable musical landscapes. When he died in 2011, he had achieved a brilliant professional legacy as well as his own immortality through a life devoted to art and music.

Relationships

Laurie Barry

Wife
Worked for The Hollywood Reporter when they met married from 1978 until his death in 2011 mother of Jonpatrick Barry

Kate Barry

Daughter
born in 1967 mother, Jane Birkin

Jonpatrick Barry

Son
Born Nobermber 3, 1994 mother, Laurie Barry

Jane Birkin

Ex-Wife
Married from 1965-1968

Barbara Pickard

Ex-Wife
Married from 1959-1963

Jack Prendergast

Father
made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1940s died c. 1980

Patrick Prendergast

Brother
Died in an accident in 1985 Barry dedicated the score of "Out of Africa" (1985) to him

Jane Sidey

Ex-Wife
Married from 1969-1971

Milestones

2006

Executive produced the album entitled Here's to the Heroes by the Australian ensemble The Ten Tenors

1992

Earned an Oscar nomination for the music from "Chaplin"

1990

Earned fifth Academy Award for "Dances With Wolves"

1985

Earned another Oscar for his score for "Out of Africa"

1981

Composed the score for the ill-fated Broadway musical "The Little Prince and the Aviator"; show closed in previews without officially opening

1980

Composed the music for "Somewhere in Time"

1977

Earned an Emmy nomination for his music for "Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years" (ABC)

1974

Scored the successful West End show "Billy"

1970

Wrote title theme for the TV series "Shirley's World" (ABC)

1970

Composed the theme for the TV series "The Persuaders!" (ABC)

1968

Composed the music for "Midnight Cowboy"

1968

Won third Academy Award for "The Lion in Winter"

1966

Won two Oscars for his work on "Born Free"

1964

Garnered an Emmy nomination for "Elizabeth Taylor in London" (ABC)

1962

Scored first James Bond film, "Dr. No" (credit goes to Monty Norman)

1960

Composed the music for "Never Let Go"

1959

Worked for EMI records, arranging orchestral accompaniment for the company's recording artists

1959

Wrote first film score for "Beat Girl"

1958

Formed the John Barry Seven; performed back-up for Adam Faith

1942

Began studying piano at age nine

Performed in a military band during military service in Egypt and Cyprus

Bonus Trivia

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Appointed to the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in 1999.

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John Barry composed the title theme for "Dr. No" (1962). Contractually Monty Norman received credit, but the film's director Terrence Young confirmed that Barry indeed was responsible for the music.

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After the success of "Dr. No," Barry scored eleven of the next 14 James Bond films (but with Monty Norman continually credited as the composer).

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In 1988, Barry suffered a ruptured esophagus caused by a health tonic he was ingesting that turned out to be toxic. He underwent a a 13-hour operation to repair the damage.

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