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James Horner (I) (1953–2015)


James Horner began studying piano at the age of five, and trained at the Royal College of Music in London, England, before moving to California in the 1970s. After receiving a bachelor's degree in music at USC, he would go on to earn his master's degree at UCLA and teach music theory there. He later completed his Ph.D. in Music Composition and ... See full bio »

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Known For

Titanic Music Department
(1997)
Avatar Music Department
(2009)
The Mask of Zorro Music Department
(1998)
An American Tail Music Department
(1986)

Filmography

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 2022 Avatar: The Way of Water (original themes by) (post-production)
 2021 Spider-Man: No Way Home (theme music composer: Main Title and Young Peter)
 2019 Cine Chalom (TV Mini Series) (music by - 1 episode)
 2019 My heart will go on (Short) (main title composer)
  Star Trek: Enterprise E (TV Series) (theme by - 2 episodes, 2011 - 2012) (music by - 1 episode, 2018) (music composer - 1 episode, 2015)
- Assimilation (2018) ... (music by)
- Paradise Lost (2015) ... (music composer)
- Back to History (2012) ... (theme by)
- The Incident Back in Time (2011) ... (theme by)
 2018 BaseBoys (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
 2018 Never an Absolution (Music Video short)
 2018 8mm Memories of the Danmark (Short) (music composed by)
 2011-2015 Gintberg på kanten (TV Series documentary) (music - 2 episodes)
- Snejbjerg (2015) ... (music)
- Nuuk (2011) ... (music)
 2015 Southpaw (score producer)
 2015 Wolf Totem (musical director)
 2014/IV On the Road (stock music - re-cut version)
 2013/II Romeo & Juliet (composer: unused score)
 2012 The Lost Berserker (Short) (composer: stock music from "Apocalypto")
 2004-2012 Star Trek Phase II (TV Series) (composer - 2 episodes)
- Going Boldly (2012) ... (composer: additional music - uncredited)
- In Harm's Way (2004) ... (composer: stock music)
 2012 The Amazing Spider-Man (conductor) / (musician: piano solos) / (orchestrator)
 2012 Outlaws (orchestra conducted by) / (orchestrations)
 2011/II Day of the Falcon (musician: piano solos) / (orchestrator)
 2011 Shoestring Space Opera (Video documentary short) (music: score from 'Battle Beyond the Stars')
 2010 The Making of Humanoids from the Deep (Video documentary short) (background music)
 2010 The Karate Kid (conductor) / (orchestrator)
 2006-2010 CBS Evening News with Katie Couric (TV Series) (composer - 101 episodes)
- Episode dated 24 May 2010 (2010) ... (composer: theme music)
- Episode dated 8 May 2010 (2010) ... (composer: theme music)
- Episode dated 7 May 2010 (2010) ... (composer: theme music)
- Episode dated 21 April 2010 (2010) ... (composer: theme music)
- Episode dated 20 April 2010 (2010) ... (composer: theme music)
 2009 Avatar (orchestrator) / (score conductor)
 2008 The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (conductor - uncredited) / (musician: piano) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 2008 The Spiderwick Chronicles (conductor)
 2007 The Life Before Her Eyes (musician: piano)
 2006 All the King's Men (conductor) / (orchestrator)
 2005 The New World (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator) / (score producer - uncredited)
 2005 The Legend of Zorro (conductor) / (orchestrator) / (score producer)
 2005 Flightplan (conductor) / (orchestrator)
 2005 The Chumscrubber (musician: piano/synthesizer)
 2004 A Stuntman for All Seasons: A Tribute to Bennie Dobbins (Video documentary short) (composer: stock music)
 2004 East Meets West: 'Red Heat' and the Kings of Carolco (Video documentary short) (composer: stock music)
 2004 I'm Not Russian, But I Play One on TV (Video documentary short) (composer: stock music)
 2004 The Forgotten (orchestrator) / (score producer)
 2004 Field of Dreams: A Diamond in the Husks (Video documentary short) (composer: stock music)
 2004 Troy (conductor) / (orchestrator)
 2004 Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (conductor) / (orchestrator)
 2003 House of Sand and Fog (conductor) / (orchestrator)
 2003/I The Missing (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator) / (score producer)
 2003 Beyond Borders (conductor) / (orchestrator)
 2003 Radio (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator)
 2003 The Making of 'Sneakers' (Video documentary short) (composer: stock music)
 2002 The Four Feathers (conductor) / (orchestrator)
 2002 Windtalkers (conductor) / (orchestrator)
