Charles Wolcott

Charles Wolcott ( born September 29, 1906 in Flint, Michigan, United States; † January 26, 1987 in Haifa, Israel) was an American music director, composer and film composer.


Wolcott was hired at Disney, where he worked on the orchestration of the music for Pinocchio 1940 end of the 1930s. His work remained without attribution in the credits, the same applied for his film music compositions for the animated short film Mr. Duck Steps Out in the same year and some more films until 1946. Having also worked on the orchestration of Bambi and since 1941 songs he for Disney productions had contributed, he was first employed as a music director at the Three Caballeros in Samba fever. For this, and for the same song, he received one Oscar nomination. 1946 and 1948 followed by two more nominations for an Oscar, but he was never able to accept the award. By the early 1950s, Wolcott no longer worked for Disney and was last only sporadically active as a conductor. Among the feature films The seeds of violence and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, he contributed film music, but was not called for this in the credits. In 1960 he worked for the last time in the movie business, although later previously published in several films titles were used.

For Ridvanfest 1961 he was appointed to the International Council of the Bahai religion, and in 1963 he was elected to the House of Justice in Haifa, where he worked until his death in 1987.

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