James Horner

Composer, Conductor, Teacher
Having written the music for major Hollywood films over the course of several decades, composer James Horner amassed an impressive resume that included repeated collaborations with directors Mel Gibson, Ron Howard and ... Read more »
Born: 08/13/1953 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Music (209)

Fathers and Daughters 2015 (Movie)

(Music)

Southpaw 2015 (Movie)

(Music)

The 33 2015 (Movie)

(Music)

The Wedding Ringer 2015 (Movie)

("My Heart Will Go On") (Song)

Wolf Totem 2015 (Movie)

(Music)

Are You Here 2014 (Movie)

("My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From Titanic)") (Song)

The Judge 2014 (Movie)

("Part 3") (Song)

Day of the Falcon 2013 (Movie)

(Original Score)

For Greater Glory 2012 (Movie)

(Composer)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2012 (Movie)

(Music)

This Means War 2012 (Movie)

"Rose's Theme" (Song)

The Karate Kid 2010 (Movie)

Orchestrator (Original Music)

The Karate Kid 2010 (Movie)

(Composer)

Avatar 2009 (Movie)

("I See You (Theme From Avatar)") (Song)

Avatar 2009 (Movie)

(Composer)

Avatar 2009 (Movie)

Orchestrations (Original Music)

Avatar 2009 (Movie)

Score Conductor (Music Conductor)

Brüno 2009 (Movie)

("My Heart Will Go On") (Song)

Capitalism: A Love Story 2009 (Movie)

("Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing)") (Song Performer)

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 2009 (Movie)

("My Heart Will Go On") (Song)

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas 2008 (Movie)

(Music)

The Life Before Her Eyes 2008 (Movie)

(Music)

The Spiderwick Chronicles 2008 (Movie)

(Music)

CBS Evening News 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Theme Music

All The King's Men 2006 (Movie)

Music (Original Music)

Apocalypto 2006 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Flightplan 2005 (Movie)

Orchestrations (Original Music)

Flightplan 2005 (Movie)

(Composer)

Hollywood Vietnam 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Song

The Chumscrubber 2005 (Movie)

(Original Score)

The Legend of Zorro 2005 (Movie)

(Original Music)

The New World 2005 (Movie)

Orchestrations (Original Music)

The New World 2005 (Movie)

(Composer)

Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius 2004 (Movie)

(Music)

The Forgotten 2004 (Movie)

(Music)

Troy 2004 (Movie)

("Remember") (Song)

Troy 2004 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Troy 2004 (Movie)

(Music)

Troy 2004 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Beyond Borders 2003 (Movie)

Orchestrations (Original Music)

Beyond Borders 2003 (Movie)

(Music)

House of Sand and Fog 2003 (Movie)

(Original Music)

House of Sand and Fog 2003 (Movie)

(Composer)

How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days 2003 (Movie)

("My Heart Will Go On") (Song)

Love Actually 2003 (Movie)

("Rose") (Song)

Radio 2003 (Movie)

("Eyes Of The Heart (Radio's Song)") (Song)

Radio 2003 (Movie)

(Composer)

Radio 2003 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Rugrats Go Wild 2003 (Movie)

("Rose" from "Titanic") (Song)

The Missing 2003 (Movie)

(Music)

The Four Feathers 2002 (Movie)

(Original Music)

The Four Feathers 2002 (Movie)

(Music)

The Four Feathers 2002 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Windtalkers 2002 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Windtalkers 2002 (Movie)

(Composer)

Windtalkers 2002 (Movie)

(Original Music)

A Beautiful Mind 2001 (Movie)

("All Love Can Be") (Song)

A Beautiful Mind 2001 (Movie)

(Music)

A Beautiful Mind 2001 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Enemy At the Gates 2001 (Movie)

(Music)

Enemy At the Gates 2001 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Iris 2001 (Movie)

Orchestrations (Original Music)

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 (Movie)

songs("Where Are You Christmas" "Happy Who-lidays" "How I Love Who-liday Shopping" "Who-bilation" "Come, Come All Ye Whos" "Christmas, Why Can't I Find You") (Song)

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 (Movie)

orchestra conductor (Music Conductor)

