Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1933-03-14 (88 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, USA

130 Movies · 23 TV shows

Also Known As: Quincy Delight Jones, Jr.

Biography

Quincy Delight Jones Jr. (born March 14, 1933) is an American record producer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, arranger, and film and television producer. His career spans over 60 years in the entertainment industry with a record 80 Grammy Award nominations, 28 Grammys, and a Grammy Legend Award in 1992.Jones came to prominence in the 1950s as a jazz arranger and conductor before moving on to work in pop music and film scores. In 1968, Jones and his songwriting partner Bob Russell became the first African-Americans to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, for "The Eyes of Love" from the film Banning. Jones was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score for his work on the 1967 film In Cold Blood, making him the first African-American to be nominated twice in the same year. In 1971, he became the first African-American to be the musical director and conductor of the Academy Awards ceremony. In 1995, he was the first African-American to receive the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. He has tied with sound designer Willie D. Burton as the second most Oscar-nominated African-American, with seven nominations each.Jones was the producer, with Michael Jackson, of Jackson's albums Off the Wall (1979), Thriller (1982), and Bad (1987), as well as the producer and conductor of the 1985 charity song "We Are the World", which raised funds for victims of famine in Ethiopia. In 2013, Jones was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as the winner, alongside Lou Adler, of the Ahmet Ertegun Award. He was named one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century by Time.

Personal Life

Jones never learned to drive, citing his involvement in a car crash at age 14 as the reason.Jones revealed that Ray Charles introduced him to heroin at 15, but he quit using the drug after he fell down five flights of stairs. He is a believer in astrology. In regard to religion, he stated in February 2018 that he believes in a God that opposes the love of money but dismisses the notion of an afterlife; he holds a negative opinion of the Catholic Church, believing it is built upon the notions of money and "fear, smoke, and murder". Jones claimed to have knowledge of the truth of the Kennedy assassination, stating his belief that mobster Sam Giancana was responsible, as well as outing sexual relationships Marlon Brando had with James Baldwin, Richard Pryor, and Marvin Gaye. In the same interview, Jones stated he dated Ivanka Trump despite expressing disdain for her father. He later apologized for the interview after a family intervention with his six daughters, blaming the things he said on "word vomit".In 1974 Jones suffered a life-threatening brain aneurysm, leading to a decision to reduce his workload to spend time with his friends and family. Since his family and friends believed Jones' life was coming to an end, they started to plan a memorial service for him. He attended his own service with his neurologist by his side, in case the excitement overwhelmed him. Some of the entertainers at his service were Richard Pryor, Marvin Gaye, Sarah Vaughan, and Sidney Poitier.

