John Cacavas (1930–2014)

Composer | Soundtrack | Music Department
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KNOWN FOR 
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) | Live Free or Die Hard (2007) | Survivor (2015)
AWARDS 
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win More »
BORN 
Aug 13, 1930 (died Jan 28, 2014)

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Past Film & Video (49 titles)YEARBUDGETUS Gross / WORLDWIDE
  • Primary photo for First MatchFirst Match Writer ("Bay Street March") (as John Harry Cacavas)  Less 2018
  • Primary photo for The Polka KingThe Polka King Writer ("I'm the Singer, You're the Song I Sing")  Less 2017
  • Primary photo for Super Dark TimesSuper Dark Times Performer ("All Because of Mr. Santa Claus", "It's Christmas, Baby"), Writer ("All Because of Mr. Santa Claus", "It's Christmas, Baby")  Less 2017 $33K / —
  • Primary photo for DalidaDalida Lyrics ("The Way To Your Heart"), Music ("The Way To Your Heart"), Writer ("The Way To Your Heart")  Less 2016 €15MM
  • Primary photo for Jenny's WeddingJenny's Wedding Writer ("86400 Seconds in Each Day")  Less 2015 $2K / —
  • Primary photo for SurvivorSurvivor Writer ("I Love This Time Of Year")  Less 2015 $20MM
  • Primary photo for StretchStretch Writer ("BLUEBIRD")  Less 2014 $5MM
  • Primary photo for X-Men: Days of Future PastX-Men: Days of Future Past Arranger ("Star Spangled Banner")  Less 2014 $200MM $234MM / $748MM
  • Primary photo for The HuntersThe Hunters Writer ("All Because of Mr. Santa Claus")  Less 2011
  • Primary photo for A Very Harold & Kumar 3D ChristmasA Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas Writer ("Has Anybody Seen Kris Kringle?", "Christmas with the One That I Love")  Less 2011 $19MM $35MM / —
  • Primary photo for ShanghaiShanghai Writer ("Grand Hotel Waltz")  Less 2010 $50MM $45K / —
  • Primary photo for Di Di HollywoodDi Di Hollywood Writer ("Curtain Up")  Less 2010
  • Primary photo for Wall Street: Money Never SleepsWall Street: Money Never Sleeps Writer ("Two Latin Lovers")  Less 2010 $70MM $52MM / $135MM
  • Primary photo for La vida empieza hoyLa vida empieza hoy Writer ("My Baby Comes Home to Me")  Less 2010
  • Primary photo for Casino Jack and the United States of MoneyCasino Jack and the United States of Money Soundtrack ("TRUMPET", "TIME AND AGAIN", "NATIONAL ANTHEM OF USSR")  Less 2010 $176K / —
  • Primary photo for My One and OnlyMy One and Only Writer ("Pick and Pluck")  Less 2009 $2.5MM / —
  • Primary photo for The Accidental HusbandThe Accidental Husband Writer ("Even Steven", "Bluebird", "Showtime")  Less 2008
  • Primary photo for Melodrama HabibiMelodrama Habibi Music ("Where have you been all my life ?")  Less 2008
  • Primary photo for College Road TripCollege Road Trip Arranger ("National Emblem"), Performer ("National Emblem")  Less 2008 $46MM / —
  • Primary photo for Live Free or Die HardLive Free or Die Hard Arranger ("Hail to the Chief")  Less 2007 $110MM $135MM / $384MM
  • Primary photo for Les ambitieuxLes ambitieux Writer ("Here Comes The Sun", "All Day", "Out Of My Dreams")  Less 2006
  • Primary photo for Deck the HallsDeck the Halls Arranger ("Star Spangled Banner")  Less 2006 $35MM / —
  • Primary photo for Boo, Zino & the SnurksBoo, Zino & the Snurks Writer ("Teach The World to Love")  Less 2004
  • Primary photo for Sweet DestinySweet Destiny Arranger ("The Washington Post")  Less 2004 CAD 1.2MM
  • Primary photo for MiracleMiracle Writer ("Time and Time Again")  Less 2004 $28MM $64MM / $64MM
  • Primary photo for Speedway JunkySpeedway Junky Writer ("Sunday Drive")  Less 1999 $1MM $17K / —
  • Primary photo for Girls TownGirls Town Writer ("Half Time Show - 2", "Rah-Rah March - 2")  Less 1996 $403K / —
  • Primary photo for Rescue MeRescue Me Writer ("Onward Central High")  Less 1992 $199K / —
