Legendary Disney composer Richard M. Sherman dies at 95

Richard M. Sherman, the celebrated composer behind iconic Disney film scores, passed away at the age of 95 in Beverly Hills, per bbc.com. Known for his unforgettable contributions to classics like Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Sherman died due to age-related illness at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, as confirmed by a Disney statement.

Together with his brother Robert, Sherman created some of the most memorable songs in cinematic history. The duo’s work on Mary Poppins earned them two Oscars in 1965, and their enchanting melodies have captivated audiences for generations. Among their timeless compositions are “Trust in Me” from The Jungle Book and “Truly Scrumptious” from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

The Sherman brothers’ legacy was cemented when they were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 and awarded the US National Medal of the Arts in 2008. Their music also graced other Disney productions such as The Aristocats, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and the beloved Winnie the Pooh shorts.

Their story and contributions to Mary Poppins were depicted in the 2013 film Saving Mr. Banks, with Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak portraying the talented siblings. Sherman continued to engage with Disney projects into his later years, even writing a new song in 2023 for an animated short film.

Born in New York City on June 12, 1928, Sherman’s prolific career spanned over six decades. He amassed three Grammy awards and 24 gold and platinum albums, reflecting his profound impact on the music and film industry. His dedication to the arts earned him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a revered spot in Walt Disney’s “inner circle of creative talents.”

Richard Sherman is survived by his wife Elizabeth, their children, and grandchildren. His funeral is scheduled for May 31 in California, where family, friends and fans will bid farewell to the musical maestro whose melodies will live on forever.

  • Featured image from left: Mickey Mouse, Elizabeth Sherman, Songwriter Richard M. Sherman and Minnie Mouse attend the dedication and re-naming of the historic Orchestra Stage, now the Sherman Brothers Stage A, on the Disney Burbank lot prior to the world premiere of Disney’s ‘Christopher Robin’ at the studio’s Main Theater, on July 30, 2018/Getty Images

Subscribe to our Newsletter
Stay up-to-date