Achievers: Scoring High: Movie composer Elmer Bernstein is Mr. Versatility

Movie composer Elmer Bernstein is Mr. Versatility

No routines for composer Elmer Bernstein, thank you. "I rarely do anything at the same time each day," he says, "simply because anything you do routinely cannot possibly be fresh. I think having a life with change in it keeps you young."

Change has certainly worked for Bernstein, 80, who has been at the top of his profession for a half-century, with 200 film and TV credits and 13 Academy Award nominations. (He won an Oscar for adapting 1967's Thoroughly Modern Millie.) "Composers, like actors and directors, get typed," observes director John Landis. "But not if you're as versatile as Elmer....

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