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Chet Forrest (1915–1999)

George Forrest and Robert Wright were writing partners for 72 years. Their collaboration on such indelible favorites as "Stranger In Paradise", "Night Of My Nights", "Sands Of Time", "Baubles, Bangles And Beads" and "And This Is My Beloved" from the 1953 Tony Award winning, Broadway musical "Kismet" and the 1978 Broadway musical revival "Timbuktu!... See full bio »

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(age 84) in Miami, Florida, USA

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Known For

Music in My Heart Soundtrack
(1940)
Heavenly Creatures Soundtrack
(1994)
Radio Days Soundtrack
(1987)
I Married an Angel Soundtrack
(1942)

Filmography

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 2012 Banda sonora (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #8.7 (2012) ... (lyrics: "The Donkey Serenade")
 2010 Brian Wilson: Songwriting 1961-1969 (Video documentary) (writer: "It's a Blue World" - as Forrest)
  BBC Proms (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 2009) (music - 1 episode, 2009)
- Prom 22: A Celebration of Classic MGM Film Musicals (2009) ... (lyrics: "Stranger in Paradise") / (music: "Stranger in Paradise")
 2009 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s: Stars, Stripes and Singing (Video documentary) (lyrics: "Sweethearts" - uncredited)
 2007 The Water Horse (writer: "I Stumbled Over Love")
 2007 Sarah Vaughan: Live in '58 & '64 (Video) (lyrics: "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" - uncredited) / (music: "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" - uncredited)
 2004 Sarah Brightman: The Harem World Tour - Live from Las Vegas (Video) (writer: "Stranger in Paradise")
 2004 Great Performances (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Broadway's Lost Treasures II (2004) ... (as George Forrest, "We'll Take a Glass Together")
 2004 Sarah Brightman: Harem - A Desert Fantasy (Video) (writer: "Stranger In Paradise")
 2000 The Sopranos (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Funhouse (2000) ... (writer: "Baubles, Bangles, and Beads" - uncredited)
 1999 Liberty Heights (writer: "Stranger in Paradise" - as George Forrest)
 1999 Breakfast of Champions (writer: "Stranger in Paradise")
 1998 Such a Long Journey (writer: "The Donkey Serenade")
 1997 Money Talks (writer: "And This Is My Beloved" - as George Forrest)
 1994 Heavenly Creatures (lyrics: "The Donkey Serenade" - as Forrest)
 1992 La guerre sans nom (Documentary) (writer: "Etranger au Paradis")
 1991 The Miracle (writer: "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" - uncredited)
 1990/I My Blue Heaven (writer: "Stranger In Paradise" - as George Forrest)
 1990 The 44th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (writer: "We'll Take a Glass Together")
 1987 Radio Days (lyrics: "The Donkey Serenade" (1923))
 1986 The 40th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (lyrics: "Sands of Time") / (music: "Sands of Time")
 1982 The 36th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (lyrics: "Strange Music")
 1980 The Love Boat (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- That's My Dad/The Captain's Bird/Captive Audience (1980) ... (writer: "Donkey Serenade")
 1978 Good Old Days Part II (TV Special) (writer: "Baubles, Bangles and Beads")
 1978 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #17.15 (1978) ... (writer: "And This is My Beloved")
 1977 Roseland (as George Forrest, "Baubles, Bangles and Beads", "Stranger in Paradise")
 1971 The 25th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) ("The Olive Tree") / (lyrics: "The Olive Tree")
 1971 Taking Off (lyrics: "Stranger in Paradise" - as George Forrest) / (music: "Stranger in Paradise" - as George Forrest)
