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From his days as one of the pioneering icons of electronic music to his current status as a world-renowned legendary film composer, Mark Isham continues to be one of the most prolific and provocative artists on the scene. His gift for creating unforgettable melodies and his love of fresh, innovative sonic palettes have earned Isham many awards ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Crash Composer
Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time Composer
Warrior Composer
Point Break
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 2017 Sun Dogs (completed)
 2011-2016 Once Upon a Time (TV Series) (110 episodes)
- Changelings (2016)
- Heartless (2016)
- Dark Waters (2016)
 2016/II Fallen
 2016 The Accountant (music by)
 2016 A Family Man
 2016 Mr. Church (music by)
 2015-2016 American Crime (TV Series) (21 episodes)
- Season Two: Episode Eight (2016) ... (music by)
- Season Two: Episode Seven (2016) ... (music by)
 2015 Blood & Oil (TV Series) (10 episodes)
- Departures (2015)
- Art of the Deal (2015)
- Fight or Flight (2015)
- Convergence (2015)
 2013-2014 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (TV Series) (7 episodes)
- To Catch a Thief (2014)
- Heart of Stone (2013)
- Forget Me Not (2013)
 2014 Once Upon a Time: Wicked Is Coming (TV Movie documentary)
 2013 Mob City (TV Series) (6 episodes)
- Stay Down (2013)
- Oxpecker (2013)
- Red Light (2013)
 2013/I Homefront
 2013 Once Upon a Time: Journey to Neverland (TV Special documentary)
 2013 Once Upon a Time: The Price of Magic (TV Movie documentary)
 2013 42
 2012 Beauty and the Beast (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (2012)
 2012/V The Factory
 2012 Stolen
 2012 The Lucky One
 2011/I Morning (Short)
 2011 Dolphin Tale
 2011 Warrior
 2011 The Mechanic
 2010 The Crazies
 2008-2009 Crash (TV Series) (26 episodes)
- Los Angeles (2009)
- Calm Like a Bomb (2009)
 2009 Fame
 2009 Crossing Over
 2009 Not Forgotten
 2008 The Courier/2.0 (TV Movie)
 2008 The Express
 2008/I The Women
 2008 When Darkness Came: The Making of 'The Mist' (Video documentary short)
 2007 The Mist
 2007 Next
 2007 Gracie
 2006 Bobby
 2006 Invincible
 2006 Running Scared: Through the Looking Glass (Video documentary short)
 2006 Eight Below
 2005 In Her Shoes
 2004/I Crash
 2004/I Twisted
 2004 Highwaymen
 2004 Miracle
 2004 Spartan
 2003 The Hitcher: 'How Do These Movies Get Made?' (Video documentary short)
 2003 The Cooler
 2001 Character Building: Inside 'Life as a House' (Video short documentary)
 2001 From the Ground Up (Video short)
 2001 The Majestic
 2001 Impostor
 2001 The Making of 'Life as a House' (TV Movie documentary)
 2001 Hardball (music by)
 2000 Men of Honor
 2000 Trixie
 1999-2000 Family Law (TV Series) (18 episodes)
- Second Chance (2000)
- Playing God (2000)
- Necessity (2000)
- A Mother's Son (2000)
 1999 Galapagos (Documentary short)
 1999 Body Shots
 1999 Spotlight on Location: October Sky (Video documentary short) (film score, uncredited)
 1999 October Sky
 1999 Varsity Blues
 1998 The Blood Tide (Video documentary short)
 1998 Free Money
 1998 Blade
 1998 From the Earth to the Moon (TV Mini-Series) (2 episodes)
 1998 The Defenders: Choice of Evils (TV Movie)
 1997 The Defenders: Payback (TV Movie)
 1997 Michael Hayes (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Episode One (1997)
 1997 Afterglow
 1996 EZ Streets (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Pilot (1996)
 1996 Fly Away Home
 1996 Gotti (TV Movie)
 1996 Last Dance
 1995 The Net
 1995 Losing Isaiah
 1994 Safe Passage
 1994 Nell
 1994 Quiz Show
 1994 Chicago Hope (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (1994)
 1994 Timecop
 1994 Thumbelina
 1994 The Getaway
 1993 Hidden Hawaii (Documentary short)
 1993 Short Cuts (original score composed by)
 1992 Cool World
 1992 Sketch Artist (TV Movie)
 1991 Point Break
 1990 Tibet (Video)
 1990 Love at Large
 1988 The Moderns
 1986 The Hitcher
 1985 Portraits of Anorexia (Documentary)
 1984 Mrs. Soffel
 1984 The Times of Harvey Milk (Documentary)
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[on composing the score for 'Once Upon a Time'] I long ago gave up trying to predict popular tastes. I stopped thinking about whether something would be a success or not. I know that when I read the script I thought, 'Well, even if people decide they don't want to watch it, even if it falls apart and goes down and is not as successful as we'd all like it tho be, at least I will have taken on this... See more »


Was nominated for Film Composer of the Year in 2007 by the International Film Music Critics Association.

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