Hans Zimmer

Composer, Music producer, Songwriter
Though he began his career as a keyboardist for several late-1970s New Wave pop groups, Hans Zimmer used his pioneering blend of digital synthesizers and computer technology to become one of the most acclaimed and ... Read more »
Born: 09/11/1957 in Germany

Filmography

Music (220)

A.D. The Bible Continues 2006 - 2007, 2012 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Composer

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 (Movie)

(Music)

High Incident 1995 - 1997, 2004 - 2008, 2010 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Theme Music

Inferno 2016 (Movie)

(Music)

Sons of Liberty 2004 - 2008, 2010 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Theme Song

The Contender 1993 - 1997, 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2008, 2010 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Music

The Critic 1993 - 1997, 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2008, 2010 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Music

Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman 1995 - 1996, 2004 - 2008, 2010 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Music

What About Joan 1995 - 1997, 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2008, 2010 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Theme Music

A.D. 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Music

Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World 2015 (Movie)

("Make-A-Wish Theme") (Song Performer)

Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World 2015 (Movie)

("Make-A-Wish Theme") (Song)

Chappie 2015 (Movie)

(Music)

Freeheld 2015 (Movie)

(Music)

Little Prince 2015 (Movie)

(Music)

Terminator: Genisys 2015 (Movie)

Executive Music Producer/Synth Programming (Music Producer)

Divergent 2014 (Movie)

Executive Score Producer (Music Producer)

Interstellar 2014 (Movie)

(Music)

Son of God 2014 (Movie)

Music (Music)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014 (Movie)

(Music)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014 (Movie)

("It's On Again") (Song)

Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014 (Movie)

Music Production (Music Producer)

Winter's Tale 2014 (Movie)

(Music)

12 Years a Slave 2013 (Movie)

(Music)

Brave Miss World 2013 (Movie)

(Music)

Bullet To The Head 2013 (Movie)

Score Producer (Original Score)

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters 2013 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Man of Steel 2013 (Movie)

(Music)

Rush 2013 (Movie)

(Music)

The Bible 2013 (TV Show)

Original Score

The Lone Ranger 2013 (Movie)

(Music)

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 2012 (Movie)

(Music)

The Dark Knight Rises 2012 (Movie)

(Music)

Curiosity 2011 (Tv Show)

Music

Kung Fu Panda 2 2011 (Movie)

(Composer)

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2011 (Movie)

("Mermaids") (Song)

Rango 2011 (Movie)

(Music)

Rango 2011 (Movie)

("Right On Target") (Song)

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 2011 (Movie)

(Music)

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 2011 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

The Dilemma 2011 (Movie)

(Music)

Despicable Me 2010 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

How Do You Know 2010 (Movie)

(Music)

Inception 2010 (Movie)

(Composer)

Inception 2010 (Movie)

Synth Programmer (Music)

Megamind 2010 (Movie)

("Stars And Tights") (Song)

Megamind 2010 (Movie)

(Music)

The Pacific 2010 (Tv Show)

Music

Angels & Demons 2009 (Movie)

(Music)

Capitalism: A Love Story 2009 (Movie)

("The Final Interview") (Song)

Capitalism: A Love Story 2009 (Movie)

("The Final Interview") (Song Performer)

Casi Divas 2009 (Movie)

(Original Score)

Henry of Navarre 2009 (Movie)

(Music)

It's Complicated 2009 (Movie)

(Music)

Running the Sahara 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Score Mixing

Sherlock Holmes 2009 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Sherlock Holmes 2009 (Movie)

(Music)

The Burning Plain 2009 (Movie)

(Music)

Babylon A.D. 2008 (Movie)

Music Consultant (Music)

Frost/Nixon 2008 (Movie)

Orchestrations (Original Music)

Frost/Nixon 2008 (Movie)

(Composer)

Iron Man 2008 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Kung Fu Panda 2008 (Movie)

(Composer)

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 2008 (Movie)

(Music)

The Dark Knight 2008 (Movie)

Synth Programming (Music)

August Rush 2007 (Movie)

(Theme Music)

Bee Movie 2007 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

DOA: Dead or Alive 2007 (Movie)

