Max Steiner

Composer, Lyricist, Conductor
Child prodigy and former student of Gustav Mahler who began working professionally as a conductor at the age of 16 and became Hollywood's most prolific film composer, allegedly scoring over 250 films. In the US from ... Read more »
Born: 05/10/1888 in Austria

Filmography

Music (295)

A Monster Calls 2016 (Movie)

("King Kong") (Song)

Trolls 2016 (Movie)

("Theme From A Summer Place") (Song)

Beautiful Creatures 2013 (Movie)

("Theme From "A Summer Place"") (Song)

Dark Shadows 2012 (Movie)

("Theme From A Summer Place") (Song)

Hope Springs 2012 (Movie)

("Situation Quiet") (Song)

Micmacs 2010 (Movie)

(Music)

An Education 2009 (Movie)

"Theme From 'A Summer Place'" (Song)

Did You Hear About the Morgans? 2009 (Movie)

("Attack On The Indian Village" From "The Searchers") (Song)

Blind Dating 2007 (Movie)

("Casablanca" Score) (Song)

Lust, Caution 2007 (Movie)

("Intermezzo") (Original Score)

Mr. Woodcock 2007 (Movie)

("A Summer Place") (Song)

P.S. I Love You 2007 (Movie)

("Steps (from Now Voyager)") (Composer)

Surf's Up 2007 (Movie)

"Theme From 'A Summer Place'" (Song)

The Astronaut Farmer 2007 (Movie)

("A Summer Place") (Song)

For Your Consideration 2006 (Movie)

("Julie" from JEZEBEL) (Song)

The Departed 2006 (Movie)

("Sancta Maria" from the film "The Informer") (Music)

The History Boys 2006 (Movie)

("Now Voyager") (Song)

Corpse Bride 2005 (Movie)

("Tara Theme") (Music)

King Kong 2005 (Movie)

("Fanfare No. 1 from Underscore of King Kong, 1933") (Music)

Rumor Has It... 2005 (Movie)

(A Summer Place) (Song)

Blade: Trinity 2004 (Movie)

("Theme From A Summer Place") (Music)

Bad Boys II 2003 (Movie)

("Theme From 'A Summer Place'") (Music)

Angela's Ashes 1999 (Movie)

("Agitato No 1") (Song)

Black Cat, White Cat 1999 (Movie)

("Casablanca") (Song)

Mickey Blue Eyes 1999 (Movie)

("Theme from a Summer Place") (Song)

Molly 1999 (Movie)

("Tara's Theme") (Song)

One Hundred and One Nights 1999 (Movie)

music excerpts (Music)

The Cider House Rules 1999 (Movie)

("King Kong") (Song)

A Civil Action 1998 (Movie)

("Theme from 'A Summer Place'" (instrumental)) (Song)

Selena 1997 (Movie)

("A Summer Place") (Song)

The Neon Bible 1996 (Movie)

song composer("Tara's Theme") (Composer)

Hollywood Sound 1994 (Movie)

music composer (Composer)

Lost in Yonkers 1993 (Movie)

("Now Voyager") (Song)

Wrestling Ernest Hemingway 1993 (Movie)

("A Summer Place") (Song)

Batman 1989 (Movie)

("Theme From a Summer Place") (Music)

Great Balls of Fire 1989 (Movie)

("Tara's Theme") (Song)

UHF 1989 (Movie)

("Tara's Theme") (Music)

When Harry Met Sally... 1989 (Movie)

("Plane Cue and La Marseillaise" from "Casablanca") (Music)

Orphans 1987 (Movie)

("The Charge of the Light Brigade") (Song)

Mr. Love 1986 (Movie)

music extract("Tara Theme") (Music)

My American Cousin 1986 (Movie)

("A Summer Place") (Song)

The Flamingo Kid 1984 (Movie)

("Theme From a Summer Place") (Song)

Running Brave 1983 (Movie)

("Theme From a Summer Place") (Song)

Real Life 1979 (Movie)

("Tara's Theme") (Song)

Angel Number 9 1973 (Movie)

("Now Voyager") (Theme Music)

Play It Again, Sam 1972 (Movie)

(Music)

Friday on My Mind 1969 (Movie)

(Music)

Two on a Guillotine 1965 (Movie)

(Music)

A Distant Trumpet 1963 (Movie)

(Music)

Spencer's Mountain 1963 (Movie)

(Music)

Those Calloways 1963 (Movie)

(Music)

Those Calloways 1963 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Youngblood Hawke 1963 (Movie)

(Music)

A Majority of One 1961 (Movie)

(Music)

Parrish 1961 (Movie)

(Music)

Portrait of a Mobster 1961 (Movie)

(Music)

Rome Adventure 1961 (Movie)

(Music)

Rome Adventure 1961 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Susan Slade 1961 (Movie)

(Music)

The Sins of Rachel Cade 1961 (Movie)

(Music)

Cash McCall 1960 (Movie)

(Music)

Ice Palace 1960 (Movie)

(Music)

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs 1960 (Movie)

