Elmer Bernstein


Composer
Elmer Bernstein

About

Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
April 04, 1922
Died
August 18, 2004

Biography

An extremely prolific composer of more than 100 film scores, Elmer Bernstein was a child prodigy, performing professionally as a dancer and actor and winning several prizes for his painting before gravitating by his own choice to music. Henriette Michelsen, a Juilliard teacher who gave him a scholarship and would guide him in his career as a pianist, had the 12 year-old prodigy play some...

Family & Companions

Pearl Glusman
Wife
Clergyman, poet.
Pearl Glusman
Wife
Married on December 21, 1946; divorced.
Eve Adamson
Wife
Has three children from his previous marriage, including daughter Kaiye Liana.
Eve Adamson
Wife
Married on October 25, 1965.

Notes

Bernstein has scored more than 100 films and is a United Artists recording artist.

In addition to his awards, Bernstein has been nominated for 12 Oscars: "The Man With the Golden Arm" (original score, 1955), "The Magnificent Seven" (original score, 1960), "Summer and Smoke" (original score, 1961), "Walk on the Wild Side" (song "Walk on the Wild Side", 1962), "To Kill a Mockingbird" (original score, 1962), "Hawaii" (song "My Wishing Doll" and for original score, 1966), "Return of the Seven" (score adaptation, 1966), "True Grit" (song "True Grit", 1969), "Gold" (song "Wherever Love Takes Me", 1974), "Trading Places" (score adaptation, 1983); and "The Age of Innocence" (original score, 1993).

Biography

An extremely prolific composer of more than 100 film scores, Elmer Bernstein was a child prodigy, performing professionally as a dancer and actor and winning several prizes for his painting before gravitating by his own choice to music. Henriette Michelsen, a Juilliard teacher who gave him a scholarship and would guide him in his career as a pianist, had the 12 year-old prodigy play some of his improvisations for Aaron Copland, who in turn selected Israel Citkowski to help further the boy's music education. Bernstein began his concert career in 1939, touring as both a pianist and conductor, only to have it interrupted by World War II. By the time he left the armed services, he had composed the scores for more than 80 radio shows for the Armed Forces Radio Network but returned to the concert stage as a civilian until given the opportunity to write the scores for two programs for United Nations Radio in 1949. These broadcasts caught the attention of Columbia Pictures' vice president Sid Buchman who brought Bernstein to Hollywood to score "Saturday's Hero" (1950).

During the early 50s, Bernstein willingly took any job, which explains his name on the credits of "Robot Monster" (1953), but he attracted his first real attention for his stylish score for the Joan Crawford-Jack Palance thriller "Sudden Fear" (1952). Critics praised his ability to translate dramatic action into musical idiom and he exhibited tendencies that would recur throughout his career: the use of exotic instruments and a reliance on solo instruments like the piano and flute. He firmly established himself with his progressive jazz score for "The Man With the Golden Arm" (1955) and his vastly different Wagnerian orchestrations for DeMille's "The Ten Commandments" (1956) pushed him into the front rank of Hollywood composers. His reputation soared as he proved himself a man for all genres with a rousing Western score for "The Magnificent Seven" (1960), yet when film tastes changed in the late 60s, he recognized his over-arranged scores as anachronistic and shifted gears, redefining soundtrack comedy in movies like "National Lampoon's Animal House" (1978) and "Ghostbusters" (1984). Whether it's the good-humored but genuinely creepy horror of "An American Werewolf in London" (1981) or the robust action of "True Grit" (1969), Bernstein has provided stirring, imaginative music snugly rooted in the folksy traditions of Americana and the contemporary trappings of pop culture.

Though his collaborations were many, Bernstein returned to work again and again with three directors. He provided music with an epic sweep for John Sturges ("Magnificent Seven"; "The Great Escape" 1964; "The Hallelujah Trail" 1965 and "McQ" 1974) but toned it down to an insinuatingly idiosyncratic patter for the quietly intense, claustrophobic dramas of Robert Mulligan ("To Kill a Mockingbird" 1963; "Love With the Proper Stranger" 1964; "Baby, the Rain Must Fall" 1965 and "Bloodbrothers" 1979). John Landis gave him the chance to stretch his comic wings ("Animal House," "American Werewolf" and "The Blues Brothers" (1984) and helped revitalize his career. Since then, he has not slowed down, creating scores of understated lyricism for the Irish films, "My Left Foot" (1989) and "The Field" (1990), underlining the innate romanticism of "Rambling Rose (1992) and "A River Runs Through It" (1992) and accenting the repressed passion of Martin Scorsese's "The Age of Innocence" (1993).

