Scored several beloved Disney films, including "The Little Mermaid", "Beauty and the Beast," "Aladdin," and "Pocahontas."
His first major success was with the legendary musical, "Little Shop of Horrors," written with frequent collaborator Howard Ashman.
He was a double Oscar winner for 1989's "The Little Mermaid," 1991's "Beauty and the Beast," 1992's "Aladdin," and "Pocahontas" from 1995.
He was born into a Jewish family to Judith and Norman Menken, who was a dentist; he married Janis Roswick in 1972, with whom he fathered two daughters.
His first major professional production was "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater" from 1979; he based it on the Kurt Vonnegut Jr. novel of the same name.
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