Henry Mancini


Composer, Music Arranger, Pianist

About

Also Known As
Hank Mancini, Enrico Nicola Mancini
Birth Place
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Born
April 16, 1924
Died
June 14, 1994
Cause of Death
Complications From Liver And Pancreatic Cancer

Biography

Multiple Oscar and Grammy award-winning composer whose numerous plush, tuneful, often jazzy scores of the 1950s, '60s, '70s and '80s were just as memorable as the films and TV shows for which they were written. Mancini began his career as a pianist-arranger for the Glenn Miller Orchestra under the direction of Tex Beneke after WWII and from 1952 to 1958 worked on more than 100 films as s...

Family & Companions

Virginia Mancini
Wife
Singer. Married September 13, 1947; formerly a member of the singing group the Mellolarks.

Bibliography

"Sounds and Scores"
Henri Mancini (1962)

Notes

Named a honorary alumni at UCLA (1974)

He received an honorary doctrate of music from Duquesne University in 1977.

Biography

Multiple Oscar and Grammy award-winning composer whose numerous plush, tuneful, often jazzy scores of the 1950s, '60s, '70s and '80s were just as memorable as the films and TV shows for which they were written. Mancini began his career as a pianist-arranger for the Glenn Miller Orchestra under the direction of Tex Beneke after WWII and from 1952 to 1958 worked on more than 100 films as staff composer for Universal Pictures. In 1958 Mancini reached a career-changing landmark when he provided the hard-boiled, jazzy theme for Blake Edwards' "Peter Gunn" TV show. His feature film work, which had began attracting attention with his compositions and adaptation for "The Glenn Miller Story" (1954), also showed increasing maturity that same year with his Latin-accented, percussive score for Orson Welles' classic "Touch of Evil." Mancini won his first two Oscars for the glittery romantic score of Edwards' "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961) and his most famous and oft-quoted composition, the film's theme song, "Moon River." The following year he composed the award-winning and almost-as-famous "Days of Wine and Roses" for the Edwards film of the same name. Mancini would work with Edwards on a total of 27 films, ranging from "The Pink Panther" (1964), whose sly, insinuating theme was another Mancini landmark, through "Victor/Victoria" (1982), which snared the composer yet another Oscar, right up to "Son of the Pink Panther" (1993). Mancini also composed for a wide variety of TV series, including the theme music for "Newhart" and "Remington Steele," miniseries such as "The Thorn Birds" (1983), and specials like the televising of the 1991 Democratic party's presidential candidates debate. His influence in moving scoring from an orchestral and symphonic sound to smaller group arrangements and an alluring blend of jazz and easy listening music was enormously influential and his easy facility across a wide range of popular genres enabled him to remain one of the leading artists in his field right up until the time of his death from cancer at 70.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Ice Princess (2005)
Performer
Audrey Hepburn: Remembered (1993)
Heavy Petting (1988)
Performer

Music (Feature Film)