Bernstein did not confine himself to writing exclusively for films. He won an Emmy for his music for ABC's "The Making of the President: 1960" (1963) and scored the themes for "The Big Valley" and "Gunsmoke" as well as such miniseries as "The Chisholms" (CBS, 1979), "Moviola" (NBC, 1980) and "Gulag" (HBO, 1985). He earned Tony nominations for his involvement in two Broadway productions, "How Now, Dow Jones" (1967) and "Merlin" (1973) but managed only one Academy Award, in spite of his dozen nominations, for his original score for "Thoroughly Modern Millie" (1967).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Music For the Movies: Bernard Herrmann (1992)
Himself
From Noon Till Three (1976)

Music (Feature Film)

The Magnificent Seven (2016)
Song
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)
Song
The Brothers Grimsby (2016)
Song
The Brothers Grimsby (2016)
Song Performer
Aloha (2015)
Song
Joy (2015)
Song
The Artist (2011)
Music Conductor
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Song
American Pie Presents: Beta House (2007)
Song
American Pie Presents: Beta House (2007)
Song Performer
The Ringer (2005)
Song
The Ringer (2005)
Song Performer
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
Song
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)
Music
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
Song
Far From Heaven (2002)
Music
Bandits (2001)
Song ("The Chase (Theme From 'The Great Escape')")
Vanilla Sky (2001)
Song
Chinese Coffee (2000)
Original Score
A Storm in Summer (2000)
Music Producer
Chinese Coffee (2000)
Music
Keeping the Faith (2000)
Music
The Tao of Steve (2000)
Song Performer
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
Song
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
Music Conductor
Happy Face Murders (1999)
Music
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999)
Music
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
Music
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999)
Original Music
Wild Wild West (1999)
Music
The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)
Music
Twilight (1998)
Music
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Song Performer
Twilight (1998)
Original Music
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Song
Divorcing Jack (1998)
Song ("The Magnificent Seven")
Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
Song
PARENT TRAP, THE (1998)
Song
Buddy (1997)
Music
Digging to China (1997)
Music Producer
Digging to China (1997)
Music Conductor
Hoodlum (1997)
Music
John Grisham's The Rainmaker (1997)
Music
Vegas Vacation (1997)
Music
John Grisham's The Rainmaker (1997)
Original Music
Bulletproof (1996)
Music
Larger Than Life (1996)
Music ("The Magnificent Seven")
Carla's Song (1996)
Music Composer
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995)
Music
Canadian Bacon (1995)
Music
Roommates (1995)
Music
Frankie Starlight (1995)
Music Composer
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
Music Composer
Search and Destroy (1995)
Music
Natural Born Killers (1994)
Music
Voices From Within (1994)
Music Conductor
Jimmy Hollywood (1994)
Music
The Cemetery Club (1993)
Music
Mad Dog and Glory (1993)
Music
The Age Of Innocence (1993)
Music
Foreign Affairs (1993)
Music Conductor
Lost in Yonkers (1993)
Music
The Good Son (1993)
Music
The Babe (1992)
Music
Crazy In Love (1992)
Music Conductor
Oscar (1991)
Music Conductor
A Rage in Harlem (1991)
Music
Rambling Rose (1991)
Music
Oscar (1991)
Music
A Rage in Harlem (1991)
Composer
The Field (1990)
Music
The Grifters (1990)
Music
My Left Foot (1989)
Music
My Left Foot (1989)
Music Conductor
Slipstream (1989)
Music
Life Is Cheap... But Toilet Paper Is Expensive (1989)
Music
The Good Mother (1988)
Music
Funny Farm (1988)
Music
Da (1988)
Music
Leonard Part 6 (1987)
Music
Amazing Grace And Chuck (1987)
Music
Three Amigos! (1986)
Music
The Color of Money (1986)
Song
Marie Ward (1985)
Music
Gulag (1985)
Music
The Black Cauldron (1985)
Music
Bolero (1984)
Music Supervisor
Ghostbusters (1984)
Music
Bolero (1984)
Music
Prince Jack (1984)
Music
Spacehunter (1983)
Music
Trading Places (1983)
Music
Making Michael Jackson's Thriller (1983)
Music
Class (1983)
Music
Trading Places (1983)
Music Conductor
Five Days One Summer (1982)
Music
Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)
Music
Genocide (1981)
Music
Heavy Metal (1981)
Music
The Chosen (1981)
Music
Stripes (1981)
Music
Honky Tonk Freeway (1981)
Song
Going Ape! (1981)
Music
Honky Tonk Freeway (1981)
Music
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Music
Saturn 3 (1980)
Music
Airplane! (1980)
Music
