Born in 1946 in Passadena, California, Richard Bellis became a musical director for the touring version of the popular TV rock'n roll showcase Shinding after graduating from high school and also arranged a number of top Las Vegas Acts including Connie Stevens, Leslie Uggarns etc.

In 1976, he returned to Los Angeles on a full-time basis to begin a film-scoring career. He won an Emmy for the score of Stephen King’s IT and was nominated two times afterwards as well. 

Besides his career as a film music composer Bellis is a past president of the Society of Composers & Lyricists; served on the faculty of the University of Southern California’s Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television courseand UCLA Extension’s Film Scoring Certificate program: served on the Board of Governors for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and is the host/mentor of the »
ASCAP Television and Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis«.