Early Life

Quincy Delight Jones Jr. was born on the South Side of Chicago on March 14, 1933, the son of Sarah Frances (née Wells), a bank officer and apartment complex manager, and Quincy Delight Jones Sr., a semi-professional baseball player and carpenter from Kentucky. Jones' paternal grandmother was an ex-slave in Louisville, and Jones would later discover that his paternal grandfather was Welsh. With the help of the author Alex Haley in 1972 and Latter-day Saint researchers in Salt Lake City, Jones discovered that his mother's ancestors included James Lanier, a relative of poet Sidney Lanier. Jones said, "He had a baby with my great-grandmother [a slave], and my grandmother was born there [on a plantation in Kentucky]. We traced this all the way back to the Laniers, the same family as Tennessee Williams." Learning that the Lanier immigrant ancestors were French Huguenots who had court musicians among their ancestors, Jones attributed some of his musicianship to them.For the 2006 PBS television program African American Lives, Jones had his DNA tested, and genealogists researched his family history again. His DNA revealed he is mostly African but is also 34% European in ancestry, on both sides of his family. Research showed that he has English, French, Italian, and Welsh ancestry through his father. His mother's side is of West and Central African descent, specifically the Tikar people of Cameroon. His mother also had European ancestry, such as Lanier male ancestors who fought for the Confederacy, making him eligible for membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Among his ancestors is Betty Washington Lewis, a sister of president George Washington.Jones' family moved to Chicago as part of the Great Migration. Jones had a younger brother, Lloyd, who was an engineer for the Seattle television station KOMO-TV until his death in 1998. Jones was introduced to music by his mother, who always sang religious songs, and by his next-door neighbor, Lucy Jackson. When Jones was five or six, Jackson played stride piano next door, and he would listen through the walls. Lucy recalled that after he heard her one day, she could not get him off her piano.When Jones was young, his mother suffered from a schizophrenic breakdown and was admitted to a mental institution. His father divorced his mother and married Elvera Jones, who already had three children of her own named Waymond, Theresa, and Katherine. Elvera and Quincy Sr. later had three children together: Jeanette, Margie, and future U.S. District Judge Richard. In 1943 Jones and his family moved to Bremerton, Washington, where his father got a wartime job at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. After the war, the family moved to Seattle, where Jones attended Garfield High School. In high school, he developed his skills as a trumpeter and arranger. His classmates included Charles Taylor, who played saxophone and whose mother, Evelyn Bundy, was one of Seattle's first society jazz bandleaders. Jones and Taylor began playing music together, and at the age of fourteen, they played with a National Reserve band. Jones has said he got much more experience with music growing up in a smaller city because he otherwise would have faced too much competition.At age 14, Jones introduced himself to 16-year-old Ray Charles after watching him play at the Black Elks Club. Jones cites Charles as an early inspiration for his own music career, noting that Charles overcame a disability (blindness) to achieve his musical goals. He has credited his father's sturdy work ethic with giving him the means to proceed and his loving strength with holding the family together. Jones has said his father had a rhyming motto: "Once a task is just begun, never leave until it's done. Be the labor great or small, do it well or not at all." In 1951, Jones earned a scholarship to Seattle University, where a young Clint Eastwood—also a music major—watched him play in the college band. After one semester, Jones transferred to what is now the Berklee College of Music in Boston on another scholarship. While studying at Berklee, he played at Izzy Ort's Bar & Grille with Bunny Campbell and Preston Sandiford, whom he cited as important musical influences. He left his studies after receiving an offer to tour as a trumpeter, arranger, and pianist with the bandleader Lionel Hampton and embarked on his professional career. On the road with Hampton, he displayed a gift for arranging songs. He moved to New York City, where he received freelance commissions writing arrangements for Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Gene Krupa, and Ray Charles, who was by then a close friend.

Movies & TV shows

2023.

1 Movie
The Color Purple

The Color Purple

2023
An adaptation of a Broadway musical is based on a novel.

2021.

4 Movies
Sergio Mendes: In The Key of Joy

Sergio Mendes: In The Key of Joy

2021
A joyful, cinematic celebration of this singular musical artist, who remains as vital and relevant today as when he exploded on the scene with his group. The film shows the forces that shaped his jour...
You Don't Own Me

You Don't Own Me

2021
There is a plot kept under wraps. In the middle of production.
Like A Rolling Stone: The Life & Times of Ben Fong-Torres

Like A Rolling Stone: The Life & Times of Ben Fong-Torres

2021
Rolling Stone writer and editor Suzanne Joe Kai is the subject of a documentary.
Dionne Warwick: Don't Make Me Over

Dionne Warwick: Don't Make Me Over

2021
The story of the singer's fascinating six-decade career in both music and activism.

2020.

4 Movies
Count Basie: Through His Own Eyes

Count Basie: Through His Own Eyes

2020
Told in Count Basie's own words, this biography sheds light on both the professional and the private life of the world-famous bandleader and pianist who became a jazz icon for his generation.
Jay Sebring....Cutting to the Truth

Jay Sebring....Cutting to the Truth

2020
An illuminating portrait of Sebring, the long-forgotten artist, designer, and entrepreneur who created a billion-dollar hair & beauty industry and defined iconic Hollywood styles for men.
It Must Schwing: The Blue Note Story

It Must Schwing: The Blue Note Story

2020
Blue Note Records was founded by Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff. They had to flee Germany in the late 1930s. Blue Note Records was established in New York.
Fandango at the Wall

Fandango at the Wall

2020
Follow New York City maestro Arturo O’Farrill, Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra founder, to Veracruz, Mexico where he meets up with the masters of a 300-year-old folk music tradition called son jarocho and t...

2019.

7 Movies · 1 TV show
ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke

ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke

2019
This investigation examines the mysterious shooting of soul icon Sam Cooke, whose death silenced one of the most vital voices in the civil rights movement.
David Foster: Off the Record

David Foster: Off the Record

2019
A documentary about David Foster.
TV
Sherman's Showcase

Sherman's Showcase

2019
Travelers can travel through time through music and comedy from the library of the legendary, but fictional, musical variety show called "Sherman's showcase."
The Black Godfather

The Black Godfather

2019
Follows the life of Clarence Avant, the ultimate, uncensored mentor and behind-the-scenes rainmaker in music, film, TV and politics.
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

2019
A visionary, innovator, and originator who embodied the word cool and was related to the life and career of musical and cultural icon Miles Davis.

