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Thelonious Monk (1917–1982)


Thelonious Monk was born on October 10, 1917 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, USA as Thelonious Sphere Monk. He was married to Nellie Monk. He died on February 17, 1982 in Englewood, New Jersey, USA. See full bio »

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The Omega Man Soundtrack
(1971)
Se7en Soundtrack
(1995)
(1995)
Solaris Soundtrack
(2002)

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  The Queen's Gambit (TV Mini-Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2020) (writer - 1 episode, 2020)
- Fork (2020) ... (performer: "Bye-Ya" - uncredited) / (writer: "Bye-Ya" - uncredited)
 2020 The Boys in the Band (writer: "'Round Midnight")
  The Man in the High Castle (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2019) (writer - 1 episode, 2019)
- Every Door Out... (2019) ... (performer: "Well You Needn't") / (writer: "Well You Needn't")
 2019 The Goldfinch (writer: "Blue Monk")
 2019 The Two Popes (performer: "Epistrophy") / (writer: "Epistrophy")
 2019 Motherless Brooklyn (performer: "Relaxing with Lee") / (writer: "Round About Midnight")
 2018 The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Look, She Made a Hat (2018) ... (performer: "It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing")
 2017/III The Thief (Short) (writer: "Straight No Chaser")
 2017 Long Strange Trip - The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead (Documentary) (performer: "Hackensack", "Crepuscule With Nellie" - uncredited) / (writer: "Hackensack", "Crepuscule With Nellie" - uncredited)
 2016 The Queen of Spain (writer: "Well You Needn't")
 2016 La La Land (arranger: "Kôjô no Tsuki (The Moon over the Ruined Castle)") / (performer: "Kôjô no Tsuki (The Moon over the Ruined Castle)")
 2016 The Backup Dancer (performer: "Well You Needn't") / (writer: "Well You Needn't")
 2015 Tubby Hayes: A Man in a Hurry (Documentary) (writer: "Round Midnight", "Rhythm-A-Ning")
 2015 Aquarius (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) (2015) ... (writer: "Blue Monk")
 2014 True Blood (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Karma (2014) ... (writer: "'Round Midnight" - uncredited)
 2014 Low Down (performer: "Ruby My Dear")
 2013 American Hustle (performer: "Straight, No Chaser") / (writer: "Straight, No Chaser")
 2013 The Simpsons (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Homerland (2013) ... (music: "Straight, No Chaser" - uncredited)
 2013 Borgman (performer: "Let's Call This") / (writer: "Let's Call This")
 2013 The Mark of Beauty (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Sakura (2013) ... (writer: "Round About Midnight")
  Parenthood (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2013) (writer - 1 episode, 2013)
- One Step Forward, Two Steps Back (2013) ... (performer: "Ruby, My Dear" - uncredited) / (writer: "Ruby, My Dear" - uncredited)
 2012 Ginger & Rosa (performer: "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You", "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You", "The Man I Love")
  Fringe (TV Series) (performer - 3 episodes, 2009 - 2012) (writer - 3 episodes, 2009 - 2012)
- Welcome to Westfield (2012) ... (performer: "Epistrophy" - uncredited) / (writer: "Epistrophy" - uncredited)
- Olivia. In the Lab. With the Revolver (2010) ... (performer: "Off Minor" - uncredited) / (writer: "Off Minor" - uncredited)
- Grey Matters (2009) ... (performer: "Trinkle, Tinkle" - uncredited) / (writer: "Trinkle, Tinkle" - uncredited)
 2012 Joyful Noise (writer: "In Walked Bud")
 2011 Arne Dahl: Misterioso (TV Mini-Series) (writer: "Misterioso")
  Homeland (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2011) (writer - 1 episode, 2011)
- Representative Brody (2011) ... (performer: "Straight, No Chaser" - uncredited) / (writer: "Straight, No Chaser" - uncredited)
 2011 L.A. Noire (Video Game) ("Humph") / (performer: "Humph")
 2011 Magic Trip (Documentary) (writer: "Bemsha Swing")
 2010 Public Speaking (Documentary) (performer: "Don't Blame Me")
 2010 Chico & Rita (performer: "Blue Monk") / (writer: "Blue Monk")
 2010 Please Give (performer: "Bolivar Blues", "Monk's Dream") / (writer: "Bolivar Blues", "Monk's Dream")
 2009 Ànima (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.7 (2009) ... (writer: "Monk's Dream")
 2009/I Up in the Air (performer: "Mood Indigo" (1931))
 2009 United States of Tara (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Pilot (2009) ... (performer: "Argentina" - uncredited)
 2009 The Missing Person (performer: "I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You")
 2008 The Pleasure of Being Robbed (performer: "Pannonica") / (writer: "Pannonica")
 2007 Tete Montoliu, una mirada (Video) (writer: "Rhythm-A-Ning", "In Walked Bud", "Round Midnight")
 2007 Neal Cassady (performer: "Crepuscule With Nellie (Take 6)", "Bemsha Swing") / (writer: "Crepuscule With Nellie (Take 6)", "Bemsha Swing")
 2006 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Paul Conrad: Drawing Fire (2006) ... (writer: "Bemsha Swing")
