Lalo Schifrin


Composer, Conductor

About

Birth Place
Buenos Aires, AR
Born
June 21, 1932

Biography

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...

Family & Companions

Donna Schifrin
Wife

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

Biography

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.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Red Dragon (2002)

Music (Feature Film)

Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)
Music Composer
Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)
Song
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)
Song
Paddington (2015)
Song
The Other Woman (2014)
Song
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax (2012)
Song
Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011)
Music Composer
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Song
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
Song
Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009)
Song
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
Song Performer
The Wrecking Crew (2008)
Song
Rush Hour 3 (2007)
Original Music
Rush Hour 3 (2007)
Song
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
Music
Abominable (2006)
Original Music
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
Theme Music
The Bridge Of San Luis Rey (2005)
Music Composer
Shrek 2 (2004)
Song
After the Sunset (2004)
Music
Kevin and Perry Go Large (2003)
Song
Bringing Down the House (2003)
Music
Undercover Brother (2002)
Music
Mean Machine (2002)
Song
Mean Machine (2002)
Song Performer
Rush Hour 2 (2001)
Music
Charlie's Angels (2000)
Song Performer
Mission: Impossible II (2000)
Music Composer
Snow Day (1999)
Song ("Ooh La La (Contains 'Jim On The Move')"), Song/Song Performer ("Jim On The Move")
Tango (1998)
Song
Tango (1998)
Music
Rush Hour (1998)
Music
Rush Hour (1998)
Music Conductor
Money Talks (1997)
Music
Manhattan Merengue (1997)
Composer
Mission: Impossible (1996)
Composer ("Mission: Impossible Theme")
Scorpion Spring (1995)
Music
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
Music Composer
The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)
Music
Wayne's World 2 (1993)
Song
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
Song
Wayne's World (1992)
Music
FX2 - The Deadly Art of Illusion (1991)
Music
Face to Face (1990)
Music
Original Sin (1989)
Music
Return to the River Kwai (1989)
Music
Little White Lies (1989)
Music
The Dead Pool (1988)
Music
Shakedown on the Sunset Strip (1988)
Music
Berlin Blues (1988)
Music
Berlin Blues (1988)
Songs
The Silence at Bethany (1988)
Music
Little Sweetheart (1988)
Music
The Fourth Protocol (1987)
Music
Triplecross (1986)
Music
The Ladies Club (1986)
Music
Loophole (1986)
Music
Black Moon Rising (1986)
Music
Kung Fu: The Movie (1986)
Music
Beverly Hills Madam (1986)
Music
Terror at London Bridge (1985)
Music
The New Kids (1985)
Music
The Mean Season (1985)
Music
Command 5 (1985)
Music
Private Sessions (1985)
Music
Bad Medicine (1985)
Music
Spraggue (1984)
Music
Tank (1984)
Music
Sudden Impact (1983)
Song ("This Side Of Forever")
The Osterman Weekend (1983)
Music
Starflight One (1983)
Music
Rita Hayworth: The Love Goddess (1983)
Music
Sudden Impact (1983)
Music
Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)
Song
The Sting II (1982)
Original Music
Class of 1984 (1982)
Music
Wait Until Dark (1982)
Music
Robbers of the Sacred Mountain (1982)
Music
Victims (1982)
Music
Class of 1984 (1982)
Songs ("I Am The Future" "Suburbanite" "You Better Not Step Out Of Line")
Amityville II: The Possession (1982)
Music
Doctor Detroit (1982)
Music
The Sting II (1982)
Music
Fast-Walking (1982)
Music
A Stranger Is Watching (1981)
Music
