Johnny Mandel

Composer, Music arranger, Music producer
A prolific, versatile American composer with a background in swing and jazz, Mandel has been active in films and TV since the 1950s. He began as a trombonist and trumpet player for a number of bands in the 1940s ... Read more »
Born: 11/22/1925 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Music (70)

And So it Goes 2014 (Movie)

("The Shadow Of Your Smile") (Song)

Diana Krall and Michael Feinstein 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Song

A Great Day in Harlem 1995 (Movie)

music consultant (Music)

It Could Happen to You 1994 (Movie)

song arranger("Always") (Song)

Brenda Starr 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

Crossing the Bridge 1992 (Movie)

("The Shadow of Your Smile") (Song)

Glengarry Glen Ross 1992 (Movie)

Additional Song Producer (Song)

Jack and Mike 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Music

A Letter to Three Wives 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Music

The Ted Knight Show 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Music

Too Close For Comfort 1980 - 1985 (TV Show)

Music

AfterMASH 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Music

M*A*S*H 1972 - 1983 (TV Show)

Music

Staying Alive 1983 (Movie)

(Music)

Best Friends 1982 (Movie)

song arranger("How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" "Think About Love") (Song)

Deathtrap 1982 (Movie)

(Music)

Lookin' to Get Out 1982 (Movie)

("Lookin' to Get Out") (Song)

Lookin' to Get Out 1982 (Movie)

(Music)

Soup For One 1982 (Movie)

(Music)

The Verdict 1982 (Movie)

(Music)

Caddyshack 1980 (Movie)

(Music)

The Baltimore Bullet 1980 (Movie)

(Music)

Agatha 1979 (Movie)

(Music)

Being There 1979 (Movie)

(Music)

Not Until Today 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Music

Freaky Friday 1976 (Movie)

(Music)

Escape to Witch Mountain 1975 (Movie)

(Music)

W 1974 (Movie)

(Music)

Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams 1973 (Movie)

(Music)

The Last Detail 1973 (Movie)

(Music)

Call Holme 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Music

Molly and Lawless John 1972 (Movie)

(Music)

Journey Through Rosebud 1971 (Movie)

(Music)

M*A*S*H 1970 (Movie)

(Music)

Heaven With a Gun 1969 (Movie)

("A Lonely Place") (Song)

Heaven With a Gun 1969 (Movie)

(Music)

Some Kind of a Nut 1969 (Movie)

(Music)

That Cold Day in the Park 1969 (Movie)

(Music)

The Man Who Had Power Over Women 1969 (Movie)

(Music)

Pretty Poison 1968 (Movie)

(Music)

Point Blank 1967 (Movie)

(Music)

An American Dream 1966 (Movie)

(Music)

An American Dream 1966 (Movie)

("A Time For Love") (Song)

Harper 1966 (Movie)

(Music)

The Sandpiper 1965 (Movie)

(Music)

The Sandpiper 1965 (Movie)

("The Shadow of Your Smile") (Song)

The Americanization of Emily 1964 (Movie)

("Emily") (Song)

The Americanization of Emily 1964 (Movie)

(Music)

The Seven Little Foys 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

Music

The General Electric Theater 1952 - 1962 (TV Show)

Music

The Third Voice 1960 (Movie)

(Music)

I Want to Live! 1958 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

I Want to Live! 1958 (Movie)

(Music)

Assault and Matrimony (TV Show)

Music

Christmas Eve (TV Show)

Music

Evita Peron (TV Show)

Music

Foxfire (TV Show)

Music

LBJ: The Early Years (TV Show)

Music

Shirley Horn, Here's to Life (TV Show)

Music Producer

Shirley Horn, Here's to Life (TV Show)

Music Conductor

Shirley Horn, Here's to Life (TV Show)

Music Arranger

Single Women, Married Men (TV Show)

Music

The Trackers (TV Show)

Music
Actor (3)
Sound (1)

Gremlins 1984 (Movie)

special vocal effects (Sound Effects)

Biography

A prolific, versatile American composer with a background in swing and jazz, Mandel has been active in films and TV since the 1950s. He began as a trombonist and trumpet player for a number of bands in the 1940s, working under such notables as Count Basie, Buddy Rich and Jimmy Dorsey, and later proved his gifts as a music arranger for Artie Shaw. Mandel created his first major score for a feature film with the vivid, violent jazz backgrounds underscoring Robert Wise's take on the Barbara Graham capital punishment biopic, "I Want to Live!" (1958). He has worked with such feature directors as Norman Jewison ("The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming" 1966), Hal Ashby (on three films including "The Last Detail" 1973 and "Being There" 1979) and Sidney Lumet ("Deathtrap" and "The Verdict", both 1982). Mandel also won an Oscar for the well-remembered romantic song "The Shadow of Your Smile" from the Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton-Eva Marie Saint triangle "The Sandpiper" (1965).

Relationships

Miles Goodman

Cousin
died of a heart attack on August 16, 1996 at the age of 47

EDUCATION

The Juilliard School

New York , New York

Manhattan School of Music

New York , New York

New York Military Academy

New York

Milestones

1994

Served as a music consultant for the music compilation documentary, "A Great Day in Harlem"

1993

Appeared in the PBS documentary bio, "Shirley Horn, Here's to Life", for which he also served as music producer, arranger and conductor

1989

One-shot return to feature film scoring, "Brenda Starr"

1986

Received first Emmy nomination for his scoring of the TV-movie remake, "A Letter to Three Wives"

1984

Last feature score for five years, "Gremlins", directed by Joe Dante

1969

Wrote the score for Robert Altman's "M*A*S*H", including the song "Suicide Is Painless" (used as the theme for the subsequent CBS spin-off series)

1966

Received a second Oscar nomination for the song "A Time for Love" from the film, "An American Dream", again in collaboration with lyricist Paul Francis Webster

1965

Earned a Best Song Academy Award for "The Shadow of Your Smile", the theme from "The Sandpiper"

1958

First film score, "I Want to Live!"

1955

Worked as music arranger on the feature, "You're Never Too Young"

1953

Moved to L.A.

1942

Played trumpet for Joe Venturi

Composed music for "The General Electric Theater" on TV

Switched to the trombone and played with various bands including those led by Jimmy Dorsey, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Artie Shaw and Count Basie

Began career as an arranger as a teenager

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