Film Score Composers

Film score composers are extremely talented people who give a film’s soundtrack or background music for a film song. We have compiled a list of famous film score composers from all over the world. The list contains famous film composers, such as Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Bernard Hermann and Enrico Morricone.
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 1 J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams
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Famous As: Filmmaker, Best Known for His Films in Action, Drama & Science Fiction Genres
Birthdate: June 27, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

J.J. Abrams is an American filmmaker and screenwriter. He is credited with creating television series like Felicity, Alias, Lost, and Fringe. Among his most prominent contribution to the film industry are films like Mission: Impossible III and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which he directed. Apart from being a director, Abrams also works closely with an anti-corruption organization called RepresentUs

 2 Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer
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Famous As: Film score composer
Birthdate: September 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany

German film score composer and record producer Hans Zimmer has composed music for over 150 films so far. He developed a love for music as a child and started playing professionally when he was in his teens. He eventually ventured into films. He is the recipient of four Grammy Awards and three Classical BRIT Awards.

 3 Danny Elfman

Danny Elfman
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: May 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Composer, singer, songwriter, and record producer, Danny Elfman is best known for his association with the new wave band Oingo Boingo. He has written over 100 feature film scores and has composed music for numerous TV shows and stage productions. He is the recipient of two Emmy Awards and one Grammy and has been nominated for the Academy Award.

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 4 Grace VanderWaal

Grace VanderWaal
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 15, 2004
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lenexa, Kansas, United States

Grace VanderWaal is a singer-songwriter who began her career as a YouTuber, uploading videos of her original songs and covers. She also started performing in local shows, gaining attention for her distinctive vocals. She won the TV competition show, America's Got Talent (AGT), in 2016 and received the 2017 Billboard Women in Music Rising Star Award.

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 5 Fairuza Balk

Fairuza Balk
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 21, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Point Reyes, California, United States

Actress and musician Fairuza Balk is best known for her performance in the film Gas Food Lodging. Being the daughter of a musician and dancer, she was introduced to the performing arts early on. She started working as a teenager and became a successful actress. As a musician, she is involved with the band Armed Love Militia.

 6 Alicia Witt

Alicia Witt
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 21, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
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 7 Patty Duke

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Died: March 29, 2016

Best known for her Academy Award-winning portrayal of Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker, Patty Duke was born to a cashier mother and a cab driver father. As a child actor, she was abused by her talent managers. Suffering from bipolar disorder, she later became a mental-health advocate.

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 8 Johnny Crawford

Johnny Crawford
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 26, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: April 29, 2021
Johnny Crawford made his acting debut as a “Mouseketeer” and then earned an Emmy nomination at 13 for his performance as Mark McCain in the Western series The Rifleman. He also led the Johnny Crawford Orchestra and delivered Billboard Top-40-charting hits such as Cindy's Birthday and Rumors.
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 9 Wagner Moura

Wagner Moura
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: June 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rodelas, Bahia, Brazil

 10 James Horner

James Horner
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Famous As: Composer, conductor, and orchestrator of film scores
Birthdate: August 14, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: June 22, 2015
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 11 Paul Reiser

Paul Reiser
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: March 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 12 Dean Stockwell

Dean Stockwell
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 5, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: November 7, 2021

 13 Victoria Wood

Victoria Wood
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Prestwich, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, England, UK
Died: April 20, 2016

Multi-talented English comedian, Victoria Wood was also an actress, lyricist, singer, composer, pianist, screenwriter, producer, and director. Wood started her career with the TV show That's Life! and established herself as one of Britain's greatest stand-up comedians. She wrote sketches, dramas, and popular sitcoms and her self-deprecating humor got her 14 BAFTA nominations of which she won four. 