 2001/I Iris (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator)
 2001 A Beautiful Mind (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator)
 2001 From Morf to Morphing: The Dawn of Digital Filmmaking (Video documentary short) (composer: stock music)
 2001 Raptor (Video) (composer: stock music)
 2001 Enemy at the Gates (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator)
 2000 Krull: Marvel Comics Video Adaptation (Video) (composer: stock music)
 2000 The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire (Video) (music composed by: songs) / (original score composed by: "The Land Before Time")
 2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas (conductor - uncredited)
 2000 Thomas and the Magic Railroad (orchestrator)
 2000 The Perfect Storm (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator)
 2000 Freedom Song (TV Movie) (music producer)
 1999 Lions and Monkeys and Pods... Oh My!: The Special Effects of 'Jumanji' (Video documentary short) (composer: stock music)
 1999 The Land Before Time More Sing Along Songs (Short) (music composer: original "The Land Before Time" and "An American Tail" scores)
 1999 Bicentennial Man (conductor) / (orchestrator)
 1999 An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster (Video) (composer: "An American Tail")
 1998 Mighty Joe Young (conductor) / (orchestrator)
 1998 The Mask of Zorro (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator)
 1998 Deep Impact (conductor) / (music producer) / (orchestrator)
 1997 Titanic (conductor - uncredited) / (music producer) / (musician: instrumental solo) / (orchestrator)
 1997 The Land Before Time: Sing Along Songs (Short) (music composer: "The Land Before Time")
 1997 The Devil's Own (conductor - uncredited)
 1996 Ransom (conductor) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1996 To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (conductor - uncredited) / (music producer - uncredited)
 1996 Courage Under Fire (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator)
 1996 The Spitfire Grill (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator)
 1995 Aliens: Ride at the Speed of Fright (Short) (original Aliens themes)
 1995 Balto (conductor - uncredited)
 1995 Jumanji (conductor - uncredited) / (music producer - uncredited)
 1995/I Apollo 13 (conductor - uncredited) / (music producer - uncredited) / (orchestrator)
 1995 Casper (conductor) / (music producer - uncredited) / (orchestrator)
 1995 Braveheart (conductor - uncredited) / (instrumental soloist: keyboards, London Symphony Orchestra) / (orchestrations)
 1994 George Marshall & the American Century (TV Movie documentary) (composer: additional music: songs by)
 1994 Star Trek: The Infinite Chain (additional music)
 1994 Legends of the Fall (conductor - uncredited)
 1994 The Pagemaster (conductor - uncredited) / (score producer - uncredited)
 1994 Clear and Present Danger (conductor)
 1993 We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (conductor) / (songs: music by)
 1993 Bopha! (musician)
 1993 The Pelican Brief (conductor)
 1993 The Man Without a Face (conductor - uncredited)
 1992-1993 Crossroads (TV Series) (theme music - 10 episodes)
- The Last Roundup (1993) ... (theme music)
- Paradise Found (1993) ... (theme music)
- The Nickel Curve (1993) ... (theme music)
- The Harvest (1993) ... (theme music)
- Survival (1993) ... (theme music)
 1993 Once Upon a Forest (conductor - uncredited)
 1993 House of Cards (musician)
 1993 Jack the Bear (conductor - uncredited) / (music arranger - uncredited) / (musician)
 1993 A Far Off Place (conductor - uncredited)
 1993 Swing Kids (conductor - uncredited)
 1992 Sneakers (conductor - uncredited) / (musician)
 1992 Fish Police (TV Series) (composer - 6 episodes)
- No Way to Treat a Fillet-dy (1992) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Two Gils (1992) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Codfather (1992) ... (composer: theme music)
- Beauty's Only Fin Deep (1992) ... (composer: theme music)
- A Fish Out of Water (1992) ... (composer: theme music)
 1992 Patriot Games (conductor - uncredited)
 1991 Norman and the Killer (Short) (conductor - uncredited)
 1991 Star Trek Logs: An MTV Big Picture Special Edition (TV Special documentary) (composer: stock music)
 1991 An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (conductor - uncredited) / (songs: music by)
 1991 The Rocketeer (conductor - uncredited)
 1991 Class Action (musician)
 1991 My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys (musician: instrumental solo)
 1991 Rich in Died (conductor - uncredited)
