James Newton Howard

Composer, Musician, Songwriter
An incredibly prolific and versatile composer, James Newton Howard scored a dizzying array of popular and critically acclaimed films, beginning with "Pretty Woman" (1990), "The Prince of Tides" (1991), "The Fugitive" ... Read more »
Born: 06/08/1951 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Music (214)

Concussion 2015 (Movie)

(Music)

Cut Bank 2015 (Movie)

(Music)

Pawn Sacrifice 2015 (Movie)

(Music)

Maleficent 2014 (Movie)

(Music)

Nightcrawler 2014 (Movie)

(Music)

After Earth 2013 (Movie)

(Composer)

Parkland 2013 (Movie)

(Music)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 (Movie)

(Music)

Darling Companion 2012 (Movie)

(Music)

Snow White and the Huntsman 2012 (Movie)

(Music)

The Bourne Legacy 2012 (Movie)

(Music)

The Hunger Games 2012 (Movie)

(Music)

Gnomeo & Juliet 2011 (Movie)

Original Score Composer (Original Score)

Green Lantern 2011 (Movie)

(Music)

Larry Crowne 2011 (Movie)

(Music)

The Green Hornet 2011 (Movie)

(Music)

Water for Elephants 2011 (Movie)

(Music)

Inhale 2010 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Love and Other Drugs 2010 (Movie)

(Composer)

Nanny McPhee Returns 2010 (Movie)

(Music)

Salt 2010 (Movie)

(Music)

The Last Airbender 2010 (Movie)

(Music)

The Tourist 2010 (Movie)

(Composer)

Confessions of a Shopaholic 2009 (Movie)

(Composer)

Duplicity 2009 (Movie)

(Music)

ER 1994 - 2005, 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Music

ER Retrospective 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Gideon's Crossing 2000 - 2001, 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Theme Music

Nora Roberts' High Noon 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Score Recording

Nora Roberts' Midnight Bayou 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Score Mixing

Nora Roberts' Northern Lights 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Score Recording

Nora Roberts' Tribute 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Original Score

Sunday Dinner 1990 - 1991, 2000 - 2001, 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Theme Song

The Sentinel 1990 - 1991, 1995 - 2001, 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Theme Music

Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love 2009 (Movie)

(Original Score)

Batman Unmasked-The Psychology of the Dark Knight 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Composer

Defiance 2008 (Movie)

("Ikh Bin a Mame") (Song Performer)

Defiance 2008 (Movie)

(Composer)

Mad Money 2008 (Movie)

(Music)

The Dark Knight 2008 (Movie)

(Music)

The Happening 2008 (Movie)

(Music)

Charlie Wilson's War 2007 (Movie)

(Music)

I Am Legend 2007 (Movie)

(Music)

Michael Clayton 2007 (Movie)

(Music)

Nora Roberts' Angels Fall 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Score Mixing

Nora Roberts' Carolina Moon 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Score Recording

Perfect Stranger 2007 (Movie)

("The Lie") (Song)

Perfect Stranger 2007 (Movie)

("The Lie") (Song Performer)

The Great Debaters 2007 (Movie)

(Composer)

The Lookout 2007 (Movie)

(Original Music)

The Water Horse 2007 (Movie)

(Music)

The Water Horse 2007 (Movie)

Orchestrator (Original Music)

Blood Diamond 2006 (Movie)

("Shine On 'Em") (Song)

Blood Diamond 2006 (Movie)

Music (Original Music)

Freedomland 2006 (Movie)

(Composer)

Lady in the Water 2006 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Miami Vice 2006 (Movie)

("Daniel from the Motion Picture Collateral") (Music)

RV 2006 (Movie)

Music (Original Music)

Sci Fi Inside: King Kong 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Original Score

Batman Begins 2005 (Movie)

(Composer)

Elton John at Radio City Presented by Verizon 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Music Conductor

King Kong 2005 (Movie)

Composer (Music)

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous 2005 (Movie)

("Jules' Confession") (Song)

The Interpreter 2005 (Movie)

(Music)

The Interpreter 2005 (Movie)

Orchestrations (Original Music)

Collateral 2004 (Movie)

(Music)

Hidalgo 2004 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Hidalgo 2004 (Movie)

(Music)

The Village 2004 (Movie)

(Music)

Dreamcatcher 2003 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Dreamcatcher 2003 (Movie)

(Music)

Peter Pan 2003 (Movie)

(Music)

Peter Pan 2003 (Movie)

(Composer)

Unconditional Love (New Line) 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Music

Big Trouble 2002 (Movie)

(Music)

Signs 2002 (Movie)

(Music)

The Emperor's Club 2002 (Movie)

(Composer)

Treasure Planet 2002 (Movie)

Score Orchestrations (Original Music)

Treasure Planet 2002 (Movie)

Original Score Composer (Composer)

Treasure Planet 2002 (Movie)

