Lurie, John 1952-

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Lurie, John 1952-


Born December 14, 1952, in Worcester, MA (some sources say Minneapolis, MN).


Actor and composer. The Lounge Lizards (an experimental music group), member and leader; John Lurie National Orchestra, founder.

Awards, Honors:

ASCAP Award, top box office film, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, 1996, Grammy Award nomination, best instrumental composition written for a motion picture or for television, 1997, for Get Shorty.


Film Appearances:

Rome '78, 1978.

Sax player, Permanent Vacation, 1980.

The Lizard, The Offenders, B Movies, 1980.

Underground U.S.A., New Cinema, 1980.

Men in Orbit, 1981.

The saxophonist, Subway Riders, Hep Pictures, 1981.

Himself, New York Beat Movie (also known as Downtown 81 and Glenn O'Brien's "New York Beat Movie"), 1981.

Slater, Paris, Texas, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1984.

Willie, Stranger Than Paradise, Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1984.

Neighbor saxophonist, Desperately Seeking Susan, Orion, 1985.

Jack, Down by Law (also known as Down by Law—Alles im griff), Island Pictures, 1986.

The Kitchen Presents "Two Moon July" (documentary; also known as Two Moon July), 1986.

Cusatelli, Il piccolo diavolo (also known as The Little Devil), 1988.

James, The Last Temptation of Christ, Universal, 1988.

Himself, Location Production Footage: "The Last Temptation of Christ" (documentary short), Universal, 1988.

Sparky, Wild at Heart (also known as David Lynch's "Wild at Heart"), Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1990.

Himself, John Lurie and the Lounge Lizards Live in Berlin (documentary), Telecom Japan, 1992.

Saxophone player, Blue in the Face (also known as Brooklyn Boogie), Miramax, 1995.

Coker, Just Your Luck (also known as Whiskey Down), PolyGram Video, 1996.

Distinguished man, New Rose Hotel, Avalanche Home Entertainment, 1998.

Downtown 81, Zeitgeist Films, 2000.

Frank, Sleepwalk, 2001.

Himself, 5 Sides of a Coin (documentary), Seventh Art Releasing, 2003.

Face Addict, Funny Balloons, 2005.

TV Party (documentary), BrinkDVD, 2005.

Film Work:

Director, Men in Orbit, 1978.

Saxophonist, Permanent Vacation, 1980.

Saxophonist, Subway Riders, 1981.

Assistance, Heaven, Island Pictures, 1987.

Guitar and harmonica, Mystery Train, Orion, 1989.

Musician, Animal Factory, New City Releasing, 2000.

Television Appearances; Series:

Guest host VJ, VH1 New Visions, VH1, 1986.

Fishing with John, IFC and Bravo, 1991.

#97P528 Greg Penders, Oz, HBO, 2001-2003.

Narrator, Animal Cops: Detroit, Animal Planet, 2002.

Narrator, Animal Cops—Houston, Animal Planet, 2003-2004.

Television Appearances; Movies:

(Archive footage) Willie, Wanderlust, 2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Host, Are You Comfortable?, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Himself, "Hooky/Mermaid Man and Barnacleboy II," SpongeBob Square Pants (animated; also known as SpongeBob), Nickelodeon, 2000.

Jack, Cinema mil, 2005.

Television Executive Producer; Movies:

Are You Comfortable?, 2003.

Television Director; Episodic:

Fishing with John, 1991.


Film Scores:

Stranger Than Paradise Part One: The New World, 1982.

Variety, Horizon Films, 1983.

Stranger Than Paradise, Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1984.

City Limits, 1985.

Down by Law (also known as Down by Law—Alles im griff), New Yorker Films, 1987.

Mystery Train, Orion, 1989.

Keep It for Yourself (short), 1991.

Blue in the Face (also known as Brooklyn Boogie), Miramax, 1995.

Get Shorty, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1995.

Manny & Lo, Sony Pictures Classics, 1996.

Na krasnom modrom Dunaji (also known as On the Beautiful Blue Danube), 1997.

Excess Baggage, Columbia, 1997.

Lulu on the Bridge, Trimark Pictures, 1998.

Clay Pigeons (also known as Clay Pigeons—Lebende Ziele and Lebende Ziele), Gramercy Pictures, 1998.

Animal Factory, New City Releasing, 2000.

Face Addict, Funny Balloons, 2005.

Film Additional Music:

The Loveless (also known as Breakdown), 1982.

Slam Dance, Island Pictures, 1987.

Television Scores; Movies:

Police Story: Monster Manor, ABC, 1988.

Television Main Title Theme; Specials:

Late Night with Conan O'Brien: 10th Anniversary Special, NBC, 2003.

Television Scores; Episodic:

"Massai: Jambo!," Arsenal Atlas, 1987.

"Mauritius—Zanzibar—Dar es salam," Arsenal Atlas, 1987.

Fishing with John, IFC and Bravo, 1991.

Television Music; Episodic:

Composed music for Late Night with Conan O'Brien (also known as Conan O'Brien), NBC.

Stage Music:

The Hairy Ape, Selwyn Theatre, New York City, 1997.