Chicago Story (1981)
Music
Buddy, Buddy (1981)
Music
Caveman (1981)
Music
The Seduction (1981)
Music
Los Viernes de la Eternidad (1981)
Music
Serial (1980)
Music
The Competition (1980)
Song ("People Alone")
Serial (1980)
Song ("A Changing World")
The Big Brawl (1980)
Music
Brubaker (1980)
Music
The Competition (1980)
Music; Music Director
The Nude Bomb (1980)
Song
When Time Ran Out (1980)
Music
The Nude Bomb (1980)
Music
Boulevard Nights (1979)
Music
Escape to Athena (1979)
Music
Institute for Revenge (1979)
Music
Boulevard Nights (1979)
Song ("Street Tattoo")
The Concorde--Airport '79 (1979)
Music
The Amityville Horror (1979)
Music
Love And Bullets (1979)
Music
The President's Mistress (1978)
Music
The Manitou (1978)
Music
Nunzio (1978)
Music
The Nativity (1978)
Music
The Cat From Outer Space (1978)
Music
Return From Witch Mountain (1978)
Music
Telefon (1977)
Music
Good Against Evil (1977)
Music
Rollercoaster (1977)
Music; Music Director; Music Effects (Sensurround)
Brenda Starr (1976)
Music
St. Ives (1976)
Music
Special Delivery (1976)
Music
The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
Music
Sky Riders (1976)
Music
Day Of The Animals (1976)
Music
Voyage Of The Damned (1976)
Music
The Master Gunfighter (1975)
Music
Starsky and Hutch (1975)
Music
Foster and Laurie (1975)
Music
Guilty or Innocent: The Sam Sheppard Murder Case (1975)
Music
Hustle (1975)
Music
Delancey Street: The Crisis Within (1975)
Music
Man on a Swing (1974)
Music
Golden Needles (1974)
Music
Night Games (1974)
Music
Hit! (1973)
Music
Charley Varrick (1973)
Music
Enter the Dragon (1973)
Music
Harry in Your Pocket (1973)
Music
Hunter (1973)
Music Conductor
The Neptune Factor (1973)
Music
Hunter (1973)
Music
Magnum Force (1973)
Music
Welcome Home, Johnny Bristol (1972)
Music
The Hellstrom Chronicle (1971)
Music
THX 1138 (1971)
Music
Dirty Harry (1971)
Music
Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971)
Original Music
Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971)
Composer
Escape (1971)
Music
Earth II (1971)
Music
Kelly's Heroes (1970)
Original Music
I Love My Wife (1970)
Music
Imago (1970)
Music
WUSA (1970)
Music comp & Conductor
Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You (1970)
Music & Musicic Director
Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You (1970)
Composer
Kelly's Heroes (1970)
Composer
Eye of the Cat (1969)
Music
Che! (1969)
Music comp & Conductor
Operation Heartbeat (1969)
Music
Hell in the Pacific (1968)
Music
Coogan's Bluff (1968)
Music
Where Angels Go ... Trouble Follows! (1968)
Music
Bullitt (1968)
Music
The Brotherhood (1968)
Music
Sol Madrid (1968)
Music
The Fox (1968)
Music comp & Conductor
Coogan's Bluff (1968)
Composer
Where Angels Go ... Trouble Follows! (1968)
Composer
Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1968)
Music
The President's Analyst (1967)
Music
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Music
The Venetian Affair (1967)
Music
Sullivan's Empire (1967)
Music
Who's Minding the Mint? (1967)
Music
The Venetian Affair (1967)
Composer
The President's Analyst (1967)
Composer
How I Spent My Summer Vacation (1967)
Music
Murderers' Row (1966)
Music
The Liquidator (1966)
Music comp & Conductor
I Deal in Danger (1966)
Music
Way ... Way Out (1966)
Music comp & Conductor
Blindfold (1966)
Music
Way ... Way Out (1966)
Composer
Murderers' Row (1966)
Composer
Once a Thief (1965)
Music comp & Conductor
The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
Music
Dark Intruder (1965)
Music
Joy House (1964)
Music
Rhino! (1964)
Music comp & Conductor

Cast (Special)

The Score (2002)
Wolf Trap Salutes Dizzy Gillespie: An All-Star Tribute to the Jazz Master (1988)

Music (Special)

