Randy Newman

Composer, Singer, Pianist
Once dubbed the "Susan Lucci of the Oscars," singer-songwriter-film composer Randy Newman had been one of the most oft-nominated individuals at the Academy Awards without ever having won - that is, till he finally took ... Read more »
Born: 11/27/1943 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Music (141)

Sex Tape 2014 (Movie)

("You Can Leave Your Hat On") (Song)

Monsters University 2013 (Movie)

("Monsters University") (Song)

Monsters University 2013 (Movie)

Score Orchestrations (Score Mixing)

Monsters University 2013 (Movie)

Original Score Composer And Conductor (Music)

We Bought a Zoo 2011 (Movie)

"I Think It's Going To Rain Today" (Song Performer)

We Bought a Zoo 2011 (Movie)

"I Think It's Going To Rain Today" (Song)

Barney's Version 2010 (Movie)

("I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore ") (Song)

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief 2010 (Movie)

("Mama Told Me (Not To Come)") (Song)

Toy Story 3 2010 (Movie)

("We Belong Together") (Song Performer)

Toy Story 3 2010 (Movie)

("We Belong Together") (Song)

Toy Story 3 2010 (Movie)

Orchestrator (Music)

Toy Story 3 2010 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Toy Story 3 2010 (Movie)

(Composer)

Breaking the Huddle: The Integration of College Football 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Monk 1975 - 1977, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Theme Song

My Sister's Keeper 2009 (Movie)

("Feels Like Home") (Song)

The Princess and the Frog 2009 (Movie)

Orchestrations (Original Music)

The Princess and the Frog 2009 (Movie)

Score Producer/Conductor (Music Producer)

The Princess and the Frog 2009 (Movie)

Original Songs (Music)

Leatherheads 2008 (Movie)

(Original Music)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 (Tv Show)

Performer

Weeds 2007 (Tv Show)

Song Performer

Cars 2006 (Movie)

("Our Town") (Song)

Cars 2006 (Movie)

Original Score Composer and Conductor (Composer)

Domino 2005 (Movie)

(Mama Told Me Not To Come) (Song)

Meet the Fockers 2004 (Movie)

Original Songs Performer (Song Performer)

Meet the Fockers 2004 (Movie)

("We're Gonna Get Married") (Lyrics)

Meet the Fockers 2004 (Movie)

("We're Gonna Get Married") (Song)

Meet the Fockers 2004 (Movie)

(Music)

Meet the Fockers 2004 (Movie)

Original Songs (Original Music)

Mr. 3000 2004 (Movie)

("The Natural - Main Title") (Song Performer)

Mr. 3000 2004 (Movie)

("The Natural - Main Title") (Song)

The Last Shot 2004 (Movie)

("Short People") (Song)

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

("Feels Like Home") (Song)

Kangaroo Jack 2003 (Movie)

("The Natural") (Song Performer)

Kangaroo Jack 2003 (Movie)

("The Natural") (Song)

Seabiscuit 2003 (Movie)

(Music)

Seabiscuit 2003 (Movie)

(Original Music)

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Song

Jurassic Park III 2001 (Movie)

("Big Hat No Cattle") (Song Performer)

Jurassic Park III 2001 (Movie)

(Song)

Monsters, Inc. 2001 (Movie)

song producer("If I Didn't Have You") (Song)

Monsters, Inc. 2001 (Movie)

(Music)

Meet the Parents 2000 (Movie)

("Poor Me" "Got My Mojo Working") (Song Performer)

Meet the Parents 2000 (Movie)

song/song producer & performer("A Fool in Love") (Song)

Meet the Parents 2000 (Movie)

score orchestrations (Original Music)

Meet the Parents 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

Sports Illustrated's 20th Century Sports Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Blast From the Past 1999 (Movie)

(Song)

Blast From the Past 1999 (Movie)

("Political Science") (Song Performer)

Edtv 1999 (Movie)

("Mama Told Me Not To Come") (Song)

