Richard M. Sherman

Lyricist, Composer, Screenwriter
Together with his older brother, Robert, songwriter Richard M. Sherman was credited with penning some of the most beloved family-friendly tunes of all time, including the most played song ever, "It's a Small World ... Read more »
Born: 06/12/1928 in New York City, New York, USA


Music (62)

Ant-Man 2015 (Movie)

("It's a Small World") (Song)

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters 2013 (Movie)

("It's A Small World") (Song)

Saving Mr. Banks 2013 (Movie)

("Chim Chim Cher-ee") (Song)

Saving Mr. Banks 2013 (Movie)

Music Consultant (Music)

Captain America: The First Avenger 2011 (Movie)

("Make Way For Tomorrow Today") (Song)

Gnomeo & Juliet 2011 (Movie)

("The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room") (Song)

Winnie the Pooh 2011 (Movie)

("Winnie The Pooh") (Song)

Iron Man 2 2010 (Movie)

("Make Way For Tomorrow Today") (Song)

Bewitched 2005 (Movie)

("Bout Time") (Song)

Pooh's Heffalump Movie 2005 (Movie)

("Winnie the Pooh") (Song)

War of the Worlds 2005 (Movie)

("Hushabye Mountain") (Song)

Around the World in 80 Days 2004 (Movie)

("It's A Small World") (Song)

Piglet's Big Movie 2003 (Movie)

("Winnie The Pooh") (Song)

The Jungle Book 2 2003 (Movie)

("I Wan'na Be Like You") (Song)

The Tigger Movie 2000 (Movie)

songs("The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers" "Someone Like Me" "The Whop-de-Dooper-Bounce" "Pooh's Lullabee" "Round My Family Tree" "How to be a Tigger" "Your Heart Will Lead You Home") (Song)

A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


The Parent Trap 1998 (Movie)

("Let's Get Together") (Song)

Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist 1997 (Movie)

("Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious") (Song)

The Mighty Kong 1997 (Movie)

songs (Song)

The Sound of Julie Andrews 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Beverly Hills Cop III 1994 (Movie)

("The Wonderworld Song") (Song)

The Lion King 1994 (Movie)

("It's a Small World") (Song)

Life With Mikey 1993 (Movie)

("A Spoonful of Sugar") (Song)

Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland 1992 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Radio Flyer 1992 (Movie)

("Cliffhanger II (from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)") (Song)

The Fabulous Baker Boys 1989 (Movie)

("You're Sixteen (You're Beautiful and You're Mine)") (Song)

Troop Beverly Hills 1989 (Movie)

("Tall Paul") (Song)

Gung Ho 1986 (Movie)

("It's a Small World") (Song)

The Magic of Lassie 1977 (Movie)

songs("A Rose Is Not a Rose" "That Hometown Feeling" "Thanksgiving Prayer" "When You're Loved" "There'll Be Other Friday Nights" "Brass Rings and Daydreams" "Travellin' Music" "Nobody's Property" "I Can't Say Goodbye" "Banjo Song") (Song)

The Magic of Lassie 1977 (Movie)


The Slipper and the Rose 1975 (Movie)

songs("Why Can't I Be Two People?" "What Has Love Got to Do With Getting Married?" "Once I Was Loved" "What a Comforting Thing to Know" "Protocoligorically Correct" "A Bride Finding Ball" "Suddenly It Happens" "Secret Kingdom" "He Danced With Me" "She Dan (Song)

The Slipper and the Rose 1975 (Movie)


Charlotte's Web 1973 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Huckleberry Finn 1973 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Huckleberry Finn 1973 (Movie)


Tom Sawyer 1972 (Movie)

Lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Tom Sawyer 1972 (Movie)


Bedknobs and Broomsticks 1971 (Movie)

Music & Lyrics by (Composer)

Snoopy, Come Home 1971 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Snoopy, Come Home 1971 (Movie)


The Aristocats 1970 (Movie)

songs("The Aristocats" "Scales and Arpeggios" "She Never Felt Alone") (Song)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 1968 (Movie)


The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band 1968 (Movie)

songs("The One and Only Genuine Original Family Band" "Dakota" "Drummin' Drummin' Drummin'" "The Happiest Girl Alive" "Oh Benjamin Harrison" "West of Wide Missouri") (Song)

Monkeys Go Home! 1967 (Movie)

songs (Song)

The Jungle Book 1967 (Movie)

songs("Colonel Hathi's March" "I Wanna Be Like You" "Trust In Me" "That's What Friends Are For" "My Own Home") (Song)

Follow Me, Boys! 1966 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Happiest Millionaire 1966 (Movie)

songs (Song)

The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin 1966 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Mary Poppins 1964 (Movie)

songs("Feed the Birds" "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious") (Song)