2018.

5 Movies
The Jazz Ambassadors

The Jazz Ambassadors

2018
This remarkable story of music, diplomacy and race is about the Cold War and Civil Rights. When America asked its greatest jazz artists to travel the world as cultural ambassadors, they faced a dilemm...
Survivor's Guide to Prison

Survivor's Guide to Prison

2018
You are more likely to go to prison in the United States. It should happen to you if you read the Survivors Guide to Prison.
Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones

Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones

2018
“Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones,” is a star-studded evening that celebrates the life and legacy of the icon. In celebration of such a legendary figure, some of the biggest stars came to ...
Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1

Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1

2018
From its unlikely beginnings to its role in disrupting NBA rules, creating sneaker culture, and influencing a social and cultural revolution, Unbanned explores the dynamic life of AJ1. The world was c...
Quincy

Quincy

2018
An intimate look into the life of Quincy Jones. Jones' story is woven into the fabric of America because he is a force unique in music and popular culture for 70 years.

2017.

6 Movies · 1 TV show
Quincy Jones & Friends - Live at Jazz Open Stuttgart

Quincy Jones & Friends - Live at Jazz Open Stuttgart

2017
Quincy Jones put on a show that got a lot of standing applause from the crowd. The musicians of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and the SWR Big Band are about to perform. It is a warm summer's evening...
TV
Carpool Karaoke

Carpool Karaoke

2017
When celebrity duos ride along in a car together as they sing, fans who don't expect to see big stars belting out tunes one lane over are surprised. The segment on The Late Late Show with James Corden...
Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me

2017
The legendary, multi-talented song-and-dance man is the subject of a lot of interviews.
Feel Rich: Health Is the New Wealth

Feel Rich: Health Is the New Wealth

2017
FEEL RICH: HEALTH IS THE NEW WEALTH documents the nascent self-love revolution emerging in urban communities. Narrated by Quincy Jones III, the film features interviews with iconic artists, producers,...
Sandy Wexler

Sandy Wexler

6
2017
When a hapless but dedicated talent manager signs his first client who actually has talent, his career finally starts to take off.
Score: A Film Music Documentary

Score: A Film Music Documentary

2017
Music is often invisible to the audience in films. Many of the art form's most influential practitioners were brought to light by Matt. Some of cinema's most famous soundtracks are explored in 'Score'...

2016.

4 Movies
National Museum of African American History and Culture Grand Opening Ceremony

National Museum of African American History and Culture Grand Opening Ceremony

2016
The grand opening dedication ceremony of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall

Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall

2016
Spike Lee chronicles Michael Jackson's rise to fame.
More Than Jazz

More Than Jazz

2016
A tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland, with Nina Simone, Miles Davis, Etta James, Marvin Gaye, David Bowie, and many more geniuses on tape; a cool Quincy Jones a...
I Go Back Home - Jimmy Scott

I Go Back Home - Jimmy Scott

2016
In I Go Back Home - JIMMY Scott, we meet the German music producer, who takes on the journey to produce a record with the almost forgotten jazz icon, Jimmy Scott, who is publicly unknown, but in infor...

2015.

2 Movies
Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Concert

Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Concert

2015
A tribute concert celebrating Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday will feature performances from Tony Bennett, Harry Connick Jr., Lady Gaga and Juanes.
Kareem: Minority of One

Kareem: Minority of One

2015
The NBA's all-time leading scorer is the subject of a documentary. The film looks at his controversial and landmark moments, his outspoken feelings about race and politics, and the evolution of the ga...

2014.

2 Movies
Keep On Keepin’ On

Keep On Keepin’ On

2014
Eighty-nine year old trumpeting legend Clark Terry has mentored jazz wonders like Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, but Terry’s most unlikely friendship is with Justin Kauflin, a 23-year-old blind piano p...
The Distortion of Sound

The Distortion of Sound

2014
The quality of sound and listening experience has declined over the last two decades. The emotion has been flattened by compressed music, mp3s and streaming. Marketing tricks and convenience are takin...

2013.