Moviola: This Year's Blonde (1980)
Music
The Blues Brothers (1980)
Music
Meatballs (1979)
Song
Moonraker (1979)
Song
Zulu Dawn (1979)
Music
Meatballs (1979)
Music
Charleston (1979)
Music
Great Santini (1979)
Music
National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)
Music
Casey's Shadow (1978)
Music
Bloodbrothers (1978)
Music
Slap Shot (1977)
Music Supervisor
The 3000 Mile Chase (1977)
Music
The Incredible Sarah (1976)
Music
Billy Jack Goes to Washington (1976)
Music
From Noon Till Three (1976)
Music
The Shootist (1976)
Music
Serpico: The Deadly Game (1976)
Music
Report To The Commissioner (1975)
Music
Mr. Quilp (1975)
Music Supervisor
Ellery Queen (1975)
Music
Men of the Dragon (1974)
Music
McQ (1974)
Music
Gold (1974)
Music
The Trial of Billy Jack (1974)
Music
Incident on a Dark Street (1973)
Music
Cahill, U.S. Marshal (1973)
Music
The Magnificent Seven Ride! (1972)
Music Composition and Conducting
The Rookies (1972)
Music
Nightmare Honeymoon (1972)
Music
Big Jake (1971)
Music
See No Evil (1971)
Music Composition and Conducting
Doctors' Wives (1971)
Music
Alaska Wilderness Lake (1971)
Music Composition and Conducting
Doctors' Wives (1971)
Composer
Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law (1971)
Music
The Liberation of L. B. Jones (1970)
Music
Cannon for Cordoba (1970)
Music
A Walk in the Spring Rain (1970)
Music
A Walk in the Spring Rain (1970)
Composer
Where's Jack? (1969)
Music
True Grit (1969)
Music
Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969)
Music comp & Conductor
The Bridge at Remagen (1969)
Music
The Gypsy Moths (1969)
Music
Midas Run (1969)
Music
Where's Jack? (1969)
Composer
Midas Run (1969)
Composer
True Grit (1969)
Composer
I Love You, Alice B. Toklas! (1968)
Music
The Scalphunters (1968)
Music
I Love You, Alice B. Toklas! (1968)
Composer
Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
Music Score
Return of the Seven (1966)
Music
Cast a Giant Shadow (1966)
Music
Seven Women (1966)
Music
Hawaii (1966)
Music
The Silencers (1966)
Music
The Silencers (1966)
Composer
Hawaii (1966)
Composer
Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965)
Music
The Reward (1965)
Music
The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
Music
The Hallelujah Trail (1965)
Music comp & Conductor
Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965)
Composer
Four Days in November (1964)
Music
The World of Henry Orient (1964)
Music
The Carpetbaggers (1964)
Music comp & Conductor
Hud (1963)
Music Score
Love With the Proper Stranger (1963)
Music Score
Kings of the Sun (1963)
Music
Rampage (1963)
Music
The Great Escape (1963)
Music
The Caretakers (1963)
Music
Rampage (1963)
Composer
Love With the Proper Stranger (1963)
Composer
A Girl Named Tamiko (1962)
Music
Walk on the Wild Side (1962)
Music
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
Music
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Music
Walk on the Wild Side (1962)
Composer
The Comancheros (1961)
Music
Summer and Smoke (1961)
Music
By Love Possessed (1961)
Music score comp & Conductor
The Young Doctors (1961)
Music
By Love Possessed (1961)
Composer
From the Terrace (1960)
Music
The Rat Race (1960)
Music Score
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Music
Some Came Running (1959)
Music Score
The Buccaneer (1959)
Music Score
The Miracle (1959)
Original Music by
The Story on Page One (1959)
Music
The Buccaneer (1959)
Composer
God's Little Acre (1958)
Music
Desire Under the Elms (1958)
Music Score
Anna Lucasta (1958)
Music
Saddle the Wind (1958)
Music Score
Kings Go Forth (1958)
Music
God's Little Acre (1958)
Composer
Anna Lucasta (1958)
Composer
The Naked Eye (1957)
Music Composition and Conducting
Drango (1957)
Music
The Tin Star (1957)
Music Score
Fear Strikes Out (1957)
Music Score
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Music score and Conductor
Men in War (1957)
Music
Drango (1957)
Composer
The Ten Commandments (1956)
Music
The Man with the Golden Arm (1956)
Music
Storm Fear (1956)
Music
The Eternal Sea (1955)
Music
The View from Pompey's Head (1955)
Music
It's a Dog's Life (1955)
Music
Make Haste to Live (1954)
Music
Silent Raiders (1954)
Music Composition and Conducting
Silent Raiders (1954)
Composer
Never Wave at a WAC (1953)
Music Composition and Conducting
Cat-Women of the Moon (1953)
Music comp and Director
Miss Robin Crusoe (1953)
Music Composition and Conducting
Robot Monster (1953)
Music comp and Director
Sudden Fear (1952)
Music comp and Director
Battles of Chief Pontiac (1952)
Music comp and Director
Boots Malone (1952)
Music Score
Sudden Fear (1952)
Composer
Saturday's Hero (1951)
Music Score

