Danny Elfman Biography (1953-)

Full name, Daniel Robert Elfman; born May 29, 1953, in Amarillo, TX; raised in Los Angeles, CA; son of Milton (a teacher and in the Air Force) and Blossom(a teacher and writer; maiden name, Bernstein) Elfman; brother of Robert Elfman (a filmmaker); uncle of Bodhi Elfman (an actor); married (marriage ended); married Bridget Fonda (an actress), November 29, 2003; children: (first marriage) Lola, Mali; (second marriage) one. Addresses: Agent: International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.; Manager: Kraft-Engel Management, 15233 Ventura Blvd., Suite 200, Sherman Oaks, CA91403.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Composer, musician, producer, actor
Birth Details
May 29, 1953
Amarillo, Texas, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Score Producer
  • Dead Presidents, Buena Vista, 1995
  • Good Will Hunting, Miramax, 1997
  • A Civil Action, Buena Vista, 1998
  • Instinct, Buena Vista, 1999
  • Red Dragon (also known as Roter Drache), Universal, 2002
  • Film Music Producer
  • Batman Returns, Warner Bros., 1992
  • Dolores Claiborne, Columbia, 1995
  • Extreme Measures, Columbia, 1996
  • Psycho, Universal, 1998
  • Proof of Life, Warner Bros., 2000
  • Film Work
  • Other
  • Music arranger, Forbidden Zone, Borack, c. 1979
  • Executive producer and musician, Farewell: Live from the Universal Amphitheatre Halloween 1995, 1996
  • Music score producer, Mars Attacks!, Warner Bros., 1996
  • Music supervisor and music adaptor, Psycho, Universal, 1998
  • Performer of music and songs that have been featured in films, televisionbroadcasts, and video collections.
  • Film Appearances
  • (As Dan Elfman) I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, New World Pictures, 1977
  • Singer, Hot Tomorrow, American Film Institute, 1978
  • Satan, Forbidden Zone, Borack, c. 1979
  • Oingo Boingo band member, Ugh! A Music War, Lorimar, 1981
  • Oingo Boingo band member, Back to School, Orion, 1986
  • Himself, The Magical World of Chuck Jones, Warner Bros., 1992
  • Voice of the Clown with the Tear Away Face, voice of Barrel, and the singing voice of Jack Skellington, The Nightmare before Christmas (animated; also known as Tim Burton's "The Nightmare before Christmas"), BuenaVista, 1993
  • Singer--stuff, Farewell: Live from the Universal Amphitheatre Halloween 1995, 1996
  • Tommy Lee Ballard, The Gift, Paramount Classics, 2000
  • Satan, The Sixth Element, 2005
  • Television Appearances
  • Miniseries
  • Himself, Music behind the Scenes (documentary), [Great Britain], 2001
  • Specials
  • Himself, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Special Edition, 1994
  • Der Klang der Bilder (documentary), 1995
  • The Hollywood Soundtrack Story, American Movie Classics, 1995
  • The Score (documentary), 2002
  • Episodic
  • Himself, "Tim Burton: Trick or Treat," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 2001
  • Himself, Super Secret Movie Rules: Slashers (also known as SSMR: Slashers), VH1, 2004
  • Himself, Super Secret Movie Rules: Stupid and Stupider (also knownas SSMR: Stupid and Stupider), VH1, 2004
  • Himself, Super Secret Movie Rules: Superheroes (also known as SSMR: Superheroes), VH1, 2004
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums with Oingo Boingo
  • Oingo Boingo (EP), IRS, 1980
  • 10 Inch (EP), IRS, 1980
  • Only A Lad, A & M, 1981
  • Nothing to Fear, A & M, 1982
  • Good for Your Soul, A & M, 1984
  • Dead Man's Party, MCA, 1986
