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Danny Elfman net worth:
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Danny Elfman Net Worth, Biography, Wiki 2017-2016

Daniel Robert Elfman was born on 29 May 1953, in Los Angeles, California USA into a Jewish family, and is a singer, composer, music producer and also an actor, probably best known as the creator of the 1989 “Batman” movie’s theme song as well as “The Simpsons” theme song. What is more, Danny was a member of rock band, called Oingo Boingo. During his career as a musician Danny has won many awards and nominations including Grammy Award, Emmy Award and Richard Kirk Award.

You might think how rich is Danny Elfman? Authoritative sources estimate that Elfman’s net worth is over $75 million, accumulated from his career in the music industry now spanning almost 40 years.  As Danny is still active as a composer, there is a strong chance that the amount of his wealth will grow in the future.

Danny Elfman Net Worth $75 Million

From the very young age, Danny enjoyed the music of Franz Waxman and Bernard Herrmann. Elfman didn’t finish high school as he and his brother became a part of Le Grand Magic Circus, and during this experience Danny learned more about music and its different styles. Later Danny joined the group Oingo Bongo. The group was successful, and it added a lot to Danny Elfman’s net worth.

What is more, during this time, Danny acted in the movie entitled “Forbidden Zone”, directed by Richard Elfman, aiding his rising net worth.

In addition to this, Danny became more and more successful as a composer, composing music for “Sweeney Todd”. What is more, Danny was one of the singing voices in “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and later he also was the voice of Bonejangles in “Corpse Bride”. This made Danny even more popular and of course positively effected Elfman’s net worth. Other movies, to which Danny created music include “Wisdom”, “Summer School”, “Beetlejuice”, “Scrooged”, “Batman”, “Dick Tracy”, “Black Beauty”, “To Die For”, “Men in Black” and many others. The success of these movies shows that Danny is a really talented composer, not to mention the fact that popularity of these movies made Danny Elfman’s net worth grow considerably.

Recently Danny continues to create music, for IRIS, Cirque du Soleil’s show, and wrote Serenada Schizophrana, which was performed by American Composers Orchestra, and also added to Danny’s net worth.

As it was mentioned before, Danny has won many awards during his career. Some of them include: Annie Award, BMI Film & Television Awards, Emmy Award, Grammy Award, Saturn Awards and Satellite Award, as well as a lot of different nominations. This shows that he is acclaimed by many as a composer.

As Danny is still very active as a composer there is a high possibility that Danny Elfman’s net worth will become even higher in the future.

In his personal life, Danny Elfman has been married to Bridget Fonda since 2003, and they have three children.


