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Also Known As: Jonathan Barry Prendergast, John Barry And His Orchestra Died: January 30, 2011
Born: November 3, 1933 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: York, England, GB Profession: composer, musician, arranger, conductor, projectionist

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One of the most decorated and respected composers of his generation, John Barry excelled at sweeping scores which added to the unique power of cinema, transporting viewers into the heart of the filmgoing experience. Rising to fame as an influential arranger and composer on the James Bond series, Barry composed 11 soundtracks, creating the soundscape of the Bond universe, which remained instantly recognizable for generations of filmgoers. He went on to achieve even greater cinematic immortality, creating the music and scores for such classics as "Born Free" (1966), "The Lion in Winter" (1968), "Midnight Cowboy" (1969) and "Somewhere in Time" (1980), but he was best remembered for his achingly romantic scores that helped turn "Out of Africa" (1985) and "Dances with Wolves" into such magical, evocative experiences. Over his 50-year career, Barry won a boatload of awards, including five Oscars, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, a Grammy and a Saturn Award, as well as a slew of nominations. Incredibly talented and well respected, Barry helped fuse the connection between modern moviemaking and music, and influenced generations of filmmakers and filmgoers who wept, laughed and loved to his inimitable musical...

One of the most decorated and respected composers of his generation, John Barry excelled at sweeping scores which added to the unique power of cinema, transporting viewers into the heart of the filmgoing experience. Rising to fame as an influential arranger and composer on the James Bond series, Barry composed 11 soundtracks, creating the soundscape of the Bond universe, which remained instantly recognizable for generations of filmgoers. He went on to achieve even greater cinematic immortality, creating the music and scores for such classics as "Born Free" (1966), "The Lion in Winter" (1968), "Midnight Cowboy" (1969) and "Somewhere in Time" (1980), but he was best remembered for his achingly romantic scores that helped turn "Out of Africa" (1985) and "Dances with Wolves" into such magical, evocative experiences. Over his 50-year career, Barry won a boatload of awards, including five Oscars, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, a Grammy and a Saturn Award, as well as a slew of nominations. Incredibly talented and well respected, Barry helped fuse the connection between modern moviemaking and music, and influenced generations of filmmakers and filmgoers who wept, laughed and loved to his inimitable musical landscapes. When he died in 2011, he had achieved a brilliant professional legacy as well as his own immortality through a life devoted to art and music.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Big Uneasy, The (2010)
2.
3.
 Deadfall (1968) Orchestra conductor
4.
 The Devil's Mate (1966)
5.
 The House of Cats (1966) The Pimp, see note
6.
 The Dream Maker (1964)
7.
 Street of Sinners (1957) Bartender
8.
10.
 World of James Bond, The (1995) Interviewee
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Milestones close milestones

1943:
Began studying piano at age nine
:
Performed in a military band during military service in Egypt and Cyprus
1958:
Formed the John Barry Seven; performed back-up for Adam Faith
1959:
Wrote first film score for "Beat Girl"
1959:
Worked for EMI records, arranging orchestral accompaniment for the company's recording artists
1960:
Composed the music for "Never Let Go"
1962:
Scored first James Bond film, "Dr. No" (credit goes to Monty Norman)
1964:
Garnered an Emmy nomination for "Elizabeth Taylor in London" (ABC)
1966:
Won two Oscars for his work on "Born Free"
1968:
Won third Academy Award for "The Lion in Winter"
1969:
Composed the music for "Midnight Cowboy"
1971:
Wrote title theme for the TV series "Shirley's World" (ABC)
1971:
Composed the theme for the TV series "The Persuaders!" (ABC)
1974:
Scored the successful West End show "Billy"
1977:
Earned an Emmy nomination for his music for "Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years" (ABC)
1980:
Composed the music for "Somewhere in Time"
1981:
Composed the score for the ill-fated Broadway musical "The Little Prince and the Aviator"; show closed in previews without officially opening
1985:
Earned another Oscar for his score for "Out of Africa"
1990:
Earned fifth Academy Award for "Dances With Wolves"
1992:
Earned an Oscar nomination for the music from "Chaplin"
2006:
Executive produced the album entitled <i>Here's to the Heroes</i> by the Australian ensemble The Ten Tenors
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Notes

Appointed to the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in 1999.

John Barry composed the title theme for "Dr. No" (1962). Contractually Monty Norman received credit, but the film's director Terrence Young confirmed that Barry indeed was responsible for the music.

In 1988, Barry suffered a ruptured esophagus caused by a health tonic he was ingesting that turned out to be toxic. He underwent a a 13-hour operation to repair the damage.

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wife:
Jane Birkin. Actor, singer. Third wife; married in 1966; divorced.
wife:
Laurie Barry. Former reporter. Was working for <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i> when they met; married c. 1976; mother of Barry's son.

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father:
Jack Prendergast. Movie theater owner. Made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1940s; died c. 1980.
brother:
Patrick Prendergast. Older; died in an accident in 1985; Barry dedicated the score of "Out of Africa" to him.
daughter:
Kate Barry. Born in 1967; mother, Jane Birkin.
son:
Jonpatrick Barry. Born on November 3, 1994; mother, Laurie Barry.
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