Walter Scharf

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    Information From IMDb

    Date of Birth
    1 August 1910, New York, New York, USA

    Date of Death
    24 February 2003, Brentwood, California, USA (heart failure)

    Betty Scharf (? - 24 February 2003) (his death) 2 children

    Child: daughter Susan.

    Mini Biography
    Born and raised in New York City, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants,
    Walter Scharf started playing music at an early age, helping his uncle play the piano for silent films.
    He got his first real Broadway gig at the age of 17, orchestrating George Gershwin's "Girl Crazy."
    He also played in several college shows written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart.
    Later, he worked as a session musician in the early years of recording, along with Glenn Miller
    and the Dorsey brothers. He took his earnings and studied at New York University,
    even spending a year and a half studying in Berlin, witnessing the rise of the Nazis in 1932.

    Back in New York, he became the accompanist for the legendary chanteuse Helen Morgan,
    who introduced him to the world of film with "Manhattan Melodrama." Her sometime substitute, Alice Faye,
    coaxed Walter to join Rudy Vallee's orchestra, playing at the Embassy Club,
    and eventually going to Hollywood with them to make "Sweet Music" at Warner Brothers.
    His film music career continued through six decades working extensively with stars such as
    Shirley Temple, Al Jolson, Irving Berlin, Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Martin and Lewis, Frank Sinatra,
    Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, and Michael Jackson.
    IMDb Mini Biography By: Gregg Wager

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    Best Wishes
    London- England

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  • Another name not so well recognized,
    Walter Scharf, was a prolific composer
    and Musical Director, who worked with many big names.
    He worked on many TV series,
    including, The Man From Uncle, Ben Casey, Mission Impossible.
    His film music career continued through six decades,
    working extensively with stars such as
    Shirley Temple, Al Jolson, Irving Berlin, Bing Crosby,
    Danny Kaye, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley,
    Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, and Duke.

    He was the Composer
    on 3 involving Duke,

    Dakota (1945)
    The Fighting Seabees (1944)
    In Old Oklahoma (1943)

    Best Wishes
    London- England

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  • If I'm not mistaken, Walter Scharf wrote the recognizable fanfare from the "National Geographic" series.

    Jay, you're quite right my friend,
    in addition to his other wonderful work,
    he became best-known for his music for the
    National Geographic and
    The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau documentaries,

    Best Wishes
    London- England