  • Primary photo for Paris by NightParis by Night Music ("Noble Fanfare No.3") (uncredited)  Less 1988
  • Primary photo for They're Playing with FireThey're Playing with Fire Composer, Conductor, Lyrics ("Playing With Fire"), Music ("Playing With Fire")  Less 1984
  • Primary photo for MortuaryMortuary Composer, Composer (songs), Conductor  Less 1983 $250K $4.3MM / —
  • Primary photo for Gangster WarsGangster Wars Composer  Less 1981
  • Primary photo for Separate WaysSeparate Ways Composer, Conductor, Music ("One More Time")  Less 1981
  • Primary photo for Hangar 18Hangar 18 Composer, Conductor  Less 1980 $11MM $6MM / —
  • Primary photo for A Walk in the SunA Walk in the Sun Music ("Greek Dance") (uncredited)  Less 1978
  • Primary photo for Chez NousChez Nous Music ("Cathedral Kazoo")  Less 1978
  • Primary photo for Airport '77Airport '77 Composer, Conductor  Less 1977 $6MM $30MM / —
  • Primary photo for LizLiz Music ("The Fixer") (uncredited)  Less 1976
  • Primary photo for BuddiesBuddies Music ("Whisper Samba") (uncredited)  Less 1976
  • Primary photo for The HindenburgThe Hindenburg Arranger ("Mountaineer March", "Vienna, Always Vienna", "Regimental March", "Deutschland Uber Alles") (uncredited)  Less 1975 $15MM $28MM / —
  • Primary photo for Airport 1975Airport 1975 Composer, Conductor (uncredited), Orchestrator (uncredited)  Less 1974 $3MM $47MM / —
  • Primary photo for The Satanic Rites of DraculaThe Satanic Rites of Dracula Composer  Less 1973
  • Primary photo for Senza ragioneSenza ragione Composer (song)  Less 1973
  • Primary photo for BladeBlade Composer, Conductor, Music Arranger  Less 1973
  • Primary photo for Horror ExpressHorror Express Composer  Less 1972 $300K
  • Primary photo for Pancho VillaPancho Villa Music ("We All End Up the Same")  Less 1972
  • Primary photo for The Dirty DozenThe Dirty Dozen Arranger ("National Emblem") (uncredited)  Less 1967 $5.4MM $45MM / —
  • Primary photo for The VictorsThe Victors Arranger ("Wedding March" in C major) (uncredited)  Less 1963
  • Primary photo for The Bank RaidersThe Bank Raiders Music ("Manhattan Cowboy") (uncredited)  Less 1958
Past Television (83 titles)YEAREPISODE COUNT
  • Primary photo for Get ShortyGet Shorty (TV Series) Writer ("Reverent Hymn") (1 episode, 2017), Performer ("Reverent Hymn") (1 episode, 2017)  Less 2017 1
    • A Man of Letters (Sep 3, 2017) Performer ("Reverent Hymn"), Writer ("Reverent Hymn")  Less
  • Primary photo for The Last TycoonThe Last Tycoon (TV Series) Writer ("Underneath the Mistletoe") (1 episode, 2017)  Less 2017 1
    • A Brady-American Christmas (Jul 28, 2017) Writer ("Underneath the Mistletoe") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie ReynoldsBright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (TV Movie) Writer ("I'd Rather Be Blue Thinking of You" (from tt0062994)) (uncredited)  Less 2016
  • Primary photo for VelvetVelvet (TV Series) Writer ("Why Wonder Why") (2 episodes, 2014), Writer ("Here Comes the Sun") (2 episodes, 2015), Writer ("Where Have You Been All My Life") (1 episode, 2015), Writer ("Maybe Baby", "Here Comes the Sun") (1 episode, 2015), Writer ("All Day", "Whywonder Why") (1 episode, 2014), Writer ("Out of My Dreams") (1 episode, 2015), Writer ("I Love This Time of the Year") (1 episode, 2014), Writer ("I'm the Singer, You're the Song I Sing", "In French the Words Are Beautiful") (1 episode, 2015), Writer ("Maybe Baby") (1 episode, 2015), Writer ("Fool That I Am") (1 episode, 2015), Writer ("The Moonlight Remembers") (1 episode, 2016), Writer ("All Day", "Out of My Dreams") (1 episode, 2015)  Less 2014–2016 14
    • Regalos inesperados (Nov 30, 2016) Writer ("The Moonlight Remembers")  Less
    • En juego (Nov 16, 2016) Writer ("Why Wonder Why")  Less
    • Y la vida sigue... (Dec 3, 2015) Writer ("I'm the Singer, You're the Song I Sing", "In French the Words Are Beautiful")  Less
