Film Score Composers in History

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1883-11-06 Hubert Bath, British film composer and music director, born in Barnstaple, Devon (d. 1945)
  • 1888-04-19 William Axt, American film scores composer (The Prisoner of Zenda), born in NYC, New York (d. 1959)
  • 1888-10-03 Roy Webb, American film composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1891-11-10 Carl W. Stalling, American film composer (Disney's Silly Symphonies; Warner Brothers Cartoons), born in Lexington, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • 1894-05-10 Dimitri Tiomkin, Russian-American film score composer and conductor (Academy Award 1954-High & Mighty), born in Kremenchuk, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1979)
  • 1900-01-30 Isaak Iosifovich Dunayevsky, Soviet operetta & film composer, born in Lokhvitsa, Russian Empire (d. 1955)
  • 1901-05-01 Heinz Roemheld, American film composer (Yankee Doodle Dandy; Ruby Gentry), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1985)
  • 1902-02-05 Bronislaw Kaper, Polish film composer and Academy Award winner (Green Dolphin Street, Lili), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1983)
  • 1905-08-18 Peter Paul Kreuder, German-Austrian pianist and film score composer, born in Aachen, Germany (d. 1981)
  • 1906-12-24 Franz Waxman, German film composer, born in Chorzów, Poland (d. 1967)
  • 1907-08-19 Jiří Srnka, Czech classical and film score composer, born in Písek, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1982)
  • 1908-10-10 Johnny Green, American singer (Body and Soul) and film score composer who won 5 Academy Awards, born in NYC, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1910-08-01 Walter Scharf, American film composer, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1913-05-30 Cedric Thorpe Davie, British composer of film scores and pedagogue (The Green Man; St. Andrews University), born in Lewisham, London (d. 1986)
  • 1914-05-31 Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer, best known for his film scores in the Godzilla films, born in Kushiro Hokkaido, Japan (d. 2006)
  • 1914-08-19 Fumio Hayasaka, Japanese film score composer (Rashomon; Seven Samurai), born Sendai, Honshū, Japan (d. 1955)
  • 1919-01-20 Stepan Lucky, Slovak film score composer, born in Žilina, Slovakia (d. 2006)
  • 1921-07-13 Ernest Gold [Goldner], Austrian-born American film composer (Exodus), born in Vienna (d. 1999)
  • 1922-05-24 Sadao Bekku, Japanese classical and film composer (Matango), born in Tokyo (d. 2012)
  • 1925-03-12 Georges Delerue, French film composer (Sword of Gideon, A Little Romance), born in Roubaix (d. 1992)
  • 1928-04-04 Monty Norman, English singer and film composer (James Bond Theme), born in London
  • 1929-04-06 André Previn, German born American conductor (London Symphony), film scorer (My Fair Lady) and pianist, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2019)
  • 1929-06-11 Lennie Niehaus, American jazz saxophonist and film composer (Clint Eastwood films), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2020)
  • 1931-04-27 Krzysztof Komeda, Polish jazz and film composer and pianist (Rosemary's Baby), born in Poznań, Poland (d. 1969)

Person of interestJohn Williams

1932-02-08 John Williams, American composer responsible for some of the most recognizable film scores (Jaws, Star Wars, Harry Potter, India Jones, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), born in NYC, New York

Composer John Williams
Composer
John Williams
  • 1932-07-17 Wojciech Kilar, Polish classical and film score composer (Bram Stoker's Dracula; The Pianist), born in Lwów, Second Polish Republic (now Ukraine) (d. 2013)
  • 1933-11-03 John Barry [Prendergast], English film score composer (James Bond films; Born Free), born in York, England (d. 2011)
  • 1934-06-26 Dave Grusin, American jazz pianist and composer specializing in film scores (The Milagro Beanfield War), born in Littleton, Colorado
  • 1936-05-05 Patrick Gowers, British film scores composer (Hamlet), born in Islington, England (d. 2014)
  • 1937-03-22 Angelo Badalamenti, American film composer (Twin Peaks, The Straight Story, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1939-04-03 François de Roubaix, French film score composer, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1975)
  • 1939-06-27 R. D. Burman, Indian film score composer (1942: A Love Story), born in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 1994)
  • 1942-04-13 Bill Conti, American film score composer (Rocky, The Right Stuff), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1945-05-08 Keith Jarrett, American jazz and classical pianist and composer (The Köln Concert) , born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • 1945-08-21 Basil Poledouris, American film score composer (The Hunt For Red October), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • 1946-08-26 Mark Snow [Martin Fulterman], American television and film composer (The X-Files theme), born in New York City
  • 1946-10-18 Howard Shore, Canadian film composer (Lord of the Rings Trilogy), born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1948-04-15 Michael Kamen, American composer and arranger (film scores to Brazil and Mr. Holland's Opus; Pink Floyd), born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1949-06-09 Francis Monkman, British film composer, musician and songwriter (Curved Air, Sky) born in Hampstead, North London
  • 1950-03-26 Alan Silvestri, American film score composer (Back To The Future, Forrest Gump), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951-06-09 James Newton Howard, American film composer (The Hunger Games; M. Night Shyamalan films), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951-08-19 Gustavo Santaolalla, Argentine film composer (2005 Academy Award for "Brokeback Mountain"), born in El Palomar, Argentina
  • 1951-09-07 Mark Isham, American musician and film composer (The Hitcher), born in NYC, New York
  • 1952-01-17 Ryuichi Sakamoto, Japanese musician (Yellow Magic Orchestra) and film composer (Academy Award 1988 for score to The Last Emperor), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1952-05-05 Louis Cortelezzi, American rock and jazz saxophonist (Mink DeVille) and film composer (Pokemon), born in New Galilee, Pennsylvania
  • 1953-04-06 Patrick Doyle, Scottish film composer (Artemis Fowl, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Thor), born in Uddingston, Scotland
  • 1953-08-14 James Horner, American film composer (Titanic; Apollo 13; Avatar), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • 1954-11-18 Carter Burwell, American film composer (Coen Brothers films, Twilight Saga), born in New York City
  • 1955-01-13 Trevor Rabin, South African rock guitarist and film score composer (Yes), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1955-05-20 Zbigniew Preisner, Polish film composer (Three Colors film trilogy), born in Bielsko-Biała, Poland
  • 1956-03-14 Patrick Leonard, American songwriter, film composer and music producer (Madonna), born in Crystal Falls, Michigan
  • 1956-05-07 Anne Dudley, British classical and film composer (The Full Monty), born in Beckenham, Kent
  • 1957-04-23 Kenji Kawai, Japanese film score composer, born in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1957-09-12 Hans Zimmer, German film score composer (The Lion King), born in Frankfurt
  • 1960-12-11 Rachel Portman, English film composer, born in Haslemere, England
  • 1961-08-23 Alexandre Desplat, French film composer (The Grand Budapest Hotel), born in Paris, France
  • 1962-03-13 Terence Blanchard, American jazz trumpeter (Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers) and film score composer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1964-02-05 Alexia Vassiliou, Cypriot singer & film score composer, born in Famagusta, Cyprus