("Bitches From Hell" from the motion picture Thelma & Louise) (Song Performer)

DOA: Dead or Alive 2007 (Movie)

("Bitches From Hell" from the motion picture Thelma & Louise) (Song)

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 (Movie)

("Hoist The Colours") (Music)

The Simpsons Movie 2007 (Movie)

(Music)

Ask the Dust 2006 (Movie)

Score Producer (Music Producer)

Blood+ 2006 (TV Show)

Music Producer

Curious George 2006 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Over the Hedge 2006 (Movie)

Executive Music Producer (Music Producer)

The Da Vinci Code 2006 (Movie)

Music (Original Music)

The Holiday 2006 (Movie)

(Piano) (Soloist)

The Holiday 2006 (Movie)

Music (Original Music)

The Prestige 2006 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Batman Begins 2005 (Movie)

(Composer)

Chicken Little 2005 (Movie)

("Nants' Ingonyama") (Lyrics)

House of D 2005 (Movie)

Score Executive Producer (Music Producer)

Madagascar 2005 (Movie)

(Music)

The Island 2005 (Movie)

Score Producer (Music Producer)

The Ring Two 2005 (Movie)

Themes (Theme Music)

The Weather Man 2005 (Movie)

(Music)

Undiscovered 2005 (Movie)

("Why Not Me") (Song)

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit 2005 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

With Friends Like These 2005 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Ella Enchanted 2004 (Movie)

Executive Score Producer (Music Producer)

King Arthur 2004 (Movie)

(Music)

Shark Tale 2004 (Movie)

(Music)

Spanglish 2004 (Movie)

(Composer)

Threat Matrix 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Theme Music

Thunderbirds 2004 (Movie)

(Music)

Matchstick Men 2003 (Movie)

Music Score Programmer (Music Engineer)

Matchstick Men 2003 (Movie)

Music Score Arranger (Music Arranger)

Matchstick Men 2003 (Movie)

(Composer)

Something's Gotta Give 2003 (Movie)

(Music)

Tears of the Sun 2003 (Movie)

("Kopano (Unity)") (Song)

Tears of the Sun 2003 (Movie)

(Music)

The Last Samurai 2003 (Movie)

Music Score Arranger (Music Arranger)

The Last Samurai 2003 (Movie)

(Music)

The Last Samurai 2003 (Movie)

Music Score Programmer (Music Engineer)

Invincible 2002 (Movie)

(Music)

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron 2002 (Movie)

("Here I Am") (Song)

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron 2002 (Movie)

(Music)

The Ring 2002 (Movie)

(Music)

Black Hawk Down 2001 (Movie)

(Music)

Hannibal 2001 (Movie)

(Music)

Hannibal 2001 (Movie)

song producer("Vide Cor Meum (libreto from Dante's 'La Vita Nuova')") (Song)

I Am Sam 2001 (Movie)

score producer (Music Producer)

Pearl Harbor 2001 (Movie)

(Music)

Riding in Cars With Boys 2001 (Movie)

(Music)

The Pledge 2001 (Movie)

(Music)

An Everlasting Piece 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

Gladiator 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

Gladiator Games: The Roman Blood Sport 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Music

Mission: Impossible 2 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

The Road to El Dorado 2000 (Movie)

song producer("El Dorado" "The Trail We Blaze" "It's Tough to be a God" "Without Question" "Friends Never Say Goodbye") (Song)

The Road to El Dorado 2000 (Movie)

score composer (Composer)

Chill Factor 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

Endurance 1999 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

The Last Days 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

Antz 1998 (Movie)

executive music producer (Music Producer)

Fame L.A. 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Music Producer

Jack Frost 1998 (Movie)

("Final Fire (from the film 'Backdraft')") (Song)

The Borrowers 1998 (Movie)

score producer (Music Producer)

The Prince of Egypt 1998 (Movie)

score composer (Composer)

The Prince of Egypt 1998 (Movie)

song producer("Deliver Us" "All I Ever Wanted" "When You Believe") (Song)

The Thin Red Line 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

As Good As It Gets 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Scream 2 1997 (Movie)

("Brothers" "Secure") (Song)