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Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Longest Daycare2012Short theme by
Desperate HousewivesTV Series theme by - 179 episodes, 2004 - 2012 main title theme - 1 episode, 2004
Do Not Disturb2010/IIIcomposer: theme music
The Next Three Days2010music producer
The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: In 3-D! On Ice!2010TV Special documentary composer: theme
92009/Icomposer: music themes
Milk2008/Iscore producer
Lego Batman: The Videogame2008Video Game composer: theme "Batman"
The Simpsons Game2007Video Game composer: theme music
The Simpsons Movie2007composer: "The Simpsons" theme
Spider-Man 32007composer: themes
Meet the Robinsons2007score producer
Charlotte's Web2006conductor
Desperate Housewives: The Game2006Video Game composer: theme music
Monster House2006composer: trailer music
Desperate Housewives Special: The More You Know, the Juicier It Gets2006TV Movie theme by
Desperate Housewives Special: All the Juicy Details2006TV Movie theme by
Corpse Bride2005composer: songs / lyricist: songs / score producer
Desperate Housewives Special: Sorting Out the Dirty Laundry2005TV Movie theme by
No Experience Needed2005Short composer: stock music: song, "Dead Man's Party"
Spider-Plant Man2005TV Short composer: theme "Spider-Man"
Point Pleasant2005TV Series composer - 1 episode
Cinemaker2004Video documentary composer: stock music
Fable2004Video Game composer: theme music
The Simpsons: Hit & Run2003Video Game composer: theme "The Simpsons"
Hulk2003score producer
Chicago2002original score producer
The Simpsons: Skateboarding2002Video Game composer: theme music
Red Dragon2002score producer
The Simpsons: Road Rage2001Video Game composer: theme "The Simpsons"
Novocaine2001composer: theme music
The Simpsons: Wrestling2001Video Game composer: theme "The Simpsons"
Heartbreakers2001composer: Heartbreakers theme
The Family Man2000score producer
Proof of Life2000music producer
The World of Stainboy2000Short composer: theme music
Dilbert1999-2000TV Series composer - 29 episodes
Troldspejlet1999-2000TV Series composer - 3 episodes
Simpsons Bowling1999Video Game composer: theme music
Instinct1999score producer
A Civil Action1998score producer: Los Angeles
Psycho1998music adaptor / music producer / music supervisor
Modern Vampires1998TV Movie composer: theme music
Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero1998Video composer: main theme from "Batman"
The Simpsons: Virtual Springfield1997Video Game composer: theme "The Simpsons"
Good Will Hunting1997score producer
Perversions of Science1997TV Series composer - 10 episodes
Farewell: Live from the Universal Amphitheatre Halloween 19951996Video documentary rhythm guitar, percussion, vocals, xylophone
Mars Attacks!1996music score producer
Extreme Measures1996music producer
Darkman III: Die Darkman Die1996Video composer: themes
Bordello of Blood1996composer: 'Tales from the Crypt' theme
Tales from the Crypt1989-1996TV Series composer - 93 episodes
The Simpsons: Cartoon Studio1996Video Game composer: theme "The Simpsons"
Dead Presidents1995score producer
Batman: The Animated Series1992-1995TV Series composer - 75 episodes
Darkman II: The Return of Durant1995Video composer: themes
Dolores Claiborne1995music producer
Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight1995composer: theme music
Shrunken Heads1994composer: theme music
The Nightmare Before Christmas1993music and lyrics by
Family Dog1993TV Series composer - 1 episode
Bart Simpson's Escape from Camp Deadly1993Video Game composer: "Simpsons Theme"
Flash III: Deadly Nightshade1992Video composer: theme music
Army of Darkness1992composer: theme "March of the Dead"
Batman Returns1992music producer
Batman: Secrets of the Caped Crusader1992Video stock music: theme from Batman the Animated Series
Beetlejuice1989-1991TV Series composer - 94 episodes
The Simpsons: Bart vs. the World1991Video Game composer: "Simpsons Theme"
Pure Luck1991composer: theme music
The Flash1990-1991TV Series composer - 22 episodes
The Simpsons: Bart's House of Weirdness1991Video Game composer: theme music
The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants1991Video Game composer: theme music
Sledge Hammer!TV Series composer - 41 episodes, 1986 - 1988 music supervisor - 6 episodes, 1986
Fast Times1986TV Series composer - 4 episodes
Pee-wee's Big Adventure1985composer: theme music
Forbidden Zone1980music arranger
The SimpsonsTV Series composer - 600 episodes, 1989 - 2017 theme by - 9 episodes, 1994 - 2014
Justice League Action2016TV Series composer - 1 episode
Big Eyes2014/Iscore producer
The Simpsons Take the Bowl2014Video composer: theme music
Dark Design2014Video short music: score from 'Darkman'
Henchman Tales2014Video short music: score from 'Darkman'
The Face of Revenge with Tony Gardner2014Video short music: score from 'Darkman'
The Name Is Durant with Larry Drake2014Video short music: score from 'Darkman'
Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite2013Video writer: Music score from "Batman"
Promised Land2012score producer
Silver Linings Playbook2012score producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fifty Shades Darker2017writer: "Making It Real", "On His Knees" completed
Just Add Magic2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cleo and Mason Run This Bitch2016Short music: "Rag"
Annedroids2013-2016TV Series writer - 14 episodes
Before I Wake2016"Sean" , "Christmas" , "Defeated"
Crap You!2016Short "Logos", "The Premiere", "Save the House"
Life & Death2016Short "Ice Dance"
The Great Everything & the Nothing2016performer: "Snow Dance Theme"
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip2015performer: "Midnight Run Main Title", "Desert Run" / writer: "Midnight Run Main Title", "Desert Run"
The Completionist2015TV Series short writer - 1 episode
Lego Dimensions2015Video Game writer: "The Simpsons Theme"
Weird Simpsons VHS2015Short writer: "The Simpsons Theme"
Reel Iconic2015TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Batman: Arkham Knight2015Video Game lyrics: "Batman Theme, Main Title" / music: "Batman Theme, Main Title"
Cereal Killer2015Short "In the Model", "Incantation"
Fifty Shades of Grey2015arranger: "I Put a Spell on You Shades of Grey Version"
The Wolfpack2015Documentary writer: "This is Halloween"
Cirque du Soleil: Le Grand Concert2015TV Movie music: "Scarlett Balancing"
Halloween on Dartmoor2014Video short writer: "This is Halloween"
