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 score composer (The Prisoner of Zenda), born in NYC, New York (d. 1959)
  • 1888-10-03 Roy Webb, American film score composer (films of Val Lewton), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1891-11-10 Carl W. Stalling, American film composer (Disney's Silly Symphonies; Warner Brothers Cartoons), born in Lexington, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • 1892-10-31 Olof Thiel, Swedish film score composer, under the pseudonym of Jacques Armand, born in Stockholm (d. 1978)
  • 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)
  • 1896-07-04 Adolph Hallis, South African concert pianist, classical and film score composer, and teacher, born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 1987)
  • 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)
  • 1901-10-29 Daniele Amfiteatrov, Russian-Italian pianist, conductor and Hollywood film score composer, born in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1983)
  • 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 [Wachsmann], German-American film score composer (Rebecca; Sunset Boulevard; A Place In The Sun), born in Königshütte, Silesia, German Empire (now Chorzów, Poland) (d. 1967)
  • 1907-08-19 Jiří Srnka, Czech classical and film score composer, born in Písek, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1982)
  • 1908-01-28 Paul Misraki [Misrachi], French jazz pianist, songwriter, and film score composer (Jean Renoir), born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (d. 1998)
  • 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)
  • 1911-06-29 Bernard Herrmann, American film score composer (Citizen Kane; Psycho; Taxi Driver), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1911-12-03 Nino Rota [Giovanni Rota Rinaldi], Italian classical and film score composer (Il cappello di paglia di Firenze; The Godfather (I & II; 16 Fellini films), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1979)
  • 1912-11-26 Gunnar Sønstevold, Norwegian jazz pianist, and orchestral and film score composer (Litany In Atlanta; The Dorian Cage), born in Elverum, Norway (d. 1991)
  • 1913-05-30 Cedric Thorpe Davie, British composer of film scores and pedagogue (The Green Man; St. Andrews University), born in Lewisham, London (d. 1983)
  • 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 in Sendai, Honshū, Japan (d. 1955)
  • 1919-01-20 Stepan Lucky, Slovak film score composer, born in Žilina, Slovakia (d. 2006)
  • 1920-03-16 John Addison, British Academy and BAFTA Award-winning film score composer (Tom Jones; A Bridge Too Far; Centennial), born in Surrey, England (d. 1998)
  • 1921-07-13 Ernest Gold [Goldner], Austrian-born American film composer (Exodus), born in Vienna (d. 1999)
  • 1921-10-21 Sir Malcolm Arnold, British trumpeter, and classical and film score composer (The Bridge On The River Kwai), born in Northampton, England (d. 2006)
  • 1922-05-24 Sadao Bekku, Japanese classical and film composer (Matango), born in Tokyo (d. 2012)
  • 1924-09-13 Maurice Jarre, French Academy and Grammy Award-winning film composer (Lawrence Of Arabia; Doctor Zhivago; Witness; Fatal Attraction), born in Lyon, France (d. 2009)
  • 1925-02-14 Elliot Lawrence [Broza], American jazz pianist, film score composer (Network), arranger, and orchestra leader (Tony and Emmy Award broadcasts; As The World Turns, 1981-93), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2021)
  • 1925-03-12 Georges Delerue, French film composer (Sword of Gideon; A Little Romance), born in Roubaix (d. 1992)
  • 1927-03-18 John Kander, American musical theater and film composer, with Fred Ebb (Cabaret; Chicago; New York, New York; Funny Lady), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1928-04-04 Monty Norman, English singer and film composer (James Bond Theme), born in London
  • 1929-02-10 Jerry Goldsmith, American pianist, television and film composer ("The Twilight Zone"; "Planet Of The Apes"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)
  • 1929-04-06 André Previn, German-American conductor (London Symphony), film score composer (My Fair Lady), and jazz 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)
  • 1929-10-19 Dumitru Capoianu, Romanian conductor and classical and film composer (The Little Man), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2012)
  • 1930-10-08 Tōru Takemitsu, Japanese classical music and film score composer (November Steps; Ran), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1996)
  • 1931-01-29 Leslie Bricuse, British theater and film composer and lyricist ("Stop the World - I Want to Get Off; Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), born in Pinner, Middlesex
  • 1931-02-10 Gerhard Rosenfeld, German opera and film score composer, born in Königsberg (d. 2003)
