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John Powell was born on September 18, 1963 in London, England. He is a composer, known for How to Train Your Dragon (2010), Rio (2011) and The Bourne Identity (2002). He was previously married to Melinda Lerner. See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 36 wins & 61 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

How to Train Your Dragon
Rio Composer
The Bourne Identity
Shrek Composer


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 2017 Ferdinand (music by)
 2016 Jason Bourne
 2015 Pan
 2014 Rio 2 (music by)
 2012 Serenade (Video short)
 2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift (music by)
 2012 The Lorax (music by)
 2011 The Pointless Hunt (Short) (archival music)
 2011 Book of Dragons (Video short) (music score)
 2011 Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury (Video short)
 2011 Rio (music by)
 2010 Kung Fu Panda Holiday (TV Short)
 2010 The Last Shot 2 (Short)
 2010/I Fair Game
 2010 Green Zone
 2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (music by)
 2009 Super Rhino (Video short)
 2008 Bolt (original score composed by)
 2008 Hancock
 2008 Kung Fu Panda
 2008 Stop-Loss
 2008 Horton Hears a Who! (music by)
 2008 Jumper
 2006 Happy Feet
 2006 United 93
 2005 Aunt Fanny's Tour of Booty (Video short)
 2005 Robots (music by)
 2005 Be Cool
 2004 Alfie
 2004 Mr 3000
 2003 Paycheck
 2003 Gigli
 2002 Drumline
 2002 Eye See You
 2001 I Am Sam
 2001 Rat Race
 2001 Evolution
 2001 Shrek
 2001 Just Visiting (music composed by)
 2000 Chicken Run (music by)
 1999 Chill Factor
 1998 Antz (music by)
 1998 Endurance
 1998 Human Bomb (TV Movie)
 1997 Face/Off
 1996 Je suis ton châtiment (Short)
 1996 High Incident (TV Series) (5 episodes)
- Christmas Blues (1996)
- Warrant Peace (1996)
- Change Partners (1996)
- Masquerade (1996)
 1995 The Wild Heels (Short)
 1993 Stay Lucky (TV Series) (10 episodes)
- One Jump Ahead (1993)
- Sand Dancer (1993)
- Blowing Bubbles (1993)
- Gilding the Lily (1993)
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His 2010 score for the film How to Train Your Dragon earned him his first Academy Award nomination at the 83rd Academy Awards. See more »


Use of live percusions, especially the Indian Conga drum, which he first used in The Bourne Supremacy.

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