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Van Dyke Parks

Highest Rated: 92% Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird (1985)

Lowest Rated: 39% Ceremony (2010)

Birthday: Jan 3, 1943

Birthplace: Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA

Although best known for his work as the lyricist on The Beach Boys' legendary magnum opus Smile in 1966-67, Van Dyke Parks went on to a fascinating and varied career that included a string of critically-acclaimed but poor-selling solo albums, film and television work, and an ever-growing cult following. A musical polymath with influences ranging from challenging modern American composer Charles Ives to elfin British folkie Donovan, Parks was among the first rock-era singer-songwriters to prove that it's possible to have a satisfying and long-lasting career while never coming close to the top of the sales charts.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
39% 31% Ceremony Original Music $21.7K 2010
40% 40% Dark Matter Original Music $30.0K 2007
74% 57% Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Original Songs $18.3M 2007
No Score Yet 54% The Adventures of Ociee Nash Original Music - 2003
50% 63% Shadrach Original Music $20.2K 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Summer of Ben Tyler Original Music - 1996
64% 38% The Two Jakes Original Music $9.4M 1990
92% 71% Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird Original Music - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Gift for Heidi Peter (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 71% The Swan George (Character) - 1956

TV

Credit
82% 89% Twin Peaks Jack Racine (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Alcoa Hour Ted (Character) 1956