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      Danny Elfman

      Danny Elfman

      Highest Rated: 100% Aliens, Clowns & Geeks (2019)

      Lowest Rated: 10% Tulip Fever (2017)

      Birthday: May 29, 1953

      Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

      Because he hailed from the annals of rock music and was never a classically trained musician, Danny Elfman struggled to gain acceptance among his peers on the road to becoming one of Hollywood's most prolific and respected film composers. Elfman began his career in the late-1970s as the singer-songwriter of the acclaimed rock band Oingo Boingo, which developed a significant following in Southern California, but failed to reach national prominence. Unable to quell occasional rumors that others had written his own scores, he found success to be the best revenge, particularly in his long-running collaboration with director Tim Burton. In fact, Elfman worked with the director on most of his films, including "Batman" (1989), "Sleepy Hollow" (1999) and "Big Fish" (2003) - the latter of which earned him an Academy Award nomination. Though he often cited Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Bartok as his favorite classical composers, Elfman felt greater affinity to classic Hollywood composers Bernard Herrmann, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Miklos Rozsa and Franz Waxman, whose influence were heard in his scores for "Men in Black" (1997) and "A Simple Plan" (1998). By the time he composed his Oscar-nominated score for "Milk" (2008), Elfman had gained the respect of his critics while becoming one the top echelon composers working in Hollywood.

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      Danny Elfman Danny Elfman at arrivals for DON''T WORRY, HE WON''T GET FAR ON FOOT Premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2018, Eccles Theatre, Park City, UT January 19, 2018. Photo By: JA/Everett Collection Danny Elfman at arrivals for DON''T WORRY, HE WON''T GET FAR ON FOOT Premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2018, Eccles Theatre, Park City, UT January 19, 2018. Photo By: JA Danny Elfman at arrivals for BIG EYES Premiere, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY December 15, 2014. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection Danny Elfman in attendance for Cirque du Soleil's One Night for ONE DROP Benefit Performance for World Water Day, HYDE at Bellagio Resort Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV March 22, 2013. Photo By: James Atoa/Everett Collection Guest, Danny Elfman, Bridget Fonda at arrivals for 81st Annual Academy Awards - ARRIVALS, Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles, CA 2/22/2009. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Danny Elfman at arrivals for REAL STEEL Premiere, Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal Studios Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA October 2, 2011. Photo By: Michael Germana/Everett Collection TIM BURTON'S NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, Lock, Shock, Barrel, 1993, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, Sally (voice: Catherine O'Hara), Jack Skellington (voice: Chris Sarandon, Danny Elfman), 1993. ©Buena Vista Pictures BACK TO SCHOOL, Oingo Boingo (Danny Elfman, center), 1986, © Orion Pictures THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, Jack Skellington (front, voice: Chris Sarandon, Danny Elfman), Mayor (in car, left, voice: Glenn Shadix), Sally (in car, right, voice: Catherine O'Hara), 1993. ©Buena Vista Pictures THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, Jack Skellington (voice: Chris Sarandon, Danny Elfman), 1993. ©Buena Vista Pictures

