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}}David Alexander Hess (born September 19, 1942) is an Americanmarker actor and songwriter.

Early life and music career

Hess was born in New York Citymarker. He began his professional career as a songwriter for Shalimar Music, in 1957, under the pseudonym of David Hill.

He composed "Start Movin'" for Sal Mineo and "Rockin' Shoes" for the Ames Brothers. He continued to write songs for Elvis Presley throughout the 1950s and 1960s, which include "Come Along," and "Sand Castles". "Your Hand, Your Heart, Your Love" became a 1960s hit when it was performed by Andy Williams. In 1963, Hess wrote and recorded "Speedy Gonzalez," which became a number one single for Pat Boone, selling more than eight million copies worldwide. Hess then recorded two solo albums for Kapp Records, again topping the charts, this time with a Top Ten folk hit called "Two Brothers."

In 1969, he became head of A&R at Mercury Records in New York. There he linked up with Western classical composer John Corigliano, and together they wrote the Grammy award-winning rock opera, The Naked Carmen, which became a big hit of the Berlin Ballet Week in 1970. His work with Mercury also included And the Children Toll the Passing of the Day, a 1969 album he wrote for Irishmarker actor Malachy McCourt.

Acting career

In 1972, his career split off into several new directions with his starring role in the Wes Craven horror classic The Last House on the Left (1972), for which he also composed the soundtrack. He went on to score Buck at the Edge of the Heaven, a children's film based on a collection of Jack London stories. The film won the top prize for film and direction at the Giffone Film Festival.He also had roles in Hitchhike and House on edge of park

A subsequent job offer from PolyGram' German affiliate gave Hess the opportunity to move to Munich, Germanymarker, and a multilingual career in film dubbing from 1972 to 1976 which in turn led him to writing the English language shooting scripts for such German directors as Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Reinhard Hauff, and his present collaborator, Peter Schamoni.

In 1980, he directed his first American feature film, To All a Good Night, for Media Home Entertainment in 1980. He also appeared in two horror films directed by Ruggero Deodato, La Casa sperduta nel parco (1980) and Camping del terrore (1987). He was also in Wes Craven's "Swamp Thing" in 1982.

In 1991, he played the part of the American in Peter Schamoni's Max Ernst—My Wanderings, My Unrest (1991). From 1993 to 1995 he produced Niki de Saint Phalle: Wer ist das Monster - du oder ich? (1996).

Hess' newest musical accomplishments include the release of two recent albums, Caught Up In The Moment and Live & Unplugged in Hollywood, 2002. He currently lives in Northern California, just outside of San Franciscomarker, with his wife, with whom he has three children. He recently worked on several tracks for the horror film Cabin Fever (2003), directed by Eli Roth. He will be starring as 'Dalton Briggs' in the re-make of Abel Ferrara's The Driller Killer in 2010.


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