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Biography

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Overview (2)

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 composer.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Matt Dicker

Spouse (3)

Sofie Lena Barron (25 April 1992 - present) ( 2 children)
Rosanna Arquette (13 September 1986 - 2 October 1987) ( divorced)
Brie Howard (15 June 1974 - ?) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (3)

Never conducts his own music
Extensive use of multiple chord progressions, false cadences, and changes in key.
Frequently works with Lawrence Kasdan and M. Night Shyamalan.

Trivia (11)

Toured with Elton John. Worked with pop group Toto.
Frequently uses orchestrator Brad Dechter, Jeff Atmajian and music editor Jim Weidman.
Has his own recording studio: JNH Studio
Ex-brother-in-law of Richmond Arquette, Patricia Arquette, Alexis Arquette and David Arquette, ex-son-in-law of Lewis Arquette and Brenda Denaut, ex-grandson-in-law of Cliff Arquette and Julie Harrison.
A famously fast worker, Howard is often called upon to provide last-minute replacement scores for films, or to add to existing soundtracks.
Has said that his single most favorite composer is probably 'Ludwig van Beethoven'.
Was nominated for Film Composer of the Year in 2007 and 2008 by the International Film Music Critics Association.
Although he scored the two first Batman films from Christopher Nolan's reboot, along with Hans Zimmer, he turned down the opportunity to score The Dark Knight Rises (2012), as he felt that Nolan and Zimmer make a better partnership than the three combined.
Older brother of actor Arliss Howard.
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).

Personal Quotes (1)

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.

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