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John Powell
Background information
Born 18 September 1963 (1963-09-18) (age 46)
Origin London, United Kingdom United Kingdom
Genres Film scores
Occupations Composer, Conductor, Music producer
Instruments Piano, Violin
Years active 1990-present

John Powell (born 18 September 1963) is an British film score composer.


Life and career

Powell originally trained as a violinist as a child, before studying at London's Trinity College of Music. He later ventured into jazz and rock music, playing in a soul band "The Fabulistics". On leaving college, he composed music for commercials, which led to a job as an assistant to the composer Patrick Doyle on several film productions, including Much Ado About Nothing.

In 1995, he co-founded the London-based commercial music house Independently Thinking Music, which produced scores for more than 100 British and French commercials and independent films.


Notable films scored by Powell

Since moving to the U.S. in 1997, he has scored a number of comedy and action films, including Robots, The Italian Job, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Shrek, Chicken Run (co-composed with Harry Gregson-Williams), Endurance, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Jumper, Face/Off, Bolt and Horton Hears a Who!.

Powell's additional credits include Drumline, X-Men: The Last Stand, United 93, and Happy Feet, for which he received the first ever Film & TV Music Award for Best Score for an Animated Feature Film. He is one of the best known former members of the Remote Control (formerly known as Media Ventures) team of film composers and has a scoring style that incorporates both traditional orchestral and more modern, synthesized elements. A good example of this is his opening cue for the Sean Penn film, I Am Sam, which features found sounds (for example, cups scraping on tabletops, and the percussive sounds of cutlery being laid) as part of the music.


Year Title
1990 Stay Lucky
1994 The Wild Heels
1996 High Incident
Human Bomb
1997 Face/Off
1998 Antz (with Harry Gregson-Williams)
With Friends Like Theseā€¦
1999 Chill Factor
Forces of Nature
2000 Chicken Run (with Harry Gregson-Williams)
The Road to El Dorado (with Hans Zimmer)
2001 Evolution
I Am Sam
Just Visiting
Rat Race
Shrek (with Harry Gregson-Williams)
2002 The Bourne Identity
Pluto Nash
Two Weeks Notice
2003 Agent Cody Banks
Stealing Sinatra
The Italian Job
2004 Alfie
Mr 3000
The Bourne Supremacy
2005 Be Cool
Mr & Mrs Smith
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown
United 93
X-Men: The Last Stand
Happy Feet
2007 The Bourne Ultimatum
PS, I Love You
2008 Horton Hears a Who!
Kung Fu Panda (with Hans Zimmer)
2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
2010 How to Train Your Dragon
Green Zone

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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Sir John Powell (died 14 June 1713) was a judge of the Court of Common Pleas.


  • Let us consider the reason of the case. For nothing is law that is not reason.
    • Coggs vs. Bernard, Lord Raymond, 911, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Compare: "Reason is the life of the law; nay, the common law itself is nothing else but reason... The law, which is perfection of reason", Edward Coke, First Institute.

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