David Raksin

David Raksin

Gender: Male
Known for: Sound
Birthday: 1912-08-04
Deathday: 2004-08-09 (92 years old)

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David Raksin (August 4, 1912 – August 9, 2004) was an American composer who was noted for his work in film and television. With over 100 film scores and 300 television scores to his credit, he became known as the "Grandfather of Film Music." David Raksin was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, to Jewish parents (of Russian heritage). His father was an orchestra conductor. Raksin played professionally in dance bands while attending Central High School of Philadelphia. He went on to study composition with Harl McDonald at the University of Pennsylvania, and later with Isadore Freed in New York and Arnold Schoenberg in Los Angeles. In New York, Raksin worked as an arranger for Harms/Chappell.One of his earliest film assignments was as assistant to Charlie Chaplin in the composition of the score to Modern Times (1936). He is perhaps best remembered for his score for the film Laura (1944). The theme music for the film, "Laura", with the addition of lyrics by Johnny Mercer, became a major hit. During Raksin's lifetime, "Laura" was said to be the second most-recorded song in history following "Stardust" by Hoagy Carmichael and Mitchell Parish.Raksin's theme song "The Bad and the Beautiful" (also called "Love is For the Very Young") for the 1953 film The Bad and the Beautiful (1953) was also a hit, although not as popular as "Laura". Raksin insisted that the song be released as an instrumental, because he had resented having to split the proceeds from "Laura" with a lyricist. Raksin's theme for "The Bad and the Beautiful" was initially disliked by the film's director Vincente Minnelli and producer John Houseman, but was saved from rejection by the intervention of Adolph Green and Betty Comden, who both liked it. The theme has since been praised by Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Rosenman, Richard Rodney Bennett, and Alexander Courage. Sondheim reportedly called it "one of the best themes ever written in films".Raksin also scored the 1958 film Separate Tables, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award.In the 1960s, Raksin wrote the theme song for (and scored the pilot of) the medical drama television series Ben Casey. Later in life, Raksin taught at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles.Raksin died in 2004, aged 92. At the time of his death, it was announced that Raksin had completed his autobiography, titled If I Say So Myself. The book was eventually published under the title The Bad and the Beautiful: My Life in a Golden Age of Film Music.In 2012, he was named for a Lifetime Achievement Award for a Past Film Composer.His son Alex, is a Pulitzer Prize winning editorial writer for the Los Angeles Times.

Filmography

All 83

Movies 82

Self 3

TV shows 1

Interviewee
Bad Boy Made Good: The Revival of George Antheil's 1924 Ballet Mécanique (2003)

Bad Boy Made Good: The Revival of George Antheil's 1924 Ballet Mécanique (2003)

Movie
Self - Composer 'Laura'
Gene Tierney: A Shattered Portrait (1999)

Gene Tierney: A Shattered Portrait (1999)

Movie
Himself - Composer
Ben-Hur: The Making of an Epic (1993)

Ben-Hur: The Making of an Epic (1993)

Movie
Composer
Lady in the Corner (1989)

Lady in the Corner (1989)

Movie
Composer
The Day After (1983)

The Day After (1983)

Movie
6
Composer
Memoirs of a Movie Palace: The Kings of Flatbush (1980)

Memoirs of a Movie Palace: The Kings of Flatbush (1980)

Movie
Composer
The Ghost of Flight 401 (1978)

The Ghost of Flight 401 (1978)

Movie
Composer
The Suicide's Wife (1977)

The Suicide's Wife (1977)

Movie
Composer
Glass Houses (1972)

Glass Houses (1972)

Movie
Composer
What's the Matter with Helen? (1971)

What's the Matter with Helen? (1971)

Movie
self
Great Performances (1971)

Great Performances (1971)

TV show
Composer
The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again (1970)

The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again (1970)

Movie
Composer
Will Penny (1967)

Will Penny (1967)

Movie
Composer
A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966)

A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966)

Movie
Composer
Love Has Many Faces (1965)

Love Has Many Faces (1965)

