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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 59 wins & 83 nominations. See more awards »

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  Death Never Knocks (composer: theme music - rumored) (announced)
 2014/I Big Eyes (score producer)
 2012 Promised Land (score producer)
 2012 Silver Linings Playbook (score producer)
 2010/III Do Not Disturb (composer: theme music)
 2010 The Next Three Days (music producer)
 2009/I 9 (composer: music themes)
 2008/I Milk (score producer)
 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)
 2005 Corpse Bride (composer: songs) / (lyricist: songs) / (score producer)
 2003 Hulk (score producer)
 2002 Chicago (original score producer)
 2002 Red Dragon (score producer)
 2001 Novocaine (composer: theme music)
 2001 Heartbreakers (composer: Heartbreakers theme)
 2000 The Family Man (score producer)
 2000 Proof of Life (music producer)
 1999 Instinct (score producer)
 1998 A Civil Action (score producer: Los Angeles)
 1998 Psycho (music adaptor) / (music producer) / (music supervisor)
 1997 Good Will Hunting (score producer)
 1996 Mars Attacks! (music score producer)
 1996 Extreme Measures (music producer)
 1996 Bordello of Blood (composer: 'Tales from the Crypt' theme)
 1995 Dead Presidents (score producer)
 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)
 1992 Army of Darkness (composer: theme "March of the Dead")
 1992 Batman Returns (music producer)
 1991 Pure Luck (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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[on composing scores for Tim Burton films] People expect us to have some invisible shorthand. But it never gets any easier. Tim is just as complex now, maybe more so. Every time I play music for him I'm as nervous as I was that first occasion. Countless times, I've played something and watched him put his head in his hands and start pulling at his hair. I've never been unhappy with where we ended... See more »


Received an honorary doctorate from the North Carolina School of the Arts (June 2007). See more »


Often works with Tim Burton and Sam Raimi See more »

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