Toy Story 2 1999 (Movie)

songs("Woody's Roundup (theme song)" "When She Loves Me" "You've Got a Friend in Me") (Song)

Toy Story 2 1999 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Toy Story 2 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

A Bug's Life 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

A Bug's Life 1998 (Movie)

("The Time of Your Life") (Song Performer)

A Bug's Life 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

Babe 2: Pig in the City 1998 (Movie)

("That'll Do") (Song)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998 (Movie)

("Mama Told Me Not to Come") (Song)

Paulie 1998 (Movie)

("Marie") (Song)

Pleasantville 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

You've Got Mail 1998 (Movie)

("Lonely at the Top") (Song Performer)

You've Got Mail 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

Bean 1997 (Movie)

(Song)

Bean 1997 (Movie)

("I Love Ya") (Song Performer)

Cats Don't Dance 1997 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Disney's Scott Hamilton: Upside Down 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Song

G.I. Jane 1997 (Movie)

("Mama Told Me Not to Come") (Song)

Volcano 1997 (Movie)

("I Love LA") (Song Performer)

Volcano 1997 (Movie)

(Song)

James and the Giant Peach 1996 (Movie)

original songs (Song)

James and the Giant Peach 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

James and the Giant Peach 1996 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Michael 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

Michael 1996 (Movie)

("Heaven Is My Home") (Song Performer)

Michael 1996 (Movie)

("Feels Like Home") (Song)

Michael 1996 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Michael 1996 (Movie)

orchestra conductor (Music Conductor)

Music in Movies '95 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Toy Story 1995 (Movie)

("You've Got a Friend in Me") (Song Performer)

Toy Story 1995 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Toy Story 1995 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Toy Story 1995 (Movie)

(Music)

Forrest Gump 1994 (Movie)

(Song)

Maverick 1994 (Movie)

(Song)

Maverick 1994 (Movie)

("Ride Gambler Ride") (Song Performer)

Maverick 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

The Little Rascals 1994 (Movie)

("Short People") (Song Performer)

The Little Rascals 1994 (Movie)

(Song)

The Paper 1994 (Movie)

(Song)

The Paper 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

The Paper 1994 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Diamonds on the Silver Screen 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Music

Malice 1993 (Movie)

("Mamma Told Me Not to Come") (Song)

Cop Rock 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Song

Avalon 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Awakenings 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Parenthood 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song

The Marshall Chronicles 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Her Alibi 1989 (Movie)

("Falling in Love") (Song Performer)

Her Alibi 1989 (Movie)

(Song)

Parenthood 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Shag: The Movie 1989 (Movie)

("I'm in Love Again") (Song Performer)

Beaches 1988 (Movie)

("I Think It's Going to Rain") (Song)

Fatherland 1988 (Movie)

(Song)

Fatherland 1988 (Movie)

("Guilty") (Song Performer)

The Naked Gun - From the Files of Police Squad! 1988 (Movie)

("I Love LA") (Song Performer)

Harry and the Hendersons 1987 (Movie)

("Short People") (Song Performer)

Harry and the Hendersons 1987 (Movie)

(Song)

Overboard 1987 (Movie)

("Something Special") (Song Performer)

Overboard 1987 (Movie)

(Song)

Surrender 1987 (Movie)

(Song)

Surrender 1987 (Movie)

("Its Money That I Love") (Song Performer)

9 1/2 Weeks 1986 (Movie)

("You Can Leave Your Hat On") (Song)

April Fool's Day 1986 (Movie)

("Mama Told Me (Not to Come)") (Song)

Down and Out in Beverly Hills 1986 (Movie)

("I Love L A") (Song Performer)

Down and Out in Beverly Hills 1986 (Movie)

(Song)

Huey Long 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Mr. Love 1986 (Movie)

("Naked Man") (Song)

Three Amigos! 1986 (Movie)

songs (Song)

After Hours 1985 (Movie)

song arranger("Is That All There Is?") (Song)