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham2014Video Game writer: "Batman" - uncredited
Family Guy2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Home Bound2014Short "Return"
The Hitch2014Documentary writer: "Geneva", "Reagan", "Joyce", "Shakespeare", "Abu Ghraib", "The Unknown Known"
Caffeine Madness2014Short from "Alice in Wonderland 2010", writer: "The Final Confrontation"
Psych2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Atop the Fourth WallTV Series 1 episode, 2010 writer - 2 episodes, 2013
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies2013Short writer: "The Final Confrontation from "Sleepy Hollow""
Nostalgia CriticTV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2012 - 2013 music - 2 episodes, 2010 - 2012 lyrics - 1 episode, 2010
Grand Theft Auto V2013Video Game performer: "Clown Dream" / writer: "Clown Dream"
Dancing with the Stars2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Casse-tête chinois2013performer: "The Simpsons - Theme" / writer: "The Simpsons - Theme"
Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite2013Video writer: "Batman", "Clown Attack" uncredited
Oz the Great and Powerful2013music: "The Munchkin Welcome Song" / performer: "The Munchkin Welcome Song" / writer: "The Munchkin Welcome Song"
Caddicarus2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
One Hit WonderlandTV Series documentary performer - 2 episodes, 2012 writer - 2 episodes, 2012
Animeme2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Frankenweenie2012lyrics: "Elsa's Song" / music: "Elsa's Song"
Hand-Drawn: A Perfect Therapy Story2012Short "Only a Dream", "Esmeralda"
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes2012Video Game writer: "Original Music from tt0096895"
Some Jerk with a CameraTV Series documentary writer - 3 episodes, 2011 - 2012 music - 1 episode, 2011
Dark Shadows2012performer: "Dark Shadows Prologuea", "The End?" / writer: "Dark Shadows Prologuea", "The End?"
What's the Difference?2012Short "Travel Music"
American Dad!2006-2012TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The SimpsonsTV Series 1 episode, 1998 writer - 6 episodes, 1996 - 2012
Any Questions for Ben?2012writer: "Stay"
Bullied2011/IIIShort writer: "Sold"
P.O.V.TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Madangeul naon amtak2011producer: "Little Wonders"
Dancing with the Stars2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Restless2011/Iwriter: "Train Tracks", "Sorry for Your Loss", "Annabel's Wake"
20 to 12011TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Rango2011writer: "FINALE"
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front2011Documentary performer: "Finale" / writer: "Finale"
Dick Tracy Special2010TV Movie "Scored Music from Dick Tracy"
Desperate Housewives2004-2010TV Series writer - 29 episodes
Chuck2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Art Of... When You're Hot, Young, Poor and a Filmmaker!2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance2010TV Series music - 1 episode
Total Wipeout2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Kick-Ass2010writer: "Walk to Rasul's"
Alice in Wonderland2010/I"Alice's Theme" / writer: "Alice's Theme"
Assassin2010Short writer: "Instrumental musics"
Esteghlalish Blue, Persepolis Men2010Video documentary short writer: "The Purpose"
Wanted: Weapons of Fate2009Video Game performer: "The Little Things UNKLE Surrender Sounds Session 13" / writer: "The Little Things UNKLE Surrender Sounds Session 13"
L'isola dei famosi2008TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Angry Video Game Nerd2008TV Series 1 episode
Wanted2008performer: "The Little Things" / writer: "The Little Things"
Holiday Festival on Ice 20072007TV Movie writer: "What's This"
The Simpsons Movie2007writer: "The Simpsons Theme"
ScrewAttack's Top 10s2007TV Series music - 1 episode
Sicko2007Documentary writer: "Christmas Eve Montage"
Spider-Man 32007writer: "Opening Montage", "Backstage", "Romantic Night", "Peter's Phone Call", "Sad Girl", "Peter and Harry", "Peter Saves MJ", "Happy Ending", "Love Theme Reprise"
Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories2007Video Game lyrics: "This Is Halloween" / music: "This Is Halloween"
Meet the Robinsons2007writer: "The Future Has Arrived"
Charlotte's Web2006"Wilbur's Lullaby"
NCIS2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Nacho Libre2006producer: "The Saint", "Ramses", "Nacho in Alley", "Nacho Fight", "Super Nacho", "Satan's Cavemen", "My Life is Good", "Street Brawl", "Gypsy Idea", "Echos of Ramses", "Street Ramses", "Stand Off", "Encarnacion in Kitchen", "Candle Walk", "Nacho's Letter", "Ramses Prepares", "Death March", "Ramses Starts to Win" / writer: "The Saint", "Ramses", "Nacho in Alley", "Nacho Fight", "Super Nacho", "Satan's Cavemen", "My Life is Good", "Street Brawl", "Gypsy Idea", "Echos of Ramses", "Street Ramses", "
The Benchwarmers2006writer: "Fire"
Kingdom Hearts II2005Video Game lyrics: "This Is Halloween" / music: "This Is Halloween"
Corpse Bride2005lyrics: "Remains of the Day", "Tears to Shed", "The Wedding Song", "According to Plan" / music: "Remains of the Day", "Tears to Shed", "The Wedding Song", "According to Plan" / performer: "Remains of the Day", "The Wedding Song" / producer: "Remains of the Day", "Tears to Shed", "The Wedding Song", "According to Plan"
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory2005lyrics: "Wonka's Welcome Song" / music: "Wonka's Welcome Song", "Augustus Gloop", "Violet Beauregarde", "Veruca Salt", "Mike Teavee" / performer: "Wonka's Welcome Song", "Augustus Gloop", "Violet Beauregarde", "Veruca Salt", "Mike Teavee"
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room2005Documentary writer: "Capitalism"
Oakwood2005Short music: "Topiary Garden" - uncredited
Independent Lens2005TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge2004Video Game writer: "This is Halloween"
Sleepover2004writer: "We Close Our Eyes"
Spider-Man 22004producer: "The Demonstration", "Runaway Train" / writer: "The Demonstration", "Runaway Train"
Hell's Kitchen2004TV Series 1 episode
Big Fish2003producer: "Twice the Love" / writer: "Twice the Love"
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show2003TV Movie documentary writer: "Batman Theme"
Average Joe2003TV Series writer: "Goodbye, Goodbye"
Hulk2003writer: "Young Scientists", "Hulk Escapes"
The In-Laws2003/Iwriter: "Will Hunting Main Titles"
Pauly Shore Is Dead2003writer: "Little Girls"
