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Nelson Riddle

AKA Nelson Smock Riddle, Jr.

Born: 1-Jun-1921
Birthplace: Oradell, NJ
Died: 6-Oct-1985
Location of death: Los Angeles, CA
Cause of death: Hepatitis
Remains: Buried, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, CA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Composer, Musician

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Bandleader, orchestral arranger

Military service: US Merchant Marine (1943-45); US Army (1945-46)

Father: Nelson Smock Riddle
Mother: Marie Albertine
Wife: Doreen Moran (m. 10-Oct-1945, div. 22-Jan-1970, two sons, five daughters)
Son: Nelson III (b. 1947)
Daughter: Rosemary (b. 1948)
Son: Christopher (b. 1950)
Daughter: Bettina (b. 1954)
Daughter: Leonora Celeste (b. 1957)
Daughter: Cecily Jean (b. 1962)
Daughter: Maureen Alicia (b. 1962)
Wife: Naomi Tenenholtz (m. 11-Apr-1970, until his death, d. 1998)

    High School: Ridgewood High School, Ridgewood, NJ

    Oscar for Best Music Original Song 1975 for The Great Gatsby

Official Website:

Author of books:
Arranged by Nelson Riddle (1985, music textbook)

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