LeoGlossary: James Last (Actor)

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Born: April 17, 1929 – Died: June 9, 2015

James Last, the renowned composer and actor, was born on April 17, 1929, in Bremen, Germany. Known for his contributions to the soundtracks of popular films such as Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Ocean's Eight (2018), Last's musical talent and unique style captivated audiences worldwide. With his upbeat versions of pop and classical favorites, he became a big-band leader and arranger who sold millions of records. Throughout his career, Last brought joy and happiness to listeners with his trademark "happy music." Despite his death on June 9, 2015, in West Palm Beach, Florida, his mark left through his memorable performances and contributions to the industry.

Early Life and Career

James Last had a humble upbringing in Bremen, Germany, but his passion for music was evident from a young age. Last honed his skills as a composer and arranger through years of dedication and hard work. He gained recognition for his unique musical style and arrangements.

One of Last's major successful projects was his involvement in the soundtrack of the 2003 film Kill Bill: Vol. 1, which brought his music to a wider audience and showcased his talent as a composer. This project had a significant impact on his career, solidifying his reputation as a renowned artist in the industry.

Last's contributions to the music industry earned him a dedicated following. He sold millions of records worldwide and became known for his happy and upbeat interpretations of popular songs.

Throughout his career, Last won numerous awards for his musical achievements. In his personal life, Last was married to Christine Grundner from June 24, 1999 until his death on June 9, 2015.

James Last's impact on Hollywood and the entertainment industry lies in his unique musical style and ability to bring joy to listeners. He is considered a legend in the field of big-band music and is admired for his trademark "happy music." His musical contributions have left an indelible mark on the industry, making him an iconic figure in his own right.


Year Title Role
2012 Leo Rojas: The Lonely Sherpherd (Music Video) Composer
1986–2010 Das Traumschiff (TV Series) Composer
2009 Dinosaurier Composer
2007 Warum Männer nicht zuhören und Frauen schlecht einparken Composer
1987–1999 The Country Doctor (TV Series) Composer
1992 Felix und 2x Kuckuck (TV Series) Composer
1989 Zwei Münchner in Hamburg (TV Series) Composer
1988 Lorentz & Söhne (TV Series) Composer
1985 Drachenfutter (Short) Composer
1985 Grenzenloses Himmelblau (TV Movie) Composer
1969–1984 ZDF Hitparade (TV Series) main title composer
1982 Kreisbrandmeister Felix Martin (TV Series) Composer
1980 Show-Express (TV Series) Composer
1974 Schwarzwaldfahrt aus Liebeskummer Composer
1972 Heute hau'n wir auf die Pauke Composer
1971 Der Kapitän Composer
1970 ZDF - Notenschau (TV Mini Series) Composer
1970 Unsere Pauker gehen in die Luft Composer
1969 Ein Tag ist schöner als der andere Composer
1969 Wenn süß das Mondlicht auf den Hügeln schläft Composer
1968 Morgens um Sieben ist die Welt noch in Ordnung Composer
1962 Der lustige Mann und das Schwäbische Meer (TV Movie) Composer (as Hans Last)


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