Thomas Newman

Composer, Musician
A member of the famed Newman dynasty of Hollywood composers and industry players, Thomas Newman provided memorable scores for several of the greatest films of his era. While early compositions for such 1980s offerings ... Read more »
Born: 10/20/1955 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Music (117)

Finding Dory 2016 (Movie)

(Music)

Passengers 2016 (Movie)

(Music)

Boston Public 2000 - 2002, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Theme Music

Bridge of Spies 2015 (Movie)

(Music)

He Named Me Malala 2015 (Movie)

(Music)

He Named Me Malala 2015 (Movie)

("I Am Many") (Song)

Six Feet Under 2000 - 2005, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Theme Music

Spectre 2015 (Movie)

(Music)

Spectre 2015 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

The Newsroom 2001 - 2002, 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Theme Music

Get On Up 2014 (Movie)

(Music)

I Am Ali 2014 (Movie)

("Upside Down Cake") (Song)

The Judge 2014 (Movie)

(Music)

Saving Mr. Banks 2013 (Movie)

Music/Orchestra Conductor (Music)

Side Effects 2013 (Movie)

(Original Score)

Skyfall 2012 (Movie)

Music / Music Conducter (Music)

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2012 (Movie)

(Music)

The Adjustment Bureau 2011 (Movie)

"Future's Bright" (Song)

The Adjustment Bureau 2011 (Movie)

(Music)

The Debt 2011 (Movie)

(Music)

The Debt 2011 (Movie)

Orchestra Conductor (Music Conductor)

The Help 2011 (Movie)

(Music)

The Help 2011 (Movie)

("The Living Proof") (Song)

The Iron Lady 2011 (Movie)

Music (Music)

The Iron Lady 2011 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Brothers 2009 (Movie)

(Music)

Revolutionary Road 2008 (Movie)

(Music)

Towelhead 2008 (Movie)

(Music)

WALL-E 2008 (Movie)

Music (Composer)

WALL-E 2008 (Movie)

("Down To Earth") (Music)

WALL-E 2008 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Little Children 2006 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Little Children 2006 (Movie)

Music (Original Music)

The Good German 2006 (Movie)

Music (Original Music)

Cinderella Man 2005 (Movie)

(Music)

Jarhead 2005 (Movie)

(Music)

Madagascar 2005 (Movie)

("Dead Already") (Song)

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous 2005 (Movie)

("One Kiss" from Pay It Forward) (Song)

The Longest Yard 2005 (Movie)

("Creek House") (Song)

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events 2004 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events 2004 (Movie)

("Loverly Spring") (Song)

Finding Nemo 2003 (Movie)

(Music)

Road to Perdition 2002 (Movie)

(Music)

The Salton Sea 2002 (Movie)

(Music)

White Oleander 2002 (Movie)

(Music)

In the Bedroom 2001 (Movie)

(Music)

Erin Brockovich 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

My Khmer Heart 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

Pay It Forward 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

American Beauty 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

The Green Mile 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

Three Kings 1999 (Movie)

("Outside 2B" "The Beast is Coming" (from 'Unstrung Heroes') "Flesh & Bone") (Song)

Meet Joe Black 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

The Horse Whisperer 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

Mad City 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Oscar and Lucinda 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

The Red Corner 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

American Buffalo 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

American Buffalo 1996 (Movie)

Orchestrator (Original Music)

Phenomenon 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

The People vs. Larry Flynt 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

Up Close and Personal 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

How to Make An American Quilt 1995 (Movie)

(Music)

How to Make An American Quilt 1995 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Unstrung Heroes 1995 (Movie)

(Composer)

Corrina, Corrina 1994 (Movie)

musical themes (Music)

Little Women 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

The Favor 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

The Shawshank Redemption 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

The War 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

Threesome 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

Flesh and Bone 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Grumpy Old Men 1993 (Movie)

("Liar's Polka") (Song)

Josh and S.A.M. 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Scent of A Woman 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

The Linguini Incident 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

The Player 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

Those Secrets 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Music

Whispers in the Dark 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

Whispers in the Dark 1992 (Movie)

orchestra conductor (Music Conductor)

Against the Law 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Music

Career Opportunities 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

Deceived 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

Fried Green Tomatoes 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

Naked Tango 1991 (Movie)

(Original Music)

The Rapture 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

Men Don't Leave 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Cookie 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

The Great Outdoors 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

The Prince of Pennsylvania 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1985 - 1987 (TV Show)

Music

Less Than Zero 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

Light of Day 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

The Lost Boys 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

Gung Ho 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Jumpin' Jack Flash 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Quicksilver 1986 (Movie)

("Suite Streets From 'Quicksilver'" (opening title sequence)) (Music)

Quicksilver 1986 (Movie)

("Suite Streets From 'Quicksilver'") (Performer)

Summer's End 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Music

Desperately Seeking Susan 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

Girls Just Want to Have Fun 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

Real Genius 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

The Man With One Red Shoe 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

Grandview, U.S.A. 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

Reckless 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

Reckless 1984 (Movie)

("Understanding Gravity") (Song)

Revenge of the Nerds 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

Revenge of the Nerds 1984 (Movie)

("It's So Incredible") (Song)

Angels in America (TV Show)

Music

Citizen Cohn (TV Show)

