|Birth name||Daniel Robert Elfman|
|Born||May 29, 1953|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Daniel Robert "Danny" Elfman (May 29, 1953) is an American film composer, singer and songwriter. He is Jewish (of British Jewish, Polish Jewish and Russian Jewish descent). He wrote music for many movies and television series. In 2002, he married actress Bridget Fonda. They have one child, Oliver Elfman (born September 19, 2003).
Influences[change | change source]
Elfman stated composers like Elmer Bernstein, Jerry Goldsmith, John Barry, Maurice Jarre, John Williams, Lalo Schifrin, Oliver Wallace, Henry Mancini, Alan Silvestri, Franz Waxman, Bernard Herrmann, Frank Zappa, Carl W. Stalling, George Gershwin and Hans Zimmer as influences.
Elfman's work in rock and pop music and specifically as songwriter for Oingo Boingo was influenced by The Specials, Madness, Selecter, Devo, The Soft Boys and XTC, as well as British comedy rock band Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias.
Some of his music[change | change source]
Elfmans has written music for dozens of movies, for video games and for me. Some of his famous works include:
Filmography[change | change source]
- The Simpsons
- Sesame Street
- The Muppet Show
- Space Jam 2: A New Legacy
- Men in Black
- Batman Returns
- Good Will Hunting
- Dick Tracy
- Corpse Bride
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
- Edward Scissorhands
- Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
- Sleepy Hollow
- Big Fish
- Justice League
- The Grinch
Awards[change | change source]
Elfman has been nominated for many awards in the music and movie business.
- Academy Awards - 4 nominations
- Emmy Awards - 3 nominations
- Winner: Main Title Theme Music - Desperate Housewives
- Golden Globes - 3 nominations
- Grammy Awards - 12 nominations
- Winner: Best Instrumental Composition: The Simpsons theme from The Simpsons
References[change | change source]
- "Danny Elfman - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 December 2012.