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James Newton Howard
Born June 9, 1951 (1951-06-09) (age 58)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Film scores
Occupations Composer, Musician, Songwriter
Years active 1983–present

James Newton Howard (born June 9, 1951) is an American film score composer, orchestrator and music producer.

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Early life and career

Howard was born in Los Angeles, California. Throughout his career as a composer/musician/songwriter, he has scored films of all scales and genres, earning multiple award nominations for his work. Howard began studying music as a child and went on to attend the Thacher School in Ojai, California, the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, and then majored in piano performance at the University of Southern California.[1] After Howard left college, he toured with Elton John as a keyboardist during the late 1970s and early 1980s (he was part of the band that played behind John in Central Park, New York, on Sept. 13, 1980). Howard also arranged strings for several of Elton's songs during this period including on the hits "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" and "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word", as well as playing additional keyboards and synthesizers on several of Elton's studio albums, including "Rock of The Westies" (1975), "Blue Moves" (1976), "21 At 33" (1980), and "The Fox" (1981). After his tenure with John, Howard toured briefly with Crosby, Stills and Nash before moving into film music in the mid-1980s. Howard did, however, return for a brief collaboration with Elton John on the final night of John's Australia tour in December 1987. Howard conducted both his own and Paul Buckmaster's arrangements during second half of the set, which focused on orchestrated performances of selected songs from John's catalog. (Interestingly, most of Howard's film scores are conducted by others.)

He had a brief marriage to Rosanna Arquette in 1986 which lasted until 1987 (he scored both of her 1986 releases, 8 Million Ways to Die and Nobody's Fool).

1990s

Howard scored the surprise blockbuster romantic comedy Pretty Woman (1990) and received his first Academy Award nomination for his score for Barbra Streisand's drama The Prince of Tides (1991). Setting the musical mood for numerous films throughout the decade, Howard's skills encompassed a plethora of genres, including four more best original score Oscar nominations, for the Harrison Ford action feature The Fugitive (1993), the Julia Roberts romantic comedy My Best Friend's Wedding (1997), M. Night Shyamalan's The Village (2004) and most recently, Michael Clayton (2007). In addition, Howard scored the Western epic Wyatt Earp (1994), Kevin Costner's Waterworld (1995), and Primal Fear (1996). His collaborations on tunes for One Fine Day (1996) and Junior (1994) garnered Best Song nods. Along with scoring such smaller, character-driven films as Five Corners (1988), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), and American Heart (1993), Howard proved equally skilled at composing for big-budget Hollywood spectacles, including Space Jam (1996), Dante's Peak (1997) (theme only - score was composed by John Frizzell), and Collateral (2004). He has also scored three Disney feature films which are Dinosaur (2000), Treasure Planet and Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Though he concentrated primarily on films, Howard has also contributed music for TV series, earning an Emmy nomination in 1995 for his theme to NBC's ratings smash ER (Howard also scored the two-hour pilot); he also provided the theme for The Sentinel.

He has scored all of Shyamalan's suspense thrillers, The Sixth Sense (1999), Unbreakable (2000), Signs (2002), The Village (2004), Lady in the Water (2006), and The Happening (2008).

He married wife Sofie 1991 in a marriage that lasted 15 years, and has 2 children with her.

2000s

Howard is now one of the most recognized composers for film.[2] On October 14, 2005, it was officially announced that James Newton Howard would replace Howard Shore as composer for King Kong, due to "differing creative aspirations for the score" between Shore and director Peter Jackson.[3] The resultant score earned Howard his first Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score. His work on Michael Clayton earned him an Oscar nomination. He followed in 2008 with his eighth Oscar nomination for Edward Zwick's Defiance. He also collaborated with Hans Zimmer on the scores for Batman Begins and its record-breaking sequel The Dark Knight.

Some of his most recent works are The Happening, his sixth film with M. Night Shyamalan, Blood Diamond, Michael Clayton, The Water Horse, I Am Legend and Charlie Wilson's War. It was also rumored, which has since been confirmed, that he will be composing music for the M. Night Shyamalan movie adaptation of the Nickelodeon series "Avatar: the Last Airbender." Additionally, in a radio interview[4] from early 2008, Howard revealed that he would collaborate with Terrence Malick "in about a year," a project likely to be the director's upcoming Tree of Life (2010). However, it was later revealed that Alexandre Desplat will provide the score.

Howard debuted his work for symphony orchestra, I Would Plant A Tree, in February 2009 as part of the Pacific Symphony's annual American Composers Festival. The debut took place at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, California, with the Symphony under the direction of Carl St.Clair.[5]

In 2009, he was awarded a Grammy along with Hans Zimmer for the soundtrack to The Dark Knight.

After being replaced in later seasons, his original theme song for the hit TV show ER returned for the final episode of the series.