 1970 Song of Norway (lyrics: "Wrong to Dream", "Ribbons and Wrappings", "Song of Norway", "A Welcome Toast", "Little House", "She Dances", "Kittleson Cartoons", "Hand in Hand", "John Heggerstrom", "Midsummer's Eve", "I Love You", "Solveig's Song", "Church Bells Ringing", "Be a Boy Again", "Three There Were", "Hill of Dreams", "Strange Music", "Solitary Wanderer", "Rhyme and a Reason", "Life of a Wife of a Sailor" - as George Forrest) / (music: "Wrong to Dream", "Ribbons and Wrappings", "Song of Norway", "A Welcome Toast", "Little House", "She Dances", "Kittleson Cartoons", "Hand in Hand", "John Heggerstrom", "Midsummer's Eve", "Solveig's Song", "Church Bells Ringing", "Be a Boy Again", "Three There Were", "Hill of Dreams", "Strange Music", "Solitary Wanderer", "Rhyme and a Reason", "Life of a Wife of a Sailor" - as George Forrest)
 1970 Sounds Like Us (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 19 March 1970 (1970) ... (writer: "Night of My Nights")
 1969 In Melbourne Tonight (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 16 April 1969 (1969) ... (writer: "Kismet")
 1968 Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" - uncredited) / (music: "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" - uncredited)
 1967 The Jerry Lewis Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Imogene Coca, Richard Kiley (1967) ... (writer: "Sands of Time" - as George Forrest)
 1967 Kismet (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Rhymes Have I", "Fate", "Not Since Nineveh", "Baubles, Bangles and Beads", "Stranger in Paradise", "He's in Love!", "Gesticulate", "Night of My Nights", "Was I Wazir?", "And This Is My Beloved") / (music: "Rhymes Have I", "Fate", "Not Since Nineveh", "Baubles, Bangles and Beads", "Stranger in Paradise", "He's in Love!", "Gesticulate", "Night of My Nights", "Was I Wazir?", "And This Is My Beloved")
 1964 Judy Garland in Concert (Documentary) (music: "Sweet Danger")
 1961 Glenn Miller Time (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (1961) ... (writer: "It's a Blue World" - uncredited)
 1961 Playboy's Penthouse (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.6 (1961) ... (writer: "Baubles, Bangles and Beads")
 1956-1960 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #5.18 (1960) ... (writer: "It's a Blue World" - uncredited)
- Tony Bennett/Mel Torme/Arthur & Kathryn Murray (1956) ... (writer: "Kismet Medley: Not Since Nineveh/Baubles, Bangles and Beads/Stranger in Paradise")
 1959 Music from Shubert Alley (TV Movie) (writer: "Baubles, Bangles and Beads")
  Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1959) (writer - 1 episode, 1954)
- Gail Davis, Nat King Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Barnes & Rin Tin Tin (1959) ... (lyrics: "Donkey Serenade" - uncredited)
- Episode #6.65 (1954) ... (writer: "Stranger In Paradise" - uncredited)
 1959 The Swindlers ("Night Train")
 1958 The Voice of Firestone (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #10.8 (1958) ... (writer: "Stranger in Paradise", "The Olive Tree")
 1958 An Evening with Fred Astaire (TV Special) (writer: "Baubles, Bangles & Beads")
 1957 The Sad Sack (writer: "It's the Same" - uncredited)
 1954-1957 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #10.23 (1957) ... (writer: "And This is My Beloved")
- Episode #7.17 (1954) ... (writer: "Baubles, Bangles and Beads")
  MGM Parade (TV Series documentary) (lyrics - 5 episodes, 1955 - 1956) (music - 2 episodes, 1955)
- Episode #1.24 (1956) ... (lyrics: "The Donkey Song" - uncredited)
- Episode #1.15 (1955) ... (lyrics: "Stranger in Paradise")
- Episode #1.14 (1955) ... (lyrics: "Gesticulate") / (music: "Gesticulate")
- Episode #1.12 (1955) ... (lyrics: "Rahadlakum" - uncredited) / (music: "Rahadlakum" - uncredited)