Movie
Composer
Sylvia (1965)

Sylvia (1965)

Movie
Composer
Invitation to a Gunfighter (1964)

Invitation to a Gunfighter (1964)

Movie
Composer
The Patsy (1964)

The Patsy (1964)

Movie
Composer
Scorpio Rising (1963)

Scorpio Rising (1963)

Movie
6.71
Composer
Night Tide (1963)

Night Tide (1963)

Movie
Composer
Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)

Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)

Movie
Composer
Too Late Blues (1961)

Too Late Blues (1961)

Movie
Composer
Pay or Die! (1960)

Pay or Die! (1960)

Movie
Composer
Al Capone (1959)

Al Capone (1959)

Movie
Music
The Redeemer (1959)

The Redeemer (1959)

Movie
Composer
Separate Tables (1958)

Separate Tables (1958)

Movie
Composer
Twilight for the Gods (1958)

Twilight for the Gods (1958)

Movie
Composer
Until They Sail (1957)

Until They Sail (1957)

Movie
Composer
Gunsight Ridge (1957)

Gunsight Ridge (1957)

Movie
6
Composer
Man on Fire (1957)

Man on Fire (1957)

Movie
Composer
The Vintage (1957)

The Vintage (1957)

Movie
Music
Bigger Than Life (1956)

Bigger Than Life (1956)

Movie
Composer
Hilda Crane (1956)

Hilda Crane (1956)

Movie
Composer
Jubal (1956)

Jubal (1956)

Movie
Composer
The Big Combo (1955)

The Big Combo (1955)

Movie
Composer
Suddenly (1954)

Suddenly (1954)

Movie
Composer
Apache (1954)

Apache (1954)

Movie
4
Composer
The Unicorn in the Garden (1953)

The Unicorn in the Garden (1953)

Movie
Composer
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

Movie
7
Composer
Madeline (1952)

Madeline (1952)

Movie
6
Composer
Carrie (1952)

Carrie (1952)

Movie
Composer
Pat and Mike (1952)

Pat and Mike (1952)

Movie
Original Music Composer
The Girl in White (1952)

The Girl in White (1952)

Movie
Composer
Sloppy Jalopy (1952)

Sloppy Jalopy (1952)

Movie
Composer
The Man with a Cloak (1951)

The Man with a Cloak (1951)

Movie
Composer
Across the Wide Missouri (1951)

Across the Wide Missouri (1951)

Movie
Music
Kind Lady (1951)

Kind Lady (1951)

Movie
1
Composer
The Magnificent Yankee (1950)

The Magnificent Yankee (1950)

Movie
Composer
Right Cross (1950)

Right Cross (1950)

Movie
Composer
A Lady Without Passport (1950)

A Lady Without Passport (1950)

Movie
Composer
Giddyap (1950)

Giddyap (1950)

Movie
Composer
The Next Voice You Hear... (1950)

The Next Voice You Hear... (1950)

Movie
Composer
The Reformer and the Redhead (1950)

The Reformer and the Redhead (1950)

Movie
Composer
Whirlpool (1950)

Whirlpool (1950)

Movie
Composer
Force of Evil (1949)

Force of Evil (1949)

Movie
1
Composer
Apartment for Peggy (1948)

Apartment for Peggy (1948)

Movie
Composer
Fury at Furnace Creek (1948)

Fury at Furnace Creek (1948)

Movie
Composer
Daisy Kenyon (1947)

Daisy Kenyon (1947)

Movie
Original Music Composer
Forever Amber (1947)

Forever Amber (1947)

Movie
Original Music Composer
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)

Movie
Composer
The Homestretch (1947)

The Homestretch (1947)

Movie
Composer
Fallen Angel (1945)

Fallen Angel (1945)

Movie
6
Composer
Don Juan Quilligan (1945)

Don Juan Quilligan (1945)

Movie
Original Music Composer
Where Do We Go from Here? (1945)

Where Do We Go from Here? (1945)

Movie
Orchestrator
Circumstantial Evidence (1945)

