Emil Newman was an American music director and conductor who worked on more than 200 films and TV shows. He was nominated for an Oscar for his musical direction on the classic Sun Valley Serenade, contributing to the Newmans being the most nominated Academy Award extended family, with a collective 92 nominations in various music categories. A native of Connecticut, Newman entered films in 1940 as the musical director on 13 films. He was credited on 25 films in 1941 and 28 in 1942, one of which, Whispering Ghosts, contained his first contribution as a composer. He had 15 titles in 1943, including “Musical Direction” for the all-black musical Stormy Weather and the 20th Century Fox wartime film Chetniks! The Fighting Guerrillas, 19 in 1944, 17 in 1945 and 16 in 1946, including Hugo Friedhofer’s Academy Award score for The Best Years of Our Lives, which he also conducted.
|Born:||Jan 20, 1911, New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.|
|Died:||Aug 30, 1984, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|IMDb:||Emil Newman’s IMDb|
About Emil Newman
Worked on more than 200 films and TV shows. He was nominated for an Academy Award for “Sun Valley Serenade” from 1941.
He conducted the score for the Academy Award-winning film “The Best Years of Our Lives” from 1946 starring Myrna Loy and Fredric March.
He was incredibly prolific, serving as musical director on 13 1940 films, 25 1941 films, 28 1942 films, and 15 1943 films. This pace continued for the duration of the 1940s. The 1950s saw him focus on low-budget B movies as he transitioned into television.
He looked up to his older brother Alfred Newman, who was a piano prodigy and already working in the film industry. He fathered two children with his wife Eva May Hoffman.
He was the uncle of fellow composer Randy Newman.
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- Musicians from New Haven, Connecticut
- Jewish American composers
- American music arrangers
- American film score composers
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