4 Movies
Experience Montreux

Experience Montreux

2013
Filmed in high definition 3D, this set brings together the Experience Montreux film plus concert performances from the Montreux Jazz Festival by Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones and the Global Gumbo Al...
Miles Davis with Quincy Jones and the Gil Evans Orchestra: Live at Montreux 1991

Miles Davis with Quincy Jones and the Gil Evans Orchestra: Live at Montreux 1991

2013
This concert from July 8th, 1991 was the last of Miles Davis many appearances at the Montreux Jazz Festival and took place only a few months before his death. Despite a defiant never look back philoso...
Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic

Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic

2013
Mike Epps, Richard Pryor Jr. and others recount the culture-defining influence of Richard Pryor - one of America's most brilliant, iconic comic minds.
Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love

Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love

2013
When Marvin Hamlisch passed away in August 2012 the worlds of music, theatre and cinema lost a talent the likes of which we may never see again. Seemingly destined for greatness, Hamlisch was accepted...

2012.

2 Movies
Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp

Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp

2012
In 'Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp', the life of legendary Chicago pimp Slim is examined. The books explored the world of the ghetto in a way that made him a cultural icon. Chris Rock, Ice-T, and Qu...
Paul Simon - Under African Skies (Graceland 25th Anniversary Film)

Paul Simon - Under African Skies (Graceland 25th Anniversary Film)

2012
Paul Simon returns to South Africa to explore the incredible journey of his historic Graceland album, including the political backlash he received for allegedly breaking the UN cultural boycott of Sou...

2010.

1 Movie
The Greatest Ears in Town: The Arif Mardin Story

The Greatest Ears in Town: The Arif Mardin Story

2010
Arif Mardin is the producer, arranger, musician and multi-Grammy award winner of The Greatest Ears in Town.

2009.

3 Movies
Wheedle's Groove

Wheedle's Groove

2009
During the late 60s and early 70s, and decades before Nirvana, Microsoft and Starbucks put Seattle on the map, Seattle's African American neighborhood known as the Central District was buzzing. The so...
Q: The Man

Q: The Man

2009
Today's top young artists had a role in the lives of Quincy Jones. The Mr are also featured. There are charitable efforts by Jones around the world.
The Jazz Baroness

The Jazz Baroness

2009
The story of a British woman's love for a jazz genius.

2008.

3 Movies
Quincy Jones : 75th Birthday Celebration Live at Montreux

Quincy Jones : 75th Birthday Celebration Live at Montreux

2008
When an artist of the stature of Quincy Jones celebrates his 75th birthday you can be sure it's going to be quite a party. The main concert lasted over two and a half hours and the musicians then spil...
Quincy Jones: Breaking New Sound

Quincy Jones: Breaking New Sound

2008
Documentary about the writing and recording of Quincy Jones' score for Norman Jewison's 1967 film IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT.

2007.

1 Movie
King: Man of Peace in a Time of War

King: Man of Peace in a Time of War

2007
King: Man of Peace in a Time of War shows how Martin Luther King tried to bring peace to people during the turmoil of the Vietnam War. Interviews with Jesse Jackson and Colin Powell are included in th...

2006.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
The One Show

The One Show

2006
A magazine-style daily television programme is broadcasted on the UK's most popular television channel. The programme is hosted by Alex Jones and Matt Baker from Monday to Thursday and Chris Evans on ...
The N Word

The N Word

2006
The film explores the history of the word throughout its inception to present day. Woven into the narrative are poetry, music, and commentary from celebrities about their personal experiences with the...
New Order: The New Order Story

New Order: The New Order Story

2006
Rising from the ashes of the legendary British post-punk unit Joy Division, the enigmatic New Order triumphed over tragedy to emerge as one of the most influential and acclaimed bands of the 1980's, e...

2005.

3 Movies · 3 TV shows
Get Rich or Die Tryin'

Get Rich or Die Tryin'

5.67
2005
A tale of an inner city drug dealer who turned away from crime to pursue his passion.
TV
The Boondocks

The Boondocks

5.67
2005
Robert "Granddad" Freeman moved from the south side of Chicago to the Woodcrest neighborhood when he became legal guardian of his two grandsons. He can enjoy his golden years in safety and comfort. su...
TV
The Colbert Report

The Colbert Report

6.27
2005
The Colbert Report is an American satirical late night television program that airs Monday through Thursday on Comedy Central. It stars political humorist Stephen Colbert, a former correspondent for T...
TV
The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer

The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer

2005
There is a command center for breaking news. CNN's lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer hosts newsmakers and experts to discuss and analyze the stories that are driving today's news in a similar fashion...
Letter to the President

Letter to the President

2005
Narrated By Snoop Dogg- Letter To the President is a feature documentary that showcases the close-knit ties between the Hip Hop Music community and America's social and political policy in the last 30...
Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God

2005
A drama set in the 1920s, where free-spirited Janie Crawford's search for happiness leads her through several different marriages, challenging the morals of her small town. A novel is based on a book....