 2006 Thelonious Monk: Live in '66 (Video) (music: "Blue Monk", "'Round Midnight", "Epistrophy") / (performer: "Lulu's Back in Town", "Blue Monk", "'Round Midnight", "Don't Blame Me", "Epistrophy")
 2005 Dave Chappelle's Block Party (Documentary) (writer: "Round Midnight")
 2005 Unleashed ("Round Midnight")
  The Blues (TV Mini-Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 2003) (writer - 1 episode, 2003)
- Piano Blues (2003) ... (performer: "Evidence") / (writer: "Evidence", "Blue Monk')
  The Duo (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2003) (writer - 1 episode, 2003)
- Der Liebhaber (2003) ... (performer: "'Round Midnight") / (writer: "'Round Midnight")
 2002 Solaris (performer: "Eronel") / (writer: "Eronel")
 2002 Nearest to Heaven (writer: "'Round About Midnight")
 2002 How to Draw a Bunny (Documentary) (performer: "Crepuscule With Nellie") / (writer: "Straight, No Chaser", "Crepuscule With Nellie")
 2001 Piñero (performer: "Straight, No Chaser") / (writer: "Straight, No Chaser")
 2001 The Score (performer: "'Round Midnight") / (writer: "'Round Midnight")
 1999 Any Given Sunday (performer: "I Didn't Know About You")
 1999 Questo è il giardino (performer: "Thelonious") / (writer: "Thelonious")
 1999 Neighborhoods: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco - The Fillmore (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "LOCOMOTIVE")
 1999 Guinevere (performer: "Ruby, My Dear" (1947)) / (writer: "In Walked Bud" (1947), "Pannonica" (1957), "Ruby, My Dear" (1947))
 1999 Southpaw (Documentary) (writer: "Round Midnight")
 1997 Hugo Pool ("Misterioso", "Ugly Beauty")
 1997 The Last Time I Committed Suicide (performer: "Humph", "Sixteen") / (writer: "Straight No Chaser", "Humph", "Sixteen")
 1996 Ed's Next Move (writer: "Ruby My Dear")
 1995 Devil in a Blue Dress (performer: "ROUND MIDNIGHT") / (writer: "ROUND MIDNIGHT")
 1995 Se7en (performer: "Straight, No Chaser") / (writer: "Straight, No Chaser")
 1995 Die Hard with a Vengeance (performer: "Off Minor") / (writer: "Off Minor")
 1993 Lush Life (TV Movie) (performer: "Mysterioso") / (writer: "Mysterioso")
 1991 Naked Lunch (writer: "Mysterioso")
 1991 The Play on One (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Misterioso (1991) ... (performer: "Misterioso")
 1990 Alice (performer: "Darn That Dream" (1939))
 1988 Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (Documentary) (performer: "On The Bean", "Trinkle Tinkle", "Ask Me Now", "I Should Care", "Monk's Mood", "'Round Midnight") / (writer: "Evidence", "Rhythm-a-ning", "'Round Midnight", "Well, You Needn't", "Bright Mississippi", "Blue Monk", "Trinkle Tinkle", "Ugly Beauty", "Ask Me Now", "Crepuscule with Nellie", "Wee See", "Oska T.", "Epistrophy", "Ruby, My Dear", "I Mean You", "Pannonica", "Boo Boo's Birthday", "Misterioso", "Monk's Mood")
 1988 Caddyshack II (writer: "Straight, No Chaser")
 1988 Arthur 2: On the Rocks (writer: "Reflections")
 1988 The Beat Generation: An American Dream (Documentary) (performer: "Blue Monk") / (writer: "Blue Monk")
 1986 'Round Midnight (writer: "'Round Midnight", "Rhythm-A-Ning")
 1984 Kerouac, the Movie (Documentary) (performer: "Straight, No Chaser") / (writer: "Straight, No Chaser")
 1980 Joe Albany... a Jazz Life (Documentary) (music: "'Round Midnight")
 1976 Sven Klang's Combo (writer: "Well, You Needn't", "Blue Monk")
 1974 Lenny (music: "Well You Needn't")
 1974 The Destructors (music: "'Round Midnight")
 1971 The Omega Man (performer: "'Round Midnight") / (writer: "'Round Midnight")
 1970 Jazz Scene at the Ronnie Scott Club (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Thelonious Monk, Stéphane Grappelli, Clark Boland (1970) ... (writer: "Bright Mississippi")
 1968 Je t'aime, je t'aime ("Misterioso")
 1959-1965 NDR Jazz Workshops (TV Series) (writer - 8 episodes)
- No. 39 (1965) ... (writer: "Blue Monk")
- No. 23 (1962) ... (writer: "Little Rootie Tootie")
- No. 21 (1961) ... (writer: "Round Midnight")
- No. 20 (1961) ... (writer: "Straight, No Chaser")
- No. 18 (1961) ... (writer: "Straight, No Chaser")
 1961 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Legend of Leckonby (1961) ... (writer: "'Round Midnight" - uncredited)
 1959 Jazz on a Summer's Day (Documentary) (music: "Blue Monk") / (performer: "Blue Monk")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

CD: "The Complete Prestige Recordings" (Fantasy) (3-disc set) See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 2 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Thelonious Monk Quartet

Height:

6' 3" (1.91 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I'm famous, ain't that a bitch. See more »

Trivia:

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 567-570. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998. See more »

Trademark:

Long goatee, shades, eccentric hats

Nickname:

The High Priest of Bebop See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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