Dance (Feature Film)

The Court Jester (1956)
Dance rehearsal pianist

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Music For the Movies: Bernard Herrmann (1992)
Other

Cast (Special)

Neil Diamond: The Making of "The Movie Album" (1998)
The Hollywood Soundtrack Story (1995)
Irish Music in America ... A Musical Migration (1994)

Music (Special)

Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic (Part 1) (2004)
Music
Unseen Untold: National Lampoon's Animal House (2003)
Song
Robert Zemeckis on Smoking, Drinking and Drugging in the 20th Century: In Pursuit of Happiness (1999)
Music
Neil Diamond: The Making of "The Movie Album" (1998)
Song
Neil Diamond: The Making of "The Movie Album" (1998)
Music Conductor
Take 5 (1958)
Music

Music (TV Mini-Series)

Rough Riders (1997)
Music Conductor
Rough Riders (1997)
Theme Music
Guyana Tragedy: Story of Jim Jones (1980)
Music
The Chisholms (1979)
Music
Little Women (1978)
Music
Seventh Avenue (1977)
Music
Captains and the Kings Part 5 & 6 (1976)
Music
Captains and the Kings (1976)
Music

Life Events

1934

Auditioned for Aaron Copland at age 12 (date approximate)

1946

Performed as concert pianist in NY, Chicago and Philadelphia

1951

First film as composer, "Saturday's Hero"

1955

"The Man with the Golden Arm" established him as one of the foremost composers in Hollywood; reputedly first to use modern jazz integrally in film score

1958

First TV series scoring, "Take 5"

1963

Received Emmy Award for scoring "The Making of the President: 1960" (ABC)

1967

Won Academy Award for Best Original Music Score for "Thoroughly Modern Millie"

1980

Provided 20 seconds of perfect music for John Belushi's vision of God in "The Blues Brothers" (credited as God Music: Elmer Bernstein)

1989

His understated lyrical score graced "My Left Foot"

1993

Accented the repressed passion of Martin Scorsese's "The Age of Innocence"

1995

Scored "Devil in a Blue Dress", starring Denzel Washington

1996

Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame (March 28)

2000

Wrote music for "Bringing Out the Dead"