From Broadway: Fosse (2002)
Music
Tibor Rudas Presents Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti With Levine -- The Three Tenors Live in Concert -- Paris 1998 (1998)
Original Music
Tibor Rudas Presents Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti With Levine -- The Three Tenors Live in Concert -- Paris 1998 (1998)
Music Arranger
TIBOR RUDAS PRESENTS CARRERAS, DOMINGO, PAVAROTTI WITH MEHTA: THE THREE TENORS IN CONCERT (1994)
Music
Jose Carreras, Diana Ross, Placido Domingo: Christmas in Vienna (1992)
Music Arranger
Jake's M.O. (1987)
Music
Egan (1973)
Music
The Cliff Dwellers (1966)
Music
The Watchman (1964)
Music

Cast (Short)

The Background Beat (1965)
Himself

Music (TV Mini-Series)

A Woman Named Jackie (1991)
Music
The Neon Empire (1989)
Music
Earth Star Voyager (1988)
Music
Out on a Limb (1987)
Music
Hollywood Wives (1986)
Music
A.D. (1985)
Music
Princess Daisy (1983)
Music

Life Events

1950

Moved to Paris to stdy classical music

1955

Represented Argentina at the INternational Jazz Festival

1957

Composed first film score for Argentine feature "El Jefe"

1958

Moved to US

1962

Joined Dizzy Gillespie's band as pianist and composer

1964

Moved to Hollywood

1965

Composed first US film score, "The Cincinatti Kid"

1967

Appointed director and conductor, Paris Philharmonic

1967

Received first Oscar nomination for scoring "Cool Hand Luke"

1980

Received first Oscar nomination for Best Song for "People Alone" from "The Competition"

1998

Scored "Tango" directed by Carlos Saura

Videos

Movie Clip

Trailer

Amityville Horror, The - (Original Trailer) Newlyweds (James Brolin, Margot Kidder) discover their dream home is haunted in The Amityville Horror (1979).
Bullitt - (Original Trailer) Steve McQueen and a souped-up Mustang go roaring after the mob in San Francisco in Bullitt (1968).
Enter The Dragon - (Original Trailer) Three agents (Bruce Lee, Jim Kelly, John Saxon) go after an international super-villain in the martial-arts spectacular Enter The Dragon (1973).
Pretty Maids All in a Row - (Original Trailer) A young man's first sexual explorations are threatened by a string of murders in Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971) written by Gene Roddenberry, starring Rock Hudson and Angie Dickinson.
Rollercoaster - (Original Trailer) A terrorist spreads a climate of fear by attacking amusement parks across the U.S. in Rollercoaster (1977).
President's Analyst, The - (Original Trailer) When James Coburn becomes The President's Analyst (1967), he becomes the pawn of one conspiracy after another.
Charley Varrick - (Original Trailer) A band of small-time crooks accidentally steals the mob's money in Don Siegel's action-filled Charley Varrick (1973) starring Walter Matthau.
Kelly's Heroes - (Original Trailer) An American platoon tries to recover buried treasure behind enemy lines in Kelly's Heroes (1970) starring Clint Eastwood, Don Rickles, and Telly Savalas.
Cool Hand Luke - (Original Trailer) A free-spirited convict refuses to conform to chain-gang life in Cool Hand Luke (1967), starring Paul Newman & George Kennedy.
Sol Madrid - (Original Trailer) David McCallum is an undercover agent pursuing heroin smugglers in Sol Madrid (1968) co-starring Telly Savalas.
Rhino! - (Original Trailer) A scientist (Robert Culp) is forced to join forces with an unscrupulous African hunter in Rhino! (1964).
Buddy, Buddy - (Original Trailer) A suicidal neurotic (Jack Lemmon) keeps getting between a hit man (Walter Matthau) and his job in Buddy, Buddy (1981).

Family

Ryan Schifrin
Son
Filmmaker.
Will Schifrin
Son

Companions

Donna Schifrin
Wife

Bibliography

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