John Barry Prendergast (1933 - 2011)

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Birthplace: York, UK
Death: Died in New York, NY, USA
Cause of death: Heart Attack
Occupation: Composer
Managed by: Mandy Tan
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Immediate Family

    • Barbara
      ex-wife
    • Susan
      daughter
    • Sian
      daughter
    • Jane
      ex-wife
    • Kate
      daughter
    • Jane
      ex-wife
    • Laurie
      wife
    • JonPatrick
      son
    • Charlotte
      ex-wife's daughter
    • Lou
      ex-wife's daughter

About John Barry Prendergast

John Barry Prendergast, OBE (3 November 1933 – 30 January 2011) was an Oscar winning English film score composer. He was best known for composing 11 James Bond soundtracks and was hugely influential on the 007 series' style.

In a career spanning almost 50 years, Barry received a number of awards for his work, including five Academy Awards; two for Born Free, and one each for The Lion in Winter (for which he also won a BAFTA Award), Out of Africa and Dances with Wolves (for which he also won a Grammy Award) and the theme of Somewhere in Time (Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Original Score - Motion Picture).

Barry was born John Barry Prendergast, in York, England and was the son of a musically talented mother and a charismatic Irish father. He was raised in and around cinemas in Northern England.

His father, Jack Xavier Prendergast, from Cork, was a projectionist during the silent movie era who ended up owning a chain of movie theaters across the north. Often, while watching a film, Barry would note with pen and paper, what worked or what did not.

His childhood background in movies influenced Barry's music interests.

Barry moved to California in 1970 as a tax exile, with a British judge accusing him of emigrating to avoid paying £134,000 due the Inland Revenue. The matter was resolved in the late 1980s and Barry was able to return to the UK.[5] He subsequently lived for many years in the United States, mainly in Oyster Bay, New York, on Long Island, since 1980.

Barry was married four times. His first three marriages, to Barbara Pickard (1959–63); Jane Birkin (1965–68); and Jane Sidey (1969–71), all ended in divorce. He married his fourth wife Laurie in 1976, to whom he remained married until his death. The couple had a son, Jonpatrick. Barry had three daughters from previous liaisons: Susie, Sian and Kate.

Barry died of a heart attack on 30 January 2011 at his Oyster Bay home aged 77 years. His was survived by Laurie, his wife of 33 years, as well as by four children and five grandchildren.

He is best known for composing 11 James Bond soundtracks and was hugely influential on the 007 series' distinctive style.

 Oscar for Best Music Original Score 1966, Born Free
  Oscar for Best Music Original Song 1966, Born Free
  Oscar for Best Music Original Score 1968, The Lion in Winter
  Oscar for Best Music Original Score 1985, Out of Africa
  Oscar for Best Music Original Score 1990, Dances with Wolves
   Songwriters Hall of Fame
   Officer of the British Empire 1999
   FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
   Deadfall (11-Sep-1968) Himself

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Awards and nominations

Five Academy Awards

   * 1967 Best Original Song for "Born Free" from Born Free
   * 1967 Best Original Music Score for Born Free
   * 1969 Best Original Music Score for a Motion Picture (not a Musical) for The Lion in Winter
   * 1986 Best Original Score for Out of Africa
   * 1991 Best Original Score for Dances with Wolves

Academy Award nominations

   * 1972 Best Original Dramatic Score for Mary, Queen of Scots
   * 1993 Best Original Score for Chaplin

BAFTA Award

   * 1969 Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music for The Lion in Winter

BAFTA Fellowship Award

   * 2005

BAFTA nominations

   * 1987 Best Score for Out of Africa
   * 1992 Best Original Score for Dances with Wolves

Emmy Award nominations

   * 1964 Outstanding Achievement in Composing Original Music for Television for Elizabeth Taylor in London (a 1963 television special)
   * 1977 Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Special (Dramatic Underscore) for Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years

Barry was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1998.