2002

Scored "Gangs of New York", directed by Scorsese

2002

Scored "Far From Heaven"; received an Oscar nomination

Videos

Movie Clip

Age Of Innocence, The (1993) - Shattered By A Whisper From the opening opera sequence, with one of a series of single takes as remarkable as any by director Martin Scorsese and cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, with Joanne Woodward’s enthralling narration from the Edith Wharton novel, following Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis), in The Age Of Innocence, 1993.
Magnificent Seven, The (1960) - Like A Good Father The first and probably the best scene for villain Calvera (Eli Wallach), his band arriving in the village, abusing brave Sotero (Rico Alaniz), early bits of Elmer Bernstein's score, opening John Sturges' remake of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, The Magnificent Seven, 1960.
Great Escape, The (1963) - Open, The Way It Really Happened Director John Sturges’ opening, Elmer Bernstein’s famous theme, Steve McQueen, James Garner and Richard Attenborough, billed above many future leading-men, from the 1963 hit The Great Escape, based on the best-selling book by Paul Brickhill, himself a participant in the historic World War II events.
To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) - Opening, Maycomb Stephen Frankfurt's famous credit sequence and Kim Stanley as the voice of the adult "Scout," reading from Harper Lee's novel, opening To Kill A Mockingbird, 1962, starring Gregory Peck.
Anna Lucasta (1958) - Burn This Unlike every other stage or screen production of the title, this one has a mambo-dance number for sailor-turned-cabbie Danny (Sammy Davis Jr.), partying with ex-girlfriend Eartha Kitt (title character), who's had a change of heart just hours after getting married, in Anna Lucasta, 1958.
Anna Lucasta (1958) - Opening, That's Anna With a title tune written by composer Elmer Bernstein and Sammy Cahn, Sammy Davis Jr. vocal opening his first movie as an actor, Eartha Kitt in the title role as a San Diego streetwalker, the 1958 re-working of screenwriter Philip Yordan's Anna Lucasta.
Four Days In November (1964) -- His Natural Destiny Much portent in Richard Basehart's narration, the opening credits and an introduction to the first family, in director Mel Stuart and producer David Wolper's Four Days In November, 1964, widely screened to mark the first anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Magnificent Seven, The (1960) - Now We Are Seven Chris (Yul Brynner) and mercenaries (Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter) arrive in the Mexican village, meet the "Old Man," (Vladimir Sokoloff), tag-along Chico (Horst Buchholz) finally earns his membership, in John Sturges' The Magnificent Seven, 1960.
Magnificent Seven, The (1960) - I Got Nominated Undertaker Whit Bissell can't get anybody to drive the hearse bearing an Indian to Boot Hill, Chris (Yul Brynner) and Vin (Steve McQueen) volunteer, Chico (Horst Buchholz) and the Mexicans (led by Jorge Martinez de Hoyas) cheering them on, early in John Sturges' The Magnificent Seven, 1960.
Walk On The Wild Side - Open, Black Cat Memorable opening, Edward Dmytryk directing, titles by Saul Bass, music by Elmer Bernstein, from Walk On The Wild Side, 1962, from the Nelson Algren novel, starring Laurence Harvey, Capucine, Jane Fonda and Barabara Stanwyck.
True Grit - She Reminds Me Of Me Director Henry Hathaway lets Elmer Bernstein's music do the lifting as Mattie (Kim Darby) refuses to let Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne) and La Boeuf (Glen Campbell) cross the river without her in True Grit, 1969.
True Grit - Rat Writ Writ For A Rat Mattie (Kim Darby) has just pitched her man-hunt offer to Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne) who then sits for a mostly comic dinner (with H.W. Gim) in Henry Hathaway's True Grit, 1969.

