Walter Greene

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Walter Greene
Born (1910-01-23)January 23, 1910
Tarkio, Missouri
Died December 23, 1983(1983-12-23) (aged 73)
Victorville, California

Walter Greene (January 23, 1910 – December 23, 1983) was a film and television composer who worked on numerous productions for over 30 years.


His early career consisted of music scores for films such as Jesse James' Women (1954), Teenage Doll (1957), The Brain from Planet Arous (1957), Teenage Monster (1958), War of the Satellites (1958) and Thunder in Carolina (1960). He earned an Academy Award nomination in 1946 for his score to the 1945 film Why Girls Leave Home. Greene also provided the score for the German/Polish 1960 film First Spaceship on Venus.

Greene is best known for providing musical scores for numerous Pink Panther, The Inspector and Misterjaw animated shorts in the 1960s and 1970s, replacing William Lava (who died in 1971 during production), starting with the 21st entry in the series, Pink-A-Boo. Greene's memorable scores were built around "The Pink Panther Theme" composed by Henry Mancini, creating different variations of the famous theme. Unlike the music scores composed by Bill Lava, which were custom made for a specific entry, Greene's compositions were generic and could be reused more freely. Indeed, Greene's scores appeared frequently from Pink-A-Boo in 1966 until the final Pink Panther theatrical short, Therapeutic Pink in 1977.

Greene also had a brief stint creating music for six Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies shorts from 1966 to 1967:

He also provided music scores in the Walter Lantz Productions cartoons, first credited in the 1963 film Greedy Gabby Gator. Starting with Hot Time on Ice, Greene would be the sole composer of the Lantz cartoons until its close, on 1972.


Greene died on December 23, 1983 in Victorville, California, shortly after the Pink Panther cartoons were internationally syndicated.

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