Chicago2002performer: "After Midnight", "Roxie's Suite" - uncredited / writer: "After Midnight", "Roxie's Suite" - uncredited
My Own Partridge Family2002Short writer: "Crime Spree"
Kingdom Hearts2002Video Game music: "This is Halloween"
Spy Kids2001writer: "Floop's Song"
Donnie Darko2001writer: "Stay"
Condo Painting2000Documentary performer: "Sweet Condo", "Wacky Circus Condo", "Friendly Condo", "Dreamy Condo" / writer: "Sweet Condo", "Wacky Circus Condo", "Friendly Condo", "Dreamy Condo"
Kung Fu Kenobi's Big Adventure1999Short music: "Music from 'Pee-Wee's Big Adventure'"
Anywhere But Here1999writer: "Strange Wind"
Never Been Kissed1999writer: "The Simpson's Theme"
My Favorite Martian1999writer: "Uncle Martin Theme"
The New Batman Adventures1999TV Series writer - 1 episode
For Richer or Poorer1997writer: "The Fly", "J.W. Gets a Plan"
Home Alone 31997writer: "Home Again"
Clueless1997TV Series writer - 1 episode
Casper: A Spirited Beginning1997Video lyrics: "No One Lives Forever" / music: "No One Lives Forever"
Tales from the Crypt1989-1996TV Series writer - 93 episodes
The Immortals1995writer: "Dead Man's Party" - uncredited
Batman: The Animated Series1992-1995TV Series writer - 82 episodes
Mystery Science Theater 30001992-1994TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Nightmare Before Christmas1993lyrics: "Jack's Lament" 1993, "Jack's Obsession" 1993, "Kidnap the Sandy Claws" 1993, "Making Christmas" 1993, "Oogie Boogie's Song" 1993, "Poor Jack" 1993, "Sally's Song" 1993, "This Is Halloween" 1993, "Town Meeting Song" 1993, "What's This?" 1993, "Finale" 1993 - uncredited / music: "Jack's Lament" 1993, "Jack's Obsession" 1993, "Kidnap the Sandy Claws" 1993, "Making Christmas" 1993, "Oogie Boogie's Song" 1993, "Poor Jack" 1993, "Sally's Song" 1993, "This Is Halloween" 1993, "Town Meeting Son
Batman Returns1992Video Game writer: "Music from '_Batman Returns 1992_'"
Army of Darkness1992writer: "March Of The Dead"
Buffy the Vampire Slayer1992writer: "WE CLOSE OUR EYES"
Batman Returns1992music: "Face to Face"
Power Pack1991TV Movie "Edward Scissorhands"
Growing Pains1990TV Series writer - 1 episode
Nightbreed1990arranger: "Vienna Bonbons Waltz, Opus 307" / writer: "Skin"
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!1989TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ghostbusters II1989writer: "Flesh 'N Blood"
She's Out of Control1989writer: "Winning Side"
Big Top Pee-wee1988music: "Big Top Finale" / writer: "Barnyard Circus Parade", "The Girl On The Flying Trapeze"
Teen Wolf Too1987writer: "WHO DO YOU WANT TO BE TODAY?", "OUTRAGEOUS"
My Best Friend Is a Vampire1987writer: "Same Man I Was Before"
Summer School1987performer: "Happy" / writer: "Happy"
Down Twisted1987producer: "No One Lives Forever" / writer: "No One Lives Forever"
Wisdom1987performer: "Tears Run Down", "Rock Me Baby" / producer: "Tears Run Down", "Rock Me Baby" / writer: "Tears Run Down", "Rock Me Baby"
Something Wild1986writer: "Not My Slave"
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 21986producer: "No One Lives Forever" / writer: "No One Lives Forever"
Back to School1986producer: "Dead Man's Party" / writer: "Dead Man's Party"
Weird Science1985producer: "WEIRD SCIENCE"
Beverly Hills Cop1984performer: "Gratitude" / writer: "Gratitude"
Bachelor Party1984writer: "Who Do You Want To Be Today?", "Bachelor Party", "Something Isn't Right"
Surf II1984writer: "Hold Me Back", "Only a Lad"
Fast Times at Ridgemont High1982writer: "Goodbye, Goodbye"
CHiPsTV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 1982 music - 1 episode, 1982
Urgh! A Music War1981Documentary writer: "Ain't This the Life"
Longshot1981writer: "I Got to Be Entertained"
Forbidden Zone1980lyrics: "Minnie the Moocher" / music: "Forbidden Zone Theme", "Alphabet Song" / performer: "Forbidden Zone Theme", "Queen's Revenge" / writer: "Grand Finale"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Terminator Salvation2009
Notorious2009
Milk2008/I
Hellboy II: The Golden Army2008
Wanted2008
Standard Operating Procedure2008Documentary
The Kingdom2007
Meet the Robinsons2007
Arkham Asylum Fan Film2007Short score music
Charlotte's Web2006
Nacho Libre2006
Deep Sea2006Documentary short
Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight - Dark Side of the Knight2005Video documentary short
Corpse Bride2005
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory2005music by
No Experience Needed2005Short
Spider-Man 22004music by
Big Fish2003
Hulk2003music by
Red Dragon2002
Men in Black II2002music by
Spider-Man2002music by
Planet of the Apes2001
Mazer World2001Short
Spy Kids2001
The Family Man2000
Proof of Life2000
Sleepy Hollow1999
Anywhere But Here1999
Instinct1999
A Civil Action1998
A Simple Plan1998
Good Will Hunting1997
Flubber1997
Men in Black1997music by
Mars Attacks!1996
Extreme Measures1996
The Frighteners1996
Mission: Impossible1996music by
Freeway1996
Dead Presidents1995
To Die For1995
Dolores Claiborne1995
Black Beauty1994
The Nightmare Before Christmas1993original score by
Sommersby1993
Batman Returns1992
Article 991992
Edward Scissorhands1990
Darkman1990
Dick Tracy1990
Nightbreed1990
Batman1989
Scrooged1988music score by
Face Like a Frog1988Short
Hot to Trot1988
Big Top Pee-wee1988
Midnight Run1988
Beetlejuice1988
Summer School1987
Amazing Stories1985-1987TV Series 2 episodes
Wisdom1987
Pee-wee's Playhouse1986TV Series 2 episodes
Back to School1986
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1986TV Series 1 episode
Pee-wee's Big Adventure1985
Forbidden Zone1980
The Circle2017/Ipost-production
Tulip Fever2017completed
Fifty Shades Darker2017completed
The Girl on the Train2016music by
Alice Through the Looking Glass2016
Before I Wake2016
The 88th Annual Academy Awards2016TV Special music written by: "Making of an Oscar" animation
Goosebumps2015
Avengers: Age of Ultron2015
Fifty Shades of Grey2015
The End of the Tour2015
Tales from the Crypt2014Short
Big Eyes2014/I
Mr. Peabody & Sherman2014music by
American Hustle2013
The Unknown Known2013Documentary
Epic2013
Oz the Great and Powerful2013
Captain Sparky vs. The Flying Saucers2013Short
Promised Land2012
Hitchcock2012
Frankenweenie2012
Silver Linings Playbook2012
Gun Test2012Short
Men in Black 32012
Dark Shadows2012
Real Steel2011
A Conversation with Danny Elfman and Tim Burton2011Documentary
Restless2011/I
Do Not Disturb2010/IIImusic by
The Fight for the Last Cookie2010Short
The Next Three Days2010
Alice in Wonderland2010/I
Ooozetoons!2010TV Movie
The Wolfman2010
The Dollar2009Short
Taking Woodstock2009

