Biography

American composer, orchestrator, and music producer James Newton Howard is an eight-time Academy Award nominee.  He is best known for his frequent collaborations with director M. Night Shyamalan. He is well known for his highly emotional and powerfully subtle music, supplying his talent to an array of films such as The Fugitive, The Sixth Sense, Signs, The Village, the two Christopher Nolan Batman films; Batman Begins and The Dark Knight with Hans After Howard left the University of Southern California, he toured with Elton John as a keyboardist during the late 1970s and early 1980s. 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 scored the blockbuster Pretty Woman (1990). He received his first Academy Award nomination for his score for Barbra Streisand's drama The Prince of Tides (1991). Howard achieved 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 received Best Song nods for scoring the Western epic Wyatt Earp (1994), Kevin Costner's Waterworld (1995), and Primal Fear (1996).   Howard scored Space Jam (1996), Dante's Peak (1997) (theme only - score was composed by John Frizzell), and Collateral (2004). Howard has  scored three Disney films which are Dinosaur (2000), Treasure Planet and Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Howard also earned an Emmy nomination in 1995 the theme and pilot to the television drama, ER. He also won an Emmy for the them to Gideon's Crossing.  He went on to win a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score for the feature King Kong. He went on to receive Oscar nominations for the features Michael Clayton (2007) and Defiace (2008).

American composer, orchestrator, and music producer James Newton Howard is an eight-time Academy Award nominee.  He is best known for his frequent collaborations with director M. Night Shyamalan. He is well known for his highly emotional and powerfully subtle music, supplying his talent to an array of films such as The Fugitive, The Sixth Sense, Signs, The Village, the two Christopher Nolan Batman films; Batman Begins and The Dark Knight with Hans After Howard left the University of Southern California, he toured with Elton John as a keyboardist during the late 1970s and early 1980s. 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 scored the blockbuster Pretty Woman (1990). He received his first Academy Award nomination for his score for Barbra Streisand's drama The Prince of Tides (1991). Howard achieved 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 received Best Song nods for scoring the Western epic Wyatt Earp (1994), Kevin Costner's Waterworld (1995), and Primal Fear (1996).   Howard scored Space Jam (1996), Dante's Peak (1997) (theme only - score was composed by John Frizzell), and Collateral (2004). Howard has  scored three Disney films which are Dinosaur (2000), Treasure Planet and Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Howard also earned an Emmy nomination in 1995 the theme and pilot to the television drama, ER. He also won an Emmy for the them to Gideon's Crossing.  He went on to win a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score for the feature King Kong. He went on to receive Oscar nominations for the features Michael Clayton (2007) and Defiace (2008).

