Emil Newman (January 20, 1911—August 30, 1984) was an American composer and conductor who worked on more than 200 films and TV shows. He was nominated for an Oscar for his musical direction on the classic Sun Valley Serenade (1941).
A native of Connecticut, Newman entered films in 1940 as the musical director on 13 films. He was credited on 25 films in 1941 and 28 in 1942, one of which, Whispering Ghosts, contained his first (uncredited) contribution as a composer. He had 15 titles in 1943, including "Musical Direction" for the all-black musical Stormy Weather and the 20th Century Fox wartime film Chetniks! The Fighting Guerrillas, 19 in 1944, 17 in 1945 and 16 in 1946, including Hugo Friedhofer's Academy Award score for The Best Years of Our Lives, which he also conducted. Between 1950 and 1965, Newman was the composer on 23 films, most of which were lower-budget B movies. He also provided the music for numerous 1950s TV shows.
Family connections, marriage and children
Emil Newman's older brother was renowned film composer Alfred Newman (1901–1970), whose sons David and Thomas are also composers. His younger brother was another famous film composer, Lionel Newman(1916–1989), whose grandson Joey Newman is a film and TV composer. Another brother, Irving, was the father of still another acclaimed film musical personality, songwriter Randy Newman.
Newman was married to bit-part actress Eva May Hoffman aka Eve Farrell. They had two children, daughter Arleen (born 1939) and son William Robert (born August 14, 1937).
William Robert Newman is the father of Jill Newman, Sarah Devries, Memo Marcus and Jaice Newman. The offspring of Arleen Newman and Dennis Crosby (son of Bing Crosby) are Erin Colleen Crosby and Kelly Lee Crosby. Dennis also adopted Katherine Denise Buelle, Arleen's daughter by her first husband Mike Buelle.