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|Died||9 July 2014 (aged 90)|
|Occupation||Film score composer|
Thorne was born in Dereham, a town in the English county of Norfolk. Thorne began his musical career as a pianist with the big bands of England during the 1940s, playing at night clubs and the dance halls. At age 27, Thorne decided to seriously study composition with private tutors at Cambridge and later studied the organ for five years in London.
Thorne began composing scores for films in 1948. He was considered Richard Lester's composer of choice since their first work together on It's Trad, Dad! (1962), Help! (1965) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966).
When Henry Mancini was scoring Blake Edwards' 1968 film The Party with Peter Sellers, Thorne composed the soundtrack to Inspector Clouseau. He also composed the music scores for How I Won the War (1967), The Monkees movie Head (1968), The Magic Christian (1969) and The Ritz (1976). He was also hired for Richard Lester's films Superman II and III with instructions to reuse the themes composed by John Williams from the first film and adapt them for the sequels, also adding some original work. From the 1980s, Ken Thorne mainly focused on his work for TV, working predominantly with director Kevin Connor.
His television work included the theme to the 1964 BBC series R3, and he also scored incidental music for The Persuaders! and The Zoo Gang in the 1970s. His later work included the score for the miniseries Return to Lonesome Dove in 1993.
As a conductor, orchestral arranger and music coordinator, Thorne also achieved notoriety for his contributions to the English version of Franco Zeffirelli's film Brother Sun, Sister Moon in 1973.
- Three on a Spree (1961)
- It's Trad, Dad! (1962)
- She Knows Y'Know (1962)
- Dead Man's Evidence (1962)
- Master Spy (1963)
- Help! (1965)
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)
- How I Won the War (1967)
- Inspector Clouseau (1968)
- The Touchables (1968)
- Sinful Davey (1969)
- The Bed-Sitting Room (1969)
- The Magic Christian (1969)
- A Talent for Loving (1969)
- Hannie Caulder (1971)
- Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1973)
- Juggernaut (1974)
- The Ritz (1976)
- Power Play (1978)
- Arabian Adventure (1979)
- The Outsider (1980)
- Superman II (1980)
- Wolf Lake (1980)
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1982)
- The House Where Evil Dwells (1982)
- Superman III (1983)
- Lassiter (1984)
- The Evil That Men Do (1984)
- Finders Keepers (1984)
- The Trouble with Spies (1987)
- Sunset Grill (1993)
- Mary, Mother of Jesus (1999)
- In the Beginning (miniseries) (2000)
- Santa Jr. (2002)
Awards and nominations
- Academy Awards
- Winner for Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)
- Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films
- Emmy Awards
- Nominated for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music and Lyrics for "For A Love Like You" from A Season of Hope (1995) [shared with Dennis Spiegel (lyricist)]
- Grammy Awards
- Ken Thorne. supermancinema.co.uk 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
- Warwick, Neal, Brown, Tony & Kutner, Jon The Complete Book of the British Charts: Singles and Albums 2004 Omnibus Press
- American Film Institute Catalogue: Brother Sun Sister Moon - Music Credits on afi.com
- Brother Sun Sister Moon - Ken Throne conductor and arranger as shown in the credits at the conclusion of the film on archive.org
- "PASSINGS: Ken Thorne, Ben Pesta". Los Angeles Times. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
- American Film Institute Catalogue: Brother Sun Sister Moon - Music Credits - Ken Thorne conductor, arranger & music coordinator on afi.com