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
DemiUrge Emesis2010ShortNarrator (voice)
Proud Iza2008ShortCat (voice)
Corpse Bride2005Bonejangles (voice)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory2005Oompa Loompa (voice, uncredited)
Untold Stories of the ER2005TV Series documentaryReenactment
The Gift2000Tommy Lee Ballard
The Nightmare Before Christmas1993Jack Skellington - Singing Voice Barrel Clown with the Tear Away Face (voice)
Back to School1986Oingo Boingo Band Member
Longshot1981Member - Oingo Boingo (as Daniel Elfman)
Forbidden Zone1980Satan
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden1977Drumming Demon (as Dan Elfman)
Hot Tomorrows1977Singer

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Farewell: Live from the Universal Amphitheatre Halloween 19951996Video documentary executive producer
The Nightmare Before Christmas1993associate producer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Look Into 'The Forbidden Zone'2004Video documentary short footage courtesy of
Oingo Boingo: Skeletons in the Closet1989Video short concept - video "Stay"

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Farewell: Live from the Universal Amphitheatre Halloween 19951996Video documentary

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Paranoid Park2007special thanks
Sicko2007Documentary special thanks
Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight - Dark Side of the Knight2005Video documentary short special thanks
Making the Amazing2004Video documentary special thanks
Donnie Darko2001special thanks
Eight Days a Week1997great appreciation
Urban Strike1994Video Game special thanks
Jungle Strike1993Video Game special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
78/522017DocumentaryHimself
SCORE: A Film Music Documentary2016DocumentaryHimself
Live from Lincoln Center2015TV SeriesHimself - Host
Na plovárne2014TV SeriesHimself
A Conversation with Danny Elfman and Tim Burton2011DocumentaryHimself
The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
Music2010DocumentaryHimself
With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story2010DocumentaryHimself
Der Klang Hollywoods - Max Steiner & seine Erben2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 81st Annual Academy Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Original Score
Danny Elfman Scores 'Spider-Man 2'2007Video shortHimself
Finding Kraftland2007DocumentaryHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006TV SeriesHimself
Danny Elfman Interprets 'The Two Worlds'2006Video documentary shortHimself
Inside the Two Worlds of 'The Corpse Bride'2006Video documentary shortBonejangles (voice, uncredited)
Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight - The Legend Reborn2005Video documentary shortHimself
Becoming Oompa-Loompa2005Video documentary shortHimself
HBO First Look2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Beyond Batman: Inside the Elfman Studio - The Music of Batman Returns2005Video documentary shortHimself
Beyond Batman: Nocturnal Overtures - The Music of Batman2005Video documentary shortHimself
Making the Amazing2004Video documentaryHimself
A Look Into 'The Forbidden Zone'2004Video documentary shortHimself
Behind the Scenes of 'Spider-Man'2004Video documentary shortHimself
Shootout2004TV SeriesHimself
Super Secret Movie Rules2004TV Series documentaryHimself - Composer
The Making of 'Hulk'2003Video documentary shortHimself
The Incredible Ang Lee2003Video shortHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Robert De Niro2003TV MovieHimself
The Score2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Cosmic Symphonies: Elfman in Space2002Video documentary shortHimself
Spider-Man: Composer Profile, Danny Elfman2002Video shortHimself
Planet of the Apes: Chimp Symphony, Op. 372001Video shortHimself
Music Behind the Scenes2001TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Sleepy Hollow: Behind the Legend2000Video documentary shortHimself
'Psycho' Path1999Video short documentaryHimself
The Making of 'The Frighteners'1998Video documentaryHimself
Farewell: Live from the Universal Amphitheatre Halloween 19951996Video documentaryHimself (singer-stuff)
Der Klang der Bilder1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Special Edition1994TV Short documentaryInterview
Showbiz Today1993TV SeriesHimself
The Making of Tim Burton's 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'1993Video documentary shortHimself - Composer / Lyricist
The Magical World of Chuck Jones1992DocumentaryHimself
In the Director's Chair: The Man Who Invented Edward Scissorhands1990TV MovieHimself
Oingo Boingo: Skeletons in the Closet1989Video shortHimself (Vocalist / Rhythm Gutiarist / etc) / ...
New American Bandstand 19651982-1983TV SeriesHimself
Urgh! A Music War1981DocumentaryHimself - Oingo Boingo