Circumstantial Evidence (1945)

Movie
Original Music Composer
Belle of the Yukon (1944)

Belle of the Yukon (1944)

Movie
Original Music Composer
Laura (1944)

Laura (1944)

Movie
5.17
Composer
Tampico (1944)

Tampico (1944)

Movie
Composer
Main Street Today (1944)

Main Street Today (1944)

Movie
Music
City Without Men (1943)

City Without Men (1943)

Movie
Music
The Undying Monster (1942)

The Undying Monster (1942)

Movie
Composer
Dr. Renault's Secret (1942)

Dr. Renault's Secret (1942)

Movie
Music
Why We Fight: Prelude to War (1942)

Why We Fight: Prelude to War (1942)

Movie
Original Music Composer
The Man Who Wouldn't Die (1942)

The Man Who Wouldn't Die (1942)

Movie
3.5
Original Music Composer
On the Sunny Side (1942)

On the Sunny Side (1942)

Movie
Composer
Inflation (1942)

Inflation (1942)

Movie
Composer
Dipsy Gypsy (1941)

Dipsy Gypsy (1941)

Movie
Music
The Gorilla (1939)

The Gorilla (1939)

Movie
2
Original Music Composer
Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939)

Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939)

Movie
5
Original Music Composer
Wings Over Honolulu (1937)

Wings Over Honolulu (1937)

Movie
Music
Midnight Court (1937)

Midnight Court (1937)

Movie
Original Music Composer
The Mighty Treve (1937)

The Mighty Treve (1937)

Movie
Orchestrator
These Three (1936)

These Three (1936)

Movie

Information

Known for
Sound

Gender
Male

Birthday
1912-08-04

Deathday
2004-08-09 (92 years old)