Half-Nelson 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Theme Song Performer

The Natural 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

Love and Money 1982 (Movie)

("I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore") (Song)

Ragtime 1981 (Movie)

(Music)

Whatever Happened to Dobie Gillis? 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Music

Cold Turkey 1971 (Movie)

(Music)

Performance 1970 (Movie)

music director (Music)

Performance 1970 (Movie)

("Gone Dead Train") (Song Performer)

The Pursuit of Happiness 1970 (Movie)

(Song)

Tony Rome 1967 (Movie)

song and lyrics("Something Here Inside of Me") (Song)

The Lively Set 1964 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Darlin' Clementine (TV Show)

Theme Song Performer

Louisiana Boys: Raised on Politics (TV Show)

Song Performer

Tricks of the Trade (TV Show)

Song
Actor (37)

Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

All You Need Is Klaus 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Performer

The People Speak 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Princess and the Frog 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Cousin Randy (Actor)

Leatherheads 2008 (Movie)

Piano Player (Actor)

3rd Rock From the Sun 1976 - 1977, 1996 - 1997, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 1975 - 1977, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 1975 - 1977, 1996 - 1997, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Soundstage 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Evening at Pops 1969 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Great Streets 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 Billboard Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Sessions at West 54th 1997 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 71st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

All About Alfred 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 1997 Miss USA Pageant 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Presents the '70s 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollywood Soundtrack Story 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Funny, You Don't Look 200 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Three Amigos! 1986 (Movie)

Singing Bush (Actor)

Randy Newman at the Odeon 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pixar Story (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

Three Amigos! 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Once dubbed the "Susan Lucci of the Oscars," singer-songwriter-film composer Randy Newman had been one of the most oft-nominated individuals at the Academy Awards without ever having won - that is, till he finally took home the award for his original song, "If I Didn't Have You" from "Monsters, Inc. " (2001). Prior to courting the Oscars, Newman had been a popular writer of novelty songs that were both sardonic and catchy throughout the 1960s and 1970s. One of his most infamous was "Short People," which not only became his biggest hit, but also inspired enough contempt that the Maryland state legislature tried to make it illegal for the song to be played on radio. Though he had his start writing songs and themes for television and film, Newman would not be officially associated with scoring movies until he wrote the music for "Ragtime" (1981), which deviated wildly from his sarcastic ditties from a decade prior. Newman would go on to score the music and write songs for some of the biggest movies of the next two decades, including "The Natural" (1984), "Parenthood" (1989), "Toy Story" (1995), "A Bug's Life" (1998) and "Babe: Pig in the City" (1998). While all earned him Academy Award nominations, he became almost as famous for NOT winning as he did for the compositions themselves. But after 16 tries and finally winning the coveted statue, there had never been any doubt within the industry or with movie fans that Newman was one of the most revered and prolific film songwriters of all time.

Relationships

Joey Newman Music

Cousin
Born Sept. 9, 1976; composer of feature films and television

Alfred Newman Music

Uncle
Born March 17, 1901; composer of music for films Died Feb. 17, 1970

Irving Newman

Father
Musician-turned-doctor Died of cancer 1990

Carroll Newman Music

Cousin
Father, Lionel Newman

Adele Newman

Mother
Died c. 1988

Amos Newman Music

Son
Born c. 1968; mother, Roswitha Schmale

Alice Newman

Daughter
Born c. 1993; mother, Gretchen Preece

Emil Newman Music

Uncle
Born Jan. 20, 1911; composer and conductor Died Aug. 30, 1984

Erik Newman

Son
Born c. 1970; mother, Roswitha Schmale

Lionel Newman Music

Uncle
Born Jan. 4, 1916; received 11 Oscar nominations and won 1969 for Best Score of a Musical Picture ("Hello, Dolly!"); was Mae West's accompaniest during 1930s Died Feb. 3, 1989

David Newman Music

Cousin
Born March 11, 1954; received 1997 Oscar nomination for the score of "Anastasia"