Score Producer (Music Producer)

America's Sweethearts 2001 (Movie)

(Music)

Atlantis: the Lost Empire 2001 (Movie)

("Where the Dream Takes You") (Song)

Atlantis: the Lost Empire 2001 (Movie)

(Music)

Atlantis: the Lost Empire 2001 (Movie)

score composer (Composer)

The Fugitive 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Dinosaur 2000 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Dinosaur 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

Stories of Lupus 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Music

Unbreakable 2000 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Unbreakable 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

Vertical Limit 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

Mumford 1999 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Mumford 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

Runaway Bride 1999 (Movie)

orchestrator (Music Arranger)

Runaway Bride 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

Snow Falling on Cedars 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

Snow Falling on Cedars 1999 (Movie)

orchestrator (Music Arranger)

Stir of Echoes 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

The Sixth Sense 1999 (Movie)

(Original Music)

The Sixth Sense 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

The White River Kid 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

A Perfect Murder 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

A Perfect Murder 1998 (Movie)

orchestrator (Music Arranger)

Wayward Son 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

Dante's Peak 1997 (Movie)

theme (Theme Music)

Fathers' Day 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Fathers' Day 1997 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Liar Liar 1997 (Movie)

theme (Theme Music)

My Best Friend's Wedding 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion 1997 (Movie)

("Viv Dejected") (Song)

The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Song

The Devil's Advocate 1997 (Movie)

orchestrator (Music Arranger)

The Devil's Advocate 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

The Postman 1997 (Movie)

(Original Music)

The Postman 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Volcano 1997 (Movie)

("The Boxing Gym") (Song)

Eye for An Eye 1996 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Eye for An Eye 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

One Fine Day 1996 (Movie)

(Original Music)

One Fine Day 1996 (Movie)

("For the First Time") (Song)

One Fine Day 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

Primal Fear 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

Primal Fear 1996 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Space Jam 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

The George & Alana Show 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Theme Music

The Juror 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

The Rich Man's Wife 1996 (Movie)

(Theme Music)

The Trigger Effect 1996 (Movie)

(Composer)

The Trigger Effect 1996 (Movie)

(Original Music)

French Kiss 1995 (Movie)

(Music)

French Kiss 1995 (Movie)

orchestration (Music Arranger)

Just Cause 1995 (Movie)

(Music)

Outbreak 1995 (Movie)

(Music)

Outbreak 1995 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Restoration 1995 (Movie)

original score composer (Original Score)

Waterworld 1995 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Waterworld 1995 (Movie)

(Music)

Intersection 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

Junior 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

Junior 1994 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Major League II 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

Maverick 1994 (Movie)

song producer("Ride Gambler Ride") (Song)

Wyatt Earp 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

Wyatt Earp 1994 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Alive 1993 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Alive 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Alive -- The Miracle of the Andes 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Music

American Heart 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Dave 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Falling Down 1993 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Falling Down 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

The Fugitive 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

The Fugitive 1993 (Movie)

(Original Music)

The Saint of Fort Washington 1993 (Movie)

(Original Music)

The Saint of Fort Washington 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Diggstown 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

Glengarry Glen Ross 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

Middle Ages 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Music

Night and the City 1992 (Movie)

songs("I Wanna Be the One" "Love Doesn't Matter" "Never Gonna Stop") (Song)

Night and the City 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

Dying Young 1991 (Movie)

("Love Theme From Dying Young") (Song)

Dying Young 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

Grand Canyon 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

Guilty By Suspicion 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

King Ralph 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

My Girl 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

The Man in the Moon 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

The Prince of Tides 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

3 Men and a Little Lady 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Coupe de Ville 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Flatliners 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Marked for Death 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Pretty Woman 1990 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Pretty Woman 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Revealing Evidence 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Music

The Hit List 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Music

The Image 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Music

Major League 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Men 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Music

Some Girls 1989 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Some Girls 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Tap 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

The Package 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Bedtime Story 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Music

Everybody's All American 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Everybody's All American 1988 (Movie)

("Until Forever") (Song)

Five Corners 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Five Corners 1988 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Off Limits 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Promised Land 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

The Visit 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Music

Campus Man 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

Russkies 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

8 Million Ways to Die 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Cobra 1986 (Movie)

("Hold on to Your Vision") (Song)

Head Office 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Nobody's Fool 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Nothing in Common 1986 (Movie)

(strings) (Music Arranger)

Nothing in Common 1986 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Tough Guys 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Wildcats 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Wildcats 1986 (Movie)

("Good Hands") (Song)

White Nights 1985 (Movie)

("Prove Me Wrong") (Song)

A Private Matter (TV Show)

Music

Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens (TV Show)

Score Recording

Blue Smoke (TV Show)

Score Mixing

Descending Angel (TV Show)

Music

From the Earth to the Moon (TV Show)

