Van Dyke Parks

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Van Dyke Parks was born on January 3, 1943 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA. He is a composer, known for The Departed (2006), Heathers (1989) and Popeye (1980). See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »


Known For

The Departed Soundtrack
Heathers Soundtrack
Popeye Hoagy, the Piano Player
The Jungle Book Soundtrack


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 2011 Music Man Murray (Documentary short)
 2007/I Dark Matter
 2006 Broken Trail (TV Mini-Series) (2 episodes)
- Part Two (2006)
- Part One (2006)
 2003 Stuart Little (TV Series short) (13 episodes)
 2003 The Company
 2002 Charms for the Easy Life (TV Movie)
 2002 Monday Night Mayhem (TV Movie) (original music by)
 2001 Call Me Claus (TV Movie)
 2001 In the Time of the Butterflies (TV Movie)
 2001 The Ponder Heart (TV Movie)
 2000 Harlan County War (TV Movie)
 1999 Border Line (TV Movie)
 1998 A Chance of Snow (TV Movie)
 1997-1998 The Wonderful World of Disney (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Noah (1998)
- Oliver Twist (1997)
 1998 Shadrach
 1997 Polar Bears: Arctic Terror (TV Movie documentary)
 1997 World of Discovery (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
 1996 The Summer of Ben Tyler (TV Movie)
 1995 The Marshal (TV Series) (14 episodes)
- Time Off for Clever Behavior (1995) ... (music by)
- These Foolish Things (1995) ... (music by)
- '65-'95 (1995) ... (music by)
- Kissing Cousins (1995) ... (music by)
- Love Is Strange (1995) ... (music by)
 1995 Wild Bill
 1994 One Christmas (TV Movie)
 1994 Next Door (TV Movie)
 1992 Out on a Limb
 1992 Eerie, Indiana (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1990 The Two Jakes
 1990 Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (TV Movie)
 1988 Rented Lips
 1988 Casual Sex?
 1987 Norman Rockwell: An American Portrait (TV Movie documentary)
 1986 Tall Tales & Legends (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Ponce de Leon (1986)
 1986 Club Paradise
 1986 Chesapeake Borne (TV Movie documentary)
 1982 The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour (TV Series) (5 episodes)
- Episode #1.5 (1982)
- Episode #1.4 (1982)
- Episode #1.3 (1982)
- Episode #1.2 (1982)
- Episode #1.1 (1982)
 1978 Goin' South
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Other Works:

Albums: Song Cycle Discover America Clang of the Yankee Reaper Jump! Tokyo Rose Orange Crate Art (w/ Brian Wilson) See more »

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2 Portrayals | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sally and Van Dyke Parks


5' 6" (1.68 m)

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Personal Quote:

"I have no excuse, sir." (to Mike Love, during the "Smile" album sessions, when asked to explain obscure lyrics like "Columnated ruins domino") See more »


Abandoned the sessions for the Beach Boys' "Smile" album (only recently completed, by Brian Wilson with the Wondermints) in 1967, when he was offered a solo recording contract with Warner Bros. Records. While he hated to give up on the album, he could see that Brian was losing control, and the band's objections toward his lyrical (and other) ideas weren't going away. A solo deal offered him the ... See more »


His verbose, metaphoric, humorist style of writing and speaking

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