Smilla's Sense Of Snow 1997 (Movie)

music composer and arranger (Music)

The Peacemaker 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Broken Arrow 1996 (Movie)

score arranger (Music Arranger)

Broken Arrow 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

Muppet Treasure Island 1996 (Movie)

music composer (Composer)

Muppet Treasure Island 1996 (Movie)

songs arranger (Song)

The Fan 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

The Preacher's Wife 1996 (Movie)

original score composer (Original Score)

The Rock 1996 (Movie)

score arranger (Music Arranger)

The Rock 1996 (Movie)

music composer (Composer)

The Whole Wide World 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

Two Deaths 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

White Squall 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

Beyond Rangoon 1995 (Movie)

(Music)

Beyond Rangoon 1995 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Crimson Tide 1995 (Movie)

(Music)

Nine Months 1995 (Movie)

(Music)

Something to Talk About 1995 (Movie)

(Music)

Drop Zone 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

I'll Do Anything 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

Renaissance Man 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

The House of the Spirits 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

The Lion King 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

The Lion King 1994 (Movie)

song arranger (Song)

The Lion King 1994 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)

The Making of the Lion King 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Music

Younger and Younger 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

Aspen Extreme 1993 (Movie)

("The Driver (Pt. II)") (Song)

Calendar Girl 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Calendar Girl 1993 (Movie)

("Out of My Dreams") (Song)

Cool Runnings 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Point of No Return 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

True Romance 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

A League of Their Own 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

Memoirs of An Invisible Man 1992 (Movie)

synthesizer programmer (Music Arranger)

Radio Flyer 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

The Power of One 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

The Power of One 1992 (Movie)

songs("Mother Africa" "Rainmaker" "The Penny Whistle Song" "Beethoven's 9th Symphony") (Song)

Toys 1992 (Movie)

music composer & arranger (Music)

Where Sleeping Dogs Lie 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

Backdraft 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

Code Name: Chaos 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

Diamond Skulls 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

Regarding Henry 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

Thelma & Louise 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

Bird on A Wire 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Chicago Joe and the Showgirl 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Days of Thunder 1990 (Movie)

("The Last Note of Freedom") (Song)

Days of Thunder 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Fools of Fortune 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Green Card 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Pacific Heights 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Arcadia 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Black Rain 1989 (Movie)

("I'll Be Holding On") (Song)

Black Rain 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Driving Miss Daisy 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

First Born 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Music

Paperhouse 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

The Fruit Machine 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Twister 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

A World Apart 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Burning Secret 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Prisoner of Rio 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Rain Man 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Taffin 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

The Nature of the Beast 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Castaway 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

Double Exposure 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

Last Emperor 1987 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Last Emperor 1987 (Movie)

music associate(London) (Music)

My Beautiful Laundrette 1986 (Movie)

(Performer)

The Lightship 1986 (Movie)

electronic music performer (Performer)

The Wind 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

The Zero Boys 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Wild Horses 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Music

Insignificance 1985 (Movie)

electronic music (Music)

Success Is the Best Revenge 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

Lifepod (TV Show)

Theme Music

Live From Baghdad (TV Show)

Music Supervisor

Space Rangers (TV Show)

Music

To the Moon, Alice (TV Show)

Music
Actor (3)

The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

The German Americans (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Herzog in Wonderland 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

King of the Jungle 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Visual Effects & Animation (1)

Moonlighting 1982 (Movie)

electronic effects (Visual Effects)
Sound (1)

Deceiver 1998 (Movie)

sound advice (Sound)
Other (5)

Spy Kids 2001 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

An Everlasting Piece 2000 (Movie)

"The Jiggs"((as credited in press kit)) (Other)

Chicken Run 2000 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Mission: Impossible 2 2000 (Movie)

member("The Mission Impossible II 'Band'") (Other)

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm 1993 (Movie)

synthesist (Other)

