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Danny Elfman: Bio

Over the last 30 years, four-time Oscar nominee Danny Elfman has established himself as one of the most versatile and accomplished film composers in the industry. He has collaborated with such directors as Tim Burton, David O. Russell, Gus Van Sant, Sam Raimi, Paul Haggis, Ang Lee, Rob Marshall, Guillermo del Toro, Brian De Palma, and Peter Jackson. Beginning with his first score on Tim Burton's Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Elfman has scored a broad range of films, including: Milk (Oscar nominated), Good Will Hunting (Oscar nominated), Big Fish (Oscar nominated), Men in Black (Oscar nominated), Edward Scissorhands, Wanted, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mission: Impossible, Planet of the Apes, 

A Simple Plan, To Die For, Spider-Man (1 & 2), Batman, Dolores Claiborne, Sommersby, Chicago, Dick Tracy, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Alice in Wonderland.

Elfman's recent work includes David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Tim Burton's Big Eyes, Errol Morris' The Unknown Known, Goosebumps for Sony Pictures, Fifty Shades of Grey, Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass, Universal Pictures' sequel Fifty Shades Darker, and Tate Taylor's Girl on the Train. Up next for Elfman is The Weinstein Company's Tulip Fever and Universal Pictures' Fifty Shades Freed.

A native of Los Angeles, Elfman grew up loving film music. He travelled the world as a young man, absorbing its musical diversity. He helped found the band Oingo Boingo, and came to the attention of a young Tim Burton, who asked him to write the score for Pee-wee's Big Adventure. (25 years later, the two have forged one of the most fruitful composer-director collaborations in film history.) In addition to his film work, Elfman wrote the iconic theme music for The Simpsons and Desperate Housewives. He also composed a ballet, Rabbit and Rogue, choreographed by Twyla Tharp, a symphony Serenada Schizophrana for Carnegie Hall, an overture The Overeager Overture for the Hollywood Bowl, Iris-a Cirque du Soleil show at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre and most recently, Elfman's violin concerto No. 1 which will world premiere in Prague on June 21st. Danny Elfman's Music From the Films of Tim Burton had its concert premiere at London's Royal Albert Hall. "Having a particular style is not bad," says Elfman, "but I prefer to push myself in the direction of being a composer who you never know what he's doing next."
 

1 Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
2 1st Drink
3 Phone Call
4 Car Crash
5 Stuck in the Tracks
6 Out of Reach
7 The Kids, Pt. 1
8 Mother's Name
9 The Liquor Store
10 Annu
11 The Hospital Bed
12 12 Steps
13 Drawing Montage
14 Gymnasts
15 Showing Off
16 Donnie is Sick
17 John's Speech
18 Weepy Donuts
19 The Kids, Pt. 2
20 Good News
21 12th Step
22 Texas When You Go
23 Auntie Tia
Marilyn Manson and Danny Elfman & Tim Burton talk on Nightmare Before Christmas
Danny Elfman & Helena Bonham-Carter sing Nightmare Before Christmas at Royal Albert Hall

One of the most acclaimed and distinctive film composers of his generation, four-time Academy Award® nominee Danny Elfman collaborates once again with director Gus Van Sant with his original score for Van Sant's new Amazon Studios film Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot.  Opening nationwide July 13, the film is a based on John Callahan, one of the most iconic American cartoonists, and his one-of-a-kind story of struggle and redemption. Sony Classical releases the film's original soundtrack recording on July 13.