Before he took up composing, Bernstein was a professional dancer and actor whose credits included a stint playing Caliban in a Broadway production of The Tempest. During the 1950s,Bernstein was questioned by the McCarthy led House Un-American Activities Committee due to his having written some music reviews for a Communist newspaper. He refused to name names, and his career went into a slump for a few years before recovering in the 1960s.
Bernstein has a site dedicated to his music and career that is named Elmer Bernstein.
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