Personal Info

Known For Sound

Gender Male

Known Credits 119

Birthday 1951-06-09

Place of Birth Los Angeles, California, USA

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Also Known As

  • James Howard Newton
  • James Newton-Howard

Sound TV ShowsMovies

Battlestar Galactica Original Music Composer
2018 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Music Score Producer Music
2018 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Music
2018 Red Sparrow Music
2017 Roman J. Israel, Esq. Music
2017 Detroit Original Music Composer
2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Original Music Composer
2016 All the Way Music
2016 The Huntsman: Winter's War Music
2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 Original Music Composer
2015 Concussion Original Music Composer
2014 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Original Music Composer
2014 Nightcrawler Original Music Composer
2014 Cut Bank Original Music Composer
2014 Maleficent Original Music Composer
2013 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Original Music Composer
2013 Parkland Original Music Composer
2013 After Earth Original Music Composer
2012 The Bourne Legacy Original Music Composer
2012 Snow White and the Huntsman Original Music Composer
2012 Darling Companion Original Music Composer
2012 The Hunger Games Original Music Composer
2011 Larry Crowne Original Music Composer
2011 Green Lantern Original Music Composer
2011 Water for Elephants Original Music Composer
2011 The Green Hornet Original Music Composer
2010 The Tourist Original Music Composer
2010 Love & Other Drugs Original Music Composer
2010 Inhale Original Music Composer
2010 Salt Original Music Composer
2010 The Last Airbender Original Music Composer
2010 Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang Original Music Composer
2009 Duplicity Original Music Composer
2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic Original Music Composer
2008 Defiance Original Music Composer
2008 The Dark Knight Original Music Composer
2008 The Happening Original Music Composer
2008 Mad Money Original Music Composer
2007 The Great Debaters Original Music Composer
2007 Charlie Wilson's War Original Music Composer
2007 I Am Legend Original Music Composer
2007 Michael Clayton Original Music Composer
2007 The Lookout Original Music Composer
2006 Blood Diamond Original Music Composer
2006 Lady in the Water Original Music Composer
2006 RV Original Music Composer
2006 Freedomland Original Music Composer
2005 King Kong Original Music Composer
2005 Batman Begins Original Music Composer
2005 The Interpreter Original Music Composer
2004 Collateral Original Music Composer
2004 The Village Original Music Composer
2004 Hidalgo Original Music Composer
2003 Peter Pan Original Music Composer
2003 Dreamcatcher Original Music Composer
2002 Treasure Planet Original Music Composer
2002 Amongst the Shoes Original Music Composer
2002 Unconditional Love Original Music Composer
2002 Signs Original Music Composer
2002 Big Trouble Original Music Composer
2001 America's Sweethearts Original Music Composer
2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire Original Music Composer
2000 Vertical Limit Original Music Composer
2000 Unbreakable Orchestrator Original Music Composer
2000 Dinosaur Original Music Composer
1999 Snow Falling on Cedars Original Music Composer
1999 Mumford Music
1999 Stir of Echoes Original Music Composer
1999 The Sixth Sense Original Music Composer
1999 Runaway Bride Original Music Composer
1998 A Perfect Murder Original Music Composer
1997 The Postman Original Music Composer
1997 The Devil's Advocate Original Music Composer
1997 My Best Friend's Wedding Original Music Composer
1997 Fathers' Day Original Music Composer
1997 Romy and Michele's High School Reunion Original Music Composer
1996 One Fine Day Original Music Composer
1996 Space Jam Original Music Composer
1996 The Trigger Effect Original Music Composer
1996 Primal Fear Original Music Composer
1996 The Juror Original Music Composer
1996 Eye for an Eye Music
1995 Restoration Original Music Composer
1995 Waterworld Original Music Composer
1995 French Kiss Original Music Composer
1995 Outbreak Original Music Composer
1995 Just Cause Original Music Composer
1994 Junior Original Music Composer
1994 Wyatt Earp Original Music Composer
1994 Intersection Original Music Composer
1993 The Fugitive Original Music Composer
1993 Dave Original Music Composer
1993 Falling Down Music
1993 Alive Original Music Composer
1992 Night and the City Original Music Composer
1992 Glengarry Glen Ross Original Music Composer
1992 American Heart Original Music Composer
1991 Grand Canyon Original Music Composer
1991 The Prince of Tides Original Music Composer
1991 My Girl Original Music Composer
1991 Dying Young Original Music Composer
1991 King Ralph Original Music Composer
1990 3 Men and a Little Lady Original Music Composer
1990 Marked for Death Original Music Composer
1990 Flatliners Original Music Composer
1990 Pretty Woman Original Music Composer
1989 The Package Music
1989 Major League Original Music Composer
1988 Some Girls Original Music Composer
1988 Off Limits Original Music Composer
1987 Russkies Original Music Composer
1987 Five Corners Original Music Composer
1987 Campus Man Original Music Composer
1986 Nobody's Fool Music
1986 Tough Guys Original Music Composer
1986 8 Million Ways to Die Original Music Composer
1986 Wildcats Original Music Composer

Acting

2009 Starz Inside - Unforgettably Evil as Himself

Crew

1987 Promised Land Compositor

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