- Episode #1.25 (1955) ... (lyrics: "The Donkey Serenade" - uncredited)
 1956 Mi canción eres tú (writer: "Un Extraño en el Paraiso" - as Wright Forrest)
 1956 Picnic (writer: "It's a Blue World" - uncredited)
 1955 Kismet (lyrics: "Fate", "Not Since Nineveh", "Baubles, Bangles, and Beads", "Stranger in Paradise", "Gesticulate", "Bored", "Night of My Nights", "The Olive Tree", "Rahadlakum", "And This Is My Beloved", "Sands of Time" - as George Forrest, uncredited) / (music: "Fate", "Not Since Nineveh", "Baubles, Bangles, and Beads", "Stranger in Paradise", "Gesticulate", "Bored", "Night of My Nights", "The Olive Tree", "Rahadlakum", "And This Is My Beloved", "Sands of Time" - as George Forrest, uncredited)
  Your Hit Parade (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1954) (music - 1 episode, 1954) (writer - 1 episode, 1953)
- Episode dated 27 February 1954 (1954) ... (lyrics: "Stranger in Paradise") / (music: "Stranger in Paradise")
- Episode dated 26 December 1953 (1953) ... (writer: "Stranger in Paradise" - uncredited)
 1953 The Big Heat (writer: "It's a Blue World" - uncredited)
 1952 Everything I Have Is Yours (lyrics: "My Heart Skips a Beat")
 1952 Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder (writer: "Bubble, Bubble, Bubble")
 1949 My Friend Irma (lyrics: "The Donkey Serenade")
 1949 Make Believe Ballroom (writer: "It's a Blue World" - uncredited)
 1948 Three Daring Daughters (writer: "SWEETHEARTS" - uncredited)
 1947 Don't Give Up (lyrics: "The Donkey Serenade") / (writer: "The Donkey Serenade")
 1946 The Great Morgan (writer: "The Donkey Serenade" - uncredited)
 1946 Musical Masterpieces (Short) (lyrics: "The Donkey Serenade" - uncredited)
 1945 Hit the Hay (lyrics: "No Other Love" based on "Romance" - uncredited) / (music: "No Other Love" based on "Romance" - uncredited)
 1944 She's a Sweetheart (lyrics: "No Other Love") / (music: "No Other Love")
 1943 Crazy House (lyrics: "The Donkey Serenade" - uncredited)
 1943 Calaboose (writer: "West Wind Whistling")
 1942 Three Smart Saps (Short) (lyrics: "Brazilian Cotillion" (rhumba)) / (music: "Brazilian Cotillion" (rhumba))
 1942 I Married an Angel (lyrics: "I Married an Angel" (1938), "Spring Is Here" (1938), "To Count Palaff (There Comes a Time)" (1942), "Surprise at Party" (1942), "Tira Lira La" (1942), "I'll Tell The Man In The Street" (1938), "Hey Butcher" (1942), "May I Present The Girl" (1942), "Now You've Met The Angel" (1942), "But What Of Truth" (1942), "A Twinkle In Your Eye" (1938), "Les tringles des sistres tintaient (Gypsy song)" from the opera "Carmen" (1875), "Willie's Former Girl Friends" (1942), "At the Roxy Music Hall" (1938))
 1942 Flying with Music (writer: "If It's Love", "Rotana", "Pennies For Peppino", "Caribbean Magic", "Song of the Lagoon")
 1942 Dudes Are Pretty People (Short) (writer: "West Wind Whistlin'")
 1941 Fiesta (lyrics: "I'll Never Forget Fiesta", "Never Trust a Jumping Bean", "Quien Sabe")
 1941 Blondie Goes Latin (lyrics: "You Don't Play a Drum, You Beat It", "I Hate Music Lessons", "Querida", "You Can Cry On My Shoulder", "Brazilian Cotillion") / (music: "You Don't Play a Drum, You Beat It", "I Hate Music Lessons", "Querida", "You Can Cry On My Shoulder", "Brazilian Cotillion")
 1940 Dance, Girl, Dance (lyrics: "Mother, What Do I Do Now?", "Jitterbug Bite", "Morning Star" - as Chester Forrest) / (music: "Mother, What Do I Do Now?" - as Chester Forrest)
 1940 Kit Carson (lyrics: "Prairie Schooner" (1940), "With My Concertina" (1940) - uncredited)
 1940 South of Pago Pago (lyrics: "South of Pago Pago")
 1940 Music in My Heart (lyrics: "I've Got Music in My Heart" (1939), "Hearts in the Sky" (1939) (uncredited), "No Other Love" (1939), "Punchinello" (1939), "Oh What a Lovely Dream" (1939), "It's a Blue World" (1939)) / (music: "I've Got Music in My Heart" (1939), "Hearts in the Sky" (1939) (uncredited), "No Other Love" (1939), "Punchinello" (1939), "Oh What a Lovely Dream" (1939), "It's a Blue World" (1939))
