Oct 20, 2009

RIP Victor Mizzy :o(

His funeral was today.

Victor Mizzy (January 9, 1916 – October 17, 2009) was an American composer for television and movies whose best known works are the themes to the 1960s television shows Green Acres and The Addams Family.

He also wrote the scores for The Ghost and Mr. Chicken and The Reluctant Astronaut, two very popular Don Knotts films in the latter half of the 1960s. Both scores possessed a sound which became billed as "The Don Knotts Sound". Mizzy released these scores on CD, complementing the DVD releases of the films. He also worked with Sam Raimi for the outtake music of Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3.

Mizzy was born in Brooklyn, New York. He had two children with his first wife, Mary Small, a singer who first earned the moniker "The Little Girl With The Big Voice" and was popular in the 1930s (as a child), 1940s and 1950s. One of her daughters, Patty Keeler, a singer and songwriter, often worked with Doc Pomus, a 1992 inductee to the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.
Mizzy died at his home in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California on October 17, 2009, aged 93.[1]


  1. A couple of classics. I hope his family is doing okay.

  2. So sad to hear of his passing. Oh the memories of his talents.

  3. Did not hear about his work on the Don Knotts films. Never was mentioned in the news obits.

    His is the voice that sang the Adams family lyrics!

  4. I LOVED all his tv songs! How sad! May he rest in peace!

    Green Acres is a particular fave...

  5. Another piece of trivia that Beth might find interesting is that Mizzy was offered to do the original Star Trek series theme, but was working on other projects at the time and turned it down.

    May he rest in peace, and may his family find comfort at this time.

  6. Wow, that's cool, Joann. Neat piece of trivia.


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