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  • Primary photo for SupernaturalSupernatural (TV Series) Writer ("Has Anybody Seen Kris Kringle") (1 episode, 2016), Writer ("All Because of Mr. Santa Claus") (1 episode, 2007), Performer ("Has Anybody Seen Kris Kringle") (1 episode, 2016), Performer ("All Because of Mr. Santa Claus") (1 episode, 2007)  Less 2007–2016 2
    • The Devil in the Details (Jan 20, 2016) Performer ("Has Anybody Seen Kris Kringle"), Writer ("Has Anybody Seen Kris Kringle")  Less
    • A Very Supernatural Christmas (Dec 13, 2007) Performer ("All Because of Mr. Santa Claus"), Writer ("All Because of Mr. Santa Claus")  Less
  • Primary photo for GermanesGermanes (TV Movie) Writer ("I Wouldn't Want to Dance With You")  Less 2012
  • Primary photo for True BloodTrue Blood (TV Series) Writer ("Moonlight Remembers") (1 episode, 2011), Performer ("Moonlight Remembers") (1 episode, 2011)  Less 2011 1
    • I'm Alive and on Fire (Jul 17, 2011) Performer ("Moonlight Remembers") (uncredited), Writer ("Moonlight Remembers") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for LærkevejLærkevej (TV Series) Music ("We May Never Pass This Way Again") (2 episodes, 2010)  Less 2010 2
    • Vand på flaske (Nov 11, 2010) Music ("We May Never Pass This Way Again")  Less
    • Flotte fyr (Oct 28, 2010) Music ("We May Never Pass This Way Again")  Less
  • Primary photo for DamagesDamages (TV Series) Performer ("The Way To Your Heart") (1 episode, 2010)  Less 2010 1
  • Primary photo for Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City of BoulderPerfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City of Boulder (TV Movie) Composer  Less 2000
  • Primary photo for The Return of IronsideThe Return of Ironside (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1993
  • Primary photo for Murder, She WroteMurder, She Wrote (TV Series) Composer (1 episode, 1992)  Less 1992 1
  • Primary photo for ColumboColumbo (TV Series) Composer (3 episodes, 1989)  Less 1989–1991 3
  • Primary photo for MatlockMatlock (TV Series) Composer (3 episodes, 1986)  Less 1986–1991 3
  • Primary photo for Kojak: None So BlindKojak: None So Blind (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1990
  • Primary photo for Murder in ParadiseMurder in Paradise (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1990
  • Primary photo for ConfessionalConfessional (TV Series) Composer  Less 1989– 
  • Primary photo for Margaret Bourke-WhiteMargaret Bourke-White (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1989
  • Primary photo for Dirty Dozen: The SeriesDirty Dozen: The Series (TV Series) Composer (1 episode, 1988)  Less 1988 1
  • Primary photo for The EqualizerThe Equalizer (TV Series) Composer (5 episodes, 1988)  Less 1988 5
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  • Primary photo for The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal MissionThe Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1988
  • Primary photo for Body of EvidenceBody of Evidence (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1988
  • Primary photo for Police Story: The Freeway KillingsPolice Story: The Freeway Killings (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1987
  • Primary photo for The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly MissionThe Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1987
  • Primary photo for Classic Ghost StoriesClassic Ghost Stories (TV Series) Music ("Psychosis") (1 episode, 1986)  Less 1986 1
    • The Ash-Tree (Dec 26, 1986) Music ("Psychosis") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Lady BlueLady Blue (TV Series) Composer (12 episodes, 1985)  Less 1985–1986 12
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  • Primary photo for A Time to TriumphA Time to Triumph (TV Movie) Composer, Conductor  Less 1986
