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Danny Elfman

As Danny Elfman was growing up in the Los Angeles area, he was largely unaware of his talent for composing. It wasn't until the early 1970s that Danny and his older brother Richard Elfman started a musical troupe while in Paris; the group "Mystic Knights of Oingo-Boingo" was created for Richard's directorial debut, Forbidden Zone (1980) (now ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 63 wins & 85 nominations. See more awards »

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  The Simpsons (TV Series) (composer - 578 episodes, 1989 - 2016) (theme by - 9 episodes, 1994 - 2014)
- Much Apu About Something (2016) ... (composer: theme music)
- Teenage Mutant Milk-Caused Hurdles (2016) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Girl Code (2016) ... (composer: theme music)
- Barthood (2015) ... (composer: theme music)
- Paths of Glory (2015) ... (composer: theme music)
 2014/I Big Eyes (score producer)
 2014 The Simpsons Take the Bowl (Video) (composer: theme music)
 2014 Dark Design (Video short) (music: score from 'Darkman')
 2014 Henchman Tales (Video short) (music: score from 'Darkman')
 2014 The Face of Revenge with Tony Gardner (Video short) (music: score from 'Darkman')
 2014 The Name Is Durant with Larry Drake (Video short) (music: score from 'Darkman')
 2012 Promised Land (score producer)
 2012 Silver Linings Playbook (score producer)
 2012 The Longest Daycare (Short) (theme by)
 2004-2012 Desperate Housewives (TV Series) (theme by - 180 episodes)
- Finishing the Hat (2012) ... (theme by)
- Give Me the Blame (2012) ... (theme by)
- The People Will Hear (2012) ... (theme by)
- Lost My Power (2012) ... (theme by)
- With So Little to Be Sure Of (2012) ... (theme by)
 2010/III Do Not Disturb (composer: theme music)
 2010 The Next Three Days (music producer)
 2010 The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: In 3-D! On Ice! (TV Special documentary) (composer: theme)
 2009/I 9 (composer: music themes)
 2008/I Milk (score producer)
 2008 Lego Batman: The Videogame (Video Game) (composer: theme "Batman")
 2007 The Simpsons Game (Video Game) (composer: theme music)
 2007 The Simpsons Movie (composer: "The Simpsons" theme)
 2007 Spider-Man 3 (composer: themes)
 2007 Meet the Robinsons (score producer)
 2006 Charlotte's Web (conductor)
 2006 Desperate Housewives: The Game (Video Game) (composer: theme music)
 2005 Corpse Bride (composer: songs) / (lyricist: songs) / (score producer)
 2005 No Experience Needed (Short) (composer: stock music: song, "Dead Man's Party")
 2005 Spider-Plant Man (TV Short) (composer: theme "Spider-Man")
 2005 Point Pleasant (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- Pilot (2005) ... (composer: main title theme)
 2004 Cinemaker (Video documentary) (composer: stock music)
 2004 Fable (Video Game) (composer: theme music)
 2003 The Simpsons: Hit & Run (Video Game) (composer: theme "The Simpsons")
 2003 Hulk (score producer)
 2002 Chicago (original score producer)
 2002 The Simpsons: Skateboarding (Video Game) (composer: theme music)
 2002 Red Dragon (score producer)
 2001 The Simpsons: Road Rage (Video Game) (composer: theme "The Simpsons")
 2001 Novocaine (composer: theme music)
 2001 The Simpsons: Wrestling (Video Game) (composer: theme "The Simpsons")
 2001 Heartbreakers (composer: Heartbreakers theme)
 2000 The Family Man (score producer)
 2000 Proof of Life (music producer)
 2000 The World of Stainboy (Short) (composer: theme music)
 1999-2000 Dilbert (TV Series) (composer - 29 episodes)
- Ethics (2000) ... (composer: theme music "The Dilbert Zone")
- Company Picnic (2000) ... (composer: theme music "The Dilbert Zone")
- The Delivery (2000) ... (composer: theme music "The Dilbert Zone")
- Pregnancy (2000) ... (composer: theme music "The Dilbert Zone")
- The Virtual Employee (2000) ... (composer: theme music "The Dilbert Zone")
 1999-2000 Troldspejlet (TV Series) (composer - 3 episodes)
- Episode #23.17 (2000) ... (composer: stock music)
- Troldspejlet Special: Stop Motion (1999) ... (composer: stock music)
- Episode #21.9 (1999) ... (composer: stock music)
 1999 Instinct (score producer)
 1998 A Civil Action (score producer: Los Angeles)
 1998 Psycho (music adaptor) / (music producer) / (music supervisor)
 1998 Modern Vampires (TV Movie) (composer: theme music)
 1998 Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (Video) (composer: main theme from "Batman")
 1997 The Simpsons: Virtual Springfield (Video Game) (composer: theme "The Simpsons")
 1997 Good Will Hunting (score producer)
 1997 Perversions of Science (TV Series) (composer - 10 episodes)
- People's Choice (1997) ... (composer: series theme)
- Ultimate Weapon (1997) ... (composer: series theme)
- Snap Ending (1997) ... (composer: series theme)
- Panic (1997) ... (composer: series theme)
- Planely Possible (1997) ... (composer: series theme)
