- Mother is a novelist and an author of juvenile fiction.
- Learned how to breathe fire as a street performer.
- Was a singer-songwriter for rock band Oingo Boingo from 1976 to '95.
- Provided singing voices for Jack in The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and Bonejangles in Corpse Bride (2005). Also performed the vocals for the Oompa-Loompa songs in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005).
- Received an honorary doctorate from the North Carolina School of the Arts in 2007.
- 2009, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Composer: Nominee
- 2003, BAFTA Film Awards — The Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music: Nominee
- 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Main Title Theme Music: Winner
- 1997, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Dramatic Score): Nominee
- 2008, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): Nominee
- 1994, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee
- 2004, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Composer: Nominee
- 1997, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Musical or Comedy Score): Nominee
- 2004, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee
- 2003, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): Nominee
- 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Music Direction: Winner
- 2011, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee
- 2011, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Music: Nominee
- 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Achievement in Main Title Theme Music: Nominee
- Lola Elfman — Daughter
- Caroline Thompson — Ex-significant Other
- Bridget Fonda — Wife
- Milton Elfman — Father
- Oliver Elfman — Son
- Clare Elfman — Mother
- Mali Elfman — Daughter
- Richard Elfman — Brother
- Bohdi Elfman — Nephew
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