Henry Mancini

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  • Birth Name: Enrico Nicola Mancini
  • Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
  • Died: June 14, 1994
  • Profession: Composer, Arranger, Conductor
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Fast Facts

  • Introduced to music at age 8 by his father, who played the flute.
  • Became a fan of big band and jazz as a teenager.
  • While a teenager, sent his arrangements to Benny Goodman, who wrote back and encouraged him to pursue a music career.
  • Drafted into the Air Force in 1943, short-circuiting his studies at the famed Juilliard School of Music.
  • Following the war, was hired as a pianist-arranger for the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
  • The first film he scored was Abbott and Costello's Lost in Alaska.
  • Wrote the memorable theme for the TV show Peter Gunn.
  • Composed such classic tunes as "Moon River," "Days of Wine and Roses" and "Charade," and scored such films as Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Pink Panther, Victor/Victoria and 10.
  • His classic "Moon River," which features lyrics by Johnny Mercer, has been covered more than a thousand times. 
  • His score for Alfred Hitchock's 1972 film Frenzy was rejected by the director as unsuitable.
  • Wrote Late Night With David Letterman's "Viewer Mail Theme."
  • Established scholarships and fellowships at Juilliard School of Music, UCLA, USC and the American Federation of Music's Congress of Strings.

Awards

  • 1970, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): Nominee
  • 1961, Grammy — Record of the Year: Winner
  • 1961, Grammy — Best Soundtrack Album or Recording of Score from Motion Picture or Television: Winner
  • 1964, Grammy — Best Instrumental Composition/Other Than Jazz: Winner
  • 1962, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Song): Winner
  • 1970, Grammy — Best Contemporary Instrumental Performance: Winner
  • 1965, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1960, Grammy — Best Performance by an Orchestra: Winner
  • 1958, Grammy — Best Arrangement: Winner
  • 1970, Grammy — Best Instrumental Arrangement: Winner
  • 1963, Grammy — Record of the Year: Winner
  • 1964, Grammy — Best Instrumental Performance/Non-Jazz: Winner
  • 1961, Grammy — Best Performance by an Orchestra--for Other Than Dancing: Winner
  • 1980, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1983, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1964, Grammy — Best Instrumental Arrangement: Winner
  • 1963, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Song): Nominee
  • 1971, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Song--Original for the Picture): Nominee
  • 1954, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture): Nominee
  • 1961, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture): Winner
  • 1961, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Song): Winner
  • 1961, Grammy — Song of the Year: Winner
  • 1964, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Song): Nominee
  • 1964, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Music Score--substantially original): Nominee
  • 1963, Grammy — Best Background Arrangement: Winner
  • 1958, Grammy — Album of the Year: Winner
  • 1979, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
  • 1968, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1988, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1959, Emmy — Best Musical Contribution to a Television Program: Nominee
  • 1974, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1983, Emmy — Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Limited Series or a Special (dramatic underscore): Nominee
  • 1976, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1961, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Song): Nominee
  • 1966, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1960, Grammy — Best Arrangement: Winner
  • 1960, Grammy — Best Jazz Performance/Large Group: Winner
  • 1963, Grammy — Song of the Year: Winner
  • 1962, Grammy — Best Instrumental Arrangement: Winner
  • 1979, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): Nominee
  • 1961, Grammy — Best Arrangement: Winner
  • 1966, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1969, Grammy — Best Instrumental Arrangement: Winner
  • 1965, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Song): Nominee
  • 1970, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song Score): Nominee
  • 1986, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
  • 1987, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1976, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
  • 1971, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1970, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Song--Original for the Picture): Nominee
  • 1982, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Adaptation Score): Winner

Relationships

  • Ginny Mancini — Wife
  • Monica Mancini — Daughter
  • Felice Mancini — Daughter
  • Chris Mancini — Son
  • Quinto Mancini — Father

College

  • Attended Juilliard School of Music, New York, New York, United States

Details

  • Birth Name: Enrico Nicola Mancini
  • Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
  • Died: June 14, 1994
  • Profession: Composer, Arranger, Conductor