Film Score Composers in History (Part 2)

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1951-10-03 Nick Glennie-Smith, British session keyboard player (Roger Daltrey; Roger Waters), film score composer (Ella Enchanted; Secretariat), and conductor, born in London, England
  • 1952-01-17 Ryuichi Sakamoto, Japanese musician (Yellow Magic Orchestra) and Academy 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
  • 1953-01-19 Michael Boddicker, American session synthesizer player (Michael Jackson; Lionel Richie; Chicago), and film composer (The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 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 (The Boys Are Back), 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
  • 1955-10-20 Thomas Newman, American film score composer (The Shawshank Redemption; Finding Nemo; Six Feet Under; WALL-E), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1955-11-23 Ludovico Einaudi, Italian pianist, classical and film composer (Divenire), born in Turin, Piedmont, Italy
  • 1956-02-26 Keisuke Kuwata, Japanese pop singer,songwriter and film score composer, born in Chigasaki, Japan
  • 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
  • 1956-09-13 David Mansfield, American session and touring fiddler, guitarist, mandolin player (Bob Dylan; The Alpha Band; Buce Hornsby and The Range), and film score composer, born in Leonia, New Jersey
  • 1957-03-09 Mark Mancina, American film score composer (Speed; Bad Boys; Moana), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 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
  • 1958-08-01 Michael Penn, American singer-songwriter ("No Myth"), film score composer, and record producer, born in Greenwich Village, New York City
  • 1958-09-03 Kevin Kiner, American TV and film composer (CSI: Miami; Star Wars: The Clone Wars), born in San Bernardino, California
  • 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
  • 1960-08-29 William Susman, American pianist and contemporary classical and documentary film score composer (Pentateuch; Snow Lion of Peace; Native New Yorker), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1960-12-11 Rachel Portman, British Academy and Emmy Award-winning film score composer (Emma; Chocolat; Cider House Rules), 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

Trent ReznorTrent Reznor (57 years old)

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

  • 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
  • 1967-09-27 Isidora Žebeljan, Serbian classical, opera, and film composer, born in Belgrade (d. 2020)
  • 1969-09-19 Jóhann Jóhannsson, Icelandic theatre, dance, and film score composer (The Theory of Everything), born in Reykjavík, Iceland (d. 2018)
  • 1971-11-05 Jonny Greenwood, British guitarist, keyboard player (Radiohead), and film score composer (There Will Be Blood), born in Oxford, England
  • 1972-01-21 Yasunori Mitsuda, Japanese video game and film composer (Inazuma Eleven), born in Tokuyama, Japan
  • 1972-11-30 Christophe Beck, Canadian pianist, conductor, and television and film score composer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer; The Hangover; Frozen; Ant-Man), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1974-04-10 Helen Jane Long, British pianist and contemporary classical and film score composer (Embers; Vessel of Light), born in Hampshire, England
  • 1979-06-27 Benjamin Speed, Australian musician and film composer (52 Tuesdays), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1982-09-04 Hildur Guðnadóttir, Icelandic cellist and Emmy, Oscar, Grammy, and BAFTA Award composer specializing in film scores (Chernobyl; The Joker), born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • 1985-01-22 Justin Hurwitz, American film composer (La La Land, Babylon), born in Los Angeles County, California

Jon BatisteJon Batiste (36 years old)

1986-11-11 American jazz pianist, singer-songwriter, bandleader (Stay Human; The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, 2015-22), and film score composer (Soul), born in Metairie, Louisiana


Deaths in Film & TV