Meredith Willson

Composer, Lyricist, Librettist
Meredith Willson brought his musical talents to a variety of films over the course of his career. Willson worked on a variety of projects during his early entertainment career, including "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" with ... Read more »
Born: 05/18/1902 in Mason City, Iowa, USA

Filmography

Music (20)

Krampus 2015 (Movie)

("It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas") (Song)

A Very Harold & Kumar 3-D Christmas 2011 (Movie)

"It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas" (Song)

The Music Never Stopped 2011 (Movie)

("Till There Was You") (Song)

Sex and the City 2 2010 (Movie)

("Till There Was You") (Song)

Four Christmases 2008 (Movie)

("It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas") (Song)

Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin 2004 (Movie)

("The Great Dictator") (Music)

Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin 2004 (Movie)

("Verspiel Lohengrin") (Music Arranger)

The Polar Express 2004 (Movie)

(It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas) (Song)

Duplex 2003 (Movie)

("It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas") (Song)

The Music Man 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Lyrics

The Music Man 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Music

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion 1997 (Movie)

("Wells Fargo Wagon") (Song)

I Wanna Hold Your Hand 1978 (Movie)

("Till There Was You") (Song)

The Unsinkable Molly Brown 1964 (Movie)

from stage musical (Music)

The Unsinkable Molly Brown 1964 (Movie)

songs (Song)

The Music Man 1961 (Movie)

from musical (Music)

The Music Man 1961 (Movie)

songs (Song)

The Great Dictator 1940 (Movie)

(Music)

The Little Foxes 1940 (Movie)

(Music)
Writer (3)

The Music Man 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Story By

The Music Man 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Source Material

The Music Man 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Book as Source Material

Biography

Meredith Willson brought his musical talents to a variety of films over the course of his career. Willson worked on a variety of projects during his early entertainment career, including "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" with Nancy Allen (1978). In the eighties and the early 2000s, Willson devoted his time to various credits, such as "A Grand Night: The Performing Arts Salute Public Television" (PBS, 1987-88), "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" (1997), "The Other Sister" (1999) starring Juliette Lewis, "Duplex" (2003) and "Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin" (2004) starring Sydney Pollack. In the early 2000s and the 2010s, Willson lent his talents to projects like the Tom Hanks and Michael Jeter blockbuster "The Polar Express" (2004), the Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon box office smash "Four Christmases" (2008), "Sex and the City 2" with Sarah Jessica Parker (2010) and "A Very Harold & Kumar 3-D Christmas" (2011). Willson last provided music for the dramatic adaptation "The Music Never Stopped" (2011) with Lou Taylor Pucci. Willson was married to Elizabeth Willson. Meredith Willson passed away in June 1984 at the age of 82.

Relationships

Rosalie Willson

Mother

Rosemary Sullivan

Wife
Married from 1968 until his death 1984

Elizabeth Willson

Wife

John Willson

Father

Cedric Willson

Brother
played the baritone horn in the John Philip Sousa Band died in 1975

Dixie Willson

Sister
wrote children's books died in 1974

Rini Zarova

Wife
Married from 1948 until her death in 1966

EDUCATION

Damrosch Institute of Musical Art

New York , New York
forerunner of the Juilliard School of Music

Mason City High School

Mason City , Iowa 1919

Milestones

1957

Composed his first Broadway hit, "The Music Man"

1940

Earned an Academy Award nomination for the score for Chaplin's "The Great Dictator"

1939

Became the musical director for NBC

1929

Was appointed conductor of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra

While attending music school in NYC, joined the John Philip Sousa Band as a flutist and piccolo player

Was conductor of the New York Chamber Music Society

Bonus Trivia

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One of Willson's first published songs was "May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You", written as a tribute to his Sunday school teacher mother.

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