2004.

3 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
America Beyond the Color Line

America Beyond the Color Line

2004
Henry Louis Gates Jr., Harvard's chair of Afro-American Studies, travels the length and breadth of the United States to take the temperature of black America at the start of the new century. He explor...
TV
Best Week Ever

Best Week Ever

2004
Best Week Ever is a weekly television program on the United States cable/satellite network VH1. It started airing in 2004 and was put on hiatus in the summer of 2009. In January 2010, it was announced...
Michael Jackson - The One

Michael Jackson - The One

2004
Documentary containing interviews with performers discussing the influence that Michael Jackson had on their career, combined with clips from Jackson's music videos.
The World of Nat King Cole

The World of Nat King Cole

2004
Combining rare original archive footage, home movies and authored by 40 intimate interviews with friends and celebrity fans, this feature length film charts Nat "King" Cole's battle with racist 50's A...
Genius. A Night for Ray Charles

Genius. A Night for Ray Charles

2004
A group of artists who have been influenced by Ray's music perform in this concert.

2003.

3 Movies · 2 TV shows
The Making Of 'The Italian Job'

The Making Of 'The Italian Job'

2003
The first part of The Italian Job is called The Great Idea.
TV
The Ellen DeGeneres Show

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

5.15
2003
TheEllenDeGeneres Show is an American television talk show hosted by Ellen Degeneres.
Live and Swingin': The Ultimate Rat Pack Collection

Live and Swingin': The Ultimate Rat Pack Collection

2003
The various members of the Rat Pack performed a collection of songs at the "Frank Sinatra Spectacular".
TV
Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

6.3
2003
Jimmy Kimmel Live! is a late-night talk show on ABC.
Michael Jackson: Number Ones

Michael Jackson: Number Ones

2003
Michael Jackson had fifteen number one hits. "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," "Thriller," "Black or White," and "Blood on the Dancefloor" are some of the songs included.

2002.

3 Movies
The Cosby Show: A Look Back

The Cosby Show: A Look Back

2002
A retrospective of the phenomenally popular 1984-1992 situation comedy, "The Cosby Show," complete with memorable clips, bloopers and comments from series stars, producers and Bill Cosby himself.
Austin Powers in Goldmember

Austin Powers in Goldmember

5.8
2002
The world's most shagadelic spy continues his fight. It is evil. The doctor and his clone, Mini-Me, team up with a new foe. Austin got help from his dad and girlfriend while he was chasing the team of...
It's Black Entertainment

It's Black Entertainment

2002
A star-studded tribute (from the creators of That's Entertainment) to the contributions of Afro-Americans in film over the last century. Vanessa Williams traces the struggles and triumphs of the super...

2001.

1 Movie
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration

Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration

2001
The Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special was held in New York City. On September 7, 2001 and September 10, 2001 it happened. In 2001, CBS aired a two-hour special about Michael Jackson's last yea...

2000.

3 Movies
Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light

Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light

2000
Actor/director Sidney Poitier discusses his life and career. He tells of his upbringing in Jamaica; the difficulties he encountered in New York City at the start of his career; his involvement in the ...
The Smokers

The Smokers

2000
These smokers are definitely bad for your health! A group of outcast prep school girls decide to turn the tables on some obnoxious guys by sexually humiliating them at gunpoint! A black comedy in the ...
Frank Sinatra Memorial

Frank Sinatra Memorial

2000
Frank Sinatra, the greatest entertainer of the 20th century, is remembered by some of the brightest stars in Hollywood in a television memorial which celebrates his life and mourns his passing. Interv...

1999.

2 Movies
Intimate Portrait: Natalie Cole

Intimate Portrait: Natalie Cole

1999
One hour television documentary about the life and career of singer Natalie Cole which originally aired on Lifetime Television in 1998. Includes interviews with Natale Cole, Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones...
Fantasia 2000

Fantasia 2000

6.46
1999
Blending lively music and brilliant animation, this sequel to the original 'Fantasia' restores 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' and adds seven new shorts.

