David Chudnow

Active - 1938 - 1976  |   Born - Jan 1, 1901   |   Died - Apr 8, 2002   |   Genres - Drama, Comedy, Western, Crime, Action

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Biography by Jason Buchanan

A studio musical director whose notable career ironically began in the silent era, David Chudnow eventually acquired nearly 200 credits as musical director/supervisor, composer, and, in his later years, producer. A Russian native who immigrated to Milwaukee at the age of two, Chudnow began developing a lifelong love of music when as a child he frequented and often played with the local symphony. A move to L.A. in his teens found the musically inclined student continuing to develop his skills, and Chudnow would later play with local dance bands and playing music on silent film lots to establish a mood during shooting. Already on the inside of the industry during the advent of sound, Chudnow began making a living by supplying independent producers with orchestras and composers to score their films. Racking up credits on such features as The Devil Bat (1940), Nabonga (1944), Black Beauty (1946), and Valentino (1951) found him gaining increasing prominence in the industry, and after ending his career as a musical composer and supervisor, Chudnow began producing such films as Just for the Hell of It (1968) and The Doberman Gang (1972). Married to wife Rosemund in 1940 and bearing a son who became a film editor, Chudnow died in April of 2002 in his Beverly Hills Home. He was 99.

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