(Music)

The Hanging Tree 1959 (Movie)

(Music)

A Summer Place 1958 (Movie)

(Music)

John Paul Jones 1958 (Movie)

(Music)

Marjorie Morningstar 1958 (Movie)

(Music)

The F.B.I. Story 1958 (Movie)

(Music)

All Mine to Give 1957 (Movie)

(Music)

Band of Angels 1957 (Movie)

(Music)

China Gate 1957 (Movie)

(Music)

Darby's Rangers 1957 (Movie)

(Music)

Bandido 1956 (Movie)

(Music)

Come Next Spring 1956 (Movie)

(Music)

Come Next Spring 1956 (Movie)

(Song)

Helen of Troy 1956 (Movie)

(Music)

The Searchers 1956 (Movie)

(Music)

Battle Cry 1955 (Movie)

(Music)

Hell on Frisco Bay 1955 (Movie)

(Music)

Illegal 1955 (Movie)

(Music)

The Last Command 1955 (Movie)

(Music)

The Last Command 1955 (Movie)

("Jim Bowie") (Song)

The McConnell Story 1955 (Movie)

(Music)

King Richard and the Crusaders 1954 (Movie)

(Music)

The Caine Mutiny 1954 (Movie)

(Music)

The Violent Men 1954 (Movie)

(Music)

By the Light of the Silvery Moon 1953 (Movie)

music adaptation (Music)

So Big 1953 (Movie)

(Music)

The Boy From Oklahoma 1953 (Movie)

(Music)

Trouble Along the Way 1953 (Movie)

(Music)

Room For One More 1952 (Movie)

(Music)

The Charge at Feather River 1952 (Movie)

(Music)

The Desert Song 1952 (Movie)

music adaptation (Music)

Operation Pacific 1951 (Movie)

(Music)

Caged 1950 (Movie)

(Music)

Jim Thorpe - All American 1950 (Movie)

(Music)

The Flame and the Arrow 1950 (Movie)

(Music)

The Glass Menagerie 1950 (Movie)

(Music)

Beyond the Forest 1949 (Movie)

(Music)

White Heat 1949 (Movie)

(Music)

Key Largo 1948 (Movie)

(Music)

The Fountainhead 1948 (Movie)

(Music)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948 (Movie)

(Music)

The Voice of the Turtle 1948 (Movie)

(Music)

A Stolen Life 1947 (Movie)

(Music)

Life With Father 1947 (Movie)

(Music)

Pursued 1947 (Movie)

(Music)

The Big Sleep 1946 (Movie)

(Music)

Mildred Pierce 1945 (Movie)

(Music)

Arsenic and Old Lace 1944 (Movie)

(Music)

Passage to Marseille 1944 (Movie)

(Music)

The Adventures of Mark Twain 1944 (Movie)

(Music)

Casablanca 1942 (Movie)

(Original Score)

Mission to Moscow 1942 (Movie)

(Music)

Desperate Journey 1941 (Movie)

(Music)

Now, Voyager 1941 (Movie)

(Music)

Sergeant York 1941 (Movie)

(Music)

City For Conquest 1940 (Movie)

(Music)

They Died With Their Boots On 1940 (Movie)

(Music)

Tugboat Annie Sails Again 1940 (Movie)

(Music)

All This, and Heaven Too 1939 (Movie)

(Music)

Gone With the Wind 1939 (Movie)

musical score (Music)

The Santa Fe Trail 1939 (Movie)

(Music)

Virginia City 1939 (Movie)

(Music)

Dark Victory 1938 (Movie)

(Music)

Dodge City 1938 (Movie)

(Music)

Angels With Dirty Faces 1937 (Movie)

(Music)

Crime School 1937 (Movie)

(Music)

Four Daughters 1937 (Movie)

(Music)

Jezebel 1937 (Movie)

(Music)

White Banners 1937 (Movie)

(Music)

A Star Is Born 1936 (Movie)

(Music)

Lost Horizon 1936 (Movie)

music director (Music)

The Life of Emile Zola 1936 (Movie)

(Music)

Little Lord Fauntleroy 1935 (Movie)

(Music)

The Charge of the Light Brigade 1935 (Movie)

(Music)

The Garden of Allah 1935 (Movie)

(Music)

Alice Adams 1934 (Movie)

("I Can't Waltz Alone") (Song)

Alice Adams 1934 (Movie)

(Music)

Becky Sharp 1934 (Movie)

music director (Music)

Break of Hearts 1934 (Movie)

music director (Music)

I Dream Too Much 1934 (Movie)

music director (Music)

Roberta 1934 (Movie)

music director (Music)

She 1934 (Movie)

(Music)

The Gay Divorcee 1934 (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

Top Hat 1934 (Movie)

music director (Music)

King Kong 1933 (Movie)

music director (Music)

Spitfire 1933 (Movie)

music director (Music)

The Little Minister 1933 (Movie)

(Music)

The Lost Patrol 1933 (Movie)

(Music)

Bed of Roses 1932 (Movie)