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Greatest Ever Christmas Movies2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Dr. X's Creatures2003TV SeriesHimself / Various Characters (2006)
Troldspejlet1994TV SeriesHimself / Jack Skellington - Singing Voice

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Music DirectionLive from Lincoln Center (1976)
2016BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsFilm MusicAvengers: Age of Ultron (2015)· Brian Tyler
2016BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsFilm MusicGoosebumps (1995)
2015BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsFilm MusicFifty Shades of Grey (2015)
2014BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsFilm MusicEpic (2013)
2014BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsFilm MusicMr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)
2014BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsFilm MusicAmerican Hustle (2013)
2014IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Original Score for a DocumentaryThe Unknown Known (2013)
2013Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest MusicFrankenweenie (2012)
2013BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsFilm MusicOz the Great and Powerful (2013)
2013BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsFilm MusicMen in Black 3 (2012)
2013BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsFilm MusicSilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsFilm MusicDark Shadows (2012)
2012BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsFilm MusicReal Steel (2011)
2012IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Film Composer of the Year
2011IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Archival Release of an Existing ScorePee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)· Tim Burton (album produced by)
· Jeff Bond (liner notes by)
· Matthew E. Taylor (album art direction by)
2010BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsFilm MusicAlice in Wonderland (2010)
2010BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsFilm MusicTerminator Salvation (2009)
2010BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsFilm MusicThe Wolfman (2010)
2010IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Film Music Composition of the YearAlice in Wonderland (2010)
2009BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsWanted (2008)
2009BMI TV Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsDesperate Housewives (2004)· Steve Jablonsky
2009ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest Original ScoreMilk (2008)
2008BMI TV Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsDesperate Housewives (2004)· Steve Jablonsky
2008Hollywood Film AwardHollywood Film AwardsComposer of the Year
2008IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Film Composer of the Year
2008IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Original Score for a DocumentaryStandard Operating Procedure (2008)
2007BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsFilm MusicCharlotte's Web (2006)
2005Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Main Title Theme MusicDesperate Housewives (2004)
2005BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsSpider-Man 2 (2004)
2005BMI TV Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsDesperate Housewives (2004)· Steve Bartek
· Stewart Copeland
· Steve Jablonsky
2005PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original ScoreCharlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
2004BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsHulk (2003)
2004IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Original Score for TelevisionDesperate Housewives (2004)· Steve Bartek
2004OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest New Theme Song in a Series, Motion Picture or MiniseriesDesperate Housewives (2004)
2004Frederick Loewe Award for Film ComposingPalm Springs International Film Festival
2003Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest MusicSpider-Man (2002)
2003BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsSpider-Man (2002)
2003BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsMen in Black II (2002)
2003BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsChicago (2002)
2003BMI TV Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsThe Simpsons (1989)
2002BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsPlanet of the Apes (2001)
2002Richard Kirk Career Achievement AwardBMI Film & TV Awards
2001BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsThe Family Man (2000)
2000Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest MusicSleepy Hollow (1999)
2000BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsSleepy Hollow (1999)
2000Special Career AwardFantasporto
2000Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Original ScoreSleepy Hollow (1999)
1999OFTA Film Hall of FameOnline Film & Television AssociationBehind the ScenesMusic
1998Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest MusicMen in Black (1997)
1998BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsMen in Black (1997)
1998BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsGood Will Hunting (1997)
1998BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsFlubber (1997)
1998BMI TV Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsThe Simpsons (1989)
1998Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest ScoreA Simple Plan (1998)
1997Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest MusicMars Attacks! (1996)
1997BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsMission: Impossible (1996)
1996BMI TV Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsThe Simpsons (1989)
1994Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest MusicThe Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
1993BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsBatman Returns (1992)
1991BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsDick Tracy (1990)
1990BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsBatman (1989)
1990GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Instrumental CompositionBatman (1989)
1989BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsBeetlejuice (1988)
1989BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsScrooged (1988)
1987BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsBack to School (1986)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015AnnieAnnie AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Music in an Animated Feature ProductionMr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)
2015HMMA AwardHollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA)Best Original Score - Sci-Fi/Fantasy FilmAvengers: Age of Ultron (2015)· Brian Tyler
2014Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest MusicOz the Great and Powerful (2013)
2014AnnieAnnie AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Music in an Animated Feature ProductionEpic (2013)
2014HMMA AwardHollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA)Best Original Score - Animated FilmMr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)
2013ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest Original Score or SoundtrackAmerican Hustle (2013)
2013IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Original Score for an Animated Feature FilmEpic (2013)
2013World Soundtrack AwardWorld Soundtrack AwardsFilm Composer of the YearEpic (2013)
2012HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original ScoreHitchcock (2012)
2012IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Original Score for a Comedy FilmSilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Original Score for an Animated Feature FilmFrankenweenie (2012)
2012PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original ScoreHitchcock (2012)
2011Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Original Score - Motion PictureAlice in Wonderland (2010)
2011Anthony Asquith Award for Film MusicBAFTA AwardsAlice in Wonderland (2010)
2011GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual MediaAlice in Wonderland (2010)
2011IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Original Score for an Action/Adventure/Thriller FilmReal Steel (2011)
