Elmer Bernstein (Writer) | Playbill

Elmer Bernstein


Several of his film scores, however, have stood the test of time. The brassy, jazz-inflected soundtracks of "The Sweet Smell of Success" (1957), "Walk on the Wild Side" (1962) and "The Man With the Golden Arm" (1956) are among the most memorable of their era. The thundering, percussive, Western-flavored theme of 1960's "The Magnificent Seven" has been hummed by barflies and trivia buffs for decades (not to mention used in Marlboro cigarette commercials). And most movie fans are familiar with the sweeping orchestrations found in 1956's "The Ten Commandments."

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  • Born: Apr 04, 1922 in New York, New York
  • Death: Aug 18, 2004 in Ojai, California


Tony Award
1983 Best Original Score Nominee
1968 Composer and Lyricist Nominee

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