Auditioned for Aaron Copland at age 12 (date approximate)
Worked with Glenn Miller and the Army Air Force Band, preparing popular arrangements of American folk songs
Composed first dramatic scores for the Armed Forces Radio Network during World War II; after war scored two programs for United Nations Radio (1949)
Performed as concert pianist in NY, Chicago and Philadelphia
First film as composer, "Saturday's Hero"
Composed opening and closing themes for TV's, "The General Electric Theater"
"The Man with the Golden Arm" established him as one of the foremost composers in Hollywood; reputedly first to use modern jazz integrally in film score
Composed more than twenty film scores and received eight Academy Award nominations
First TV series scoring, "Take 5"
Received Emmy Award for scoring "The Making of the President: 1960" (ABC)
Won Academy Award for Best Original Music Score for "Thoroughly Modern Millie"
Provided 20 seconds of perfect music for John Belushi's vision of God in "The Blues Brothers" (credited as God Music: Elmer Bernstein)
His understated lyrical score graced "My Left Foot"
Accented the repressed passion of Martin Scorsese's "The Age of Innocence"
Scored "Devil in a Blue Dress", starring Denzel Washington
Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame (March 28)
Wrote music for "Bringing Out the Dead"
Scored "Gangs of New York", directed by Scorsese
Scored "Far From Heaven"; received an Oscar nomination