Dave Grusin

Academy Award winning composer Dave Grusin is considered a living legend in film history. His sophisticated and witty comedies include Heaven Can Wait (Academy Award nominated), Tootsie (Academy Award and Grammy Award nominated), The Goonies, Murder by Death, The Graduate (Grammy Award winner), and The Goodbye Girl. His award-winning scores can be heard in such movies as The Milagro Beanfield War (Academy Award winner and Golden Globe nominated), Reds, and The Fabulous Baker Boys (Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated, Grammy winner).

Grusin’s other nominated scores can be found in such films as Three Days of the Condor (Grammy Award nominated), The Champ (Academy Award nominated), On Golden Pond (Academy Award and Grammy Award nominated), For the Boys (Golden Globe nominated), Havana (Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Grammy nominated), The Firm (Academy Award and Grammy Award nominated), The Cure (Academy Award and Grammy Award nominated), Selena (Grammy Award nominated), and Dinner with Friends (Emmy Award nominated). Other credits include Tequila Sunrise, Lucas, Falling in Love, The Pope of Greenwich Village, Racing with the Moon, Absence of Malice, My Bodyguard, The Electric Horseman, And Justice for All, and The Front. For television, Grusin composed the retro-cool caper themes to It Takes a Thief, The Name of the Game, and Baretta, as well as the theme for St. Elsewhere. He recently scored the feel-good, coming-of-age drama Skating To New York hit theatres in 2014.

“As American as apple pie” (says film music historian Jon Burlingame), Grusin grew up in Colorado, where he became particularly adept at jazz piano. He took his playing and arranging skills with him to New York, then L.A., where he moved into television and eventually film. In short time, he became a fixture and a legend.