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Original Music - 2024
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Carnage Collection: Vicious Violence & Vengeance Original Music - 2023
      64% 33% White Noise Original Music - 2022
      73% 85% Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Original Music $411.3M 2022
      15% 76% Dolittle Original Music $77.0M 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Le Voyage du Docteur Dolittle Original Music - 2020
      100% 92% Aliens, Clowns & Geeks Original Music - 2019
      23% 66% Men in Black: International Original Music $80.0M 2019
      46% 48% Dumbo Original Music $114.8M 2019
      59% 52% Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Original Music $270.9M 2018
      77% 75% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot Original Music $1.4M 2018
      11% 38% Fifty Shades Freed Original Music $100.4M 2018
      No Score Yet 75% Grinch Original Music - 2018
      39% 67% Justice League Original Music $227.0M 2017
      88% 79% 78/52 Self $30.3K 2017
      10% 42% Tulip Fever Original Music $2.4M 2017
      16% 21% The Circle Original Music $20.5M 2017
      11% 47% Fifty Shades Darker Original Music $114.4M 2017
      91% 83% Score: A Film Music Documentary Self $97.3K 2016
      67% 48% Before I Wake Original Music - 2016
      44% 49% The Girl on the Train Original Music $75.2M 2016
      29% 48% Alice Through the Looking Glass Original Music $77.0M 2016
      78% 62% Goosebumps Original Music $80.1M 2015
      92% 82% The End of the Tour Original Music $3.0M 2015
      76% 82% Avengers: Age of Ultron Original Music $459.0M 2015
      25% 41% Fifty Shades of Grey Original Music $166.1M 2015
      72% 68% Big Eyes Original Music $14.5M 2014
      81% 73% Mr. Peabody & Sherman Original Music $111.5M 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Epic Original Music - 2013
      81% 70% The Unknown Known Original Music $276.4K 2013
      92% 74% American Hustle Original Music $150.1M 2013
      65% 65% Epic Original Music $107.5M 2013
      56% 56% Oz the Great and Powerful Original Music $234.9M 2013
      53% 46% Promised Land Original Music $7.6M 2012
      60% 60% Hitchcock Original Music $6.0M 2012
      92% 86% Silver Linings Playbook Original Music $132.1M 2012
      88% 70% Frankenweenie Original Music - 2012
      67% 70% Men in Black 3 Original Music $179.0M 2012
      35% 46% Dark Shadows Original Music $79.7M 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Frankenweenie: An IMAX 3D Experience Original Music - 2012
      60% 73% Real Steel Original Music $85.5M 2011
      38% 48% Restless Original Music $163.1K 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Do Not Disturb Original Music - 2010
      50% 66% The Next Three Days Original Music $21.1M 2010
      51% 55% Alice in Wonderland Original Music $334.2M 2010
      33% 33% The Wolfman Original Music $61.9M 2010
      57% 56% 9 Original Music $31.7M 2009
      48% 47% Taking Woodstock Original Music $7.4M 2009
      33% 53% Terminator Salvation Original Music $125.3M 2009
      52% 65% Notorious Original Music $36.8M 2009
      93% 89% Milk Original Music $31.8M 2008
      86% 71% Hellboy II: The Golden Army Original Music $75.8M 2008
      71% 69% Wanted Original Music $134.3M 2008
      79% 78% Standard Operating Procedure Original Music $228.8K 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Proud Iza Cat (Character) - 2008
      52% 76% The Kingdom Original Music $47.5M 2007
      67% 74% Meet the Robinsons Original Music - 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Triff die Robinsons 3D Original Music $97.8M 2007
      79% 62% Charlotte's Web Original Music $82.5M 2006
      40% 55% Nacho Libre Original Music $80.2M 2006
      84% 77% Tim Burton's Corpse Bride Bonejangles (Voice),
      Original Music
      $53.4M 2005
      83% 51% Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Original Music $206.5M 2005
      93% 82% Spider-Man 2 Original Music $373.4M 2004
      63% 29% Hulk Original Music $132.1M 2003
      69% 74% Red Dragon Original Music $92.9M 2002
      38% 45% Men in Black II Original Music $192.4M 2002
      90% 67% Spider-Man Original Music $403.7M 2002
      38% 38% Novocaine Music Theme $2.0M 2001
      44% 27% Planet of the Apes Original Music $180.0M 2001
      53% 67% The Family Man Original Music $75.8M 2000
      39% 43% Proof of Life Original Music $32.6M 2000
      70% 80% Sleepy Hollow Original Music $101.1M 1999
      63% 55% Anywhere but Here Original Music $18.7M 1999
      26% 67% Instinct Original Music $34.1M 1999
      90% 81% A Simple Plan Original Music $16.3M 1998
      64% 55% A Civil Action Original Music $56.7M 1998
      23% 33% Flubber Original Music $93.0M 1997
      97% 94% Good Will Hunting Original Music $138.3M 1997
      91% 80% Men in Black Original Music $250.1M 1997
      76% 76% Freeway Original Music $283.8K 1996
      67% 71% The Frighteners Original Music $16.5M 1996
      14% 31% Tales From the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood Original Music $5.6M 1996
      66% 71% Mission: Impossible Original Music $180.9M 1996
      56% 53% Mars Attacks! Original Music $37.8M 1996
      85% 82% Dolores Claiborne Original Music $22.8M 1995
      89% 66% To Die For Original Music $20.5M 1995
      49% 78% Dead Presidents Original Music $24.1M 1995
      74% 76% Black Beauty Original Music $4.2M 1994
      95% 92% The Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington/Barrel (Voice),
      Associate Producer,
      Original Music
      $86.1M 1993
      43% 54% Article 99 Original Music $6.2M 1992
      36% 43% Buffy the Vampire Slayer Original Music $14.1M 1992
      82% 73% Batman Returns Original Music $160.3M 1992
      68% 87% Army of Darkness Original Music $10.5M 1992
      51% 60% Nightbreed Original Music $8.9M 1990
      89% 91% Edward Scissorhands Original Music $54.2M 1990
      83% 59% Darkman Original Music $32.8M 1990
      76% 84% Batman Original Music $250.7M 1989
      55% 61% Ghostbusters II Non-Original Music $110.4M 1989
      38% 30% Big Top Pee-wee Original Music $14.9M 1988
      71% 71% Scrooged Original Music $58.2M 1988
      86% 82% Beetlejuice Music $73.5M 1988
      91% 69% Something Wild Original Music $6.4M 1986
      87% 68% Back to School Original Music $89.2M 1986
      88% 79% Pee-wee's Big Adventure Original Music $40.9M 1985
      83% 82% Beverly Hills Cop Original Music - 1984
      83% 81% Forbidden Zone Original Music - 1980