  • Primary photo for Ripley's Believe It or Not!Ripley's Believe It or Not! (TV Series) Composer (1 episode, 1985)  Less 1985 1
  • Primary photo for Murder: By Reason of InsanityMurder: By Reason of Insanity (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1985
  • Primary photo for Jenny's WarJenny's War (TV Series) Composer (4 episodes, 1985)  Less 1985 4
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  • Primary photo for A Death in CaliforniaA Death in California (TV Mini-series) Composer (2 episodes, 1985)  Less 1985 2
  • Primary photo for CBS Schoolbreak SpecialCBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series) Composer (2 episodes, 1984)  Less 1984–1985 2
  • Primary photo for Solomon's UniverseSolomon's Universe (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1985
  • Primary photo for The Adventures of Alexander HawkinsThe Adventures of Alexander Hawkins (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1985
  • Primary photo for JessieJessie (TV Series) Composer (theme music) (10 episodes, 1984), Composer (2 episodes, 1984)  Less 1984 10
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  • Primary photo for Her Life as a ManHer Life as a Man (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1984
  • Primary photo for The Four SeasonsThe Four Seasons (TV Series) Soundtrack, Composer  Less 1984– 
  • Primary photo for For Love and HonorFor Love and Honor (TV Series) Composer (7 episodes, 1983)  Less 1983–1984 7
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  • Primary photo for JessieJessie (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1984
  • Primary photo for Women of San QuentinWomen of San Quentin (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1983
  • Primary photo for Still the BeaverStill the Beaver (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1983
  • Primary photo for ABC Weekend SpecialsABC Weekend Specials (TV Series) Composer (10 episodes, 1979)  Less 1979–1983 10
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  • Primary photo for Seven Brides for Seven BrothersSeven Brides for Seven Brothers (TV Series) Composer (6 episodes, 1982)  Less 1982–1983 6
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  • Primary photo for The Phantom of the OperaThe Phantom of the Opera (TV Movie) Composer (theme music)  Less 1983
  • Primary photo for The Executioner's SongThe Executioner's Song (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1982
  • Primary photo for Bassie & AdriaanBassie & Adriaan (TV Series) Writer ("Theme from Airport 1975") (2 episodes, 1982)  Less 1982 2
  • Primary photo for CBS Afternoon PlayhouseCBS Afternoon Playhouse (TV Series) Composer (1 episode, 1982)  Less 1982 1
  • Primary photo for American PlayhouseAmerican Playhouse (TV Series) Composer (1 episode, 1982)  Less 1982 1
  • Primary photo for The NeighborhoodThe Neighborhood (TV Movie) Composer (theme music)  Less 1982
  • Primary photo for ShannonShannon (TV Series) Composer (9 episodes, 1981)  Less 1981–1982 9
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  • Primary photo for Cry for the StrangersCry for the Strangers (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1982
  • Primary photo for Child Bride of Short CreekChild Bride of Short Creek (TV Movie) Composer (music by)  Less 1981
  • Primary photo for Border PalsBorder Pals (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1981
  • Primary photo for California Gold RushCalifornia Gold Rush (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1981
  • Primary photo for Hellinger's LawHellinger's Law (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1981
  • Primary photo for No Place to HideNo Place to Hide (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1981
