Henry Mancini

Henry Mancini

Highest Rated: 100% Days of Wine and Roses (1962)

Lowest Rated: 6% Son of the Pink Panther (1993)

Birthday: Apr 16, 1924

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Multiple Oscar and Grammy award-winning composer whose numerous plush, tuneful, often jazzy scores of the 1950s, '60s, '70s and '80s were just as memorable as the films and TV shows for which they were written. Mancini began his career as a pianist-arranger for the Glenn Miller Orchestra under the direction of Tex Beneke after WWII and from 1952 to 1958 worked on more than 100 films as staff composer for Universal Pictures. In 1958 Mancini reached a career-changing landmark when he provided the hard-boiled, jazzy theme for Blake Edwards' "Peter Gunn" TV show. His feature film work, which had began attracting attention with his compositions and adaptation for "The Glenn Miller Story" (1954), also showed increasing maturity that same year with his Latin-accented, percussive score for Orson Welles' classic "Touch of Evil." Mancini won his first two Oscars for the glittery romantic score of Edwards' "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961) and his most famous and oft-quoted composition, the film's theme song, "Moon River." The following year he composed the award-winning and almost-as-famous "Days of Wine and Roses" for the Edwards film of the same name. Mancini would work with Edwards on a total of 27 films, ranging from "The Pink Panther" (1964), whose sly, insinuating theme was another Mancini landmark, through "Victor/Victoria" (1982), which snared the composer yet another Oscar, right up to "Son of the Pink Panther" (1993). Mancini also composed for a wide variety of TV series, including the theme music for "Newhart" and "Remington Steele," miniseries such as "The Thorn Birds" (1983), and specials like the televising of the 1991 Democratic party's presidential candidates debate. His influence in moving scoring from an orchestral and symphonic sound to smaller group arrangements and an alluring blend of jazz and easy listening music was enormously influential and his easy facility across a wide range of popular genres enabled him to remain one of the leading artists in his field right up until the time of his death from cancer at 70.

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Movies

Credit
21% 51% The Pink Panther Original Music $82.2M 2006
87% 80% Kings and Queen Original Music $289.6K 2004
6% 19% Son of the Pink Panther Original Music $2.4M 1993
33% 43% Married to It Original Music $1.8M 1991
No Score Yet 62% Welcome Home Original Music $830.7K 1989
22% 12% Physical Evidence Music $3.5M 1989
58% 45% Lifeforce Original Music - 1985
No Score Yet 73% That's Dancing! Music - 1985
36% 35% Harry and Son Original Music - 1984
29% 24% Curse of the Pink Panther Original Music - 1983
23% 33% Trail of the Pink Panther Original Music - 1982
97% 86% Victor/Victoria Original Music - 1982
40% 35% Back Roads Original Music - 1981
49% 72% Mommie Dearest Original Music - 1981
No Score Yet 41% The Prisoner of Zenda Original Music - 1979
29% 23% Nightwing Original Music - 1979
78% 70% Revenge of the Pink Panther Original Music - 1978
76% 84% The Pink Panther Strikes Again Original Music - 1976
81% 71% Silver Streak Original Music - 1976
No Score Yet 6% Once Is Not Enough Original Music - 1975
84% 82% The Return of the Pink Panther Original Music - 1975
100% 76% Sometimes a Great Notion Original Music - 1970
No Score Yet 73% Me, Natalie Original Music - 1969
82% 88% The Party Original Music - 1968
81% 84% Two for the Road Original Music - 1967
96% 91% Wait Until Dark Original Music - 1967
64% 73% Man's Favorite Sport? Original Music - 1964
94% 87% A Shot in the Dark Original Music - 1964
No Score Yet 52% Carol for Another Christmas Original Music - 1964
No Score Yet 68% Soldier in the Rain Original Music - 1963
89% 78% The Pink Panther Original Music - 1963
94% 92% Charade Original Music - 1963
100% 88% Days of Wine and Roses Original Music - 1962
80% 70% Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation Original Music - 1962
88% 91% Breakfast at Tiffany's Original Music - 1961
No Score Yet 40% Bachelor in Paradise Original Music - 1961
81% 81% Operation Petticoat Original Music - 1959
81% 91% Imitation of Life Original Music - 1959
95% 92% Touch of Evil Original Music - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Joe Dakota Original Music - 1957
100% 70% The Tarnished Angels Original Music - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Six Bridges to Cross Original Music - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Square Jungle Original Music - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Border River Music - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rails Into Laramie Original Music - 1954
No Score Yet 73% Saskatchewan Original Music - 1954
No Score Yet 55% Law and Order Original Music - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tumbleweed Original Music - 1953
79% 54% It Came From Outer Space Original Music - 1953
No Score Yet 89% Has Anybody Seen My Gal? Original Music - 1952

TV

Credit
93% 94% Frasier Al (Guest Voice) 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1974 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Guest 1972

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