  • BOI-NGO, MCA, 1987
  • Boingo Alive, MCA, 1988
  • Skeletons in the Closet (compilation), A & M, 1988
  • Dark at the End of the Tunnel (compilation), MCA, 1990
  • Best O'Boingo, MCA, 1991
  • Boingo, Giant, 1994
  • Farewell, A & M, 1996
  • Anthology, Hip-O Records, 1999
  • 20th Century Masters--The Millennium Collection: The Best of Oingo Boingo, A & M, 2002
  • Albums
  • So-lo (also known as So Lo), MCA, 1985
  • Videos
  • "Psycho" Path, Universal Studios Home Video, 1999
  • Sleepy Hollow: Behind the Legend, Paramount, 2000
  • Cosmic Symphonies: Elfman in Space, Columbia/TriStar Home Video, 2002
  • The Making of "Hulk," Universal Studios Home Video, 2003
  • Making the Amazing (also known as Making the Amazing: Spider-Man 2), Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2004
  • Video Games
  • Voice of Barrel, Kingdom Hearts (also known as Kingudamu hatsu), Square Electronic Arts, 2002
  • WRITINGS
  • Film Scores
  • Forbidden Zone, Borack, c. 1979
  • Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Warner Bros., 1985
  • Back to School, Orion, 1986
  • Wisdom, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1986
  • Summer School, Paramount, 1987
  • Beetlejuice, Warner Bros., 1988
  • Big Top Pee-Wee, Paramount, 1988
  • Face Like a Frog (short film), 1988
  • Hot to Trot, Warner Bros., 1988
  • Midnight Run, Universal, 1988
  • Scrooged, Paramount, 1988
  • Batman, Warner Bros., 1989
  • Darkman, Universal, 1990
  • Dick Tracy, Buena Vista, 1990
  • Edward Scissorhands, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990
  • Nightbreed (also known as Clive Barker's "Nightbreed"), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990
  • Article 99, Orion, 1992
  • Batman Returns, Warner Bros., 1992
  • Army of Darkness (also known as Army of Darkness: Evil Dead 3, Army of Darkness: The Medieval Dead, Army of Darkness, the Ultimate Experience in Medieval Horror, Bruce Campbell vs. Army of Darkness, Captain Supermarket, Evil Dead 3, and The Medieval Dead), Universal, 1993
  • The Nightmare before Christmas (animated; also known as Tim Burton's "The Nightmare before Christmas"), Buena Vista, 1993
  • Sommersby, Warner Bros., 1993
  • Black Beauty, Warner Bros., 1994
  • Darkman II: The Return of Durant, 1994
  • Dead Presidents, Buena Vista, 1995
  • Dolores Claiborne, Columbia, 1995
  • Great People of the Bible & How They Lived, 1995
  • To Die For, Columbia, 1995
  • Bordello of Blood (also known as Tales from the Crypt Presents:Bordello of Blood), Universal, 1996
  • Darkman III: Die Darkman Die, 1996
  • Extreme Measures, Columbia, 1996
  • Farewell: Live from the Universal Amphitheatre Halloween 1995, 1996
  • The Frighteners (also known as Frighteners and Robert Zemeckis Presents: The Frighteners), Universal, 1996
  • Mars Attacks!, Warner Bros., 1996
  • Mission: Impossible, Paramount, 1996
  • Flubber (also known as Disney's "Flubber: The Absent Minded Professor"), Buena Vista, 1997
  • Good Will Hunting, Miramax, 1997
  • Men in Black (also known as MIB), Columbia/TriStar, 1997
  • Scream 2, Dimension Films, 1997
  • A Civil Action, Buena Vista, 1998
  • Modern Vampyres (also known as Modern Vampires and Revenant), Sterling Home Entertainment, 1998
  • A Simple Plan (also known as Ein Einfacher Plan and Un plan simple), Paramount, 1998
  • Anywhere but Here, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1999
  • Instinct, Buena Vista, 1999
  • Sleepy Hollow, Paramount, 1999
