Fast Facts

  • Learned to play the piano at age 7.
  • Began his recording career at 18 with the single "Golden Gridiron Boy." It flopped.
  • His early songs were covered by artists such as Gene Pitney, Judy Collins, Jackie DeShannon and the O'Jays.
  • Was briefly a member of the Tikis, who were later renamed Harper's Bizarre.
  • Had chart success with the singles "Short People," "I Love L.A." and "It's Money That Matters."
  • Began composing music for films in 1970; by the 1980s, that had become his primary focus.
  • Was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.

Awards

  • 1996, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2000, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1982, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1999, Grammy — Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Winner
  • 2006, Grammy — Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Winner
  • 1981, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): Nominee
  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics: Winner
  • 1996, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Musical or Comedy Score): Nominee
  • 1999, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2001, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): Nominee
  • 1998, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Musical or Comedy Score): Nominee
  • 2010, Grammy — Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Winner
  • 2000, Grammy — Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Winner
  • 1982, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Song: Nominee
  • 2010, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Winner
  • 1984, Grammy — Best Instrumental Composition: Winner
  • 1981, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
  • 1998, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Dramatic Score): Nominee
  • 1989, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
  • 1990, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1994, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
  • 1995, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
  • 2000, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
  • 1991, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2006, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Main Title Theme Music: Winner
  • 2009, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics: Winner
  • 2001, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Winner
  • 1984, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): Nominee
  • 1995, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Musical or Comedy Score): Nominee
  • 1990, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): Nominee
  • 1999, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
  • 2002, Grammy — Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Winner
  • 1998, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee

Relationships

  • Alfred Newman — Uncle
  • Joey Newman — Nephew
  • Adele Newman — Mother
  • Lionel Newman — Uncle
  • Eric Newman — Son
  • Alan Newman — Brother
  • Roswitha Schmale — Ex-wife
  • Alice — Daughter
  • Amos Newman — Son
  • Irving George Newman — Father
  • Thomas Newman — Cousin
  • David Newman — Cousin
  • Patrick Newman — Son
  • Emil Newman — Uncle
  • Gretchen Newman — Wife
  • John Newman — Son

College

  • Attended the University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Details

  • Birth Name: Randall Stewart Newman
  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA
  • Birthday: November 28, 1943, Sagittarius
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter
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