2011IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Film Music Composition of the YearReal Steel (2011)
2010World Soundtrack AwardWorld Soundtrack AwardsSoundtrack Composer of the YearAlice in Wonderland (2010)
2010GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual MediaMilk (2008)
2010IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Film Composer of the YearAlice in Wonderland (2010)
2010IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Original Score for a Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror FilmAlice in Wonderland (2010)
2010IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Archival Release of an Existing ScoreBatman Returns (1992)· Neil S. Bulk (album produced by)
· Dan Goldwasser (album produced by)
· M.V. Gerhard (album produced by)
· Matt Verboys (album produced by)
· David C. Fein (album art direction by)
2010Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest ScoreAlice in Wonderland (2010)
2010SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest ScoreAlice in Wonderland (2010)
2009World Soundtrack AwardWorld Soundtrack AwardsSoundtrack Composer of the YearMilk (2008)
2009OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original ScoreMilk (2008)
2009Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest ComposerMilk (2008)
2009Cinema Eye Honors AwardCinema Eye Honors Awards, USOutstanding Achievement in Original Music ScoreStandard Operating Procedure (2008)
2009Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsOriginal ScoreMilk (2008)
2009OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music, Original ScoreMilk (2008)
2009OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original ScoreMilk (2008)
2008AnnieAnnie AwardsBest Music in an Animated Feature ProductionMeet the Robinsons (2007)· Rufus Wainwright
· Rob Thomas
2008CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Original ScoreMilk (2008)
2008IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Film Score of the YearStandard Operating Procedure (2008)
2008IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Original Score for a Drama FilmMilk (2008)
2008IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Original Score for an Action/Adventure FilmWanted (2008)
2008IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Original Score for a Fantasy/Science Fiction FilmHellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
2008IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Film Music Composition of the YearWanted (2008)
2008Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Original ScoreMilk (2008)
2007IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Original Score for an Animated Feature FilmMeet the Robinsons (2007)
2006World Soundtrack AwardWorld Soundtrack AwardsSoundtrack Composer of the YearCharlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
2006Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest MusicCharlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
2006CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Original ScoreCharlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
2006GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual MediaCharlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)· John August
2006IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Original Score for an Animated Feature FilmCharlotte's Web (2006)
2006OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music, Original ScoreCharlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
2005Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest MusicSpider-Man 2 (2004)
2005ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Original ScoreCharlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
2005GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual MediaBig Fish (2003)
2005IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Original Score for a Comedy FilmCorpse Bride (2005)
2005IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Original Score for a Fantasy/Science Fiction FilmCharlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
2005Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Original ScoreSpider-Man 2 (2004)
2005Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsOutstanding Original ScoreCorpse Bride (2005)
2004OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Music, Original ScoreBig Fish (2003)
2004Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Original Score - Motion PictureBig Fish (2003)
2004Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest MusicHulk (2003)
2004Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest ComposerBig Fish (2003)
2004CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Original ScoreBig Fish (2003)
2004Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsOriginal ScoreBig Fish (2003)
2004IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Original Score for an Action/Adventure FilmSpider-Man 2 (2004)
2004IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Original Score (Miglior colonna sonora originale)Big Fish (2003)
2004OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music, Original ScoreBig Fish (2003)
2004PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original ScoreBig Fish (2003)
2003Anthony Asquith Award for Film MusicBAFTA AwardsChicago (2002)· John Kander
· Fred Ebb
2003ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Original ScoreBig Fish (2003)
2003GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual MediaSpider-Man (2002)
2003SFX AwardSFX Awards, UKBest SF or Fantasy Film MusicSpider-Man (2002)
2002World Soundtrack AwardWorld Soundtrack AwardsBest Original Soundtrack of the YearSpider-Man (2002)
2002GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Score Soundtrack Album For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual MediaPlanet of the Apes (2001)
2001GoldSpirit AwardsGoldSpirit AwardsBest Sci-Fi/Fantasy SoundtrackPlanet of the Apes (2001)
2001Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Original ScoreProof of Life (2000)
2000Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest ScoreSleepy Hollow (1999)
2000OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music, Original ScoreSleepy Hollow (1999)
1999CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Original ScoreA Simple Plan (1998)
1999FMCJ AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Film Score of the YearSleepy Hollow (1999)
1999FMCJ AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Film Composer of the Year
1999OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music, Original Dramatic ScoreA Simple Plan (1998)
1998OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Music, Original Musical or Comedy ScoreMen in Black (1997)
1998OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Music, Original Dramatic ScoreGood Will Hunting (1997)
1998GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for TelevisionMen in Black (1997)
1998OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music, Original Comedy/Musical ScoreMen in Black (1997)
1997Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest MusicThe Frighteners (1996)
1997ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Original ScoreGood Will Hunting (1997)
1997ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Original ScoreMen in Black (1997)
1997Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Original ScoreMars Attacks! (1996)
1996Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest MusicDolores Claiborne (1995)
1994Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Original Score - Motion PictureThe Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
1992Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest MusicEdward Scissorhands (1990)
1992GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for TelevisionEdward Scissorhands (1990)
1991GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for TelevisionDick Tracy (1990)
1990Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Main Title Theme MusicThe Simpsons (1989)
1990Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest MusicBeetlejuice (1988)
1990GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Album of Original Instrumental Background Score Written for a Motion Picture or TelevisionBatman (1989)