  • 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 (Missa Pro Pace), and film score composer (Bram Stoker's Dracula; The Pianist), born in Lwów, Second Polish Republic (now Ukraine) (d. 2013)
  • 1932-10-15 Jaan Rääts, Estonian pianist, orchestral and film score composer, born in Tartu, Estonia (d. 2020)
  • 1933-11-03 John Barry [Prendergast], English film score composer (James Bond films; Born Free), born in York, England (d. 2011)
  • 1934-04-18 Jan Klusák [Porges], Czech contemporary classical and film score composer, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1934-06-26 Dave Grusin, American jazz pianist and Academy and Grammy Award winning composer specializing in film scores (The Milagro Beanfield War; Ishtar), born in Littleton, Colorado
  • 1936-03-29 Richard Rodney Bennett, English pianist, classical, jazz, and film score composer (Far From The Madding Crowd; Four Weddings And A Funeral), born in Kent, England (d. 2012)
  • 1936-05-05 Patrick Gowers, British choral and film score composer (Viri Galilaei; Hamlet; Smiley's People), born in Islington, England (d. 2014)
  • 1936-05-22 Toshiaki Tsushima, Japanese film score composer, born in Okayama Prefecture, Japan (d. 2013)
  • 1936-08-30 Edward Pałłasz, Polish classical, theater, and film composer, born in Starogard Gdański, Poland (d. 2019)
  • 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)
  • 1939-11-16 Henrik Otto Donner, Finnish trumpeter, and avant garde and film score composer, born in Tampere, Finland (d. 2013)
  • 1940-04-13 Vladimir Cosma, Romanian-French violinist, conductor, and classical and film score composer, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • 1940-04-26 Giorgio Moroder, Italian record producer, and film score composer (Cat People; Top Gun), born in Ortisei, Italy
  • 1942-04-13 Bill Conti, American film score composer (Rocky; The Right Stuff), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1943-12-17 Ron Geesin, Scottish musician and avant-garde, symphonic rock, and film score composer, born in Stevenston, Ayrshire, Scotland
  • 1944-11-25 Mark Minkov, Russian/Soviet theater and film score composer, born in Moscow (d. 2012)
  • 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
  • 1947-06-17 George S. Clinton, American film score (Austin Powers movies), stage, and concert composer, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 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
  • 1949-10-07 Gabriel Yared, Lebanese-French film score composer (Betty Blue; The English Patient), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 1950-03-26 Alan Silvestri, American film score composer (Back To The Future; Forrest Gump), born in NYC, New York
  • 1950-03-27 Tony Banks, British progressive rock keyboardist (Genesis - "Supper's Ready"), and film score and classical composer, born in East Hoathly, Sussex, England
  • 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 Academay Award-winning film composer (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
  • 1952-06-25 Tim Finn, New Zealand rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, and keyboardist (Split Enz - "I Got You"; Crowded House - "Don't Dream It's Over"), and theatre and film composer ("Puberty Blues"), born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand
  • 1952-07-16 Stewart Copeland, American drummer (The Police - "Roxanne"), and film score composer (Wall Street; SubUrbia) born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1952-12-18 David Hentschel, British recording engineer, producer, and film score composer, born in Sussex, England
  • 1953-04-06 Patrick Doyle, Scottish film composer (Artemis Fowl; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; Thor), born in Uddingston, Scotland
  • 1953-06-30 Hal Lindes, American-English rock guitarist (Dire Straits, 1980-85), and film score composer, born in Monterey, California
  • 1953-08-14 James Horner, American film composer (Titanic; Apollo 13; Avatar), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • 1954-11-12 Levine Andrade, Indian-British violinist (Arditti Quartet, 1974-90), film score composer and conductor, born in Bombay, India (d. 2018)
  • 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-American rock guitarist (Yes, 1983-94 - "Owner Of A Lonely Heart"), and film score composer (National Treasure), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1955-05-20 Zbigniew Preisner, Polish film composer (Three Colors film trilogy), born in Bielsko-Biała, Poland
  • 1955-11-23 Ludovico Einaudi, Italian pianist, classical and film composer (Divenire), born in Turin, Piedmont, Italy
  • 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
