Michael Cudahy

Michael Cudahy


Music composer in Los Angeles, California

About Michael

Michael Cudahy (better known by his nom-de-showbiz, “The Millionaire”) hails from the frozen wastes of New England.

He paid his dues with Matador recording artists Christmas, but made his real mark as the leader of the avatars of modern mood music, Combustible Edison. Cudahy’s tenure with CE included an unrelenting schedule of national and international touring (including the opening slot for Bryan Ferry’s 1995 tour), three CDs with Seattle’s legendary Sub Pop label and a string of TV and radio appearances. CE’s music has appeared in “Sex and The City”, Terry Gilliam’s “Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas” and Mercedes-Benz television ads. CE composed and performed the original score for Quentin Tarantino’s anthology comedy “Four Rooms”.

Since the turn of the new millennium, The Millionaire has made his home in LA, and has kept a busy schedule of performing and composing projects, including a stint as musical director for the Velvet Hammer Burlesque; leading a 13-piece Bollywood orchestra; recording as one half of the electronic duo SuperCasanova; and performing DJ duties at LuxuriaMusic.com, The Edison lounge and The Standard hotel.

Cudahy is an alumnus of the Berklee College of Music, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Film Scoring. The Mil is known for providing a distinct and idiosyncratic, retro-tinged sound that has a solid grounding in both traditional orchestral technique and modern technological innovations. Possessing a versatile stylistic range, he has a knack for capturing offbeat
moods in music, whether they are humorous, poignant or sinister.

Recently, The Mill was one of six composers offered a Fellowship at the 2011 Sundance Feature Film Composers lab.

He also has the dubious distinction of having set the record for the largest amount of “winnings” ($52,440.00!!) ever racked up by a non-winner on “Jeopardy”.

Name: Michael Cudahy

Lives in: Los Angeles, California

Company: millionaireMUSIC

Occupation: Music Composer

Unique traits: Purveyor Of Quality Sounds


  • Tab Hunter Confidential

    Tab Hunter Confidential (2015)
    Documentary Composer

  • Rods and Cones

    Rods and Cones (2014)
    Television (Comedy) Composer

  • Zomboobies!

    Zomboobies! (2014)
    Film by Mike L. Taylor (Comedy and Horror) Composer

  • I Am Divine

    I Am Divine (2013)
    Film by Jeffrey Schwarz (Documentary) Composer How Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, became John Waters' cinematic muse and an international drag icon.

  • The Fishbowl

    The Fishbowl (2013)
    Film (short) Composer

  • The Chair

    The Chair (2012)
    Film (short) Composer

  • Larger Than Life: The Making of 'Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story'

    Larger Than Life: The Making of 'Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story' (2011)
    Film (short) by Jeffrey Schwarz (Documentary) Composer, Self

  • Birds Of A Feather

    Birds Of A Feather (2011)
    Film Composer

  • Pornography: A Thriller

    Pornography: A Thriller (2009)
    Film by David Kittredge (Mystery) Soundtrack, Thanks A gay porn star's mysterious disappearance becomes an obsession for both a writer and another adult film star, leading them into dark supernatural corners that were never meant to be explored.

  • Wrangler: Anatomy Of An Icon

    Wrangler: Anatomy Of An Icon (2008)
    Documentary Composer

  • Sugar Boxx

    Sugar Boxx (2008)
    Film Composer

  • Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story

    Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007)
    Film by Jeffrey Schwarz (Documentary and Biography) Composer Documentary on famed Hollywood director and producer - and supreme showman - William Castle. Castle made his mark in the decade from the mid-1950s to the mid 1960s with a series of low-budget but highly popular and profitable horror films. The list includes Macabre (1958), House on Haunted Hill (1959), Homicidal (1961) and many others. Castle always had to have a gimmick to go with his movies. These included having nurses on duty in the lobby should anyone need medical assistance or giving everyone a $1000 insurance policy should anyone die of fright. Castle's greatest success came as he producer of Rosemary's Baby (1968). All in all he is fondly remembered by those who knew and worked with him. Written by garykmcd

  • Secretary

    Secretary (2002)
    Film by Steven Shainberg (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Soundtrack James Spader is the original Mr. Grey, a seemingly normal lawyer whose relationship with his new secretary (Maggie Gyllenhaal) descends into a kinky affair that would give nightmares to any human resource director. Written by Lionsgate

  • Sugar Town

    Sugar Town (1999)
    Film by Kurt Voss (Comedy and Music) Soundtrack Unimpassioned look at the lives of struggling L.A. scene rock stars follows main character, Gwen, on her quest for the top. Working as an assistant to a film production designer, she tries to steal her boy friend who is a music producer by offering sexual favors. The producer meanwhile is trying to orchestrate a comeback for a former glam band played by Michael Des Barres (of Power Station fame), John Taylor (from Duran Duran), and Martin Kemp (from Spandau Ballet). Rosanna Arquette plays the former movie star wife of the lead singer, who is fretting because she has just been offered the role as the mother of one of the new ingenious. Beverly D'Angelo also shows up as a millionairess who agrees to bankroll the group, but only if she gets a roll in the hay with the lead singer. All of the career problems, including drug proclivity, are represented in this film. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
    Film by Terry Gilliam (Comedy) Soundtrack The big-screen version of Hunter S. Thompson's seminal psychedelic classic about his road trip across Western America as he and his large Samoan lawyer searched desperately for the "American dream"... they were helped in large part by the huge amount of drugs and alcohol kept in their convertible, The Red Shark. Written by Laurence Mixson

  • Tavolo Kitchenware

    Tavolo Kitchenware (1997)
    Commercial Composer

  • Mervyn's Department Store

    Mervyn's Department Store (1996)
    Commercial Composer

  • Four Rooms

    Four Rooms (1995)
    Film Composer

  • OK Soda

    OK Soda (1993)
    Commercial Composer/Performer

  • Combustible Edison

    Combustible Edison
    Music by Sub Pop records Leader/Guitarist


  • Composer Fellow, Sundance Film Composers' Lab


  • Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA)

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