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Also Known As: John Alfred Mandel, John Mandel Died:
Born: November 23, 1925 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: composer, conductor, music arranger, music producer, trombonist, trumpeter

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A prolific, versatile American composer with a background in swing and jazz, Mandel has been active in films and TV since the 1950s. He began as a trombonist and trumpet player for a number of bands in the 1940s, working under such notables as Count Basie, Buddy Rich and Jimmy Dorsey, and later proved his gifts as a music arranger for Artie Shaw. Mandel created his first major score for a feature film with the vivid, violent jazz backgrounds underscoring Robert Wise's take on the Barbara Graham capital punishment biopic, "I Want to Live!" (1958). He has worked with such feature directors as Norman Jewison ("The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming" 1966), Hal Ashby (on three films including "The Last Detail" 1973 and "Being There" 1979) and Sidney Lumet ("Deathtrap" and "The Verdict", both 1982). Mandel also won an Oscar for the well-remembered romantic song "The Shadow of Your Smile" from the Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton-Eva Marie Saint triangle "The Sandpiper" (1965).

A prolific, versatile American composer with a background in swing and jazz, Mandel has been active in films and TV since the 1950s. He began as a trombonist and trumpet player for a number of bands in the 1940s, working under such notables as Count Basie, Buddy Rich and Jimmy Dorsey, and later proved his gifts as a music arranger for Artie Shaw. Mandel created his first major score for a feature film with the vivid, violent jazz backgrounds underscoring Robert Wise's take on the Barbara Graham capital punishment biopic, "I Want to Live!" (1958). He has worked with such feature directors as Norman Jewison ("The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming" 1966), Hal Ashby (on three films including "The Last Detail" 1973 and "Being There" 1979) and Sidney Lumet ("Deathtrap" and "The Verdict", both 1982). Mandel also won an Oscar for the well-remembered romantic song "The Shadow of Your Smile" from the Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton-Eva Marie Saint triangle "The Sandpiper" (1965).

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Began career as an arranger as a teenager
1943:
Played trumpet for Joe Venturi
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Switched to the trombone and played with various bands including those led by Jimmy Dorsey, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Artie Shaw and Count Basie
1953:
Moved to L.A.
1955:
Worked as music arranger on the feature, "You're Never Too Young"
1958:
First film score, "I Want to Live!"
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Composed music for "The General Electric Theater" on TV
1965:
Earned a Best Song Academy Award for "The Shadow of Your Smile", the theme from "The Sandpiper"
1966:
Received a second Oscar nomination for the song "A Time for Love" from the film, "An American Dream", again in collaboration with lyricist Paul Francis Webster
1970:
Wrote the score for Robert Altman's "M*A*S*H", including the song "Suicide Is Painless" (used as the theme for the subsequent CBS spin-off series)
1984:
Last feature score for five years, "Gremlins", directed by Joe Dante
1986:
Received first Emmy nomination for his scoring of the TV-movie remake, "A Letter to Three Wives"
1989:
One-shot return to feature film scoring, "Brenda Starr"
1993:
Appeared in the PBS documentary bio, "Shirley Horn, Here's to Life", for which he also served as music producer, arranger and conductor
1994:
Served as a music consultant for the music compilation documentary, "A Great Day in Harlem"
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Education

New York Military Academy: -
Manhattan School of Music: New York , New York -
The Juilliard School: New York , New York -

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cousin:
Miles Goodman. Composer. Died of a heart attack on August 16, 1996 at the age of 47.

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