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John Barry (John Barry Prendergast) was born on 3 November, 1933 in York, United Kingdom, is a Composer. Discover John Barry’s Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is He in this year and how He spends money? Also learn how He earned most of John Barry networth?

Popular As John Barry Prendergast
Occupation music_department,soundtrack,composer
Age 78 years old
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Born 3 November 1933
Birthday 3 November
Birthplace York, United Kingdom
Date of death January 30, 2011
Died Place Oyster Bay, NY
Nationality United Kingdom

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He is a member of famous Music Department with the age 78 years old group.

John Barry Height, Weight & Measurements

At 78 years old, John Barry height
is 5′ 10″ (1.78 m) .

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Height 5′ 10″ (1.78 m)
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Who Is John Barry’s Wife?

His wife is Laurie Barry (m. 1978–2011)

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Wife Laurie Barry (m. 1978–2011)
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John Barry Net Worth

His net worth has been growing significantly in 2022-2023. So, how much is John Barry worth at the age of 78 years old? John Barry’s income source is mostly from being a successful Music Department. He is from United Kingdom. We have estimated
John Barry’s net worth
, money, salary, income, and assets.

Net Worth in 2023 $1 Million – $5 Million
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Source of Income Music Department

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Wikipedia John Barry Wikipedia



To date (2009), the composer holds the record for the most James Bond scores – a total of 12. Barry also holds the record for the most consecutive 007 scores – six.


In August 2008 he was working on a new album, provisionally entitled Seasons, which he has described as “a soundtrack of his life.

” A new biography, “John Barry: The Man with The Midas Touch”, by Geoff Leonard, Pete Walker, and Gareth Bramley, was published in November 2008.


In November 2007, Christine Albanel, the French Minister for Culture, appointed him Commander in the National Order of Arts and Letters. The award was made at the eighth International Festival Music and Cinema, in Auxerre, France, when, in his honour, a concert of his music also took place.


September 2006 – in London for a concert of his music at the Royal Albert Hall.


Was awarded the BAFTA Fellowship at the Odeon Theatre, Leicester Square, London, February 12, 2005, becoming the first composer to receive the honour.


In 2004 he re-united with Don Black to write his fifth stage musical, Brighton Rock, which enjoyed a limited run at The Almeida Theatre in London. He continued to appear at concerts of his own music, often making brief appearances at the podium.


On Tuesday June 25, 2002, he was confirmed as an Honorary Freeman of the City of York in a special ceremony at the city’s Assembly Rooms. He received his award from City of York Council at a special luncheon at the Assembly Rooms where he once used to play trumpet in a jazz band on Saturday nights in the 1950s.


He was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1999 Queen’s Birthday Honors List for his services to music.


Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1998.


Japanese film and television composer Shiro Sagisu has acknowledged Barry’s work as an influence; in fact, one of Shirô’s compositions for Shin seiki evangerion (1995) is a blatant homage to a theme called “007” which appears in several James Bond film scored by Barry.


Since then he scored the controversial Indecent Proposal (1993), My Life (1993), Ruby Cairo (1992), Cry, the Beloved Country (1995) and has made compilation albums for Sony (Moviola and Moviola II) and non-soundtrack albums for Decca (‘The Beyondness Of Things’ & ‘Eternal Echoes’). In the late nineties he made a staggeringly successful return to the concert arena, playing to sell-out audiences at the Royal Albert Hall. Since then he has appeared as a guest conductor at a RAH concert celebrating the life and career of Elizabeth Taylor and made brief appearances at a couple of London concerts dedicated to his music.


After serious illness in the late eighties, Barry returned with yet another Oscar success with Dances with Wolves (1990) and was also nominated for Chaplin (1992).


He was unable to score Licence To Kill (1989) as he was undergoing throat surgery, so Michael Kamen filled in.


He suffered a rupture of the oesophagus in 1988, following a toxic reaction to a health tonic he had consumed. The incident rendered him unable to work for two years and left him vulnerable to pneumonia.


He recorded a score for Howard the Duck (1986) that went unused, after producer Gloria Katz deemed it to be too old-fashioned and lacking in energy. Sylvester Levay was hired to rescore much of the film, including nearly the entire final third act.


He was invited to do the music for Never Say Never Again (1983), but he politely declined, out of respect for Albert R. Broccoli, and his association with EON Productions.


This was achieved, not only by continuing to experiment and diversify, but also by mixing larger budget commissions of the calibre of Body Heat (1981), Jagged Edge (1985), Out of Africa (1985) (another Oscar) and The Cotton Club (1984) with smaller ones such as the TV movies, Touched by Love (1980) and Svengali (1983).


Other successes included: Somewhere in Time (1980), Frances (1982), three more Bond films, and Peggy Sue Got Married (1986).


He was unable to score The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and For Your Eyes Only (1981) as he was unavailable to work in the United Kingdom because of tax reasons. Marvin Hamlisch and Bill Conti filled in.


He had been living there for about a year, during which time he turned down all film scoring opportunities, until he received an invitation to write the score for the American TV movie, Eleanor and Franklin (1976).

