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Harry Sukman
Historical photo of Harry Sukman
Born(1912-12-02)December 2, 1912
DiedDecember 2, 1984(1984-12-02) (aged 72)
Occupation(s)film and television composer
Years active1920s–1980s

Harry Sukman (December 2, 1912 – December 2, 1984) was an American film and television composer.

Life and career

Sukman was born in Chicago in 1912. He started his musical career in the 1920s, when he was a teenager. He composed music scores for movies like Salem's Lot.

He married Francesca Paley in 1946, and the two stayed married until his death. They had one child, Susan McCray.

He won an Oscar and was nominated for two Oscars.[1] He won the best musical song score Oscar at the 1960 Academy Awards (shared with Morris Stoloff) for Song Without End. He was also nominated for Fanny and The Singing Nun. All 3 were in Best Score.

Sukman died of a heart attack on his 72nd birthday, December 2, 1984.[2]




  1. ^ "Harry Sukman". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2020-02-26.
  2. ^ "Harry Sukman, a Composer;Won Oscar for Film Score". The New York Times. December 5, 1984. Retrieved June 10, 2021.