Elmer Bernstein

Elmer Bernstein

Highest Rated: 100% A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995)

Lowest Rated: 8% Bulletproof (1996)

Birthday: Apr 4, 1922

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

An extremely prolific composer of more than 100 film scores, Elmer Bernstein was a child prodigy, performing professionally as a dancer and actor and winning several prizes for his painting before gravitating by his own choice to music. Henriette Michelsen, a Juilliard teacher who gave him a scholarship and would guide him in his career as a pianist, had the 12 year-old prodigy play some of his improvisations for Aaron Copland, who in turn selected Israel Citkowski to help further the boy's music education. Bernstein began his concert career in 1939, touring as both a pianist and conductor, only to have it interrupted by World War II. By the time he left the armed services, he had composed the scores for more than 80 radio shows for the Armed Forces Radio Network but returned to the concert stage as a civilian until given the opportunity to write the scores for two programs for United Nations Radio in 1949. These broadcasts caught the attention of Columbia Pictures' vice president Sid Buchman who brought Bernstein to Hollywood to score "Saturday's Hero" (1950).

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic Original Music - 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Twilight Original Music $8.6K 2003
87% 80% Far From Heaven Original Music $15.9M 2002
No Score Yet 74% Chinese Coffee Original Music - 2000
69% 59% Keeping the Faith Original Music $37.0M 2000
73% 70% Bringing Out the Dead Original Music $16.6M 1999
43% 58% The Deep End of the Ocean Original Music $13.4M 1999
59% 30% Twilight Original Music $15.0M 1998
83% 78% John Grisham's The Rainmaker Original Music $45.9M 1997
26% 31% Buddy Original Music $10.0M 1997
43% 65% Hoodlum Original Music $23.5M 1997
8% 44% Bulletproof Original Music $21.3M 1996
33% 41% Search and Destroy Original Music - 1995
92% 70% Devil in a Blue Dress Original Music $15.9M 1995
100% 95% A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies Original Music - 1995
87% 75% The Age of Innocence Original Music $31.9M 1993
71% 78% Lost in Yonkers Original Music $9.1M 1993
74% 77% Cape Fear Original Music $76.4M 1991
100% 54% Rambling Rose Original Music $6.3M 1991
91% 70% The Grifters Original Music $10.1M 1990
98% 92% My Left Foot Original Music $14.5M 1989
50% 29% The Good Mother Original Music $4.6M 1988
45% 67% Three Amigos! Original Music $36.2M 1986
44% 32% Legal Eagles Original Music $47.2M 1986
97% 88% Ghostbusters Original Music $298.5M 1984
42% 50% Airplane II: The Sequel Original Music - 1982
89% 85% An American Werewolf in London Original Music - 1981
88% 79% Stripes Original Music - 1981
66% 67% Heavy Metal Original Music $204.7K 1981
73% 92% The Blues Brothers Original Music - 1980
97% 89% Airplane! Original Music - 1980
72% 57% Meatballs Original Music - 1979
59% 43% Moonraker Non-Original Music - 1979
91% 89% National Lampoon's Animal House Original Music - 1978
83% 88% The Shootist Original Music - 1976
50% 49% The Trial of Billy Jack Music - 1974
44% 57% McQ Original Music - 1974
No Score Yet 25% Gold Music - 1974
No Score Yet 20% Incident on a Dark Street Original Music - 1973
No Score Yet 23% The Magnificent Seven Ride! Original Music - 1972
56% 55% Blind Terror Original Music - 1971
71% 85% Big Jake Original Music - 1971
20% 58% The Bridge at Remagen Original Music - 1969
89% 84% True Grit Original Music - 1969
No Score Yet 44% The Gypsy Moths Original Music - 1969
14% 55% I Love You, Alice B. Toklas Original Music - 1968
70% 56% The Scalphunters Original Music - 1968
83% 81% Thoroughly Modern Millie Original Music - 1967
67% 54% Hawaii Original Music - 1966
No Score Yet 51% The Silencers Original Music - 1966
No Score Yet 50% Cast a Giant Shadow Original Music - 1966
60% 39% Baby, the Rain Must Fall Original Music - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Reward Original Music - 1965
92% 57% The World of Henry Orient Original Music - 1964
No Score Yet 17% The Caretakers Original Music - 1963
82% 86% Love With the Proper Stranger Original Music - 1963
No Score Yet 35% Kings of the Sun Original Music - 1963
94% 95% The Great Escape Original Music - 1963
84% 89% Hud Music - 1963
60% 58% Walk on the Wild Side Original Music - 1962
93% 93% To Kill a Mockingbird Original Music - 1962
91% 84% Birdman of Alcatraz Original Music - 1962
No Score Yet 56% Summer and Smoke Original Music - 1961
No Score Yet 38% By Love Possessed Original Music - 1961
31% 57% From the Terrace Original Music - 1960
89% 88% The Magnificent Seven Original Music - 1960
79% 76% Some Came Running Original Music - 1958
86% 73% The Tin Star Original Music - 1957
98% 92% Sweet Smell of Success Original Music - 1957
84% 87% The Ten Commandments Original Music - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Naked Eye Original Music - 1956
81% 83% The Man With the Golden Arm Original Music - 1955
40% 34% Cat-Women of the Moon Original Music - 1953
92% 84% Sudden Fear Original Music - 1952