  • Primary photo for Magnum, P.I.Magnum, P.I. (TV Series) Composer (1 episode, 1981)  Less 1981 1
    • Skin Deep (Jan 15, 1981) Composer (music score)  Less
  • Primary photo for Once Upon a SpyOnce Upon a Spy (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1980
  • Primary photo for EischiedEischied (TV Series) Composer (theme music) (13 episodes, 1979), Composer (10 episodes, 1979)  Less 1979–1980 13
    • Buddy System (Jul 1, 1980) Composer, Composer (theme music)  Less
    • Powder Burn (Jan 20, 1980) Composer, Composer (theme music)  Less
    • Fire for Hire (Dec 30, 1979) Composer, Composer (theme music)  Less
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  • Primary photo for Mrs. ColumboMrs. Columbo (TV Series) Composer (theme music) (13 episodes, 1979), Composer (12 episodes, 1979)  Less 1979–1980 13
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  • Primary photo for Buck Rogers in the 25th CenturyBuck Rogers in the 25th Century (TV Series) Composer (1 episode, 1980)  Less 1980 1
  • Primary photo for Hawaii Five-OHawaii Five-O (TV Series) Composer (22 episodes, 1977)  Less 1977–1980 22
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  • Primary photo for 240-Robert240-Robert (TV Series) Composer (1 episode, 1979)  Less 1979 1
  • Primary photo for Working StiffsWorking Stiffs (TV Series) Composer (3 episodes, 1979)  Less 1979 3
  • Primary photo for B.J. and the BearB.J. and the Bear (TV Series) Composer (2 episodes, 1978)  Less 1978–1979 2
  • Primary photo for Doctors' Private LivesDoctors' Private Lives (TV Mini-series) Composer (1 episode, 1979)  Less 1979 1
  • Primary photo for The Eddie Capra MysteriesThe Eddie Capra Mysteries (TV Series) Composer (9 episodes, 1978), Original Song ("Jenny B" music by) (1 episode, 1978)  Less 1978 9
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  • Primary photo for The Time MachineThe Time Machine (TV Movie) Composer, Conductor  Less 1978
  • Primary photo for Human FeelingsHuman Feelings (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1978
  • Primary photo for KojakKojak (TV Series) Composer (114 episodes, 1973), Music ("Azure Dee") (1 episode, 1975)  Less 1973–1978 114
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  • Primary photo for SuperdomeSuperdome (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1978
  • Primary photo for Ripping YarnsRipping Yarns (TV Series) Music ("Flute Poem") (1 episode, 1977)  Less 1977 1
  • Primary photo for RelentlessRelentless (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1977
  • Primary photo for Murder at the World SeriesMurder at the World Series (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1977
  • Primary photo for SST: Death FlightSST: Death Flight (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1977
  • Primary photo for Hazard's PeopleHazard's People (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1976
  • Primary photo for The Bionic WomanThe Bionic Woman (TV Series) Composer (1 episode, 1976)  Less 1976 1
  • Primary photo for Friendly PersuasionFriendly Persuasion (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1975
  • Primary photo for Kate McShaneKate McShane (TV Series) Composer (1 episode, 1975)  Less 1975 1
  • Primary photo for Amy PrentissAmy Prentiss (TV Series) Composer  Less 1974–1975
  • Primary photo for The ElevatorThe Elevator (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1974
  • Primary photo for LindaLinda (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1973
  • Primary photo for She Cried MurderShe Cried Murder (TV Movie) Composer  Less 1973
Self (2 titles)YEARBUDGETUS Gross / WORLDWIDE
Other (1 titles)YEARBUDGETUS Gross / WORLDWIDE
  • Primary photo for The Darkness IIThe Darkness II (Video Game) Writer ("The Way to Your Heart") (as John Harry Cacavas)  Less 2012

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