John Newman

Son
Born c. 1978; mother, Roswitha Schmale

Maria Newman Music

Cousin
Born c. 1962

Patrick Newman

Son
Born 1992; mother, Gretchen Preece

Alan Newman

Brother

Thomas Newman Music

Cousin
Born Oct. 20, 1955; as of 1999, has received three Oscar nominations for his music scores

Marc Newman

Uncle
Born 1908 Died 1980

Robert Newman

Uncle
Born 1903 Died 1982

Tim Newman

Cousin
Directed video for Randy's 1983 hit "I Love L.A."; also directed videos for ZZ Top

Gretchen Preece

Wife
Married October 1990

Roswitha Schmale

Wife
Married June 16, 1967 Divorced 1985

EDUCATION

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California
Did not graduate because he failed to complete a music performance requirement

University High School

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

2012

Announced as an inductee into the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

2010

Composed score for "Toy Story 3"; earned Grammy nomination for Best Score Soundtrack

2009

Wrote music for Disney animated feature "The Princess and the Frog"; earned two Oscar nominations for Original Song for "Almost There" and "Down in New Orleans"; also earned a Grammy nomination for Best Song for "Down in New Orleans"

2006

Scored animated film "Cars" and wrote the song "Our Town"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song

2004

Wrote music for comedy sequel "Meet the Fockers"

2003

Contributed on the soundtrack of "Seabiscuit"

2002

Wrote the theme song of "Monk" (USA Network) titled "It's a Jungle out There"

2002

Won first Academy Award for the song "If I Didn't Have You" from animated film "Monsters, Inc."; also nominated for Best Original Score

2001

Earned 14th career Academy Award nomination for the song "A Fool in Love" from "Meet the Parents"

1999

Penned the lively score for animated sequel "Toy Story 2"; also wrote songs including "When She Loved You"; earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Original Score

1998

Composed the music for "A Bug's Life" and "Pleasantville"; earned Best Original Score Academy Award nominations for both films

1998

Earned tenth Oscar nomination for Best Original Song "That'll Do" from "Babe: Pig in the City"

1997

Fired by director Wolfgang Petersen after completing the score for "Air Force One"; work was replaced by Jerry Goldsmith's score

1996

Picked up ninth Academy Award nomination for the score to animated film "James and the Giant Peach"

1995

First composition for musical theater, "Faust"; project put on hold after second production in Chicago was met with mixed reviews; wrote the book as well as music and lyrics

1995

Provided music for first all-computer-generated animated film "Toy Story"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score and Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Song ("You've Got a Friend")

1994

Received Best Song Academy Award nomination for "Make Up Your Mind" from the Ron Howard film "The Paper"

1990

Wrote the dramatic score to "Avalon," directed by Barry Levinson; earned fifth Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe nomination

1989

Wrote the song "I Love to See You Smile" for the Ron Howard film "Parenthood"; earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Original Song

1988

Released the album Land of Dreams

1986

Co-scripted "Three Amigos!" with Steve Martin and Lorne Michaels; also wrote three songs for film and provided voice for the singing bush

1984

Provided the lush underscore for Barry Levinson's "The Natural"; earned third Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score

1983

Released Trouble in Paradise, which included the hit single "I Love L.A."; song later used by the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium

1981

Composed film score for Milos Forman's "Ragtime"; received first Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Original Score and Best Song ("One More Hour")

1977

Had first commercial success with the song "Short People"; led to first gold record for album Little Criminals

1970

Contributed an original song to "The Pursuit of Happiness"

1970

Wrote first film score for Norman Lear's "Cold Turkey"

1969

Had first U.S. hit with Three Dog Night's recording of "Mama Told Me Not to Come"

1969

Conducted music for "Performance" (film released 1972)

1968

Released self titled debut album, which included the song "I Think It's Gonna Rain Today"

1967

Joined Reprise Records as a recording artist

1964

Worked at the TV music library at 20th Century Fox; wrote music cues and themes for series produced by the studio

