Duke Ellington

Highest Rated: 100% Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Birthday: Apr 29, 1899
Birthplace: Not Available
African American composer/ musician Duke Ellington was leader of the house band at New York's Cotton Club when talking pictures first gained popularity in 1928-1929. Ellington was one of many performers who showed up in quickie musical short subjects designed to show off the new sound system. He and his band made their feature-film debut in Check and Double Check (30), which starred radio's famed comedy duo Amos 'N' Andy. He was top-lined in such black-oriented "B" pictures as The Duke is Tops (38) and also made guest appearances in such minor musicals as Hit Parade (37), New Faces (37) and Reveille With Beverly (43). Duke Ellington was given his best movie break by director Otto Preminger, who engaged Ellington to write the now-famous jazz score for 1959's Anatomy of a Murder, and also wedged in a brief on-screen cameo for the Duke.

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No Score Yet Big Time Swing Actor 2008
No Score Yet Jazz Giants of the 20th Century Actor 2007
No Score Yet Soundies: A Musical History Hosted by Michael Feinstein Actor 2007
No Score Yet Jazz Legends: Louis Armstrong & Friends Actor 2007
50% Duke Ellington: Reminiscing in Tempo Actor 2006
No Score Yet Swing! Swing! Swing! Actor 2006
No Score Yet Ella Fitzgerald & Other Jazz & Swing Greats Actor 2006
No Score Yet Duke Ellington - Early Tracks From the Master of Swing Actor 2006
No Score Yet Jazz Icons Actor 2006
No Score Yet Big Band - Artie Shaw & Duke Ellington Actor 2006
No Score Yet Sleepytime Down South: Slow and Easy Tracks from the Golden Era of Jazz Actor 2006
No Score Yet Boys are Back in Town: Classic Tracks From the Gentlemen of Jazz Actor 2005
No Score Yet Duke Ellington: The Big Band Feeling Actor 2004
No Score Yet Duke Ellington: Forever Gold Actor 2004
No Score Yet Harlem Renaissance Actor 2004
No Score Yet Duke Ellington: Swinging at His Best Actor 2004
No Score Yet Duke Ellington: In Hollywood: Swing Era Actor 2004
No Score Yet Golden Age Of Jazz Part 1 Actor 2004
No Score Yet Stephane Grappelli: A Life in the Jazz Century Actor 2003
No Score Yet Duke Ellington: Rare Video Footage Actor 2003
No Score Yet Duke Ellington: Memories of Duke Actor 2002
No Score Yet That Old Black Magic Actor 2002
No Score Yet TV's First Music Videos - The Snader Telescriptions Actor 2002
No Score Yet This Joint Is Jumpin' Actor 2001
No Score Yet Duke Ellington: Sacred Concerts Actor 2000
No Score Yet Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 1929-1943 Actor 2000
No Score Yet Lullaby of Harlem Actor 1998
No Score Yet Royal Ellington Concert Actor 1989
No Score Yet Jazz Shorts Actor 1988
No Score Yet Piano Legends Actor 1987
No Score Yet Meet the Band Leaders - 112 Actor 1985
No Score Yet Meet the Band Leaders - 118 Actor 1985
No Score Yet Meet the Band Leaders - 111 Actor 1984
No Score Yet Meet the Band Leaders - 108 Actor 1984
No Score Yet Meet the Band Leaders - 101 Actor 1984
No Score Yet The Sacred Music of Duke Ellington Actor 1982
No Score Yet Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies Actor 1981
No Score Yet All Star Swing Festival 1972 Actor 1972
No Score Yet Tivoli (1969) Actor 1969
No Score Yet Duke Ellington - Tivoli 1969 Actor 1969
No Score Yet On the Road with Duke Ellington Actor 1967
No Score Yet Harold Arlen: An All-Star Tribute Actor 1965
No Score Yet Newport Jazz Festival 1962 Actor 1962
100% Anatomy of a Murder Pie-eye 1959
No Score Yet Jazz Icons: Duke Ellington: Live in '58 Actor 1958
No Score Yet Duke Ellington - The Big Band Feeling Actor 1952
No Score Yet Norman Granz Presents - Improvisation Actor 1950
85% Cabin in the Sky Actor 1943
No Score Yet Reveille with Beverly Specialty 1943
No Score Yet Lullaby of Harlem Actor 1939
No Score Yet Great Jazz Bands of the 30's Actor 1935
No Score Yet Belle of the Nineties Actor 1934
No Score Yet Check and Double Check Actor 1930
No Score Yet Jazz and Jive Actor 1930
No Score Yet Black and Tan Actor 1929
No Score Yet The Duke Ellington Story Actor

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