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James Newton Howard

James Newton Howard attended the University of Southern California's music school, but dropped out to tour with Elton John, and eventually compose music for film and television. He started with Head Office (1985) in 1985. He has been nominated for eight Academy Awards. He currently is a songwriter, record producer, conductor, keyboardist, and film... See full bio »
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Nominated for 8 Oscars. Another 64 wins & 80 nominations. See more awards »

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 2016/IX Split (composer: theme from "Unbreakable")
 2008 The Dark Knight (musician: piano - uncredited)
 2007 The Water Horse (orchestrator)
 2005 The Interpreter (orchestrator)
 2003 Dreamcatcher (orchestrator)
 2002 Treasure Planet (orchestrator) / (score producer)
 2002 The Emperor's Club (orchestrator) / (score producer)
 2002 Unconditional Love (orchestrator)
 2002 Signs (score producer)
 2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire (orchestrator) / (score producer)
 2000 Vertical Limit (orchestrator) / (score producer)
 2000 Unbreakable (orchestrator) / (score producer - uncredited)
 2000 Dinosaur (orchestrator) / (score producer)
 1999 Snow Falling on Cedars (orchestrator) / (score producer)
 1999 Mumford (orchestrator) / (score producer)
 1999 The Sixth Sense (orchestrator) / (score producer - uncredited)
 1999 Stir of Echoes (orchestrator) / (score producer)
 1999 Runaway Bride (orchestrator)
 1998 A Perfect Murder (orchestrator)
 1997 The Postman (orchestrator)
 1997 The Devil's Advocate (orchestrator)
 1997 Fathers' Day (orchestrator)
 1997 Picture Perfect (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1997 Liar Liar (composer: theme music)
 1997 Dante's Peak (composer: theme music)
 1997 Metro (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1996 One Fine Day (orchestrator)
 1996 Space Jam (orchestrator)
 1996 The Rich Man's Wife (composer: theme music)
 1996 The Trigger Effect (orchestrator)
 1996 Primal Fear (orchestrator)
 1996 Eye for an Eye (orchestrator)
 1995 Waterworld (orchestrator)
 1995 French Kiss (orchestrator)
 1995 Outbreak (orchestrator)
 1995 Just Cause (orchestrator)
 1994 Junior (orchestrator)
 1994 Wyatt Earp (orchestrator)
 1994 Major League II (composer: additional music)
 1994 Intersection (orchestrations)
 1993 The Saint of Fort Washington (orchestrator)
 1993 The Fugitive (orchestrator)
 1993 Dave (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1993 Falling Down (orchestrator)
 1993 Alive (orchestrator)
 1992 Glengarry Glen Ross (arranger - uncredited)
 1991 Grand Canyon (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1990 Pretty Woman (orchestrator)
 1988 Some Girls (conductor)
 1987 Five Corners (score producer)
 1986 Nothing in Common (conductor: strings) / (music arranger: strings)
 1986 8 Million Ways to Die (musician)
 1986 Wildcats (music producer)
 1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie (musician: keyboards - uncredited) / (song producer)
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Wrote original music for the theatrical trailer of Batman Begins (2005).

Alternate Names:

James Howard Newton | James Newton-Howard


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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I wish I had some great words of advice. The only advice I have ever been able to give anybody is to focus on writing music, and if you're writing a movie score particularly, don't worry about the picture. Just write great music and the rest will take care of itself.


Toured with Elton John. Worked with pop group Toto. See more »


Extensive use of multiple chord progressions, false cadences, and changes in key. See more »

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