Long Shot (2019)
Song
I Am Mother (2019)
Song
The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)
Song
The Front Runner (2018)
Song Performer
The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)
Song Performer
The Front Runner (2018)
Song
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)
Song
American Pastoral (2016)
Song
Battleship (2012)
Song
Paul (2011)
Song
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
Song
The Pink Panther 2 (2009)
Theme Music
In Bruges (2008)
Music Composer
The Wrecking Crew (2008)
Song
The Wrecking Crew (2008)
Song Performer
Two Lovers (2008)
Song
Love and Other Disasters (2007)
Song
The Pink Panther (2006)
Song
The Pink Panther (2006)
Theme Song
The Pink Panther (2006)
Song Performer
Take the Lead (2006)
Song
Elizabethtown (2005)
Song
Ice Princess (2005)
Music
The Longest Yard (2005)
Song
Beyond the Sea (2004)
Song
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
Song Performer
A Hard Straight (2004)
Song
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
Song
Kings and Queen (2004)
Original Music
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)
Music
How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
Song
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)
Song
The Truth About Charlie (2002)
Song
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
Song
The Family Man (2000)
Song Performer
The Family Man (2000)
Song
200 Cigarettes (1999)
Song
Elephant Juice (1999)
Song Performer
Le Derriere (1999)
Music
Condo Painting (1999)
Song ("Mr Lucky")
Mystery Men (1999)
Song
Neil Simon's Odd Couple II (1998)
Song
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Song
Simon Birch (1998)
Song
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Song Performer
Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
Song
A Smile Like Yours (1997)
Song
The Devil's Advocate (1997)
Song
The Real Blonde (1997)
Song
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
Song
A Smile Like Yours (1997)
Song Performer
One Hundred and One Nights (1995)
Music
Dumb & Dumber (1994)
Song
Blake Edwards' Son of the Pink Panther (1993)
Music; Music Orchestrator
Hexed (1993)
Song
Tom & Jerry: The Movie (1993)
Song
Matinee (1993)
Music Composer
The Man Without A Face (1993)
Song
Blake Edwards' Son of the Pink Panther (1993)
Song ("Clouseau'S Anthem")
Tom & Jerry: The Movie (1993)
Music
Never Forget (1991)
Music
Married To It (1991)
Music
Switch (1991)
Music
Switch (1991)
Song
Days of Thunder (1990)
Song
Fear (1990)
Music
Ghost Dad (1990)
Music
Born On The Fourth Of July (1989)
Song
Mother, Mother (1989)
Music
Welcome Home (1989)
Music
Peter Gunn (1989)
Music
Permanent Record (1988)
Song
Physical Evidence (1988)
Music
The Presidio (1988)
Song
Sunset (1988)
Music
Justin Case (1988)
Music
Without A Clue (1988)
Music
The Glass Menagerie (1987)
Music
Heaven (1987)
Song
Heaven (1987)
Song Performer ("Peter Gunn Theme")
If It's Tuesday, It Still Must Be Belgium (1987)
Theme Music
Blind Date (1987)
Song
Blind Date (1987)
Music
No Man's Land (1987)
Song
That's Life! (1986)
Music
That's Life! (1986)
Song
A Fine Mess (1986)
Song
A Fine Mess (1986)
Music
Off Beat (1986)
Song
The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
Song
Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)
Songs ("Thank You Santa" "Every Christmas Eve" "Making Toys" "Patch! Natch")
Porky's Revenge (1985)
Music
Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)
Music
Lifeforce (1985)
Music
Fletch (1985)
Song
That'S Dancing! (1985)
Music
Harry & Son (1984)
Music
Best Defense (1984)
Song
Best Defense (1984)
Song Performer
Angela (1984)
Music
Hotel (1983)
Theme Music
Curse of the Pink Panther (1983)
Song
The Lords of Discipline (1983)
Song
The Right Stuff (1983)
Music Conductor
Better Late Than Never (1983)
Music
The Man who Loved Women (1983)
Music
Curse of the Pink Panther (1983)
Music
Second Thoughts (1983)
Music
The Right Stuff (1983)
Song
Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)
Music
Victor/Victoria (1982)
Song