1997.

1 Movie
Steel

Steel

5.2
1997
Justice. The streets are safe. Payback. When a military reject puts new superweapons in dangerous hands, metallurgist John Henry Irons vows to claim them all. Helped by an electronics wiz and an imagi...

1996.

3 Movies
Wayne Shorter: Live at Montreux 1996

Wayne Shorter: Live at Montreux 1996

1996
Wayne Shorter is one of the most significant jazz performers of modern times. He performed as part of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and then Miles Davis' band in the sixties before co-founding Weather ...
Quincy Jones: 50 Years in Music - Live at Montreux

Quincy Jones: 50 Years in Music - Live at Montreux

1996
To celebrate his illustrious 50-year career, legendary music man Quincy Jones calls on some of the biggest names in the business -- including Chaka Khan and Phil Collins -- to join him onstage for thi...
The Phil Collins Big Band - Live at Montreux 1996

The Phil Collins Big Band - Live at Montreux 1996

1996
Phil Collins, with members of his band, together with conductor Quincy Jones and special guests including Tony Bennett, David Sanborn and members of the WDR Big Band, play several of Collins' songs in...

1995.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows
Oscar Peterson: Music in the Key of Oscar

Oscar Peterson: Music in the Key of Oscar

1995
This riveting music documentary traces the history of Jazz piano legend Oscar Peterson, from his early days as Montreal's teenage Boogie-Woogie sensation through his meteoric rise to international cel...
TV
MADtv

MADtv

1
1995
Mad magazine inspired the creation of MADtv, an American sketch comedy television series. The show was on Saturdays on Fox.
TV
In the House

In the House

1995
In the House is an American sitcom
TV
The History of Rock 'n' Roll

The History of Rock 'n' Roll

1995
Chronicles the history of rock 'n' roll music from its origins.

1994.

1 Movie
A Great Day in Harlem

A Great Day in Harlem

1994
Art Kane, now deceased, coordinated a group photograph of all the top jazz musicians in NYC in the year 1958, for a piece in Esquire magazine. Just about every jazz musician at the time showed up for ...

1993.

1 Movie
A Cool Like That Christmas

A Cool Like That Christmas

1993
A funky hip-hop holiday special features a teenage boy who lives in an underprivileged neighborhood.

1991.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Jenny Jones Show

The Jenny Jones Show

1991
Jenny Jones was the host of The Jenny Jones Show. It was distributed by Warner Bros. Television distribution. The show was filmed in Chicago at WMAQ-TV studios.

1990.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
Listen Up: The Lives Of Quincy Jones

Listen Up: The Lives Of Quincy Jones

1990
The extraordinary life of Quincy Jones -- one of the 20th century's most influential and talented composers, musicians and music producers -- provides the basis of this offbeat, free-form documentary ...
Stalingrad

Stalingrad

1990
The eyes of the soldiers and officers on both sides of the war show the pivotal battle of Stalingrad.
The Earth Day Special

The Earth Day Special

1990
The Earth Day Special aired on ABC on April 22, 1990 An all-star cast addressed concerns about global warming and other environmental ills in a two hour special sponsored by Time Warner.
TV
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

6.69
1990
Will, a street-smart teenager, moves from the tough streets of West Philly to posh Bel-Air to live with his Uncle Philip, Aunt Vivian, his cousins, and their sophisticated British butler. Will finds h...

1989.

1 TV show
TV
Life Goes On

Life Goes On

6
1989
Drew, his wife Elizabeth, and their children live in suburban Chicago in the show Life Goes On. Life Goes On was the first show to have a major character with Down syndrome.

1988.

1 Movie
Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues

Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues

1988
Patrick T directed the music documentary. Kelly.

1987.

1 Movie
Bad

Bad

1987
One of five consecutive record-breaking Nos for the first short film. An 18-minute tale of urban and racial challenges was created by Michael Jackson and Martin Scorsese. Rolling Stone named "Bad" the...

1986.

1 Movie
Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes All-Star 50th Anniversary

Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes All-Star 50th Anniversary

1986
Bugs, Daffy, Porky, and the rest of the cartoon characters are discussed by celebrities.

1985.

