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Born: June 21, 1932 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Buenos Aires, AR Profession: composer, conductor, arranger, pianist

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With over 100 film scores and countless TV themes to his credit, Lalo Schifrin ranks as one of the most prolific active contemporary composers. Born and raised in Argentina, he was a child prodigy who first studied with his father, the conductor at the Tetro Colon. In the early 1950s, Schifrin moved to France to attend the Paris Conservatoire, where he study both jazz and classical music. He returned to Argentina and landed his first credit providing the score for "El Jefe" (1954). The following year, Schifrin represented his homeland at the 1955 International Jazz Festival. By the end of the 50s, he had settled in the US and landed a gig as an arranger for bandleader Xavier Cugat.From 1960 to 1962, Schifrin worked as a pianist and composer with jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie's band. Two years later, he moved to Hollywood and began his productive career with the score for "Rhino!" (1964). Schifrin's score, many of which incorporate jazz idioms, have tended to be predominantly for thrillers, social dramas or low comedies ranging from 1967's "Cool Hand Luke" (which earned him the first of his six Oscar nominations) to "Bullitt" (1968) to "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1993). He has also provided the scores...

With over 100 film scores and countless TV themes to his credit, Lalo Schifrin ranks as one of the most prolific active contemporary composers. Born and raised in Argentina, he was a child prodigy who first studied with his father, the conductor at the Tetro Colon. In the early 1950s, Schifrin moved to France to attend the Paris Conservatoire, where he study both jazz and classical music. He returned to Argentina and landed his first credit providing the score for "El Jefe" (1954). The following year, Schifrin represented his homeland at the 1955 International Jazz Festival. By the end of the 50s, he had settled in the US and landed a gig as an arranger for bandleader Xavier Cugat.

From 1960 to 1962, Schifrin worked as a pianist and composer with jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie's band. Two years later, he moved to Hollywood and began his productive career with the score for "Rhino!" (1964). Schifrin's score, many of which incorporate jazz idioms, have tended to be predominantly for thrillers, social dramas or low comedies ranging from 1967's "Cool Hand Luke" (which earned him the first of his six Oscar nominations) to "Bullitt" (1968) to "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1993). He has also provided the scores for a number of Clint Eastwood vehicles, including "The Beguiled" and "Dirty Harry" (both 1971), "Magnum Force" (1973) and "Sudden Impact' (1983).

Schifrin has scored over 60 television productions but is perhaps best remembered for the infectious theme music for "Mission Impossible", which earned him two of his four Grammy Awards. Other notable series themes include "Mannix", "Medical Center", "Planet of the Apes" and "Starsky and Hutch".

Schifrin has recorded and performed with some of the biggest names in jazz from Ella Fitzgerald to Count Basie. He received two Grammy Awards for his jazz compositions and has been particularly interested in marrying jazz stylings with religious presentations. His 1967 oratorio "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" garnered some controversy for incorporating actual speeches by Hitler. Schifrin has guest conducted with symphony orchestras around the world including those in Israel, Argentina, Mexico and Paris as well as throughout the USA.

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 Red Dragon (2002) Conductor
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 Score, The (2002)
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Studied music under his father
1950:
Moved to Paris to stdy classical music
1955:
Represented Argentina at the INternational Jazz Festival
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Worked for stage and TV in Argentina
1957:
Composed first film score for Argentine feature "El Jefe"
1958:
Moved to US
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Worked as arranger for Xavier Cugat
1962:
Joined Dizzy Gillespie's band as pianist and composer
1964:
Moved to Hollywood
1965:
Composed first US film score, "The Cincinatti Kid"
1967:
Received first Oscar nomination for scoring "Cool Hand Luke"
1967:
Appointed director and conductor, Paris Philharmonic
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Taught music composition at UCLA
1980:
Received first Oscar nomination for Best Song for "People Alone" from "The Competition"
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Guest conducted at orchestral symphonies around the world
1998:
Scored "Tango" directed by Carlos Saura
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Education

Paris Conservatoire: -

Notes

Schifrin has received a total of six career Oscar nominations: four for Best Original Music Score, ("Cool Hand Luke" 1967, "The Fox" 1968, "Voyage of the Damned" 1976, "The Amityville Horror" 1979); one for Best Song ("People Alone" from "The Competition" 1980); and one for Best Song Score or Adaptation Score ("The Sting II" 1983).

On his film composing career: "They typecast me. They didn;t trust me with a love story. I was too weird"--Schifrin quoted in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, June 7, 1996

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wife:
Donna Schifrin.

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son:
Ryan Schifrin. Filmmaker.
son:
Will Schifrin.

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