retired film composer
John Leonard Morris
October 18, 1926 (age 89) (
Elizabeth, New Jersey
Young Frankenstein, The Elephant Man
Academy Award for Best Original Song, Academy Award for Best Original Music Score
The Elephant Man, Blazing Saddles, Clue: The Movie, Young Frankenstein, Le sherif est en prison
Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Ronny Graham, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn
The elephant man 1980 theme by john morris
John Leonard Morris (born October 18, 1926) is a retired American film and television composer, best known for his work with filmmaker Mel Brooks.
Life and career
Morris was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He has had a long career of composing music for Mel Brooks, starting in 1968 with The Producers which was Brooks' first film. Morris continued to write the scores and songs for most of Brooks' films. However, the music of Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Dracula: Dead and Loving It were both composed by Hummie Mann. In an interview with Film Score Monthly, Brooks explained that Morris couldn't do the music for Men in Tights or Dead and Loving It due to other commitments. Morris also composed the music to To Be or Not to Be, a film in which Brooks starred as well as wrote but did not direct. The original music for The Elephant Man, a film that was produced by Brooks, was also scored by Morris. John was the only person who managed to film The Ramones live at the CBGB's back in 1974. Some of his footage was used in the DVD It's Alive.
According to Brooks on an audio commentary of Young Frankenstein, Morris' best scores written for his movies were The Elephant Man and Young Frankenstein.