Academy Award-winning French composer who wrote over 350 scores for film and television. He was named Commander of Arts and Letters. He scored Julia in 1977, for which he received an Academy Award Nomination.
He played the clarinet at the local music conservatory in Roubaix, France, when he was 14.
He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score for the film "A Little Romance" from 1980. He also won a Gemini Award for "Sword of Gideon" from 1987.
His grandfather led an amateur chorale group, while his mother was an amateur singer and pianist. He married his wife Micheline Gautron in 1959 and was married to her until his death.
He frequently collaborated with director Francois Truffaut.