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 (Movie)

music composer (Composer)

Raptor 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

Roger Williams: Pop Goes the Ivories 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Song

The Perfect Storm 2000 (Movie)

orchestration provider (Music Arranger)

The Perfect Storm 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

Bicentennial Man 1999 (Movie)

song/song producer("Then You Look at Me") (Song)

Bicentennial Man 1999 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Bicentennial Man 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

Deep Impact 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

Deep Impact 1998 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Mighty Joe Young 1998 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Mighty Joe Young 1998 (Movie)

("Windsong") (Song)

Mighty Joe Young 1998 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Mighty Joe Young 1998 (Movie)

music composer (Composer)

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Music

The Mask of Zorro 1998 (Movie)

("I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You") (Song)

The Mask of Zorro 1998 (Movie)

(Original Music)

The Mask of Zorro 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

The Devil's Own 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Titanic 1997 (Movie)

(Song)

Titanic 1997 (Movie)

instrumental soloist (Soloist)

Titanic 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Titanic 1997 (Movie)

score orchestrations (Original Music)

Courage Under Fire 1996 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Courage Under Fire 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

Ransom 1996 (Movie)

music composer and conductor (Music)

The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island 1996 (Movie)

("Land Before Time" "If We Hold On Together") (Composer)

The Spitfire Grill 1996 (Movie)

(Original Music)

The Spitfire Grill 1996 (Movie)

(Composer)

To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday 1996 (Movie)

music composer (Composer)

Apollo 13 1995 (Movie)

music composer (Composer)

Apollo 13 1995 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Balto 1995 (Movie)

("Reach for the Light") (Song)

Balto 1995 (Movie)

(Music)

Braveheart 1995 (Movie)

(Keyboards) (Soloist)

Braveheart 1995 (Movie)

music composer (Composer)

Braveheart 1995 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Casper 1995 (Movie)

music composer (Composer)

Casper 1995 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Jade 1995 (Movie)

music composer (Composer)

Jumanji 1995 (Movie)

music composer (Composer)

Clear and Present Danger 1994 (Movie)

Orchestra Conductor (Music Conductor)

Clear and Present Danger 1994 (Movie)

Music Composer (Composer)

Legends of the Fall 1994 (Movie)

music composer (Composer)

The Pagemaster 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

A Far Off Place 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Bopha! 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Bopha! 1993 (Movie)

(Performer)

Crossroads 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Hocus Pocus 1993 (Movie)

("Sarah's Theme") (Music)

House of Cards 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Jack the Bear 1993 (Movie)

(Performer)

Jack the Bear 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Once Upon a Forest 1993 (Movie)

("Please Wake Up" "He's Gone He's Back" "Once Upon a Time With Me") (Music)

Once Upon a Forest 1993 (Movie)

music composer (Composer)

Searching for Bobby Fischer 1993 (Movie)

Orchestra Conductor (Music Conductor)

Searching for Bobby Fischer 1993 (Movie)

Music Composer (Music)

Swing Kids 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Swing Kids 1993 (Movie)

conducter (Music Conductor)

The Man Without A Face 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

The Pelican Brief 1993 (Movie)

orchestra conductor (Music Conductor)

The Pelican Brief 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story 1993 (Movie)

("Roll Back the Rock") (Song)

We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story 1993 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Fish Police 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Music

Patriot Games 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

Sneakers 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

Thunderheart 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

Unlawful Entry 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

An American Tail: Fievel Goes West 1991 (Movie)

original songs (Song)

An American Tail: Fievel Goes West 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

Class Action 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

Once Around 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

The Rocketeer 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

Another 48 Hours 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Cutting Cards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Music

Driving Me Crazy 1990 (Movie)

("Somewhere Out There") (Song)

I Love You to Death 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Dad 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Field of Dreams 1989 (Movie)

instrumental soloist (Soloist)

Field of Dreams 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Glory 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Honey, I Shrunk The Kids 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

In Country 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Tummy Trouble 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Cocoon: the Return 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Red Heat 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

The Land Before Time 1988 (Movie)

("If We Hold on Together") (Song)

The Land Before Time 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Vibes 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Willow 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Batteries Not Included 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