Biography

Though he began his career as a keyboardist for several late-1970s New Wave pop groups, Hans Zimmer used his pioneering blend of digital synthesizers and computer technology to become one of the most acclaimed and sought after film composers of his day. Following a brief, but productive partnership with composer Stanley Myers, Zimmer struck out on his own and carved a successful career that was highlighted by such early recognized work as "Rain Man" (1988), "Driving Miss Daisy" (1989) and "Thelma & Louise" (1991). Having quickly moved up the ranks, Zimmer became a go-to favorite for directors looking to add something different to the more standardized compositions offered by more classically trained composers. He reached the pinnacle of his career when he wrote the African-inspired rhythms for the hit animated feature, "The Lion King" (1994); the music from which long remained a signature for his unique stylings. From there, Zimmer seemed to be nominated for some major award or another every year, thanks to writing such memorable music for the films "Gladiator" (2000), "The Last Samurai" (2003) and "The Dark Knight" (2008). By the time of he created the critically lauded score to "Sherlock Holmes" (2009), Zimmer had established himself as a premiere composer with well over 100 films to his credit.

Relationships

Suzanne Zimmer

Wife

Zoe Zimmer

Daughter
Mother, Suzanne Zimmer

Jake Zimmer

Son
Born December 3, 1997 mother, Suzanne Zimmer

Milestones

2012

Re-teamed with director Nolan as composer for "The Dark Knight Rises"

2011

Composed original music for the live action features "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" as well as the animated films "Kung Fu Panda 2" and "Rango"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score – Motion Picture ("Inception")

2010

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

2010

Composed music for the epic WWII miniseries "The Pacific" (HBO)

2010

Composed the score for Christopher Nolan's "Inception"; earned a Grammy nomination for Best Score Soundtrack

2010

Contributed music to the animated feature "Megamind"

2009

Composed the music for Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes"; earned Oscar and Grammy nominations for Best Original Score

2008

Composed the music for "Frost/Nixon," an adaption of the Peter Morgan play; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score

2008

Composed (with James Newton Howard) the music score for "The Dark Knight"

2006

Composed the music for Ron Howard's film adaptation of "The Da Vinci Code"; earned Grammy and Golden Globe nominations for Best Score

2006

Scored the music for "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"; earned Grammy and Golden Globe nominations for Best Score

2004

Scored the music for "Spanglish"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score

2003

Composed his 100th film "The Last Samurai"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score

2003

Joined last minute to score "Somethings Gotta Give"

2002

Composed the music for "Black Hawk Down"

2001

Scored the music for the blockbuster sequel "Hannibal"

2000

Wrote the underscore for the DreamWorks animated film "The Road to El Dorado"

2000

Composed the music for DreamWorks' "Gladiator"; earned an Oscar nomination for Original Score

1998

Scored the DreamWorks animated feature "The Prince of Egypt" and Terrence Malick's WWII drama "The Thin Red Line"

1997

Stage version of "The Lion King" opened on Broadway

1997

Received Oscar nomination for his score for "As Good As It Gets"

1996

Named head of music department at DreamWorks SKG

1996

Nominated for third Academy Award for "The Preacher's Wife"

1995

Contributed music to the features "Crimson Tide" and "Something to Talk About"

1994

Won an Oscar for the African-inspired rhythms included on the soundtrack to Disney's animated "The Lion King"

1993

Scored the music for "True Romance"

1991

Racked up music credits on such varied films as "Backdraft" and "Thelma and Louise"

1989

Provided the underscore to Bruce Beresford's "Driving Miss Daisy"

1988

Earned first Academy Award nomination for Barry Levinson's "Rain Man"

1988

Re-teamed with Myers to write the score for "The Nature of the Beast"

1987

Produced the Oscar-winning score to "The Last Emperor"

1987

First film as solo composer, "Double Exposure"

1982

First feature film as co-composer (with Myers), "Moonlighting"

Moved to London as a teenager

Co-founded Lillie Yard Studio with Stanley Myers

Worked as a record producer and wrote commercial jingles for Air-Edel Associates

Produced records for Tangerine Dream and The Buggles

Bonus Trivia

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Zimmer was a partner with Jay Rifkin in Media Ventures Entertainment Group.

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"I have always looked at Hans as a resource that is far greater than just the unbelievably important, specific contribution of writing a score for a film, in how music will be used, how it will be conceived." – DreamWorks SKG's Jeffrey Katzenberg on Zimmer, to The Los Angeles Times, Dec. 15, 1998

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