  • Condo Painting, October Films, 2000
  • The Family Man, Universal, 2000
  • The Gift, Paramount Classics, 2000
  • Proof of Life, Warner Bros., 2000
  • The World of Stainboy (short animated film; also known as Stainboy), Flinch Studios, 2000
  • Heartbreakers, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2001
  • Mazer World (short film), Archway Pictures, 2001
  • Novocaine, Artisan Entertainment, 2001
  • Planet of the Apes, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2001
  • Spy Kids, Miramax, 2001
  • The Adventures of Mad Matt (short film), 2002
  • Chicago (musical), Miramax, 2002
  • Men in Black II (also known as MIB 2 and MIIB), Columbia/TriStar, 2002
  • Red Dragon (also known as Roter Drache), Universal, 2002
  • Spider-Man, Columbia, 2002
  • Big Fish, Columbia, 2003
  • Hulk (live action and animated), Universal, 2003
  • Spider-Man 2 (also known as Spider-Man 2: The IMAX Experience), Columbia, 2004
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (musical), Warner Bros., 2005
  • Corpse Bride (also known as Tim Burton's "Corpse Bride"), Warner Bros., 2005
  • Charlotte's Web, Paramount, 2006
  • A Day with Wilbur Robinson, Buena Vista, c. 2006
  • Film Songs
  • "Bachelor Party Theme," "Something Isn't Right," and "Who Do You Want toBe Today," Bachelor Party, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983
  • "Weird Science," Weird Science, Universal, 1985
  • Big Top Pee-Wee, Paramount, 1988
  • "Face to Face," Batman Returns, Warner Bros., 1992
  • "March of the Dead" theme, Army of Darkness (also known as Armyof Darkness: Evil Dead 3, Army of Darkness: The Medieval Dead, Army of Darkness, the Ultimate Experience in Medieval Horror, Bruce Campbell vs. Army of Darkness, Captain Supermarket, Evil Dead 3, and The Medieval Dead), Universal, 1993
  • The Nightmare before Christmas (animated; also known as Tim Burton's "The Nightmare before Christmas"), Buena Vista, 1993
  • Tales from the Crypt theme, Demon Knight (also known as Demon Keeper and Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight), Universal, 1995
  • Tales from the Crypt theme, Bordello of Blood (also known as Tales from the Crypt Presents: Bordello of Blood), Universal, 1996
  • "Cassandra" aria, Scream 2 (also known as Scream Again, Scream Louder, and Scream: The Sequel), Miramax/Dimension Films, 1997
  • "Home Again," Home Alone 3, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1997
  • "Uncle Martin Theme," My Favorite Martian (also known as My Favourite Martian), Buena Vista, 1999
  • Elfman's music and songs have been featured in films, television broadcasts, and video collections.
  • Television Themes
  • Series
  • Sledge Hammer!, ABC, 1986-88
  • Pee-Wee's Playhouse, CBS, 1986-91
  • Beetlejuice (animated), ABC, 1989-92
  • Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's "Tales from the Crypt"), HBO, 1989-96
  • The Flash, CBS, 1990-91
  • The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1990-
  • Batman: The Animated Series (animated; also known as The Adventures of Batman and Robin, Batman, and The New Batman/Superman Adventures), Fox, 1992-95
  • Family Dog (animated), CBS, 1993
  • Weird Science, USA Network, 1994-98
  • Perversions of Science, HBO, 1997
  • "The Dilbert Zone," Dilbert (animated), UPN, 1999-2000
  • Desperate Housewives, ABC, 2004-
  • Point Pleasant, Fox, 2005
  • Television Music
  • Movies
  • Freeway, HBO, 1996
  • Subzero, WB, 1998
  • Composer for the short Oh No, Not Them!, MTV.