An Officer And A Gentleman (1982)
Song
Victor/Victoria (1982)
Music
Young Doctors In Love (1982)
Song
Some Kind Of Hero (1982)
Song
Class of 1984 (1982)
Song ("Moon River")
Condorman (1981)
Music
Back Roads (1981)
Song
S.O.B. (1981)
Music
Back Roads (1981)
Music
Mommie Dearest (1981)
Music
A Change of Seasons (1980)
Song
Shadow Box (1980)
Music
A Change of Seasons (1980)
Music
Little Miss Marker (1980)
Music
10 (1979)
Music
Great Santini (1979)
Song ("Moon River")
The Prisoner of Zenda (1979)
Music
10 (1979)
Song
More American Graffiti (1979)
Song
Prisoner in the Street (1979)
Music
Nightwing (1979)
Music
Revenge of The Pink Panther (1978)
Song ("Move 'Em Out")
Revenge of The Pink Panther (1978)
Music
Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978)
Music
A Family Upside Down (1978)
Music
House Calls (1978)
Music
Lifeguard (1976)
Song ("Moon River")
The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
Song
W.C. Fields and Me (1976)
Music
The Big Bus (1976)
Song
Silver Streak (1976)
Music
Alex And The Gypsy (1976)
Music
The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
Music
Silver Streak (1976)
Music Conductor
The Return Of The Pink Panther (1975)
Music
The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)
Music
The White Dawn (1974)
Music
The Sex Symbol (1974)
Song
That's Entertainment! (1974)
Music
99 and 44/100% Dead (1974)
Music
The Parallax View (1974)
Song
The Girl From Petrovka (1974)
Music
The Thief Who Came to Dinner (1973)
Music
Oklahoma Crude (1973)
Music
Visions of Eight (1973)
Music
Sometimes a Great Notion (1971)
Music
The Night Visitor (1971)
Music
Sometimes a Great Notion (1971)
Composer
Sunflower (1970)
Music
The Molly Maguires (1970)
Music
Darling Lili (1970)
Music
The Hawaiians (1970)
Music
Darling Lili (1970)
Composer
Me, Natalie (1969)
Music
Me, Natalie (1969)
Composer
Downhill Racer (1969)
Composer
Gaily, Gaily (1969)
Composer
The Party (1968)
Music
The Party (1968)
Composer
The Brotherhood (1968)
Composer
Two for the Road (1967)
Music
Gunn (1967)
Music
Wait Until Dark (1967)
Music
Wait Until Dark (1967)
Composer
Gunn (1967)
Composer
What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966)
Music
Moment to Moment (1966)
Music
Arabesque (1966)
Music
What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966)
Composer
Moment to Moment (1966)
Composer
The Great Race (1965)
Music
The Great Race (1965)
Composer
Dear Heart (1964)
Music
Man's Favorite Sport? (1964)
Music
The Pink Panther (1964)
Music
A Shot in the Dark (1964)
Music
Dear Heart (1964)
Composer
The Pink Panther (1964)
Composer
Man's Favorite Sport? (1964)
Composer
A Shot in the Dark (1964)
Composer
The Killers (1964)
Composer
A Carol for Another Christmas (1964)
Music
Soldier in the Rain (1963)
Music comp & Conductor
Charade (1963)
Music
Charade (1963)
Composer
Hatari! (1962)
Music Score
Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
Music
Experiment in Terror (1962)
Music
Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962)
Music
Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
Composer
Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962)
Composer
The Great Impostor (1961)
Music
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Music
Bachelor in Paradise (1961)
Music Score
Bachelor in Paradise (1961)
Composer
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Composer
The Second Time Around (1961)
Composer
High Time (1960)
Music
Never Steal Anything Small (1959)
Adapted
Flood Tide (1958)
Music
Touch of Evil (1958)
Music
Summer Love (1958)
Music
Damn Citizen (1958)
Music
Voice in the Mirror (1958)
Music
The Big Beat (1958)
Addl Music
Summer Love (1958)
Composer
Rock, Pretty Baby (1957)
Music
Man Afraid (1957)
Music
Rock, Pretty Baby (1957)
Composer
The Benny Goodman Story (1956)
Addl Music
Six Bridges to Cross (1955)
Composer
Foxfire (1955)
Composer
The Glenn Miller Story (1954)
Music Adapted
The Glenn Miller Story (1954)
Composer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Blake Edwards' Son of the Pink Panther (1993)
Other

