Hugo Friedhofer

Active - 1932 - 1972  |   Born - May 3, 1902   |   Died - May 3, 1981   |   Genres - Drama, Romance, Adventure, War, Western

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Biography by Hal Erickson

Unique among the major Hollywood composers of the 1940s, most of whom were foreign born, Hugo Friedhofer was a California boy through and through. The son of a cello player, Friedhofer became a symphony cellist himself, after briefly pursuing painting as a vocation. He entered films in 1929 as orchestrator of such early-talkie Fox musicals as Sunny Side Up. His first credit as a full composer was for the 1937 Samuel Goldwyn production The Adventures of Marco Polo. Nominated for six Academy Awards during his five-decade movie career, Hugo Friedhofer took home the Oscar for his brilliant work on Goldwyn's The Best Years of Our Lives (1946).

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