 1996 Farewell: Live from the Universal Amphitheatre Halloween 1995 (Video documentary) (rhythm guitar, percussion, vocals, xylophone)
 1996 Mars Attacks! (music score producer)
 1996 Extreme Measures (music producer)
 1996 Darkman III: Die Darkman Die (Video) (composer: themes)
 1996 Bordello of Blood (composer: 'Tales from the Crypt' theme)
 1989-1996 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series) (composer - 93 episodes)
- The Third Pig (1996) ... (composer: theme music)
- Ear Today... Gone Tomorrow (1996) ... (composer: theme music)
- Confession (1996) ... (composer: theme music)
- About Face (1996) ... (composer: theme music)
- Smoke Wrings (1996) ... (composer: theme music)
 1996 The Simpsons: Cartoon Studio (Video Game) (composer: theme "The Simpsons")
 1995 Dead Presidents (score producer)
 1992-1995 Batman: The Animated Series (TV Series) (composer - 75 episodes)
- The Lion and the Unicorn (1995) ... (composer: theme music)
- A Bullet for Bullock (1995) ... (composer: theme music)
- Catwalk (1995) ... (composer: theme music)
- Showdown (1995) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Terrible Trio (1995) ... (composer: theme music)
 1995 Darkman II: The Return of Durant (Video) (composer: themes)
 1995 Dolores Claiborne (music producer)
 1995 Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (composer: theme music)
 1994 Shrunken Heads (composer: theme music)
 1993 The Nightmare Before Christmas (music and lyrics by)
 1993 Family Dog (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- Show Dog (1993) ... (composer: theme music)
 1993 Bart Simpson's Escape from Camp Deadly (Video Game) (composer: "Simpsons Theme")
 1992 Flash III: Deadly Nightshade (Video) (composer: theme music)
 1992 Army of Darkness (composer: theme "March of the Dead")
 1992 Batman Returns (music producer)
 1989-1991 Beetlejuice (TV Series) (composer - 94 episodes)
- Not So Peaceful Pines (1991) ... (composer: theme music)
- Journey to the Centre of the Neitherworld (1991) ... (composer: theme music)
- Catmandu Got Your Tongue (1991) ... (composer: theme music)
- King BJ (1991) ... (composer: theme music)
- Relatively Pesty (1991) ... (composer: theme music)
 1991 The Simpsons: Bart vs. the World (Video Game) (composer: "Simpsons Theme")
 1991 Pure Luck (composer: theme music)
 1990-1991 The Flash (TV Series) (composer - 17 episodes)
- Captain Cold (1991) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Deadly Nightshade (1991) ... (composer: theme music)
- Fast Forward (1991) ... (composer: theme music)
- Be My Baby (1991) ... (composer: theme music)
- Tina, Is That You? (1991) ... (composer: theme music)
 1991 The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants (Video Game) (composer: theme music)
  Sledge Hammer! (TV Series) (composer - 41 episodes, 1986 - 1988) (music supervisor - 6 episodes, 1986)
- Here's to You, Mrs. Hammer (1988) ... (composer: theme music)
- It Happened What Night? (1988) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Secret of My Excess (1988) ... (composer: theme music)
- Suppose They Gave a War and Sledge Came? (1988) ... (composer: theme music)
- Sledge, Rattle 'n' Roll (1988) ... (composer: theme music)
 1986 Fast Times (TV Series) (composer - 4 episodes)
- Secret Romance (1986) ... (composer: theme music)
- My New Best Friend (1986) ... (composer: theme music)
- Pilot (1986) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Last Laugh (1986) ... (composer: theme music)
 1985 Pee-wee's Big Adventure (composer: theme music)
 1980 Forbidden Zone (music arranger)
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Alternate Names:

Daniel Beilzebelsman | The Bloody Elf | The Dark Red Elf | Dan of the Dead | Diablo Del Elf-Monstruo | Daniel The Elf-Inquisitor | Bloody Elf-Thing | Dan 'Dead Man' Elfblood | Danny Elfbones | Daniel Elfman | Dan Elfman | Red Wolf Elfman | Red-Wolf Elfman | Danielo Elfmostro | Elfmunster | Nightmare on Elfstreet | Scabby Elfthing | Satan McElfovitch | Danny Skellingelfman | half-Elf half-Man


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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It all depends on the directors. Working closely with a director is the main job of a film composer. Interpreting what he perceives as a color, an emotion or mood is very abstract. A director tells you something he wants and then you have to run back to your music and respond with, "I think he meant something like this." See more »


Sang all the vocals for the five songs in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005). He recorded singing it in different ways and played with the audio to make it sound like various high- and low-pitched vocals. See more »


Frequently combines orchestral sounds with digital sounds. Most noticeable in the opening sequence of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005). See more »

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