Max Steiner

Austria-born American music composer of theatre and films, as well as a conductor (1988-1971)

Maximilian Raoul Steiner[1] (May 10, 1888 – December 28, 1971) was an Austrian-born American music composer.

Max Steiner
Birth nameMaximilian Raoul Steiner
Born(1888-05-10)May 10, 1888
Vienna, Austria-Hungary (now Austria)
DiedDecember 28, 1971(1971-12-28) (aged 83)
Hollywood, California
Occupation(s)Composer, arranger, conductor
Years active1907–1965

Steiner composed over 300 movie scores with RKO Pictures and Warner Bros., and was nominated for 24 Academy Awards, winning three: The Informer (1935); Now, Voyager (1942); and Since You Went Away (1944).

His best works were King Kong (1933), Little Women (1933), Jezebel (1938), and Casablanca (1942).


  1. In his autobiography, Steiner states his full name as "Maximilian Raoul Walter Steiner". However, "Walter" is not on his birth register at the IKG in Vienna, nor on any other official document pertaining to his life. In addition, the reasons he mentioned this name are unknown. Therefore, it should not be included in the article.