  • Specials
  • A Special Evening of Pee-Wee's Playhouse, CBS, 1987
  • Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire (animated; also known as TheSimpsons Christmas Special), Fox, 1989
  • Episodic
  • "Family Dog," Amazing Stories, NBC, 1985
  • "The Jar," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, NBC, 1985
  • "Mummy Dearest," Amazing Stories, NBC, 1985
  • Pilots
  • "Fast Times," Fast Times (also known as Fast Times at RidgemontHigh), CBS, 1986
  • The Flash, CBS, 1990
  • Albums
  • Soundtracks
  • Pee Wee's Big Adventure, 1985
  • Back to School, 1986
  • Beetlejuice, 1988
  • Big Top Pee Wee, Pendulum, 1988
  • Midnight Run, MCA, 1988
  • Pee Wee's Big Adventure/Back to School, 1988
  • Batman, 1989
  • Darkman, MCA, 1990
  • Dick Tracy, Sire Records, 1990
  • Music for a Darkened Theatre Vol. 1: Music from Television and Movies (compilation), MCA, 1990
  • Nightbreed, 1990
  • The Story of Edward Scissorhands, 1990
  • Article 99, Varese Sarabande, 1992
  • Batman Returns, Warner Bros., 1992
  • Dolores Claiborne, Varese Sarabande, 1995
  • Mission: Impossible, Point Music, 1996
  • Music for a Darkened Theatre Vol. 2: Film and Television Music (compilation), MCA, 1996
  • Flubber, 1997
  • Spider-Man, Sony Soundtrax, 2002
  • The Hulk, Decca, 2003
  • Albums with Oingo Boingo
  • Oingo Boingo (EP), IRS, 1980
  • 10 Inch (EP), IRS, 1980
  • Only A Lad, A & M, 1981
  • Nothing to Fear, A & M, 1982
  • Good for Your Soul, A & M, 1984
  • Dead Man's Party, MCA, 1986
  • BOI-NGO, MCA, 1987
  • Boingo Alive, MCA, 1988
  • Skeletons in the Closet (compilation), A & M, 1988
  • Dark at the End of the Tunnel (compilation), MCA, 1990
  • Best O'Boingo, MCA, 1991
  • Boingo, Giant, 1994
  • Farewell, A & M, 1996
  • Anthology, Hip-O Records, 1999
  • 20th Century Masters--The Millennium Collection: The Best of Oingo Boingo, A & M, 2002
  • Albums
  • So-lo (also known as So Lo), MCA, 1985
  • Video Composer
  • Oingo Boingo: Skeletons In the Closet, 1989
  • Amazing Stories: Book Two, 1992
  • Theme, Flash III: Deadly Nightshade, 1992
  • Barry Sonnenfeld's "Intergalactic Guide to Comedy," Columbia/TriStar, 2002
  • Cosmic Symphonies: Elfman in Space, Columbia/TriStar Home Video, 2002
  • Creature Featurettes, Columbia/TriStar, 2002
  • Design in Motion: The Look of "Men in Black II," Columbia/TriStar,2002
  • Men in Black Training Video: Australia, Columbia/TriStar Home Video, 2002
  • Men in Black Training Video: Germany, Columbia/TriStar Home Video,2002
  • Men in Black Training Video: Japan, Columbia/TriStar Home Video, 2002
  • Men in Black Training Video: UK, Columbia/TriStar Home Video, 2002
  • MIB ADR, Columbia/TriStar Home Video, 2002
  • Rick Baker: Alien Maker, Columbia/TriStar Home Video, 2002
  • Squish, Splat, Sploosh: The Stellar Sounds of "Men in Black II," Columbia/TriStar Home Video, 2002
  • The Making of "Hulk," Universal Studios Home Video, 2003
  • A Look into "The Forbidden Zone," Fantoma, 2004
  • Video Game Music
  • Bart vs. the Space Mutants, 1991
  • (And theme) The Simpsons: Virtual Springfield (also known as Virtual Springfield), 1997
  • The Simpsons Road Rage, Nintendo, 2001
  • Kingdom Hearts (also known as Kingudamu hatsu), Square Electronic Arts, 2002
  • Theme, The Simpsons: Hit & Run, Vivendi Universal Games, 2003
  • Video Scripts
  • Farewell: Live from the Universal Amphitheatre Halloween 1995, 1996

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Contemporary Musicians, Gale, 1993
    • Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Gale, 1995
    Periodicals
    • American Film, February, 1991, p. 42
    • Billboard, May 25, 2002, p. 19
    • Egg, December/January, 1991
    • Entertainment@Home, April, 1997, pp. 88-92
    • Fanfare, November/December, 1989
    • Hollywood Reporter, January 18, 1993
    • Keyboard, September, 1987
    • Movieline, November, 1993, pp. 54-58, 86-87
    • Penthouse, November, 1999, p. 9
    • Premiere, January, 1991, p. 42
    • Rolling Stone, November 11, 1993
    • Starlog, December, 1993; February, 1997
    • Time, October 11, 1993
    • Village Voice, November 3, 1993

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