(Music)

Christopher Strong 1932 (Movie)

music director (Music)

Morning Glory 1932 (Movie)

(Music)

Topaze 1932 (Movie)

music director (Music)

A Bill of Divorcement 1931 (Movie)

music director (Music)

A Dispatch from Reuters (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

A Kiss in the Dark (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Ace of Aces (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Ace of Aces (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

Ann Vickers (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Ann Vickers (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

Beau Ideal (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Bird of Paradise (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Captains of the Clouds (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Carnival Boat (Movie)

(Songwriter)

Chance at Heaven (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Chance at Heaven (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

Confessions of a Nazi Spy (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Consolation Marriage (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Cracked Nuts (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Daughters Courageous (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Deep Valley (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Diplomaniacs (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Distant Drums (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Dive Bomber (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Dixiana (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

Dixiana (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Double Harness (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

Double Harness (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Down to Their Last Yacht (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

Down to Their Last Yacht (Movie)

(Songwriter)

Down to Their Last Yacht (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Dust Be My Destiny (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Each Dawn I Die (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Fanny Foley Herself (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Fighter Squadron (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Finishing School (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

Finishing School (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

First Lady (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Flying Devils (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

Flying Devils (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Flying Down to Rio (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

Follow the Fleet (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

Follow the Fleet (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Four Mothers (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Four Wives (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Girl Crazy (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

God's Country and the Woman (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Gold Is Where You Find It (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Green Light (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Half-Shot at Sunrise (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

Headline Shooter (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Her Kind of Man (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Hips, Hips, Hooray (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

Hold 'em Jail (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

If I Were Free (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

If I Were Free (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

In This Our Life (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Johnny Belinda (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Lightning Strikes Twice (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Little Orphan Annie (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Lucky Devils (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Man of Two Worlds (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

Mara Maru (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Melody Cruise (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

Mrs. Mike (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

My Girl Tisa (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

My Reputation (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

My Wild Irish Rose (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

No Marriage Ties (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

No Marriage Ties (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Oh, You Beautiful Doll (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

On Moonlight Bay (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

One Foot in Heaven (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

One Man's Journey (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

One More Tomorrow (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Our Betters (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Our Betters (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

Professional Sweetheart (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Professional Sweetheart (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

Rafter Romance (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

Rafter Romance (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Rhapsody in Blue (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Rio Rita (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Rocky Mountain (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Roughly Speaking (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Saratoga Trunk (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Saratoga Trunk (Movie)

(Songwriter)

Secret Service (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Silver River (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Since You Went Away (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Slim (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

So This Is Love? (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Son of Kong (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

South of St. Louis (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Springfield Rifle (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Star of Midnight (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Star of Midnight (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

State's Attorney (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Stingaree (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

Submarine D-1 (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Symphony of Six Million (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

That Certain Woman (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Adventures of Don Juan (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Animal Kingdom (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Beast with Five Fingers (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Cheyenne Kid (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Conquerors (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Conspirators (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Corn Is Green (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Crime Doctor (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Dawn Patrol (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Great Lie (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Iron Mistress (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Letter (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Letter (TV Show)

Music

The Life of Vergie Winters (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Lost Squadron (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Man I Love (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Meanest Gal in Town (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Monkey's Paw (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Monkey's Paw (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

The Most Dangerous Game (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Old Maid (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Penguin Pool Murder (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

The Richest Girl in the World (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

The Right to Romance (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Runaround (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Saddle Buster (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

The Unfaithful (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Woman in White (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The World Moves On (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

They Made Me a Criminal (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Thirteen Women (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

This Man Is Mine (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

This Man Is Mine (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Tomorrow Is Forever (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Tomorrow Is Forever (Movie)

(Songwriter)

Tovarich (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Watch on the Rhine (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

We Are Not Alone (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Winter Meeting (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

The Informer 1934 (Movie)

(Photography)

Biography

Child prodigy and former student of Gustav Mahler who began working professionally as a conductor at the age of 16 and became Hollywood's most prolific film composer, allegedly scoring over 250 films. In the US from 1914, Steiner moved to Hollywood at the beginning of the sound era, working first as a musical director and then a composer, becoming a key innovator in the development of film scoring. His richly orchestrated scores provided the appropriate emotional resonance for films such as "King Kong" (1933), "Gone with the Wind" (1939), "Now Voyager," "Casablanca" (both 1942), "The Big Sleep" (1946) and "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1947). Steiner worked on nearly 20 Bette Davis films and was with RKO and Warner Bros. for most of his career.

EDUCATION

Imperial Academy of Music

finished eight-year course in one year; graduated at age 13

Milestones

1929

First film score, "Rio Rita"

1929

Became musical director for RKO

1914

Emigrated to US; worked on Broadway as conductor and orchestrator for George White, Florenz Ziegfeld and Victor Herbert

1904

Moved to England

Worked as professional conductor at age 16

Bonus Trivia

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Steiner was one of six motion picture composers who were honored in 1999 with a postage stamp.

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