Trailer

Return Of The Seven (1966) -- Theatrical Trailer Yul Brynner does return as Chris and Robert Fuller pretends to be Steve McQueen (“Vin”) but the others are all recruited anew, with more Elmer Bernstein music and a variation on the plot, Burt Kennedy directing in John Sturges’ stead, in the first sequel (to The Magnificent Seven, 1960), from the Mirisch company and United Artists, shot Spaghetti-Western style in Spain, Return Of The Seven, 1966.
Guns Of The Magnificent Seven (1969) -- Theatrical Trailer George Kennedy takes over Yul Brynner’s character “Chris,” but there’s no sign of “Vin,” (first Steve McQueen then Robert Fuller, though he survived The Magnificent Seven, 1960 and the first sequel, Return Of The Seven, 1966), and the plot goes a whole different way, in Guns Of The Magnificent Seven, 1969.
Magnificent Seven Ride!, The (1972) -- Theatrical Trailer After two sequels shot in Spain, this third was made back in California, mostly around Joshua Tree National Park, again from the Mirisch Company, with Lee Van Cleef as the third to portray mercenary Chris (after Yul Brynner and George Kennedy), in the third and last sequel, with Luke Askew and Ralph Waite among his recruits, The Magnificent Seven Ride!, 1972.
Hawaii - (Original Trailer) Missionairies to the Hawaiian Islands fight nature, disease and their own passions in Hawaii (1966) starring Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow, and Richard Harris.
Great Santini, The - (Original Trailer) A marine (Robert Duvall) has problems adjusting to domestic life during peacetime in The Great Santini (1979).
Man With The Golden Arm, The - (Original Trailer) A junkie (Frank Sinatra) must face his true self to kick his drug addiction in Otto Preminger's groundbreaking movie, The Man With The Golden Arm (1955).
Trading Places - (Teaser Trailer) A Wall Street investor (Dan Aykroyd) and a man from the hood (Eddie Murphy) find themselves Trading Places (1983).
From Noon Till Three - (Original Trailer) Charles Bronson is a two-bit outlaw who becomes a legend when he's mistakenly reported dead in From Noon Till Three (1976).
I Love You, Alice B. Toklas - (Original Trailer) A henpecked L.A. lawyer (Peter Sellers) escapes into the world of hippies and free love in I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968).
Fear Strikes Out - (Original Trailer) Major League star Jimmy Piersall (Anthony Perkins) fights to save his sanity in Fear Strikes Out (1957).
Carpetbaggers, The - (Original Trailer) George Peppard stars in the movie version of Harold Robbins' The Carpetbaggers (1964), loosely based on Howard Hughes' early Hollywood career.
By Love Possessed - (Original Trailer) Lana Turner's desperate search for love leads to an affair with her husband's law partner in John Sturges' By Love Possessed (1961).

Family

Edward Bernstein
Father
Adopted four.
Selma Bernstein
Mother
Survived him.
Peter Matthew Bernstein
Son
Had three; survived him.
Peter Matthew Bernstein
Son
Composer. Mother, Pearl Glusman.
Gregory Eames Bernstein
Son
Mother, Lisa Bonder.
Gregory Eames Bernstein
Son
Screenwriter. Mother, Pearl Glusman.
Emily Adamson
Daughter
Coal miner.
Emily Adamson
Daughter
Mother, Eve Adamson.
Elizabeth Campbell
Daughter
Has three; Kennedy is the third of four.
Elizabeth Campbell
Daughter
Mother, Eve Adamson.

Companions

Pearl Glusman
Wife
Clergyman, poet.
Pearl Glusman
Wife
Married on December 21, 1946; divorced.
Eve Adamson
Wife
Has three children from his previous marriage, including daughter Kaiye Liana.
Eve Adamson
Wife
Married on October 25, 1965.

Bibliography

Notes

Bernstein has scored more than 100 films and is a United Artists recording artist.

In addition to his awards, Bernstein has been nominated for 12 Oscars: "The Man With the Golden Arm" (original score, 1955), "The Magnificent Seven" (original score, 1960), "Summer and Smoke" (original score, 1961), "Walk on the Wild Side" (song "Walk on the Wild Side", 1962), "To Kill a Mockingbird" (original score, 1962), "Hawaii" (song "My Wishing Doll" and for original score, 1966), "Return of the Seven" (score adaptation, 1966), "True Grit" (song "True Grit", 1969), "Gold" (song "Wherever Love Takes Me", 1974), "Trading Places" (score adaptation, 1983); and "The Age of Innocence" (original score, 1993).

He was nominated for three Tony Awards: Best Musical and Best Composer and Lyricist (with Carolyn Leigh) for "How Now, Dow Jones" in 1968 and Best Score (with Don Black) for "Merlin" in 1983.

As conductor, built the San Fernando Valley Symphony into a fine community performing organization