Person of interestTrent Reznor

1965-05-17 Trent Reznor, American musician (9 Inch Nails) and film score composer, born in Mercer, Pennsylvania

Musician Trent Reznor
Musician
Trent Reznor
  • 1966-02-28 Edward Shearmur, English film composer (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Charlie's Angels), born in London, England
  • 1966-10-07 Marco Beltrami, Italian-American film composer, born in Long Island, New York
  • 1967-04-30 John Robert "J. R." Richards, American singer-songwriter, record producer, and TV and film composer. (Dishwalla), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1979-06-27 Benjamin Speed, Australian musician and film composer (52 Tuesdays), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1982-09-04 Hildur Guðnadóttir, Icelandic cellist and composer specializing in film scores (Chernobyl; The Joker), born in Reykjavík, Iceland

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1945-04-24 Hubert Bath, British film composer and music director, dies at 61
  • 1955-07-25 Isaak Iosifovich Dunayevsky, Soviet operetta and film composer, dies at 55
  • 1955-10-15 Fumio Hayasaka, Japanese film score composer (Rashomon; Seven Samurai), dies of tuberculosis at 41
  • 1959-02-13 William Axt, American film scores composer (The Prisoner of Zenda), dies at 70
  • 1969-04-23 Krzysztof Komeda, Polish jazz and film composer and pianist (Rosemary's Baby), dies of head injuries as the result of a fall at 37
  • 1972-11-29 Carl W. Stalling, American film composer (Disney's Silly Symphonies; Warner Brothers Cartoons), dies at 81
  • 1975-11-22 François de Roubaix, French film score composer, dies in diving accident at 36
  • 1979-11-11 Dimitri Tiomkin, Russian-American film score composer and conductor (Academy Award 1954-High & Mighty), dies at 85
  • 1981-06-28 Peter Paul Kreuder, German-Austrian pianist and film score composer, dies at 75
  • 1982-01-31 Jiří Srnka, Czech classical and film score composer, dies at 74
  • 1982-12-10 Roy Webb, American film composer, dies at 94
  • 1983-01-18 Cedric Thorpe Davie, British composer of film scores and pedagogue (The Green Man; St. Andrews University), dies at 69
  • 1983-04-26 Bronislaw Kaper, Polish film composer & Academy Award winner (Green Dolphin Street, Lili), dies at 81
  • 1985-02-11 Heinz Roemheld, American film composer (Yankee Doodle Dandy; Ruby Gentry), dies of pneumonia at 83
  • 1989-05-15 Johnny Green, American singer (Body and Soul) and film score composer who won 5 Academy Awards, dies at 80
  • 1992-01-12 Sadao Bekku, Japanese classical and film composer (Matango), dies at 89
  • 1992-03-20 Georges Delerue, French film composer (Sword of Gideon, A Little Romance), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 1994-01-04 R. D. Burman, Indian film score composer (1942: A Love Story), dies at 54
  • 1994-07-23 Hans J Salter, Austrian-American film composer (The Wolf Man, Christmas Holiday, This Love Of Ours), dies at 98
  • 1999-03-17 Ernest Gold, Austrian-born American film composer (Exodus), dies at 77
  • 2003-02-24 Walter Scharf, American film composer, dies at 92
  • 2003-11-18 Michael Kamen, American composer and arranger (film scores to Brazil and Mr. Holland's Opus; Pink Floyd), dies from a heart attack at 55
  • 2006-02-08 Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer, best known for his film scores in the Godzilla films, dies at 91
  • 2006-11-08 Basil Poledouris, American film score composer, dies of cancer at 61
  • 2011-01-30 John Barry [Prendergast], English film score composer (James Bond films; Born Free), dies at 77
  • 2013-12-29 Wojciech Kilar, Polish classical and film score composer (Bram Stoker's Dracula; The Piano), dies from cancer at 81
  • 2014-12-30 Patrick Gowers, British film scores composer (Hamlet), dies at 78
  • 2015-06-22 James Horner, American film composer (Titanic; Apollo 13; Avatar), dies in a plane crash at 61
  • 2019-02-28 André Previn, German born American conductor (London Symphony), film scorer (My Fair Lady) and pianist, dies at 89
  • 2020-05-28 Lennie Niehaus, American jazz saxophonist and film composer (Clint Eastwood films), dies at 90