Music

Heat Wave (TV Show)

Music

The Pixar Story (TV Show)

Song

The Seduction of Gina (TV Show)

Music
Actor (1)

All About Alfred 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

A member of the famed Newman dynasty of Hollywood composers and industry players, Thomas Newman provided memorable scores for several of the greatest films of his era. While early compositions for such 1980s offerings as "Desperately Seeking Susan" (1985) and "The Lost Boys" (1987) relied heavily on electronics, Newman's later efforts on projects like "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994) embraced a more traditional, orchestral sound. Work with frequent collaborator, director Sam Mendes, on the dysfunctional family drama "American Beauty" (1999) earned him widespread critical praise. Though he dealt primarily with film, Newman often intermixed feature work like the score to director Steven Soderbergh's "Erin Brockovich" (2000) with crafting music for such highly regarded television programs as "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05). Other highlights of an already admirable career included the compositions for Mendes' gangster drama "Road to Perdition" (2002) and two of Pixar's most beloved animated features, "Finding Nemo" (2004) and "WALL-E" (2008). Another partnership with Mendes on the 23rd James Bond film "Skyfall" (2012) once again garnered the composer industry-wide accolades for his stirring score. Newman's signature sound brought together the past, present and future of film composition, gradually securing his status as one of Hollywood's most accomplished and innovative composers.

Relationships

Anne Marie Zerbes

Wife

David Newman

Brother
Born in 1954 received an Oscar nomination for the score of "Anastasia" (1997)

Martha Newman

Mother

Alfred Newman Music

Father
American composer of music for films born in 1900 died in 1970

Emil Newman

Uncle
Born in 1910 and died in 1984 American composer and conductor of films and TV shows

Maria Newman Soloist

Sibling
Born c. 1962

Carroll Newman Producer

Cousin
Father is Lionel Newman

Lionel Newman

Uncle
Born in 1916 and died in 1989 succeeded brother Alfred at FOX won Oscar for "Hello, Dolly!" (1969)

Joey Newman Music

Cousin
American composer of feature films and television

Marc Newman

Uncle
Born in 1908 and died in 1980

Randy Newman Song

Cousin
Born Nov. 28, 1943; Oscar-winning composer

Robert Newman

Uncle
Born in 1903 and died in 1982

Randy Newman

Cousin
Academy Award- winning American composer of feature films born in 1943 father is Irving Newman

EDUCATION

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California
Studied with David Raksin

Milestones

2008

Earned two Grammy nominations for song and score for the film "Wall-E"; also earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for the song "Down to Earth; earned a second Academy Award nomination for Achievement in music (Original score)

2006

Composed the music for Todd Field's "Little Children"

2006

Earned an Oscar nomination for Best Music (Score) for the film "The Good German"

2004

Composed the music for "Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events"; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score

2003

Scored the music for the HBO miniseries "Angels in America"; Received a Grammy nomination for Best Score

2003

Scored the music for the animated ferature "Finding Nemo"; received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score

2002

Penned the score for "In the Bedroom"

2002

Composed the music for the feature "Road to Perdition"; received an Academy Award nomination for Best Orignal Score

2000

Wrote the music for the films "Erin Brockovich" and "Pay It Forward"

1999

Scored the music for "American Beauty" and "The Green Mile"; receiving an Academy Award nomination for the former; the latter re-teamed him with Darabont

1998

Re-teamed with Armstrong on "Oscar and Lucinda" and with Brest on "Meet Joe Black"

1998

Composed the music for Robert Redford's "The Horse Whisperer"

1997

Scored Avnet's "Red Corner"

1996

Once again teamed with producer-director Avnet for "Up Close and Personal"

1995

Garnered another Academy Award nomination for Diane Keaton's "Unstrung Heroes"

1994

Re-teamed with Avnet on the director's "The War"

1994

Received two Academy Award nominations for Armstrong's "Little Women" and Frank Darabont's "The Shawshank Redemption"

1993

Leapt forward stylistically (to his mind) with the score for Steve Kloves' "Flesh and Bone"; caught the attention of director Gillian Armstrong

1992

Scored the music for Martin Brest's "Scent of a Woman"

1992

Scored Robert Altman's "The Player"

1991

First film with Avnet as director, "Fried Green Tomatoes"

1990

Second film with Avnet as producer, "Men Don't Leave"

1989

Re-teamed with Seidelman for "Cookie"

1987

Initial collaboration with producer Jon Avnet, "Less Than Zero"

1985

Scored the theme music to the series, "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (USA, NBC)

1985

Scored Susan Seidelman's "Desperately Seeking Susan"

1984

First feature score, "Grandview, USA"

1984

Received initial film credit for the song "Understanding Gravity" from "Reckless"

1984

First TV credit, the CBS movie "The Seduction of Gina"

Mentored by Stephen Sondheim in NYC, where he also met then-casting agent Scott Rudin, who later would offer him his first film job

Played keyboards for the rock band The Innocents, with whom he recorded a couple of singles and one album

Bonus Trivia

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On the necessity for subtlety in film scores: "You want to say as little as you can and get the most punch out of it, always with the knowledge that people are not in the theater to listen to your music so much as to respond to the movie. You're a part of the experience." - Newman in the Daily Variety, Jan. 21, 2000

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