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|Also Known As:||Hank Mancini,Enrico Nicola Mancini||Died:||June 14, 1994|
|Born:||April 16, 1924||Cause of Death:||complications from liver and pancreatic cancer|
|Birth Place:||Cleveland, Ohio, USA||Profession:||Music ... music arranger pianist composer songwriter orchestra leader music producer TV host piccolo player|
Multiple Oscar and Grammy award-winning composer whose numerous plush, tuneful, often jazzy scores of the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s were often more memorable than 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."
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