 1990 Extreme Close-Up (TV Movie) (conductor - uncredited)
 1990 Another 48 Hrs. (conductor - uncredited)
 1990 I Love You to Death (conductor - uncredited)
 1989 Glory (conductor - uncredited)
 1989 Dad (conductor - uncredited)
 1989 In Country (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1989 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (conductor)
 1989 Tummy Trouble (Short) (conductor - uncredited)
 1989 Field of Dreams (conductor - uncredited) / (music producer - uncredited) / (musician: instrumental solo)
 1988 Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1988 Cocoon: The Return (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1988 The Land Before Time (composer: music score/composer: "If We Hold On Together"/lyrics: "If We Hold On Together" - uncredited) / (conductor: music score - uncredited) / (music producer - uncredited)
 1988 Young Guns (composer: unused music - uncredited)
 1988 Vibes (conductor - uncredited) / (music producer - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1988 Red Heat (conductor - uncredited)
 1988 Willow (conductor - uncredited) / (music producer)
 1987 *batteries not included (conductor - uncredited)
 1987 Project X (conductor - uncredited)
 1987 P.K. and the Kid (conductor - uncredited)
 1986 An American Tail (conductor - uncredited) / (songs: music by)
 1986 Captain EO (Short) (conductor - uncredited)
 1986 Where the River Runs Black (conductor - uncredited)
 1986 Aliens (conductor - uncredited) / (music producer - uncredited)
 1986 Off Beat (conductor - uncredited)
 1985 Let's Go (Short) (conductor - uncredited)
 1985 In Her Own Time (Documentary) (conductor - uncredited)
  Amazing Stories (TV Series) (conductor - 1 episode, 1985) (orchestrator - 1 episode, 1985)
- Alamo Jobe (1985) ... (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1985 Commando (conductor - uncredited) / (music producer)
 1985 The Journey of Natty Gann (conductor - uncredited)
 1985 Volunteers (conductor - uncredited)
 1985 Cocoon (conductor - uncredited)
 1985 Wizards of the Lost Kingdom (music producer)
 1985 Surviving (TV Movie) (conductor - uncredited)
 1985 Heaven Help Us (conductor - uncredited)
 1984 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (conductor - uncredited)
 1984 Streets of Fire (composer: unused music - uncredited)
 1984 The Stone Boy (conductor - uncredited)
 1983 Gorky Park (conductor)
 1983 Uncommon Valor (conductor - uncredited)
 1983 The Dresser (conductor)
 1983 Testament (conductor - uncredited)
 1983 Brainstorm (conductor - uncredited)
 1983 Between Friends (TV Movie) (conductor - uncredited)
 1983 Krull (conductor)
 1983 Something Wicked This Way Comes (conductor - uncredited) / (music producer - uncredited)
 1982 48 Hrs. (conductor - uncredited)
 1982 Sorceress (from "Battle Beyond the Stars")
 1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (conductor - uncredited)
 1982 Rascals and Robbers: The Secret Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn (TV Movie) (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1982 A Piano for Mrs. Cimino (TV Movie) (conductor - uncredited)
 1981 The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper (conductor - uncredited)
 1981 A Few Days in Weasel Creek (TV Movie) (conductor - uncredited)
 1981 Deadly Blessing (conductor - uncredited)
 1981 Wolfen (conductor - uncredited)
 1981 The Hand (conductor - uncredited)
 1979 The Lady in Red (music adaptor)
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Other Works:

Wrote a score to Lewis Teague's Alligator. However the score remain unrecorded (and therefore unused) because of an ongoing strike. See more »

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Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)

Spouse:

Sara Elizabeth Nelson  (his death)  (2 children)

Parents:

Harry Horner
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Personal Quote:

[from an interview in 1983] I look at the film and try to assimilate what the producer and director want. Very often they don't know exactly what they want or they know, but don't know how to express it, so it comes out wrong. I try and find out what the director or producer feels, and I try to get them to express it to me in non-musical terms, so that there's no misunderstanding. Then, based on ... See more »

Trivia:

Is close friends with score engineer Simon Rhodes. Rhodes also served as album co-producer on several of Horner's scores. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently used the shakuhachi (Ex: Braveheart (1995)) See more »

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