3 Movies
We Are the World: The Story Behind the Song

We Are the World: The Story Behind the Song

1985
We Are the World: The Story Behind the Song is a documentary which examines how the song was written, how producer Quincy Jones and songwriters Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie persuaded some of the ...
Fast Forward

Fast Forward

1985
A group of dancers from Ohio are in New York to compete in a talent competition. They have to wait a while before they take part in it. They try to survive in the Big Apple and get some lessons about ...
The Color Purple

The Color Purple

2
1985
An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie, an African-American woman living in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. After Celie's abusive father marries her off to the equ...

1983.

1 Movie
Ray Charles: A Man & His Soul

Ray Charles: A Man & His Soul

1983
A special celebrating Ray Charles' 40 years in show business was filmed in the summer of 1983.

1978.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Wiz on Down the Road

Wiz on Down the Road

1978
A short promotional film on the making of “The Wiz” (1978). Includes a brief history of Oz portrayals in film and behind the scenes interviews.
TV
The Kennedy Center Honors

The Kennedy Center Honors

1978
The Kennedy Center honors those in the performing arts for their lifetime of contributions to American culture.
The Wiz

The Wiz

1978
The shy kindergarten teacher was swept away to the magic land of Oz where she embarked on a quest to return to her hometown.

1975.

1 TV show
TV
Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live

6.36
1975
A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying ...

1972.

4 Movies
Killer by Night

Killer by Night

1972
A doctor is trying to find a cure for a disease while a police captain is looking for the killer of a cop.
The Hot Rock

The Hot Rock

1
1972
A group of people plan to steal a diamond from a museum. This is the first time they have to steal it.
The New Centurions

The New Centurions

1972
An idealistic cop joins the LAPD to make ends meet while finishing law school, and is taught by a veteran As a police officer, he loses his family and ambitions.
The Getaway

The Getaway

1
1972
A recently released ex-convict and his wife are on the run after a robbery.

1971.

5 Movies · 1 TV show
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1971
A bank security expert and a call girl plan to rob the safety deposit boxes of three very different criminals from a high-tech bank.
Honky

Honky

1971
A black girl is in love with a white boy.
The Anderson Tapes

The Anderson Tapes

1971
Duke Anderson was just released from jail and was going to rob the entire building. He doesn't know that his every move is being recorded on audio and video, although he is not the subject of any snoo...
Eggs

Eggs

1971
Directed by John and Faith Hubley.
TV
Great Performances

Great Performances

1971
Classical music, opera, popular song, musical theater, dance, drama, and performance documentaries are included in the programming portfolio of the best in the performing arts from across America and ...
Brother John

Brother John

1971
An enigmatic man (Sidney Poitier) returns to his Alabama hometown as his sister is dying of cancer and causes the suspicion of town officials.

1970.

3 Movies
The Out-of-Towners

The Out-of-Towners

1970
A trip to New York for George and Gwen Kellerman turned into a trip to hell.
Last of the Mobile Hot Shots

Last of the Mobile Hot Shots

1970
A married woman is caught between her husband and half-brother.
They Call Me Mister Tibbs!

They Call Me Mister Tibbs!

3.75
1970
A police detective's investigation points to his best friend.

1969.

7 Movies
Of Men and Demons

Of Men and Demons

1969
A man has peace and harmony. His life is interrupted by demons.
The Lost Man

The Lost Man

1969
A group of black militant plan to rob a factory.
John and Mary

John and Mary

1969
John and Mary meet in a singles bar and spend the next day getting to know each other.
Mackenna's Gold

Mackenna's Gold

1969
A bandit kidnapped a marshal who saw a map showing a gold vein on Indian lands, but other groups were also looking for it, while the Apache tried to keep the secret location undisturbed.
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

1969
Bob and Carol are friends with Ted and Alice Henderson. Bob and Carol want their friends to feel the same way after attending a self-help retreat.
Cactus Flower

Cactus Flower

1969
When her middle-aged lover breaks a date with her, she tries to take her own life. Her lover, a dentist, was impressed by her actions, but he was worried about her insistence on honesty. Having fabric...
The Italian Job

The Italian Job

6
1969
There's a job that Charlie has to do. One of his friends tried to get a high risk job in Torino, Italy, right under the nose of the mafia. Charlie took over the job because his friend wasn't very far ...

1968.

