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Also Known As: David Grusin Died:
Born: June 26, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Littleton, Colorado, USA Profession: composer, conductor, arranger, songwriter, musician

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Prolific Hollywood film music composer who began as Andy Williams' accompanist and soon thereafter served as music director for his hit variety show in the 1960s. Grusin got to know the show's producers, Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin, who gave him his first chance to score for features with "Divorce, American Style" (1967). Grusin has subsequently contributed lively, smooth orchestrated music to films by many of Hollywood's leading mainstream directors, including Mike Nichols ("The Graduate" 1967), Robert Mulligan ("The Pursuit of Happiness" 1971, "Clara's Heart" 1988), Mark Rydell ("On Golden Pond" 1981, "For the Boys" 1991), Herbert Ross ("The Goodbye Girl" 1977) and Martin Ritt ("The Front" 1976). He also worked with actor-directors Warren Beatty ("Heaven Can Wait" 1978, "Reds" 1981) and Robert Redford, winning an Oscar for the spirited, Latino-flavored score of Redford's "The Milagro Beanfield War" (1988).

Prolific Hollywood film music composer who began as Andy Williams' accompanist and soon thereafter served as music director for his hit variety show in the 1960s. Grusin got to know the show's producers, Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin, who gave him his first chance to score for features with "Divorce, American Style" (1967). Grusin has subsequently contributed lively, smooth orchestrated music to films by many of Hollywood's leading mainstream directors, including Mike Nichols ("The Graduate" 1967), Robert Mulligan ("The Pursuit of Happiness" 1971, "Clara's Heart" 1988), Mark Rydell ("On Golden Pond" 1981, "For the Boys" 1991), Herbert Ross ("The Goodbye Girl" 1977) and Martin Ritt ("The Front" 1976). He also worked with actor-directors Warren Beatty ("Heaven Can Wait" 1978, "Reds" 1981) and Robert Redford, winning an Oscar for the spirited, Latino-flavored score of Redford's "The Milagro Beanfield War" (1988).

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 Score, The (2002)
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Began as Andy Williams' accompanist
1959:
Was music director for Andy Williams' TV show
1967:
First feature film as composer, "Divorce, American Style"
1975:
First collaboration with producer Sydney Pollack, "The Yakuza"
1976:
Formed music production company with Larry Rosen
1983:
Formed record label, GRP Records Inc., with Rosen
1990:
GRP Records acquired by MCA in March
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Education

University of Colorado: Boulder , Colorado - 1956
Manhattan School of Music: New York , New York - 1959 - 1960

Notes

GRP Records has been voted the Number 1 contemporary jazz label by BILLBOARD magazine two years in a row

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father:
Henri Grusin. Watchmaker. Violinist who played chamber music before Grusin was born.
mother:
Rosabella Grushin. Pianist.
brother:
Don Grusin. Musician. Born on April 22, 1941.

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