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Van Cleave (born Nathan Lange Van Cleave) (May 8, 1910 - July 3, 1970) was a composer and orchestrator for film, television, and radio. He usually used "Van" as his first name.


Born in Bayfieldmarker, Wisconsinmarker, Van Cleave moved to New York Citymarker where he studied music with Joseph Schillinger. He worked in radio, as a staff arranger for Whiteman, Kostelanetz, and for CBS.

In 1933, he married Doris Blumenfeld, a Broadwaymarker chorus girl and the child of vaudeville actors.

In 1945, Van Cleave moved to Los Angelesmarker to pursue his musical career. His film credits, as composer and orchestrator, include Cinerama Holiday, The Colossus of New York, Easter Parade, Funny Face, Robinson Crusoe on Mars, and White Christmas; in addition, he worked on many episodes of The Twilight Zone, where he pioneered the use of the theremin in television scores.

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