Project X 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

Aliens 1986 (Movie)

(Music Arranger)

Aliens 1986 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Aliens 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

An American Tail 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

An American Tail 1986 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Off Beat 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

The Name of the Rose 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Where the River Runs Black 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Barbarian Queen 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

Cocoon 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

Commando 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

Commando 1985 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Heaven Help Us 1985 (Movie)

Music Composer (Music)

In Her Own Time 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

The Journey of Natty Gann 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

Volunteers 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

Wizards of the Lost Kingdom 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

Star Trek III 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

The Stone Boy 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

Brainstorm 1983 (Movie)

(Music)

Gorky Park 1983 (Movie)

(Music)

Something Wicked This Way Comes 1983 (Movie)

(Music)

Space Raiders 1983 (Movie)

(Music)

Testament 1983 (Movie)

(Music)

Uncommon Valor 1983 (Movie)

(Music)

48 HRS. 1982 (Movie)

(Music)

Krull 1982 (Movie)

music design (Music)

Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan 1982 (Movie)

(Music)

The Dresser 1982 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

The Dresser 1982 (Movie)

(Music)

Deadly Blessing 1981 (Movie)

(Music)

P.K. and the Kid 1981 (Movie)

(Music)

The Hand 1981 (Movie)

(Music)

The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper 1981 (Movie)

(Music)

Wolfen 1981 (Movie)

(Music)

Battle Beyond the Stars 1979 (Movie)

(Music)

Humanoids From the Deep 1979 (Movie)

(Music)

The Lady in Red 1978 (Movie)

music adaptation (Music)

A Few Days in Weasel Creek (TV Show)

Music

A Piano For Mrs. Cimino (TV Show)

Music

Angel Dusted (TV Show)

Music

Between Friends (TV Show)

Music

Extreme Close-Up (TV Show)

Music

Freedom Song (TV Show)

Music

Surviving (TV Show)

Music
Actor (1)

The 41st Annual Grammy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Having written the music for major Hollywood films over the course of several decades, composer James Horner amassed an impressive resume that included repeated collaborations with directors Mel Gibson, Ron Howard and James Cameron. In fact, it was with the latter that Horner composed his finest work, the sweeping score for "Titanic" (1997), which netted him two Academy Awards and associated him with the most successful movie of all time. Prior to that, he had made a name for himself composing such popular films as "48 Hrs." (1982), "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (1982) and "Cocoon" (1985). Horner received his first serious acclaim working with Cameron on "Aliens" (1986), though the two failed to reach a harmonious working relationship that delayed any further collaborations for over a decade. Meanwhile, he went on to score "Field of Dreams" (1989), "Glory" (1989), "Apollo 13" (1995), "Braveheart" (1995) and "A Beautiful Mind" (2001), all of which earned him award recognition at the Golden Globes, Grammys and Academy Awards. Though often accused by critics for recycling hooks and motifs from his previous films, Horner remained one of the preeminent composers working in Hollywood, a fact made clearer when his score for Cameron's stunning "Avatar" (2009) earned him further recognition and acclaim. Horner's death in the crash of his private plane near Santa Barbara on June 22, 2015 stunned friends and fans alike.

Relationships

Sara Horner

Wife

Harry Horner Director

Father
Austrian immigrant

Joan Horner

Mother
Austrian immigrant

EDUCATION

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California

Royal College of Music

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California
Studied with Paul Chihara

Milestones

2015

Scored Antoine Fuqua's boxing drama "Southpaw."

2012

Scored "The Amazing Spider-Man."

2011

Scored Jean-Jacques Annaud's "Day of the Falcon."