Cast (Special)

Frank Sinatra: The Voice (1998)
Interviewee
The Hollywood Soundtrack Story (1995)
Disney's Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra (1993)
A CAPITOL FOURTH -- 1992 (1992)
Disney's Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra (1992)
1992 Grammy Awards (1992)
Presenter
Glenn Miller: America's Musical Hero (1992)
Seriously... Phil Collins (1990)
A Capitol Fourth 1990 (1990)
National Memorial Day Concert (1990)
The Television Academy Hall of Fame (1990)
Performer
The 31st Annual Grammy Awards (1989)
Performer
A Capitol Fourth 1989 (1989)
The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards (1988)
Performer
Santa Claus: The Making of the Movie (1987)
Mancini and Friends (1987)
Whatta Year... 1986 (1986)
The 38th Annual Emmy Awards (1986)
Performer
A Capitol Fourth -- 1986 (1986)
100 Years of Golden Hits (1981)
100 Years of America's Popular Music (1981)
Perry Como's Music From Hollywood (1977)
Play It Again, Uncle Sam (1975)
Monsanto Presents Mancini (1971)
Host
Monsanto Presents Mancini (1971)
Host
Monsanto Presents Mancini (1971)
Host

Music (Special)

Victor/Victoria (2000)
Music ("Paris By Night" "If I Were A Man" "Le Jazz Hot" "The Tango" "Paris Makes Me Horny" "Crazy World" "King'S Dilemma" "Apache" "You & Me" "Almost A Love Song" "Chicago. Illinois")
Monica Mancini... On Record (1998)
Music ("Moon River" "The Days Of Wine And Roses" "Charade" "Two For The Road" "Slow Hot Wind" "Whistling Away The Dark" "Crazy World" "Moment To Moment" "Dear Heart" "Music On The Way" "Dreamsville")
Julie Andrews: Back on Broadway (1995)
Music
A CAPITOL FOURTH (1994)
Music
100 Years of the Hollywood Western (1994)
Music Conductor
100 Years of the Hollywood Western (1994)
Music
Disney's Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra (1992)
Music Conductor
A CAPITOL FOURTH -- 1992 (1992)
Music Conductor
The Democrats: A Presidential Debate (1991)
Decision 92 Theme Music
National Memorial Day Concert (1990)
Music
The 75th Anniversary of Beverly Hills (1989)
Theme Music
A Capitol Fourth 1989 (1989)
Music
A Capitol Fourth 1989 (1989)
Music Conductor
Mancini and Friends (1987)
Song Performer
The Music Makers: An ASCAP Celebration of American Music at Wolf Trap (1987)
Song Performer
Santa Claus: The Making of the Movie (1987)
Music
Circus (1987)
Music
Mancini and Friends (1987)
Song
Santa Claus: The Making of the Movie (1987)
Song
Mancini and Friends (1987)
Music Conductor
A Capitol Fourth -- 1986 (1986)
Music
Co-Ed Fever (1979)
Music
Co-Ed Fever (1979)
Theme Song Lyrics ("Dear Mom And Dad")
Ann-Margret -- When You're Smiling (1973)
Music
Monsanto Presents Mancini (1971)
Music Director
Monsanto Presents Mancini (1971)
Music Director
Monsanto Presents Mancini (1971)
Music Director

Music (TV Mini-Series)

The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years (1996)
Original Score
The Best Place to Be (1979)
Music
Moneychangers (1976)
Music

Life Events

1946

Joined Glenn Miller Band (under direction of Tex Beneke) as pianist and arranger

1952

First film work, as uncredited arranger on the Abbott and Costello comedy, "Lost in Alaska"

1954

Received first Oscar nomination, for "Best Scoring of a Musical Picture", for "The Glenn Miller Story"

1954

First film credit for title song, "Six Bridges to Cross" and for music adaptation and song, "The Glenn Miller Story"

1958

Created now-classic theme for TV detective series, "Peter Gunn"; also first notable TV composition and first collaboration with writer-director Blake Edwards

1959

Became an RCA recording artist

1960

Association with Universal ended with his work on the film, "The Great Imposter"