 1939 Balalaika (as George Forrest, "At the Balalaika") / (lyrics: "Tanya", "Ride, Cossack, Ride", "Shadows on the Sand") / (music: "Tanya", "Ride, Cossack, Ride", "Shadows on the Sand")
 1939 The Women (lyrics: "Forevermore" (1939) - uncredited)
 1939 These Glamour Girls (lyrics: "Loveliness" (1939))
 1939 Happily Buried (Short) (writer: "I'd Rather Have You", "Directors Recitative" - uncredited)
 1939 Broadway Serenade (lyrics: "High Flyin'", "One Look at You" (1939) - uncredited)
 1939 Let Freedom Ring (lyrics: "Love Serenade" (1939))
 1938 The Girl Downstairs (lyrics: "When You're in Love") / (music: "When You're in Love")
 1938 Sweethearts (lyrics: "Sweethearts" (1938), "Wooden Shoes" (1938), "Every Lover Must Meet His Fate" (1938), "Happy Day" (1938), "Pretty as a Picture" (1938), "Game of Love" (1938), "Summer Serenade" (1938), "On Parade" (1938), "Waiting for the Bride" (1938), "Madamoiselle" (1938) - uncredited)
 1938 Men of Steel (Short) (writer: "Men of Steel", "The Play's the Thing", "It Dawned On Me")
 1938 Vacation from Love (lyrics: "Let's Pretend It's True") / (music: "Let's Pretend It's True")
 1938 The Magician's Daughter (Short) (writer: "I Want to Write a Song" - uncredited)
 1938 Marie Antoinette (writer: "Amour Eternal Amour" (1939) - uncredited)
 1938 Three Comrades (lyrics: "The Comrade Song" (1938), "Yankee Ragtime College Jazz" (1938) - uncredited)
 1938 Snow Gets in Your Eyes (Short) (writer: "Girl Wanted", "Snow Bound", "Harlem Yodel", "Rhythm Rascals" - uncredited)
 1938 The First Hundred Years (writer: "Misunderstood" (1938))
 1937 The Bad Man of Brimstone (lyrics: "Save That Last Grave For Me" (1937) - uncredited) / (music: "Save That Last Grave For Me" (1937) - uncredited)
 1937 Mannequin (lyrics: "Always and Always" (1937))
 1937 Madame X (lyrics: "You're Setting Me on Fire" (1937))
 1937 The Firefly (lyrics: "Love Is Like a Firefly", "The Donkey Serenade", "A Woman's Kiss", "When a Maid Comes Knocking at Your Heart", "The Donkey Serenade" - uncredited)
 1937 London by Night (lyrics: "Hi Bill" (1937))
 1937 Saratoga (lyrics: "Saratoga" (1937), "The Horse with the Dreamy Eyes" (1937) - uncredited)
 1937 Good Old Soak (lyrics: "You've Got a Certain Something")
 1937 Maytime (lyrics: "Vive l'Opera", "Ham and Eggs" - as George Forrest)
 1937 Bars and Stripes (Short) (writer: "In the Sweet Land of Swing")
 1937 Mama Steps Out (lyrics: "Burnt Fingers", "Be Careful of My Heart") / (music: "Burnt Fingers", "Be Careful of My Heart")
 1937 Man of the People (lyrics: "Let Me Day Dream" (1937) - uncredited)
 1936 After the Thin Man (lyrics: "Blow That Horn" (1936))
 1936 Sinner Take All (lyrics: "I'd Be Lost Without You" (1936))
 1936 The Longest Night (lyrics: "The Longest Night") / (music: "The Longest Night")
 1936 New Shoes (Short) (writer: "Oh, Bless My Sole", "I Stumbled Over Love" - uncredited)
 1936 Piccadilly Jim (writer: "In the Shadow of an Old Oak Tree")
 1935 Chasing Yesterday (lyrics: "The Donkey Serenade" (1923))
 1934 Bachelor Bait (lyrics: "The Donkey Serenade" - uncredited)
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(April 15 to May 27, 2018) He and Robert Wright were composers and lyricists for the musical, "Grand Hotel," in the Kokandy Productions at the Theater Wit in Chicago, Illinois with Michelle Jasso (Elizaveta Grushinskaya) and Jonathan Scwart (Otto Kringelein) in the cast. Brenda Didier was choreographer. John Nasca was costume ... See more »

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Songwriting partner of Bob Wright. See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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