2009

Scored the music for James Cameron's "Avatar"; earned Golden Globe and Grammy nominations for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for "I Will See You"

2008

Scored the Holocaust drama, "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas"

2006

Re-teamed with Mel Gibson to compose the music for "Apocalypto"

2006

Composed the theme music for the "CBS Evening News," which was introduced as part of the debut of Katie Couric as anchor

2004

Wrote the music for the epic film, "Troy," which was loosely based on Homer's Iliad

2003

Scored the music for "House of Sand and Fog"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score

2002

Composed the score for John Woo's war film, "Windtalkers"

2001

Composed the score for Ron Howard's "A Beautiful Mind"; also wrote the theme song "All Love Can Be" with Will Jennings; earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Original Score

2000

Again collaborated with Ron Howard for "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas"

1999

Served as music composer and song composer for "Then You Look at Me" from the film, "Bicentennial Man"; lyrics for song penned by Will Jennings

1997

Re-teamed with James Cameron to score the Oscar-winning blockbuster, "Titanic"; also co-wrote the film's theme song "My Heart Will Go On" with Will Jennings

1996

Composed the music for the Ron Howard directed, "Ransom"

1995

Re-teamed with Ron Howard for "Apollo 13"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score

1995

Re-teamed with Mel Gibson to score "Braveheart"; earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Original Score

1994

Provided the score for Edward Zwick's "Legends of the Fall"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score

1993

First collaboration with Mel Gibson, "The Man Without a Face"

1993

Re-teamed with Will Jennings for the animated feature, "Once Upon a Forest"

1992

Scored the music for Phil Alden Robinson's "Sneakers"

1991

Re-teamed with Will Jennings to write the songs for the animated sequel, "An American Tail: Fievel Goes West"

1989

Composed the music for Edward Zwick's civil war drama, "Glory"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score

1989

Composed the music for Phil Alden Robinson's "Field of Dreams"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score

1988

First collaboration with lyricist Will Jennings, co-wrote the song "If We Hold on Together" for the animated film, "The Land Before Time"

1988

Provided the music for Ron Howard's "Willow"

1986

First collaboration with director James Cameron, "Aliens"; earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Original Score

1986

Co-wrote the song "Somewhere Out There" for the animated feature, "An American Tail"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song

1985

First collaboration with Ron Howard, "Cocoon"

1984

Returned to compose the music for "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock"

1983

Composed the score for the fantasy film, "Krull"

1982

Received critical attention with his score for Walter Hill's "48 Hrs."

1982

Breakthrough film, "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan"

1981

Provided the score for Oliver Stone's "The Hand"

1980

Composed for B movie director Roger Corman's big-budget, "Battle Beyond the Stars"

1979

Composed first film score, "The Lady in Red"

1978

Recorded "Spectral Shimmers" with the Indianpolis Symphony Orchestra

1978

Hired by Roger Corman's New World Pictures to write film scores

1978

Composed several student projects at the American Film Institute

Bonus Trivia

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Taught music theory at UCLA while working on his PhD.

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In 1990, composed the music for Universal's revamped 75th Anniversary logo.

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"Film music is this weird, demonic thing where every score has to be absolutely different from any other score - or so the legal paper says. But if you're an artist it's impossible. There's only so many ways to skin a cat. And when you actually look at 'Casper' or any adventure movie I've done or John Williams has done - when you sort of squint your eyes, they all sound the same. Maybe one's better crafted than the other or more subtle, but when you kind of look at the overview, they all sound the same." - Horner quoted in The Los Angeles Times, Feb. 13, 1995

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"People don't know where to place me. [One director] couldn't understand that I did a film like '48 Hours' and at the same time did a film like 'The Dresser.' I'm not a contemporary pop-rock guy." - Horner in American Premiere magazine, 1985

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"In film you can write in any style, as long as it's appropriate to the film and not be called reactionary or eclectic. For instance, doing an electronic score for 'Star Trek' would be like having a misshapen Enterprise. But aside from that, in every film I try to experiment." - Horner in American Premiere magazine, 1985

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"As far as I'm concerned, writing for films is like writing on commission - in a certain sense it's like Mozart writing an opera for the Archduke of Austria. And it's a medium in which a composer can write something, six weeks later hear it, and get paid to do that!" - Horner in American Premiere magazine, 1985

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Inspired by vocalist Edda Dell'orso's work with Ennio Morricone and other Italian soundtrack composers, Horner often included solo wordless female voices in his scores.

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One of Horner's music cues from "Aliens," "Bishop's Countdown," is frequently recycled for movie trailers, including those of "Misery," "From Dusk Till Dawn," and "Minority Report."

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