Place of birth
Philadelphia, United States of America

Citizenships
United States of America

Awards
Inkpot Award

Thomas Little
David Raksin
Thomas Little worked together with David Raksin in:
14 Movies
Lyle R. Wheeler
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Lyle R. Wheeler worked together with David Raksin in:
11 Movies
Ben Nye
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Ben Nye worked together with David Raksin in:
8 Movies
Joseph Ruttenberg
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Joseph Ruttenberg worked together with David Raksin in:
7 Movies
Emil Newman
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Emil Newman worked together with David Raksin in:
7 Movies
Otto Preminger
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Otto Preminger worked together with David Raksin in:
6 Movies
Leland Fuller
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Leland Fuller worked together with David Raksin in:
5 Movies
Harry M. Leonard
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Harry M. Leonard worked together with David Raksin in:
5 Movies
Walter M. Scott
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Walter M. Scott worked together with David Raksin in:
5 Movies
Lucien Ballard
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Lucien Ballard worked together with David Raksin in:
5 Movies
Richard Day
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Richard Day worked together with David Raksin in:
5 Movies
Wally Westmore
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Wally Westmore worked together with David Raksin in:
5 Movies
Hal Pereira
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Hal Pereira worked together with David Raksin in:
5 Movies
Charles Schnee
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Charles Schnee worked together with David Raksin in:
5 Movies
Edith Head
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Edith Head worked together with David Raksin in:
5 Movies
Darryl F. Zanuck
David Raksin
Darryl F. Zanuck worked together with David Raksin in:
5 Movies
Roy Roberts
David Raksin
Roy Roberts worked together with David Raksin in:
5 Movies
Cedric Gibbons
David Raksin
Cedric Gibbons worked together with David Raksin in:
5 Movies
Edward B. Powell
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Edward B. Powell worked together with David Raksin in:
4 Movies
Walter Plunkett
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Walter Plunkett worked together with David Raksin in:
4 Movies
Edwin B. Willis
David Raksin
Edwin B. Willis worked together with David Raksin in:
4 Movies
Joseph MacDonald
David Raksin
Joseph MacDonald worked together with David Raksin in:
4 Movies
Louis R. Loeffler
David Raksin
Louis R. Loeffler worked together with David Raksin in:
4 Movies
Robert Bassler
David Raksin
Robert Bassler worked together with David Raksin in:
4 Movies
Armand Deutsch
David Raksin
Armand Deutsch worked together with David Raksin in:
4 Movies
William Tuttle
David Raksin
William Tuttle worked together with David Raksin in:
4 Movies
Alfred Newman
David Raksin
Alfred Newman worked together with David Raksin in:
4 Movies
Dorothy Adams
David Raksin
Dorothy Adams worked together with David Raksin in:
4 Movies
Ray Teal
David Raksin
Ray Teal worked together with David Raksin in:
4 Movies
Franklyn Farnum
David Raksin
Franklyn Farnum worked together with David Raksin in:
4 Movies
Bess Flowers
David Raksin
Bess Flowers worked together with David Raksin in:
4 Movies
John Sturges
David Raksin
John Sturges worked together with David Raksin in:
4 Movies
Frances C. Richardson
David Raksin
Frances C. Richardson worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Harry Jackson
David Raksin
Harry Jackson worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Lewis H. Creber
David Raksin
Lewis H. Creber worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Nellie Manley
David Raksin
Nellie Manley worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Cyril J. Mockridge
David Raksin
Cyril J. Mockridge worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Charles Le Maire
David Raksin
Charles Le Maire worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Bonnie Cashin
David Raksin
Bonnie Cashin worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Roland Anderson
David Raksin
Roland Anderson worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Paul K. Lerpae
David Raksin
Paul K. Lerpae worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Sam Comer
David Raksin
Sam Comer worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Fred Sersen
David Raksin
Fred Sersen worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Richard Wilson
David Raksin
Richard Wilson worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Fred Allen
David Raksin
Fred Allen worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Norman Colbert
David Raksin
Norman Colbert worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Sherry Hall
David Raksin
Sherry Hall worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Robert L. Simpson
David Raksin
Robert L. Simpson worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
William Perlberg
David Raksin
William Perlberg worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Ferris Webster
David Raksin
Ferris Webster worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Sol M. Wurtzel
David Raksin
Sol M. Wurtzel worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Leon Shamroy
David Raksin
Leon Shamroy worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Alma Kruger
David Raksin
Alma Kruger worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Douglas Shearer
David Raksin
Douglas Shearer worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Glenn Langan
David Raksin
Glenn Langan worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Harry Carter
David Raksin
Harry Carter worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
John Hubley
David Raksin
John Hubley worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Cornel Wilde
David Raksin
Cornel Wilde worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Dick Powell
David Raksin
Dick Powell worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Linda Darnell
David Raksin
Linda Darnell worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Gene Tierney
David Raksin
Gene Tierney worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
William Wyler
David Raksin
William Wyler worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Stuart Holmes
David Raksin
Stuart Holmes worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Louis Calhern
David Raksin
Louis Calhern worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
June Allyson
David Raksin
June Allyson worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
George Macready
David Raksin
George Macready worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Max Wagner
David Raksin
Max Wagner worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Jim Backus
David Raksin
Jim Backus worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
J. Farrell MacDonald
David Raksin
J. Farrell MacDonald worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Charles Bickford
David Raksin
Charles Bickford worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
George Chandler
David Raksin
George Chandler worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Ned Glass
David Raksin
Ned Glass worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Barry Kelley
David Raksin
Barry Kelley worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Dana Andrews
David Raksin
Dana Andrews worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
William H. O'Brien
David Raksin
William H. O'Brien worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Alan Napier
David Raksin
Alan Napier worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Morris Ankrum
David Raksin
Morris Ankrum worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Anne Revere
David Raksin
Anne Revere worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
John Carradine
David Raksin
John Carradine worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Charles Bronson
David Raksin
Charles Bronson worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
Ernest Borgnine
David Raksin
Ernest Borgnine worked together with David Raksin in:
3 Movies
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