6 Movies
The Hell with Heroes

The Hell with Heroes

1968
In 1946 North Africa, two former US Air Force pilots are forced to work for an international smuggler to get money needed for their return to civilian life after fighting in World War II.
For Love of Ivy

For Love of Ivy

1968
The first mainstream Hollywood film to depict a mature romantic relationship between a black man and woman was For Love of Ivy. Jack Parks is a trucking executive who runs an illegal travelling casino...
Jigsaw

Jigsaw

1968
A man wakes up in the middle of a murder plot after accidentally taking some sugar and drugs.
A Dandy in Aspic

A Dandy in Aspic

1968
Alexander Eberlin was assigned by the British to hunt down a Russian spy. Only Eberlin knows that Krasnevin is who he is, and he is on a mission with a partner who discovers his secret.
The Counterfeit Killer

The Counterfeit Killer

1968
A Secret Service agent is posing as a waterfront hit man to catch counterfeiters.
The Split

The Split

1968
A group of people are trying to steal.

1967.

5 Movies · 1 TV show
In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

3.5
1967
After a bungled robbery leads to the brutal murder of a rural family, two drifters evade police in the end coming to terms with their own mortality and the consequences of their vile atrocity.
In the Heat of the Night

In the Heat of the Night

5.08
1967
An African American detective is asked to investigate a murder in a town.
Enter Laughing

Enter Laughing

1967
David Kolowitz, a nice young man living with his parents in New York City in 1938, works at a machine repair shop. His parents want David to study to become a pharmacist. But what he really wants is t...
Ironside

Ironside

1967
Citizens of San Francisco are stunned by the news that Robert Ironside, the city's hard-nosed, tough-talking chief of detectives, has been shot and left for dead while vacationing at his friend the Po...
Banning

Banning

1967
A playboy golf pro who was kicked off the circuit for alleged cheating is forced to work.
TV
Ironside

Ironside

6
1967
Ironside ran on NBC from September 14, 1967 to January 16, 1975. Raymond Burr was a paraplegic Chief of Detectives on the show. Ironside. The character appeared in a TV movie. The show was originally ...

1966.

2 Movies
The Deadly Affair

The Deadly Affair

1966
The apparent suicide of a Foreign Office official is being investigated by a British secret agent. Some officials want Dobbs to drop the case because he thinks the wife of a Nazi camp survivor might h...
Walk Don't Run

Walk Don't Run

6
1966
During the '64 Olympics in Tokyo, Sir William "Bill" Rutland has no place to stay after his hotel reservation was messed up. The Olympics have made everything booked solid. A British woman lived in th...

1965.

4 Movies
Frank Sinatra Spectacular

Frank Sinatra Spectacular

1965
The Rat Pack consisted of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Dean Martin. The special was broadcasted from St. The live performance was shown on a screen in a select group of theaters. The concert w...
Mirage

Mirage

1965
New York City is located in the United States. David Stillwell has a hard time recovering his memories before people try to kill him. Why is he surrounded by murderers?
The Slender Thread

The Slender Thread

1965
A college student is volunteering at a crisis center. A woman calls the number and tells Alan that she needs to talk to someone. She told Alan she took a load of pills and he tried to get help. He lea...
The Pawnbroker

The Pawnbroker

1965
A Jewish pawnbroker who was a victim of Nazi persecution loses all of his faith in his fellow man until he learns of the terrible consequences of his actions.

1961.

1 Movie
The Boy in the Tree

The Boy in the Tree

1961
Göte is a young teen who seems to be at odds with his family and may not know his own mind that well either. Discontented and rebellious, Göte joins up with two mean-spirited game poachers in spite of...

1953.

1 TV show
TV
The Oscars

The Oscars

1953
The film industry is honored at an annual American awards ceremony. The Academy Award of Merit is better known as the Oscar and is given to the various category winners.

Unknown Year.

4 Movies · 2 TV shows
Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time

Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time

Millions of people all over the world love the music of Dave Grusin but most do not realize the full extent of his extraordinary career.
The Ballad of Don Lewis

The Ballad of Don Lewis

“The Ballad of Don Lewis” is an independently produced documentary about a pioneering multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and electronic engineer who utilized his genius to design and create sounds that h...
TV
African American Lives

African American Lives

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the host of African American Lives on PBS. The family histories of prominent African Americans are explored using traditional methods.
TV
Bel-Air

Bel-Air

The Fresh Prince of Bel- Air was re-booted.
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