1960

First of 27 feature collaborations with writer-producer-director Blake Edwards, "High Time"

1971

Hosted and served as music director for three syndicated TV specials highlighting his compositions, "Monsanto Presents Mancini"

1976

Composed music for first TV miniseries, "Arthur Hailey's 'The Moneychangers'"

1977

Composed music for the NBC TV series, "Kingston: Confidential"

1983

Last original theme music composition for a TV series, the ABC anthology drama, "Hotel"

1986

Received last of 18 Oscar nominations, in the category of "Best Song", for the title tune of Blake Edwards's comedy, "That's Life"

1987

Career feted on the PBS variety show, "Mancini and Friends"

1991

Last TV theme music composition, "Democrats: A Presidential Debate"

1992

Composed music for the syndicated revival of the game show, "Tic Tac Dough"

1993

Last feature film credit as well as last feature collaboration with Blake Edwards, "Son of the Pink Panther"

1993

Last major TV appearance, on the Disney Channel's variety concert special, "Disney's Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra"

1994

Began undergoing treatments for blood clots and cancer

1994

Made one of last public appearances on April 19 at gala celebrating his 70th birthday at the Pauley Pavilion at UCLA

1995

Made Broadway debut as composer (posthumously) with Blake Edwards' stage version of "Victor/Victoria"

Videos

Movie Clip

Pink Panther Strikes Again, The - 40 Winks Satisfied that man-servant Cato (Burt Kwouk) is not lurking, and unaware of Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) stalking from downstairs, Clouseau (Peter Sellers) settles in for a nap in The Pink Panther Strikes Again 1976.
10 -- (1979) - The Very Best Of Men Must Roam Headed home through Beverly Hills, top Hollywood composer George (Dudley Moore), listening his movie star girlfriend (Julie Andrews, wife of writer-director Blake Edwards, as Samantha) performing a song he presumably wrote (though it’s actually an original by Henry Mancini and Robert Wells), discovers the title character (Bo Derek), and a cop (Bill Lucking), in 10, 1979.
10 -- (1979) - How Do You Feel About 42? Opening director Blake Edwards’ original screenplay, Dudley Moore in his breakthrough role, as illustrious Hollywood composer George, feted at the Malibu home of his professional partner Hugh (Robert Webber), with his long-term significant other, Julie Andrews as Samantha, in 10, 1979, co-starring Bo Derek.
Party, The (1968) - Hors'douvres, Sir? Hrundi V. Bakshi (Peter Sellers), invited by mistake to a posh Hollywood shindig, attempts to clean his muddy shoe, in Blake Edwards' The Party, 1968.
Party, The (1968) - Chicken There's help from a drunken waiter (Steve Franken) but mostly it's Hrundi V. Bakshi (Peter Sellers), the accidentally-invited Indian actor, who makes big trouble with a roast chicken in Blake Edwards' The Party, 1968.
Party, The (1968) - Son Of Gunga Din Opening sequence from Blake Edwards' The Party, 1968, in which imported Indian actor Hrundi V. Bakshi (Peter Sellers) fouls up the shooting of the fictional "Son of Gunga Din."
S.O.B. (1981) - Open, Sally Miles Blake Edwards directs his wife Julie Andrews playing wholesome movie star Sally Miles, in a scene from the fictional musical that will become an enormous flop, produced by her husband, played by Richard Mulligan, opening the seething Hollywood satire S.O.B.,1981.
Bachelor In Paradise (1961) - Romance Languages Dropped off by real estate lady co-star Lana Turner, Bob Hope as the under-cover playboy author of racy lifestyle books meets Linda (Paula Prentiss), neighbor in "Paradise Valley," where he's just become the only bachelor and lessee, in Bachelor In Paradise, 1961.
Breakfast At Tiffany's (1961) - Opening Credits Opening credit sequence with Henry Mancini's music, with Audrey Hepburn not incidentally executing the act described in the title, from Blake Edwards' 1961 hit Breakfast At Tiffany's, also starring George Peppard, from the Truman Capote novella.
Breakfast At Tiffany's (1961) - Moon River Truly Audrey Hepburn (as "Holly Golightly") singing, the Oscar-winning tune written by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer to suit her voice, "Moon River," serenading her writer neighbor and maybe-boyfriend Paul (George Peppard) in Blake Edwards' Breakfast At Tiffany's, 1961.
Breakfast At Tiffany's (1961) - Ever Steal Anything? Extended pantomime at the "Five and Ten" as Holly (Audrey Hepburn) and Paul (George Peppard) enjoy their Manhattan "shopping" spree, with Henry Mancini music, in Breakfast At Tiffany's, 1961.
Victor/Victoria (1982) - Le Jazz Hot Julie Andrews (title character) wows a 1930's Paris nightclub crowd (with "Le Jazz Hot" by Henry Mancini and Leslie Bricusse) and pulls a big reveal, James Garner, Lesley Ann Warren, Alex Karras and Robert Preston among the admirers, in Blake Edwards' Victor/Victoria, 1982.