Discography and filmography

Year Title Notes
1974 James Newton Howard
1983 James Newton Howard and Friends
1986 Head Office
Wildcats (with Hawk Wolinski) Soundtrack released by Warner Bros. Records with one score cue
8 Million Ways to Die
Tough Guys
Nobody's Fool
1987 Campus Man
Five Corners Soundtrack released by Varese Sarabande
Russkies Soundtrack released by Varese Sarabande
1988 Promised Land Soundtrack released by Private Music
Off Limits Soundtrack released by Varese Sarabande
Some Girls
Go Toward The Light TV movie
Everybody's All-American Soundtrack released by Capitol Records with one song co-written by Howard; no score included
1989 Tap Soundtrack released by Epic Records with one song co-written by Howard; no score included
Men TV series pilot and theme
Major League Soundtrack released by Curb Records with two score cues
The Package Soundtrack released by Prometheus Records
1990 The Image TV movie
Coupe de Ville
Pretty Woman Cue "She Rescues Him Right Back" written by Thomas Pasatieri.
Soundtrack released by EMI America; no score included
Revealing Evidence: Stalking the Honolulu Strangler TV movie
Flatliners
Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture TV movie
Marked for Death Soundtrack released by Delicious Vinyl with one score cue
3 Men and a Little Lady Soundtrack released by Hollywood Records with 20 mins. of score
Descending Angel TV movie
1991 King Ralph
Guilty by Suspicion Soundtrack released by Varese Sarabande with 13 mins. of score
End Title composed with Alan and Marilyn Bergman
One of the few James Newton Howard film scores to be conducted by the composer
Dying Young Soundtrack released by Arista Records with 28 mins. of score
The Man in the Moon Soundtrack released by Reprise Records
My Girl Soundtrack released by Columbia Records with one score cut
Grand Canyon Soundtrack released by Milan
The Prince of Tides (Oscar Nomination) Soundtrack released by Columbia Records
1992 A Private Matter TV movie
Diggstown Soundtrack released by Varese Sarabande; conducted by Howard
2000 Malibu Road TV series theme
Glengarry Glen Ross Soundtrack released by Elektra with just over 16 mins. of score
American Heart
Night and the City Soundtrack released by Hollywood Records with one score cue
1993 Alive Soundtrack released by Hollywood Records
Falling Down Score may be conducted by Howard (no conductor credited on the film)
Dave Soundtrack released by Big Screen Records; cover erroneously credits Howard as the conductor (score actually conducted by Marty Paich)
The Fugitive (Oscar Nomination) Soundtrack released by Elektra; complete score later released by La-La Land
The Saint Of Fort Washington Soundtrack released by Varese Sarabande
1994 Intersection Soundtrack released by Milan
Major League II Additional music
Wyatt Earp Soundtrack released by Warner Bros. Records
ER (Emmy Nomination) TV series theme and pilot score
Soundtrack released by Atlantic Records with Howard's theme in TV and complete versions
Junior (Oscar Nomination) Soundtrack released by Varese Sarabande
1995 Just Cause Soundtrack released by Varese Sarabande
Outbreak Soundtrack released by Varese Sarabande
French Kiss Soundtrack released by Mercury Records with one score cue
Waterworld Replaced Mark Isham
Soundtrack released by MCA
Restoration Soundtrack released by Milan with 44 minutes of score
1996 Primal Fear Soundtrack released by Milan
Space Jam Soundtrack released by Atlantic Records
1997 The Devil's Advocate Soundtrack released by TVT
My Best Friend's Wedding (Oscar Nomination) Soundtrack released by Sony/Work with one score suite; score FYC disc released
The Postman
1998 A Perfect Murder Soundtrack released by Varese Sarabande
Stir of Echoes
1999 The Sixth Sense Soundtrack released by Varese Sarabande
Snow Falling on Cedars
Wayward Son
2000 Dinosaur
Unbreakable
Vertical Limit Soundtrack released by Varese Sarabande
2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire
2002 The Emperor's Club Soundtrack released by Varese Sarabande
Signs Soundtrack released by Hollywood Records
Treasure Planet Soundtrack released by Walt Disney Records
2003 Peter Pan Soundtrack released by Varese Sarabande
Dreamcatcher Soundtrack released by Varese Sarabande
2004 Hidalgo Soundtrack released by Hollywood Records
The Village (Oscar Nomination) Soundtrack released by Hollywood Records
Collateral (with Tom Rothrock and Antonio Pinto) Soundtrack released by Hip-O Records with three Howard cues
2005 The Interpreter Soundtrack released by Varese Sarabande
Batman Begins (with Hans Zimmer) Soundtrack released by Warner Bros. Records
King Kong Soundtrack released by Decca Records
2006 Freedomland Soundtrack released by Varese Sarabande
Lady in the Water Soundtrack released by Decca Records
Blood Diamond Soundtrack released by Varese Sarabande
2007 The Lookout iTunes Exclusive
I Am Legend Soundtrack released by Varese Sarabande
Michael Clayton (Oscar Nomination) Soundtrack released by Varese Sarabande
Charlie Wilson's War Soundtrack released by Varese Sarabande
The Great Debaters (with Peter Golub) Soundtrack released by Varese Sarabande
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
2008 The Happening Soundtrack released by Varese Sarabande
The Dark Knight (with Hans Zimmer) Soundtrack released by Warner Bros. Records
Defiance (Oscar Nomination) Soundtrack released by Varese Sarabande
2009 Duplicity Soundtrack released by Varese Sarabande
Confessions of a Shopaholic Soundtrack released by Hollywood Records with one score suite
2010 Nanny McPhee & The Big Bang Soundtrack released by Varese Sarabande
Salt
The Last Airbender
Inhale
Love And Other Drugs

Awards and nominations

In May 2008 he was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music.

Wins

Nominations

See also

References

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