However, during this period, he was also offered Robin and Marian (1976) and King Kong (1976), which caused his stay to be extended. He was eventually to live and work in the hotel for almost a year, as more assignments were offered and accepted. His stay on America’s West Coast eventually lasted almost five years, during which time he met and married his wife, Laurie, who lived with him at his Beverly Hills residence. They moved to Oyster Bay, New York and have since split their time between there and a house in Cadogan Square, London. After adopting a seemingly lower profile towards the end of the seventies, largely due to the relatively obscure nature of the commissions he accepted, the eighties saw John Barry re-emerge once more into the cinematic limelight.


In order to accomplish the task, he booked into the Beverly Hills Hotel for six weeks in October 1975.


Then, in 1974, he made the decision to leave his Thameside penthouse apartment for the peace of a remote villa he was having built in Majorca.


He was unavailable to score Live and Let Die (1973), so George Martin stepped in.


In the seventies he scored the cult film Walkabout (1971), The Last Valley (1971), Mary, Queen of Scots (1971) (Oscar nomination), wrote the theme for The Persuaders! (1971), a musical version of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and the hit musical Billy.


His “We Have All the Time in the World,” sung by Louis Armstrong, from the soundtrack of the Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) — in which 007 weds — was found in 2005 to be the third most popular choice for UK just-married couples’ first dance (after Bryan Adams and The Carpenters).


When Barry won Oscars for “Best Music, Original Music Score” and “Best Music, Original Song” from Born Free (1966), not only was it his first Oscar victory, it was also the first time an Englishman had won both those particular categories. Barry first heard of his wins from friend (and future “Phantom of the Opera” star) Michael Crawford who’d seen the ceremonies on TV in New York and called him in the UK with the news.


From this very modest beginning, the couple went on to collaborate on five subsequent films, including the highly acclaimed Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964), King Rat (1965) and Whisperers (1967).

Other highlights from the sixties included five more Bond films, Zulu (1964), Born Free (1966) (a double Oscar), The Lion in Winter (1968) (another Oscar) and Midnight Cowboy (1969).


Prawn (1962), Barry proved highly inventive, diverse and adaptable and, as a result, built up a reputation as an emerging talent. It was with this in mind that Noel Rogers, of United Artists Music, approached him in the summer of ’62, with a view to involving him in the music for the forthcoming James Bond film, Dr.

No (1962).

He was also assisted onto the cinematic ladder as a result of a burgeoning relationship with actor/writer turned director Bryan Forbes, who asked him to write a couple of jazz numbers for use in a club scene in Forbes’ then latest film, The L-Shaped Room (1962).


Faith had long harboured ambitions to act even before his first hit record and was offered a part in the up and coming British movie, Wild for Kicks (1960), at that time. As Barry was by then arranging not only his recordings but also his live Drumbeat material, it came as no surprise when the film company asked him to write the score to accompany Faith’s big screen debut. It should be emphasised that the film was hardly a cinematic masterpiece. However, it did give Faith a chance to demonstrate his acting potential, and Barry the chance to show just how quickly he’d mastered the technique of film music writing. Although the film and soundtrack album were both commercial successes, further film score offers failed to flood in.

On those that did, such as Never Let Go (1960) and The Amorous Mr.


This was how The John Barry Seven came into existence, and Barry successfully launched them during 1957 via a succession of tours and TV appearances. A recording contract with EMI soon followed, and although initial releases made by them failed to chart, Barry’s undoubted talent showed enough promise to influence the studio management at Abbey Road in allowing him to make his debut as an arranger and conductor for other artists on the EMI roster.

A chance meeting with a young singer named Adam Faith, whilst both were appearing on astage show version of the innovative BBC TV programme, Six-Five Special (1957), led Barry to recommend Faith for a later BBC TV series, Drumbeat (1959), which was broadcast in 1959. Faith had made two or three commercially unsuccessful records before singer/songwriter Johnny Worth, also appearing on Drumbeat, offered him a song he’d just finished entitled What Do You Want? With the assistance of the JB7 pianist, Les Reed, Barry contrived an arrangement considered suited to Faith’s soft vocal delivery, and within weeks, the record was number one. Barry (and Faith) then went from strength to strength; Faith achieving a swift succession of chart hits, with Barry joining him soon afterwards when the Seven, riding high on the wave of the early sixties instrumental boom, scored with Hit & Miss, Walk Don’t Run and Black Stockings.


John Barry was born in York, England in 1933, and was the youngest of three children. His father, Jack, owned several local cinemas and by the age of fourteen, Barry was capable of running the projection box on his own – in particular, The Rialto in York. As he was brought up in a cinematic environment, he soon began to assimilate the music which accompanied the films he saw nightly to a point when, even before he’d left St. Peters school, he had decided to become a film music composer. Helped by lessons provided locally on piano and trumpet, followed by the more exacting theory taught by tutors as diverse as Dr Francis Jackson of York Minster and William Russo, formerly arranger to Stan Kenton and His Orchestra, he soon became equipped to embark upon his chosen career, but had no knowledge of how one actually got a start in the business. A three year sojourn in the army as a bandsman combined with his evening stints with local jazz bands gave him the idea to ease this passage by forming a small band of his own.