Music

Go Toward the Light (TV Show)

Music

Montana Sky (TV Show)

Music Producer
Actor (2)

The Score 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Elton John in Australia 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

An incredibly prolific and versatile composer, James Newton Howard scored a dizzying array of popular and critically acclaimed films, beginning with "Pretty Woman" (1990), "The Prince of Tides" (1991), "The Fugitive" (1993) and "Wyatt Earp" (1994), through "The Sixth Sense" (1999) "Batman Begins" (2005), "King Kong" (2005) and "I am Legend" (2007). Howard - who first sat down at a piano at age two - went on to earn a degree in music and orchestration from the University of Southern California's School of Music, and could have, theoretically, dove right into movie scoring - except for a midstream diversion as a remarkable pop musician in the 1970s, playing keyboards for Elton John, Cher and Toto, among others. Inspiring the loyalty of many prominent filmmakers, Howard enjoyed ongoing working relationships with Lawrence Kasdan, M. Night Shyamalan and sometime director, Kevin Costner. With sweeping scores drawing upon his early exposure to Beethoven and Bach, and melodies informed by his brief but potent career in pop rock, Howard's scores literally resonated with millions of moviegoers, even if household name recognition continued to elude him. But with his stated growing interested in more ambitious themes and unusual arrangements - coupled with his Oscar-nominated score for the George Clooney legal thriller "Michael Clayton" (2007) - many in the industry believed his best work was still yet to come.

Relationships

Rosanna Arquette Actor

Wife
Married Sept. 13, 1986 Divorced Oct. 2, 1987

Sofie Barron

Wife
Works in the Geffen Records art department in Los Angeles

Hayden Howard

Son
Born June 13, 1997 mother. Sofie Barron

Jackson Howard

Son
Born May 17, 1994 mother, Sofie Barron

Joseph Howard

Brother
Born in 1953

Barbra Streisand Actor

Companion
Together c. 1990-91 Streisand directed "The Prince of Tides" (1991), which Howard composed the score for No longer together

EDUCATION

Music Academy of the West

Santa Barbara , California
Studied with Reginald Stewart

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California
Attended USC's School of Music on scholarship; studied with Leon Fleischer

Milestones

2008

Composed (with Hans Zimmer) the music score for "The Dark Knight"

2008

Scored the music for Edward Zwick's "Defiance"; earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Original Score

2007

Earned seventh Academy Award nomination for scoring the film, "Michael Clayton"

2005

Scored the music for Peter Jackson's "King Kong"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score

2004

Scored the music for M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score

2003

Composed the theme music for P.J. Hogan's "Peter Pan"

2001

Collaborated with Diane Warren on the song "Where the Dream Takes You" for Disney's animated feature "Atlantis: The Lost Empire"; also provided original dramatic underscore

2000

Composed the theme music for the ABC drama "Gideon's Crossing"; earned Emmy nomination

1999

Wrote the dramatic underscore for the hit thriller "The Sixth Sense"

1999

Composed the spare music (employing a cello and a Japanese bamboo flute, the shakuhaci) for "Snow Falling on Cedars"

1997

Gained fifth overall Oscar nomination for Best Musical or Comedy Score for "My Best Friend's Wedding"

1996

Received second Best Song Academy Award nomination for Best Song for "For the First Time" from the film, "One Fine Day"

1995

Earned first Oscar nomination for Best Song for co-writing "Look What Love Has Done" from the film, "Junior"

1993

Received second Academy Award nomination for Best Score for "The Fugitive"

1991

Garnered first Oscar nomination for score for Barbra Streisand's "The Prince of Tides"

1989

Received Emmy nomination for composing music for the short-lived ABC drama series, "Men"

1987

Wrote music for several episodes of PBS series, "Trying Times"

1986

Acted as conductor and orchestrator on Elton John's tour of Australia

1986

Composed first film score for "Wildcats"

1986

First screen credit, for song "Prove Me Wrong" in "White Nights"

1984

Released a solo album, "James Newton Howard and Friends"

1974

Recorded eponymous solo album

Dropped out before graduating from college to become a rock'n'roll musician

Became associated with record producer Richard Perry; served as session keyboardist for Carly Simon, Diana Ross and others

Served as multi-keyboard artist for Elton John with whom he toured in 1975-76 and 1980-81

Played with the band Mama Lion

Wrote and produced for Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Cher, Randy Newman, Olivia Newton-John and Chaka Kahn

Began studying piano as a child

Co-wrote the hit song "Everything" for singer Jody Watley

Bonus Trivia

.

"Even though I was an instrumentalist and I had composed some instrumental music, the idea of being able to compose on demand was really frightening to me. I took a giant leap of faith and decided I would give [film composing] a try and I just fell in love with it. When I write the right music for the picture, it's absolutely exhilarating and incomparable experience." - Howard quoted in The Hollywood Reporter, Jan. 16, 1996

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