Leslie Bricusse

Composer, Lyricist, Screenwriter
A prolific songwriter, composer and lyricist, Leslie Bricusse broke into showbiz right out of Cambridge when Beatrice Lillie chose him to appear with her in her revue "An Evening with Beatrice Lillie" (1954). The London ... Read more »
Born: 01/28/1931 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Music (68)

Grudge Match 2013 (Movie)

("Once In A Lifetime") (Song)

The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 (Movie)

("Goldfinger") (Song)

The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 (Movie)

("The Oompa Loompa Song") (Song)

Ice Age: Continental Drift 2012 (Movie)

("Candy Man") (Song)

Sparkle 2012 (Movie)

("Feeling Good") (Song)

Sparkle 2012 (Movie)

("Feeling Good") (Song)

Repo Men 2010 (Movie)

("Feeling Good") (Song)

Seven Pounds 2008 (Movie)

("Feeling Good") (Song)

Trick 'r Treat 2007 (Movie)

("Can You Read My Mind?") (Song Performer)

Art School Confidential 2006 (Movie)

("Pure Imagination") (Song)

Last Holiday 2006 (Movie)

("Feeling Good") (Song)

Madagascar 2005 (Movie)

("The Candy Man") (Song)

War of the Worlds 2005 (Movie)

("If I Ruled the World") (Song)

Beyond the Sea 2004 (Movie)

("Fabulous Places") (Song)

Little Black Book 2004 (Movie)

("The Candy Man") (Song)

Bruce Almighty 2003 (Movie)

("Oompa-Loompa Doompadee-Doo") (Song)

Bruce Almighty 2003 (Movie)

("The Candy Man") (Song)

Bruce Almighty 2003 (Movie)

("If I Ruled The World") (Song)

40 Days and 40 Nights 2002 (Movie)

("Talking 'bout My Baby (contains 'Macon Hambone Blues')") (Song)

Bully 2001 (Movie)

("Song for Shelter (Talking 'Bout My Baby)") (Song)

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

Song

Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 (Movie)

("In Like Flint") (Song)

Dr. Dolittle 1998 (Movie)

("Talk to the Animals") (Song)

Vegas Vacation 1997 (Movie)

("Once in a Lifetime (from musical 'Stop the World - I Want to Get Off')") (Song)

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

Theme Lyrics

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

lyrics("Clouseau's Anthem") (Theme Lyrics)

Point of No Return 1993 (Movie)

("Feeling Good") (Song)

Tom & Jerry: The Movie 1993 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992 (Movie)

songs("Christmas Star" "Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas") (Song)

Hook 1991 (Movie)

songs("We Don't Wanna Grow Up" "When You're Alone" "Pick'em Up") (Song)

The Taking of Beverly Hills 1991 (Movie)

("Thank You Very Much") (Song)

Home Alone 1990 (Movie)

lyrics("Somewhere in My Memory") (Theme Lyrics)

The Fabulous Baker Boys 1989 (Movie)

("The Candy Man") (Song)

Evening at Pops (07/23/88) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Song

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

Song

Babes in Toyland 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Music

That's Life! 1986 (Movie)

lyrics("Life in a Looking Glass") (Theme Lyrics)

Santa Claus: The Movie 1985 (Movie)

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

Victor/Victoria 1982 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

I'm a Big Girl Now 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Theme Song

Hart to Hart 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Saint Jack 1979 (Movie)

("Goldfinger") (Song)

The Sea Wolves 1979 (Movie)

("The Precious Moment") (Song)

Revenge of the Pink Panther 1978 (Movie)

("Move 'Em Out") (Song)

Superman 1978 (Movie)

("Can You Read My Mind") (Song)

Peter Pan 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Music

Sammy Stops the World 1977 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Sammy Stops the World 1977 (Movie)

(Music)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory 1971 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Scrooge 1970 (Movie)

songs("A Christmas Carol" "I Hate People" "Farver Chri'mas" "See the Pantoms" "Decemebr the Twenty-Fifth" "Happiness" "You...You" "I Like Life" "The Beautiful Day" "Thank You Very Much" "I'll Begin Again") (Song)

Scrooge 1970 (Movie)

(Music)

Goodbye, Mr. Chips 1969 (Movie)

songs("Fill the World With Love" "Where Did My Childhood Go?" "London is London" "And the Sky Smiled" "Apollo" "When I Am Older" "Walk Through the World" "What Shall I Do With Today?" What a Lot of Flowers" "Schooldays" "When I Was Younger" "You and I") (Song)

Salt and Pepper 1968 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Sweet November 1968 (Movie)

title song (Song)