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Other major film scores

   * Beat Girl (1960)
   * Never Let Go (1960)
   * The Cool Mikado (1962)
   * The Amorous Prawn (1962)
   * The L-Shaped Room (1962)
   * Man in the Middle (1963)
   * A Jolly Bad Fellow (1964)
   * Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)
   * Zulu (1964)
   * Boy and Bicycle (1965)
   * Mister Moses (1965)
   * Four in the Morning (1965)
   * The Party's Over (1965)
   * The Knack …and How to Get It (1965)
   * King Rat (1965)
   * The Ipcress File (1965)
   * Born Free (1966) (Two Academy Awards - Best Music, Original Song (lyrics by Don Black), Best Music, Original Music Score, Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture)
   * The Chase (1966)
   * The Wrong Box (1966)
   * The Quiller Memorandum (1966)
   * The Whisperers (1967)
   * Dutchman (1967)
   * Boom! (1968)
   * Petulia (1968)
   * Deadfall (1968)
   * The Lion in Winter (1968) (Academy Award - Best Music, Original Score for a Motion Picture, BAFTA Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music, Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Original Score)
   * The Appointment (1969)
   * Midnight Cowboy (1969) (Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition)
   * Monte Walsh (1970)
   * They Might Be Giants (1971)
   * Murphy's War (1971)
   * Walkabout (1971)
   * The Last Valley (1971)
   * Mary, Queen of Scots (1971) (Academy Award nomination for Best Music, Original Dramatic Score, Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Original Score)
   * Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1972)
   * Follow Me! (1972)
   * A Doll's House (1973 Garland film) (1973)
   * The Tamarind Seed (1974)
   * The Dove (1974) (Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Original Song)
   * The Day of the Locust (film) (1975)
   * King Kong (1976)
   * Robin and Marian (1976)
   * The Deep (1977) (Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Original Song - Motion Picture)
   * First Love (1977)
   * The White Buffalo (1977)
   * Game Of Death (1978)
   * The Betsy (1978)
   * Starcrash (1978)
   * Hanover Street (1979)
   * The Black Hole (1979)
   * Somewhere in Time (1980) (Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Original Score - Motion Picture)
   * Touched by Love (1980)
   * Inside Moves (1980)
   * Night Games (1980)
   * Raise the Titanic (1980)
   * The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981 film) (1981) (Razzie Award for Worst Musical Score)
   * Body Heat (1981)
   * Frances (1982)
   * Murder By Phone (1982)
   * Hammett (1982)
   * The Golden Seal (1983)
   * High Road to China (1983)
   * The Cotton Club (1984)
   * Until September (1984)
   * Mike's Murder (1984)
   * Jagged Edge (1985)
   * Out of Africa (1985) (Academy Award - Best Music, Original Score, BAFTA Award nomination for Best Original Film Score)
   * Howard the Duck (1986)
   * A Killing Affair (1986)
   * The Golden Child (1986)
   * Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
   * Hearts of Fire (1987)
   * Masquerade (1988)
   * Dances with Wolves (1990) (Academy Award - Best Music, Original Score, BAFTA Award nomination for Best Original Film Score, Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Original Score - Motion Picture)
   * Chaplin (1992) (Academy Award nomination for Best Music, Original Score, Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Original Score - Motion Picture)
   * Ruby Cairo (1993)
   * My Life (1993)
   * Indecent Proposal (1993)
   * The Specialist (1994)
   * Cry, The Beloved Country (1995)
   * Across The Sea of Time (1995) (3D IMAX movie)
   * The Scarlet Letter (1995)
   * Swept from the Sea (1997)
   * Mercury Rising (1998)
   * Playing by Heart (1998)
   * Enigma (2001)

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Musicals

   * Passion Flower Hotel (1965)
   * Lolita, My Love (1971), a musical comedy (text by Alan Jay Lerner) based on Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita
   * Billy (1974)
   * The Little Prince and the Aviator (1981)
   * Brighton Rock (2004)

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Television themes

   * Dateline London (1962)
   * Elizabeth Taylor in London (Grammy award nomination) (1963)
   * Juke Box Jury (1959–1967)
   * The Human Jungle (1963–1965)
   * Impromptu (1964)
   * Sophia Loren in Rome (1964)
   * The Newcomers (TV series) (1965–1969)
   * Vendetta (1966) (1966)
   * The Persuaders! (1971–1972)
   * The Adventurer (1972–1973)
   * Orson Welles' Great Mysteries (1973)
   * The Glass Menagerie (1973)
   * Born Free (TV series) (1974)
   * Love Among the Ruins (film) (1975)
   * Eleanor and Franklin (1976)
   * Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977)
   * The War Between the Tates (1977)
   * Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy (1977)
   * The Gathering (1977 film) (1977)
   * The Corn is Green (1979)
   * Willa (1979)
   * Svengali (1983)
   * USA Today-The TV series (1988)
   * The Witness (1992)
   * John Barry-Moviola (1993)

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Other works

   * Stringbeat (1961)
   * The Americans (1975)
   * The Beyondness of Things (1999)
   * Eternal Echoes (2001)
   * The Seasons - no release date set

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Hit singles

   * "Hit And Miss" as The John Barry Seven plus Four, UK#10 (first charted 1960)
   * "Beat For Beatniks" as The John Barry Orchestra, UK#40 (1960)
   * "Never Let Go" as The John Barry Orchestra, UK#49 (1960)
   * "Blueberry Hill" as The John Barry Orchestra, UK#34 (1960)
   * "Walk Don't Run" as The John Barry Seven, UK#11 (1960)
   * "Black Stockings" as The John Barry Seven, UK#27 (1960)
   * "The Magnificent Seven" as The John Barry Seven, UK#45 (1961)
   * "Cutty Sark" as The John Barry Seven, UK#35 (1962)
   * "The James Bond Theme" as The John Barry Orchestra, UK#13 (1962)
   * "From Russia With Love" as The John Barry Orchestra, UK#39 (1963)
   * "Theme From 'The Persuaders'" as John Barry, UK#13 (1971)

The 4 highest-charting hits all spent more than 10 weeks in the UK top 50.

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John Barry's Timeline

1933
November 3, 1933
York, UK
1959
1959
Age 25
1963
1963
Age 29
1965
1965
Age 31
1968
1968
Age 34
1969
1969
Age 35
1971
1971
Age 37
1978
January 3, 1978
Age 44
2011
January 30, 2011
Age 77
New York, NY, USA