That Darn Cat 1964 (Movie)

title song (Song)

The Monkey's Uncle 1964 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Summer Magic 1963 (Movie)

songs (Song)

The Misadventures of Merlin Jones 1963 (Movie)

title song (Song)

In Search of the Castaways 1962 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Moon Pilot 1961 (Movie)

songs("True Love's an Apricot" "The Void" "Seven Moons of Beta Lyrae") (Song)

The Absent-Minded Professor 1961 (Movie)

("Medfield Fight Song") (Song)

The Parent Trap 1961 (Movie)

songs("For Now for Always" "Let's Get Together") (Song)

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 1954 (Movie)

("A Whale of A Tale") (Song)

Bristle Face (TV Show)


The Young Loner (TV Show)

Writer (10)

The Magic of Lassie 1977 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Magic of Lassie 1977 (Movie)


The Slipper and the Rose 1975 (Movie)


Huckleberry Finn 1973 (Movie)


Tom Sawyer 1972 (Movie)


For Me and My Gal (Movie)


Four Men and a Prayer (Movie)


In Name Only (Movie)


The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (Movie)


The Way to the Stars (Movie)

(Short Story Author)
Actor (2)

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Dick Van Dyke: Put on a Happy Face 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)



Together with his older brother, Robert, songwriter Richard M. Sherman was credited with penning some of the most beloved family-friendly tunes of all time, including the most played song ever, "It's a Small World (After All)." Born Richard Morton Sherman on June 12, 1928 in New York City, he was the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants Rosa and Al Sherman, a successful Tin Pan Alley songwriter. The family eventually relocated to Los Angeles, where Richard later performed with future composer André Previn at his high school graduation. After completing his college studies, Sherman and his older brother, who had just returned from serving in World War II, began what would be a long and fruitful career as a songwriting team. This was interrupted, however, when the younger Sherman was drafted into the military during the Korean War in 1953. The brothers resumed the partnership upon his return and soon after wrote the song "Tall Paul," which became a hit record for Annette Funicello in 1958. Shortly thereafter, the Sherman brothers began their more than 10-year association with Walt Disney, creating memorable scores for dozens of the company's films. While their first efforts were included in such family features as "The Absent-Minded Professor" (1961) and "The Parent Trap" (1961), the brothers did not truly come into their own until "The Sword and the Stone" (1963), an animated telling of the Arthurian legend. The following year, they enjoyed their greatest success with the lively and infectious score to "Mary Poppins" (1964), for which they shared Oscars for Best Score and Best Song ("Chim Chim Cheree"). Drawing on English music hall traditions, the Shermans composed several hummable melodies, among them, the tongue-twisting classic, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious."


Ursula Gluck Sherman

Married July 6, 1957

Robert B Sherman Song

Born Dec. 19, 1925 Worked with brother on writing the songs from "Mary Poppins" (1964), "The Jungle Book" (1967), "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (1968), "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" (1971), and the theme park song "it's a small world (after all)" Died March 5, 2012

Al Sherman Songwriter


Rosa Sherman


Gregory V Sherman Segment Producer

Co-directed documentary "The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story" (2009) about his father and uncle Robert

Linda Sherman


Victoria Sherman



Bard College

Annandale-on-Hudson , New York 1949

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California 1945



Wrote the song score for "The Tigger Movie"


Wrote songs for the animated "Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland"


Earned another Oscar nomination for the song "When You're Loved" from "The Magic of Lassie"


Co-scripted and scored "The Slipper and the Rose", a retelling of the Cinderella story released by Universal; nominated for Best Scoring and Best Song Academy Awards


Broadway debut as songwriter, "Over Here!", a musical starring Patty and Maxine Andrews


Screenwriting debut, co-wrote Tom Sawyer"; also scored; song score nominated for an Oscar


Earned Academy Award nominations for Best Song and Best Scoring for "Bedknobs and Broomsticks"; last film collaboration with Walt Disney Company


Scored a rare non-Disney film, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"; garnered Oscar nomination for title song


Had biggest screen success with "Mary Poppins"; won two Academy Awards for Best Score and Best Song


First screen credit as songwriter for "The Absent-Minded Professor"; co-written with his brother


Began association with Walt Disney Studios


Co-wrote hit song "Tall Paul" for Annette Funicello


Served in the US Army in Korea

Completed the score for the as yet unreleased animated feature "The Mighty Kong" (lensed 1994-1996)

Formed Music World Publications

Began career as popular composer/lyricist working with brother Robert; wrote "Things I Might Have Been" for Kitty Wells

Bonus Trivia


Sherman and his brother co-wrote the theme for Disney attraction "it's a small world (after all)" for the 1964 New York Worlds' Fair.