Alfred Newman

American composer (1901-1970)

Alfred Newman (March 17, 1900 - February 17, 1970) is an American composer, arranger and conductor of film music.

Early lifeEdit

Newman was born in New Haven, Connecticut to Russian-Jewish parents who emigrated shortly before his birth.

Film scoring careerEdit


Soon after Newman arrived in Hollywood in 1930 and finished directing the score for Reaching for the Moon, producer Samuel Goldwyn offered him a contract to continue on as a movie composer.


Newman died on February 17, 1970 at the age of 69, a month shy of his 70th birthday, at his home in Hollywood, from complications of emphysema.


During his career, Newman was regarded as one of the most important, most influential and most respected in the history of film music.

Partial filmographyEdit

Between 1930 and 1970, Alfred Newman wrote music for over 200 films of every imaginable type, including a score for the newsreel made from the World War II footage of the Battle of Midway.

Newman familyEdit

He married Martha Louise Montgomery, a former actress and have five children, David Newman, Thomas Newman and Maria Newman.


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