1964

Contributed first song "Look at Me" to a Hollywood film "The Lively Set," co-written with Bobby Darin

1962

First TV credit, penned an untitled saxophone instrumental for an episode of "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" (CBS)

1962

First recorded song, "They Tell Me It's Summer," a B side sung by the Fleetwoods

1960

At age 17, became a contract song writer for Metro Music (part of Liberty)

1959

Wrote first songs at age 15

1950

Started taking piano lessons at age six

Bonus Trivia

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Because his father was in the U.S. Army between 1944-46, the family moved frequently, living in New Orleans, LA; Jackson, MS; and Mobile, AL. As a result, Newman's birthplace was often mistakenly said to be New Orleans.

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As a child, Newman had four or five operations to correct his crossed eyes.

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He was diagnosed with the physically debilitating Epstein-Barr virus in the 1980s.

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"I prefer making a little noise to being mellowed out. If I had to eliminate easy listening or heavy metal, I'd eliminate easy listening. If one thing had to go, I'd eliminate the sort of nice, mellow music to chew potato chips and talk to your friends by. I don't care for that too much. I like the edge to rock. Mostly, I admire people who say something." – Newman quoted in Playboy magazine, 1987

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"I know it's not the wisest thing to say when one is entering the field, but except for Stephen Sondheim and the occasional show like 'Falsettos,' I don't think what's on Broadway today measures up to the past. Most television is better. To me there's no doubt about the fact that for years the best music has been rock-and-roll." – Newman to Stephen Holden in The New York Times, Sept. 24, 1995

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"I always thought I'd do pictures. I had classical training and could do it, I thought. But, yeah, some trepidation because, I mean, they were strict. I'd have lunch at Fox where Lionel [Newman] and Jerry Goldsmith and Johnny Williams would be sitting around. I heard somebody say once, 'Oh, Beethoven's Emperor Concerto is a piece of sh*t.' It makes a kid a little nervous hearing that. They'd see a concert and be complaining: 'They never took the goddam mutes off.' So I'm listening to all this stuff, and my mouth drops open. It made you afraid to put a note down. Now I know, you know? F*ck it. It's just talk. As great as Johnny and Jerry are and were, there's room for others." – Newman quoted in The Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Special Issue, Jan. 15, 1997

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"My uncles were kinda different in the way they dealt with how I didn't go in for their kind of Hollywood music composing careers. Emil was always supportive. Alfred mysteriously kept telling me, 'Whatever you do, keep writing songs.' Lionel was nice but he could also be rough. At a family party in the 80s, he was playing some 1930s songs, and called out to me, 'Rand? Is this song yours?' I told him it wasn't, and he answered, 'I was wondering, because it doesn't have a melody.'" – Newman quoted in the Daily Variety, July 15, 1997

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Newman was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.

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On Feb. 12, 2002, Newman broke the all-time record for most Oscar nominations without any wins (the previous record was 15; he received two nominations for 2001's "Monsters, Inc." and made it to 16).

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"Randy Newman should be a happy man, but he seems steeped in bitterness. He is bitter because the music he writes for the movies (like the upbeat score for 'Toy Story' and the lush orchestration for 'Ragtime') sells better, and earns more recognition, than the biting songs he writes for himself, songs like 'Short People,' 'Rednecks' and 'Lonely at the Top.'" – from The New York Times, March 22, 2002

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In March 2002, Newman finally won his first Academy Award for writing the Best Song in "Monsters, Inc." (2001). In his acceptance speech, he thanked the music branch of the academy for giving him all those chances "to be humiliated."

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"It was a bigger deal than I'd have thought. I was actually touched when the orchestra stood up and the people stood up. I was surprised at how moved I was." – Newman on the response when he won the 2002 Academy Award, to People magazine, April 4, 2002

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Newman was one of the inductees into the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Heart, Albert King, Public Enemy, Rush, and Donna Summer.

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