Trailer

Return Of The Pink Panther, The (1975) -- (Original Trailer) Original trailer for the hit revival-sequel, initiated by Sir Lew Grade, produced and directed by Blake Edwards, and starring Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseay, The Return Of The Pink Panther, 1975.
Gaily, Gaily - (Original Trailer) Beau Bridges plays a young man coming of age in corrupt 1910's Chicago in Gaily, Gaily (1969) based on a novel by Ben Hecht (The Front Page).
Dear Heart - (Original Trailer) Glenn Ford must decide between his fiancee and a woman he meets at a convention in Dear Heart (1964).
Darling Lili - (Original Trailer) A World War I flyer (Rock Hudson) falls for a beautiful enemy spy (Julie Andrews). Directed by Blake Edwards.
Pink Panther, The - (Original Trailer) Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) tries to stop a notorious jewel thief from nabbing a princess's diamond in The Pink Panther (1964), directed by Blake Edwards.
That's Entertainment! - (Original Trailer) An all-star cast, including Frank Sinatra and Fred Astaire, introduce clips from MGM's greatest musicals in That's Entertainment! (1974).
Breakfast at Tiffany's - (Original Trailer) Audrey Hepburn is Truman Capote's Holly Golightly, the New York sophisticate who spends Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961).
Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation - (Original Trailer) James Stewart takes his family to the beach and lives to regret it in Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962).
Revenge of the Pink Panther - (Original Trailer) Peter Sellars gave his last performance as Inspector Clouseau in Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978).
Victor/Victoria - (Original Trailer) An unemployed female singer poses as a female impersonator and becomes a star in Victor/Victoria (1982), directed by Blake Edwards and starring Julie Andrews, James Garner and Robert Preston.
Bachelor in Paradise - (Original Trailer) A writer moves into a housing development to study married couples in Bachelor in Paradise (1961) with Bob Hope & Lana Turner.
Arabesque - (Original Trailer) Gregory Peck is the innocent professor pulled into espionage in Stanley Donen's follow-up to Charade, Arabesque (1966).

Family

Quinto Mancini
Father
Steelworker. Played the flute in the Aliquippa (PA) Sons of Italy band.
Anna Mancini
Mother
Christopher Mancini
Son
Monica O'Connor
Daughter
Singer, actor. Twin of Felice.
Felice O'Connor
Daughter
Twin of Monica.

Companions

Virginia Mancini
Wife
Singer. Married September 13, 1947; formerly a member of the singing group the Mellolarks.

Bibliography

"Sounds and Scores"
Henri Mancini (1962)

Notes

Named a honorary alumni at UCLA (1974)

He received an honorary doctrate of music from Duquesne University in 1977.

Made honorary major of Northridge CA

Endowed yearly for the film music scholarship at UCLA.

Endowed yearly for the composition scholarship at Juilliard School of Music in New York.