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Also Known As: Died: August 9, 2004
Born: August 4, 1912 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: composer, arranger, conductor, teacher

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Best known for his haunting scores for "Laura" (1944) and the Vincente Minnelli melodramas, "The Bad and the Beautiful" (1944) and "Two Weeks in Another Town" (1962), Raksin began his film career as the music arranger for Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times" (1936). He has also composed for the stage, radio, TV ("Wagon Train", "Life With Father", "Father of the Bride", "Ben Casey" and "Medical Center"), symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles.

Best known for his haunting scores for "Laura" (1944) and the Vincente Minnelli melodramas, "The Bad and the Beautiful" (1944) and "Two Weeks in Another Town" (1962), Raksin began his film career as the music arranger for Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times" (1936). He has also composed for the stage, radio, TV ("Wagon Train", "Life With Father", "Father of the Bride", "Ben Casey" and "Medical Center"), symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles.

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1935:
Entered film as arranger for Charlie Chaplin films
1936:
Wrote first film score, "Dancing Pirate"
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Wrote and narrated radio programs about film music
1956:
Named adjunct professor of music and public administration at USC
1970:
Joined faculty of UCLA, teaching composition
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Education

University of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania - 1934

Notes

Board of directors member to the American Society of Music Arrangers from 1938-58.

Board of directors member for the Screen Composers Association since 1945.

Raksin has served as president of the Composers and Lyricists Guild of America from 1962-70.

He is on the executive committee for the Society of Composers and Lyricists.

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wife:
Joanne Carol Kaiser. Married on September 19, 1959; mother of Alexander and Valentina.

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father:
Isidor Raksin.
mother:
Pauline Raksin.
son:
Richard David Raksin. From first marriage.
son:
Alexander Raksin. From second marriage.
daughter:
Valentina Raksin. From second marriage.
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