 14 Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA

 15 Rachel Bloom

Rachel Bloom
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

 16 Diana Dors

Diana Dors
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 23, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Swindon, Wiltshire, England, UK
Died: May 4, 1984

 17 Steve Guttenberg

Steve Guttenberg
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 24, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

 18 Mike Patton

Mike Patton
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 27, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Eureka, California, USA
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 19 Taylor Dayne

Taylor Dayne
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 7, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baldwin, Long Island, New York, USA

 20 Philip Glass

Philip Glass
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Famous As: Founder of the Philip Glass Ensemble
Birthdate: January 31, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

 21 Stewart Copeland

Stewart Copeland
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 16, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Alexandria, Virginia, USA

 22 Sunny Ozell

Sunny Ozell
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Reno, Nevada, U.S.

 23 Tom Hulce

Tom Hulce
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 6, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Whitewater, Wisconsin, USA

 24 Ted McGinley

Ted McGinley
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 30, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newport Beach, California, United States
Former model Ted McGinley stepped into acting with series such as The Love Boat and Happy Days. He later gained fame with the roles of Jefferson D'Arcy in Married... with Children and Charley Shanowski in Hope & Faith. He also played Stan Gable in the film Revenge of the Nerds.

 25 Paul Shaffer

Paul Shaffer
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 28, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Best known as the band leader in Late Night with David Letterman and the Late Show with David Letterman, Paul Shaffer is a Grammy Award-winning Canadian multi-instrumentalist and singer. He co-wrote the 1980s’ hit It's Raining Men sung by the Weather Girls and later revived by Geri Halliwell.

 26 Celia Imrie

Celia Imrie
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 15, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Guildford, Surrey, England, UK

 27 Marla Gibbs

Marla Gibbs
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 14, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

 28 Eve Arden

Eve Arden
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 30, 1908
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mill Valley, California, USA
Died: November 12, 1990

 29 Michael Giacchino

Michael Giacchino
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: October 10, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Riverside, New Jersey, United States

 30 Edie Brickell

Edie Brickell
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 10, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oak Cliff, Texas, USA

 31 Thomas Ian Nicholas

Thomas Ian Nicholas
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 10, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

 32 Michael Penn

Michael Penn
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 1, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 33 Helen Slater

Helen Slater
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Massapequa, Long Island, New York, USA

 34 Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rhinebeck Village, Rhinebeck, New York, United States

Rufus Wainwright is an American-Canadian composer, singer, and songwriter. In 1998, Wainwright was recognized as the Best New Artist by Rolling Stone magazine. Over the years, he has received several awards like Juno Awards and GLAAD Media Awards. He has also received nominations for prestigious awards like the Grammys and BRIT Awards.

 35 Dwayne Wayans

Dwayne Wayans
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Famous As: Film score composer and writer known for being a member of the Wayans family.
Birthdate: July 20, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 36 Kathleen Hanna

Kathleen Hanna
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, USA

 37 Henry Mancini

Henry Mancini
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: April 16, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Little Italy, Ohio, United States
Died: June 14, 1994

 38 Simon Rex

Simon Rex
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Famous As: Entertainer
Birthdate: July 20, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA

 39 Sheryl Lee Ralph

Sheryl Lee Ralph
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Waterbury, Connecticut, USA

 40 Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

 41 Alan Silvestri

Alan Silvestri
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Famous As: Composer and conductor of film and television scores
Birthdate: March 26, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

 42 Kirk Franklin

Kirk Franklin
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 26, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, USA

 43 Paul Carrack

Paul Carrack
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 22, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sheffield, England, UK

 44 Robert Lopez

Robert Lopez
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Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: February 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

 45 Jim Steinman

Jim Steinman
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: November 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 46 Wayne Static

Wayne Static
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Muskegon, Michigan, USA
Died: November 1, 2014

 47 Alaska Thunderfuck

Alaska Thunderfuck
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Famous As: Recording Artist
Birthdate: March 6, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Erie, Pennsylvania, USA

 48 Greg Evigan

Greg Evigan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 14, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: South Amboy, New Jersey, USA

 49 Josh Hopkins

Josh Hopkins
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, USA

 50 Jane Horrocks

Jane Horrocks
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rossendale Valley, Lancashire, England, UK