TitleSalary
Spider-Man 2 (2004)$2,000,000

#Fact
1Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 67th Venice International Film Festival in 2010.
2He was so impressed by Heavenly Creatures (1994) that he offered to do the musical score for the next movie of whoever directed it. That director turned out to be Peter Jackson, and his next movie, The Frighteners (1996), was indeed scored by Elfman.
3Uncle of Jenna Elfman (by marriage).
4His scores for Batman (1989) and Edward Scissorhands (1990) were nominated for AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores. But neither of them made the list.
5His father is Milton Elfman, who made an uncredited appearance in the film, Forbidden Zone (1980).
6Was awarded Film Composer of the Year in 2008 by the International Film Music Critics Association.
7Daughter: Mali Elfman (born 1984).
8Daughter: Lola Elfman (born 1979).
9Received an honorary doctorate from the North Carolina School of the Arts (June 2007).
10Sang all the vocals for the five songs in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005). He recorded singing it in different ways and played with the audio to make it sound like various high- and low-pitched vocals.
11Learned how to breathe fire as a street performer in Paris after he graduated from high school.
12The only two Tim Burton films, Elfman did not compose the score for, are Ed Wood (1994) and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007).
13Did not return to provide the musical score for Spider-Man 3 (2007), citing creative differences with director Sam Raimi over the previous film. He instead, provided the score for Charlotte's Web (2006), which, as it happens, is about a spider who uses her talents to do good.
14Father of daughters Lola Elfman (born in 1979) and Mali Elfman (born in 1984).
15It is sometimes believed that Elfman may have been born in Amarillo, Texas, but that is, apparently, due to a joke that he once made. He was actually born in Los Angeles County, California.
16Brother-in-law of Justin Fonda.
17Son-in-law of Peter Fonda and Susan Brewer.
18Son Oliver Elfman was born mid January 2005
19Was in the theater band Mystic Knights Of The Oingo Boingo, which later morphed into Oingo Boingo.
20Admires Peter Lorre.
21Composed comic book scores from Dick Tracy (1990), Darkman (1990), Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992), Men in Black (1997), Men in Black II (2002), Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004), and Hulk (2003).
22He and Howard Shore have both formed hit bands (Oingo Boingo and The Blues Brothers), both scored films for Peter Jackson (The Frighteners (1996) and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and others), both scored films for Tim Burton (Elfman has scored everything but Ed Wood (1994), which Shore scored), and both scored a Hannibal Lecter film (Red Dragon (2002) and The Silence of the Lambs (1991)).
23Owns a dachshund.
24Claims Bernard Herrmann as a heavy influence on many of his scores.
25Engaged to Bridget Fonda (March 2003)
26Signed a non-exclusive contract with Disney to write, produce, and direct films, while continuing to compose for Disney and other studios. [1997]
27Wrote the score for Black Beauty (1994) for his two daughters from a collapsed marriage. Released a solo album in 1984, So-Lo, which happened to feature most of the band members from Oingo Boingo.
28The past, present and future of Elfman and the other members of Oingo Boingo are also discussed at alt.fan.oingo-boingo.
29Elfman fans discuss his current and past work in the usenet group rec.music.artists.danny-elfman.
30His mother is Clare Elfman, an author of children's books.
31His older brother is director Richard Elfman.
32Uncle of Bodhi Elfman

#Quote
1[on composing scores for Tim Burton films] People expect us to have some invisible shorthand. But it never gets any easier. Tim is just as complex now, maybe more so. Every time I play music for him I'm as nervous as I was that first occasion. Countless times, I've played something and watched him put his head in his hands and start pulling at his hair. I've never been unhappy with where we ended up, but most of the time we've had to spiral around quite a bit to get there. You have to be half-composer, half-psychiatrist.
2The Oingo is still there. It just got lost off of our current album cover. Since then, however, it was found by my daughter in between the cushions of our couch. Although it's a bit sticky it will undoubtedly find its way back on our next album. The horn section I'm sorry to say succumbed to the terrible flesh-eating bacteria that I'm sure you read so much about. I wish I could say that they died quietly in their sleep, as opposed to screaming in agony as was the case. However who am I to question such things in the great cosmic scheme...
3I don't think there's a trademark Danny Elfman element that has been consistent in my work. I don't hear many similarities in what I do and I don't think it's necessary that I have a particular style. Having a particular style is not bad, but I prefer to push myself in the direction of being a composer who you never know what he's doing next.
4It all depends on the directors. Working closely with a director is the main job of a film composer. Interpreting what he perceives as a color, an emotion or mood is very abstract. A director tells you something he wants and then you have to run back to your music and respond with, "I think he meant something like this."
5I've known Sam [Raimi] for almost 15 years. Spider-Man 2 was my fifth movie with him and all I can say is that the person who was there at the end of Spider-Man 2 was not Sam. I don't know who it was, but it wasn't Sam. It was as close to living out Invasion of the Body Snatchers as I've ever experienced. To see such a profound negative change in a human being was almost enough to make me feel like I didn't want to make films anymore. It was really disheartening and sad to see the way it ended up.
6I get drawn to things that don't make any sense, and I learned early on not to resist that.

#Trademark
1His cues for the climaxes of the films he scores are often titled "Final Confrontation".
2Use of Haunting Vocals
3Brooding Gothic compositions
4Often works with Tim Burton and Sam Raimi
5Heavy use of brass and percussion in his film scores
6Frequently combines orchestral sounds with digital sounds. Most noticeable in the opening sequence of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005).

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