James Newton Howard


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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 67 wins & 84 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

King Kong Composer
(2005)
The Dark Knight Music Department
(2008)
Batman Begins Music Department
(2005)
I Am Legend Music Department
(2007)

Filmography

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 2018 BaseBoys (TV Series) (music - 4 episodes)
- Vi SKAL redde Oliver! (2018) ... (music)
- Opdager kæmpe hemmelighed (2018) ... (music)
- Stjæler fra slikbutik (2018) ... (music)
 2018 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (score producer - uncredited)
 2018 Sherlock Gnomes (music consultant)
 2018 Red Sparrow (score producer)
 2016/IX Split (composer: theme from "Unbreakable")
 2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (score producer - uncredited)
 2014 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (score producer - uncredited)
 2014 Pawn Sacrifice (score producer)
 2014 Maleficent (score producer)
 2013 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (score producer - uncredited)
 2012 Snow White and the Huntsman (score producer)
 2012 The Hunger Games (score producer - uncredited)
 2010 What If...? (TV Series) (music by - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.2 (2010) ... (music by)
 2009 Breast Cancer: The Path of Wellness & Healing (Documentary) (composer: theme music)
 2009 Vezhete (Short) (composer: stock music)
 2009 High Noon (TV Movie) (score producer)
 1994-2009 ER (TV Series) (composer - 277 episodes)
- And in the End... (2009) ... (composer: theme music)
- A House Divided (2007) ... (composer: theme music)
- Scoop and Run (2006) ... (composer: theme music)
- Jigsaw (2006) ... (composer: theme music)
- Heart of the Matter (2006) ... (composer: theme music)
 2009 Midnight Bayou (TV Movie) (provider: score)
 2009 Northern Lights (TV Movie) (score producer)
 2008 The Dark Knight (musician: piano - uncredited) / (score producer - uncredited)
 2008 Imagine (TV Series documentary) (score producer - 1 episode)
- Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens (2008) ... (score producer)
 2007 I Am Legend (score producer - uncredited)
 2007 The Water Horse (orchestrator)
 2007 Carolina Moon (TV Movie) (score producer)
 2007 Blue Smoke (TV Movie) (score producer)
 2007 Angels Fall (TV Movie) (score producer)
 2006 Blood Diamond (score producer - uncredited)
 2006 American Masters (TV Series documentary) (score producer - 1 episode)
- Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens (2006) ... (score producer)
 2005 Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D (Documentary short) (music by)
 2005 Batman Begins (score producer - uncredited)
 2005 The Interpreter (orchestrator) / (score producer)
 2005 Drie Gasten en een Videocamera (Video) (composer: themes)
  Great Performances (TV Series) (conductor - 1 episode, 2003) (orchestrator - 1 episode, 2003)
- Elton John at the Royal Opera House (2003) ... (conductor) / (orchestrator)
 2003 Dreamcatcher (orchestrator) / (score producer - uncredited)
 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)
 2000-2001 The Fugitive (TV Series) (composer - 8 episodes)
- Smith 282 (2001) ... (composer: theme music)
- Flesh and Blood (2001) ... (composer: theme music)
- Tucker's Gift (2001) ... (composer: theme music)
- Sea Change (2001) ... (composer: theme music)
- Strapped (2001) ... (composer: theme music)
 2000-2001 Gideon's Crossing (TV Series) (musician - 20 episodes)
- Heart of Glass (2001) ... (musician: keyboards, synthesizers)
- The Crash (2001) ... (musician: keyboards, synthesizers)
- Filaments and Ligatures (2001) ... (musician: keyboards, synthesizers)
- Flashpoint (2001) ... (musician: keyboards, synthesizers)
- The Others (2001) ... (musician: keyboards, synthesizers)
 2000 Vertical Limit (orchestrator) / (score producer)
 2000 Unbreakable (orchestrator) / (score producer - uncredited)
 2000 FreakyLinks (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- Un-aired Pilot ... (composer: stock music; from "The Sixth Sense")
 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 (music producer - uncredited) / (orchestrator)
 1997 The Devil's Advocate (orchestrator)
 1997 My Best Friend's Wedding (conductor - uncredited)