  • 1959-06-14 Marcus Miller, American jazz and session bassist, record producer (Miles Davis; Luther Vandross; David Sanborn), and jazz and film score composer (Marshall), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1960-12-11 Rachel Portman, English film score composer (Emma; Chocolat), 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's Jazz Messengers), film score composer (When The Levees Broke; Harriet), and educator, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1963-09-18 John Powell, British film score composer, based in America (Happy Feet; Bourne films), born in London
  • 1964-02-05 Alexia Vassiliou, Cypriot singer & film score composer, born in Famagusta, Cyprus

Person of interestTrent Reznor

1965-05-17 Trent Reznor, American rock singer-songwriter (Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral), Grammy and Academy Award-winning film score composer (The Social Network), born in Mercer, Pennsylvania

Musician Trent Reznor
Musician
Trent Reznor
  • 1966-02-28 Edward Shearmur, British film score composer (Diary of a Wimpy Kid; Charlie's Angels), born in London, England
  • 1966-10-07 Marco Beltrami, Italian-American film composer (3:10 To Yuma; The Hurt Locker; Logan), 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

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
  • 1967-02-24 Franz Waxman [Wachsmann], German-American film score composer (Rebecca; Sunset Boulevard; A Place In The Sun), dies of cancer at 60
  • 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
  • 1979-04-10 Nino Rota [Giovanni Rota Rinaldi], Italian classical and film score composer (Il cappello di paglia di Firenze; The Godfather (I & II; 16 Fellini films), dies from a coronary thrombosis at 67
  • 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 score composer (films of Val Lewton), 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
  • 1983-06-07 Daniele Amfiteatrov, Russian-Italian pianist, conductor and Hollywood film score composer, 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
  • 1991-10-18 Gunnar Sønstevold, Norwegian jazz pianist, and orchestral and film score composer (Litany In Atlanta; The Dorian Cage), dies at 78
  • 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
  • 1996-02-20 Tōru Takemitsu, Japanese classical music and film score composer (November Steps; Ran), dies of pneumonia while being treated for bladder cancer at 65
  • 1998-10-29 Paul Misraki [Misrachi], French jazz pianist, songwriter, and film score composer (Jean Renoir), dies at 90
  • 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
  • 2003-03-05 Gerhard Rosenfeld, German opera and film score composer, dies at 72
  • 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
  • 2006-09-23 Sir Malcolm Arnold, British trumpeter, and classical and film score composer (The Bridge On The River Kwai), dies at 84
  • 2006-11-08 Basil Poledouris, American film score composer, dies of cancer at 61
  • 2009-03-29 Maurice Jarre, French Academy and Grammy Award-winning film composer (Lawrence Of Arabia; Doctor Zhivago; Witness; Fatal Attraction), dies at 84
  • 2011-01-30 John Barry [Prendergast], English film score composer (James Bond films; Born Free), dies at 77
  • 2012-01-12 Sadao Bekku, Japanese classical and film composer (Matango), dies at 89
  • 2012-05-29 Mark Minkov, Russian/Soviet theater and film score composer, dies at 67
  • 2012-06-14 Dumitru Capoianu, Romanian conductor and classical and film composer (The Little Man), dies at 82
  • 2012-12-24 Richard Rodney Bennett, English pianist, classical and film score composer (Four Weddings And A Funeral), dies at 76
  • 2013-06-27 Henrik Otto Donner, Finnish trumpeter, and avant garde and film score composer, dies at 73
  • 2013-11-25 Toshiaki Tsushima, Japanese film score composer, dies of pneumonia at 77
  • 2013-12-29 Wojciech Kilar, Polish classical (Missa Pro Pace), and film score composer (Bram Stoker's Dracula; The Pianist), dies from cancer at 81
  • 2014-12-30 Patrick Gowers, British choral and film score composer (Viri Galilaei; Hamlet; Smiley's People), dies at 78
  • 2015-06-22 James Horner, American film composer (Titanic; Apollo 13; Avatar), dies in a plane crash at 61
  • 2018-02-09 Jóhann Jóhannsson, Icelandic theatre, dance, and film score composer (The Theory of Everything), dies form a combination of cocaine and prescription medication at 48
  • 2018-11-20 Levine Andrade, Indian-British violinist (Arditti Quartet, 1974-90), film score composer and conductor, dies at 64
  • 2019-02-28 André Previn, German-American conductor (London Symphony), film score composer (My Fair Lady), and jazz pianist, dies at 89
  • 2020-05-28 Lennie Niehaus, American jazz saxophonist and film composer (Clint Eastwood films), dies at 90
  • 2020-09-29 Isidora Žebeljan, Serbian classical, opera, and film composer, dies at 53
  • 2020-12-25 Jaan Rääts, Estonian pianist, orchestral and film score composer, dies at 88