A Guide For the Married Man 1967 (Movie)

music and lyrics(for title song) (Music)

Doctor Dolittle 1967 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Gunn 1967 (Movie)

("I Like the Look") (Song)

You Only Live Twice 1967 (Movie)

lyrics("You Only Live Twice") (Theme Lyrics)

Penelope 1966 (Movie)

lyrics(for song "Penelope") (Theme Lyrics)

Stop the World -- I Want to Get Off 1966 (Movie)

songs("A.B.C. Song" "I Wanna Be Rich" "Gonna Build a Mountain" "Mumbo Jumbo" "Once in a Lifetime" "What Kind of Fool Am I" "Glorious Russian" "Typically Japanese" "All American" "Typically English" "Lumbered" "Malinki Meilchick" "Family Fugue" "Nag Nag Na (Song)

Stop the World -- I Want to Get Off 1966 (Movie)

from musical("Stop the World -- I Want to Get Off") (Music)

Goldfinger 1964 (Movie)

title song (Song)

We Joined the Navy 1962 (Movie)

("Take It From Me") (Song)

Charley Moon 1956 (Movie)

(Music)

In Trouble (TV Show)

Theme Song Performer

Making a Living (TV Show)

Theme Song Performer

Monica Mancini... On Record (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics
Writer (9)

Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Book as Source Material

Stop the World, I Want to Get Off! 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Writer

Bullseye! 1990 (Movie)

original screenplay (Screenplay)

Sunday Lovers 1981 (Movie)

(English segment) (Screenplay)

Scrooge 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Doctor Dolittle 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Stop the World -- I Want to Get Off 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bachelor of Hearts 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Charley Moon 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (4)

Broadway '97: Launching the Tonys 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor
Producer (1)

Scrooge 1970 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

A prolific songwriter, composer and lyricist, Leslie Bricusse broke into showbiz right out of Cambridge when Beatrice Lillie chose him to appear with her in her revue "An Evening with Beatrice Lillie" (1954). The London native had begun to write sketches and songs for Cambridge's famed Footlight Revues, eventually serving as the group's president in 1954.

Relationships

Yvonne Romain

Wife

EDUCATION

University of Cambridge

Cambridge , England 1954
began stage career working on Footlight shows, including "Out of the Blue" and "Lady at the Wheel"; served as secretary in 1953 and was president in 1954; fellow members included Frederic Raphael and Jonathan Miller

Milestones

1998

Wrote book and score for London stage version of "Dr. Dolittle"

1997

"Jekyll and Hyde" opened on Broadway

1996

Final collaboration with Henry Mancini; score for the stage musical adaptation of "Victor/Victoria"

1990

Began working on a stage version of "Jekyll and Hyde"; wrote book and lyrics; music by Frank Wildhorn

1989

Wrote book and score for the musical "Sherlock Holmes"

1982

With Henry Mancini, wrote the song score for "Victor/Victoria"; won second Oscar

1978

Third stage collaboration with Newley, "The Travelling Music Show"

1968

First screen collaboration with composer John Williams, the score for the musical version of "Goodbye, Mr. Chips"

1967

Wrote score for the feature "Doctor Dolittle"; won first Oscar

1966

Adapted the score of "Stop the World..." for the film version

1965

Collaborated with Newley on "The Roar of the Greasepaint--The Smell of the Crowd"

1964

Wrote title song for "Goldfinger" with Newley

1963

Wrote lyrics for the British musical "Pickwick", based on Dickens' "The Pickwick Papers"

1961

First stage collaboration with Anthony Newley, "Stop the World--I Want to Get Off"; wrote book and lyrics and composed music

1956

First screen credit, co-writer of "Charley Moon"; also scored

1954

Appeared in the revue "An Evening with Beatrice Lillie"

1952

First contribution to a Cambridge Footlights show, music and lyrics to "Tip and Run"; also appeared as actor

Bonus Trivia

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Made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in June 2001.

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Bricusse has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards: Best Song ("Talk to the Animals"--for which he received the Oscar) and Best Original Score for "Doctor Dolittle" (1967); Best Score of a Musical Picture for "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" (1969, shared with John Williams); Best Original Song Score (with Ian Fraser and Herbert Spencer) and Best Song ("Thank You Very Much") for "Scrooge" (1970); Best Scoring for "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" (1971); Best Song Score for "Victor/Victoria" (1982, with Henry Mancini--which they won); Best Song Score for "That's Life!" (1986, with Mancini); Best Song ("Somewhere in My Memory") from "Home Alone" (1990, with John Williams); and Best Song ("When You're Alone") from "Hook" (1991, with Williams).

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He has received eight Ivor Novello Awards for film composition.

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