 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 (musician: synth & drum programmer - uncredited) / (orchestrator) / (score producer - uncredited)
 1996 The Rich Man's Wife (composer: theme music)
 1996 The Trigger Effect (orchestrator)
 1996 Primal Fear (orchestrator)
 1996 The Sentinel (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- The Switchman (1996) ... (composer: theme music)
 1996 Eye for an Eye (orchestrator)
 1995 Waterworld (musician: synthesizer & drum programmer - uncredited) / (orchestrator)
 1995 French Kiss (orchestrator)
 1995 Outbreak (music producer - uncredited) / (orchestrator)
 1995 Just Cause (orchestrator)
 1994 Junior (music producer) / (orchestrator)
 1994 Wyatt Earp (orchestrator)
 1994 Major League II (composer: additional music)
 1994 Intersection (orchestrations)
 1993 Alive: 20 Years Later (Video documentary) (musician)
 1993 The Saint of Fort Washington (musician: keyboards & synth programmer - uncredited) / (orchestrator) / (score producer - uncredited)
 1993 The Fugitive (conductor - uncredited) / (music producer - uncredited) / (musician: keyboards, piano - uncredited) / (orchestrator)
 1993 Dave (composer: source cues - uncredited) / (musician: keyboards - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited) / (score producer - uncredited)
 1993 Falling Down (orchestrator) / (score producer - uncredited)
 1993 Alive (orchestrator)
  2000 Malibu Road (TV Series) (composer - 6 episodes, 1992) (musician - 6 episodes, 1992)
- Episode #1.6 (1992) ... (composer: theme music) / (musician: keyboards, synthesizer)
- Episode #1.5 (1992) ... (composer: theme music) / (musician: keyboards, synthesizer)
- Episode #1.4 (1992) ... (composer: theme music) / (musician: keyboards, synthesizer)
- Episode #1.3 (1992) ... (composer: theme music) / (musician: keyboards, synthesizer)
- Pilot (1992) ... (composer: theme music) / (musician: keyboards, synthesizer)
 1992 Glengarry Glen Ross (arranger - uncredited)
 1992 Diggstown (conductor - uncredited) / (music producer - uncredited) / (musician: keyboards, synthesizer - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1991 Grand Canyon (conductor - uncredited) / (musician: synth programmer - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1991 The Prince of Tides (music producer - uncredited)
 1991 The Man in the Moon (music producer - uncredited) / (musician: piano - uncredited)
 1991 Guilty by Suspicion (conductor - uncredited)
 1990 Pretty Woman (orchestrator)
 1990 Coupe de Ville (musician: keyboards, synthesizers)
 1989 Men (TV Series) (composer - 5 episodes)
- Every Good Boy Does Fine (1989) ... (composer: theme music)
- Cupid Ms...Takes (1989) ... (composer: theme music)
- When the Wind Blows (1989) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Trouble with Harvey (1989) ... (composer: theme music)
- Thomas (1989) ... (composer: theme music)
 1989 The Package (music producer - uncredited)
 1989 Major League (musician: keyboards, synthesizer - uncredited)
 1989 Tap (musician: keyboards, synthesizer, programming)
 1988 Some Girls (conductor)
 1988/I Off Limits (music producer - uncredited) / (musican: keyboards, synthesizers - uncredited)
 1987 Russkies (music producer)
 1987 Promised Land (conductor - uncredited) / (music producer - uncredited) / (musician: keyboards, synthesizer - uncredited)
 1987 Five Corners (score producer)
 1987 Campus Man (musician: keyboards, synthesizers)
 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)
 1976 Elton John & Kiki Dee: Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Video short) (strings arranged by)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Wrote original music for the theatrical trailer of Batman Begins (2005).

Alternate Names:

James Howard Newton | James Newton-Howard

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

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.

Trivia:

As of 2017, he has contributed with the music score of four films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: The Prince of Tides (1991), The Fugitive (1993), The Sixth Sense (1999) and Michael Clayton (2007). See more »

Trademark:

Frequently works with Lawrence Kasdan and M. Night Shyamalan. See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

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