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Danny Elfman Biography

Birth Name:
Daniel Robert Elfman
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession
Composer, musician, singer-songwriter, voice-overs

Fast Facts

  • 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

Awards

  • 2011Golden Globe-Best Original Score - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2011BAFTA Film Awards-Best Music: nominated
  • 2009Critics' Choice Awards-Best Composer: nominated
  • 2008Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): nominated
  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Main Title Theme Music: winner
  • 2005Phoenix Film Critics Association-Best Score: winner
  • 2005Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Original Score: nominated
  • 2004Golden Globe-Best Original Score - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2004Critics' Choice Awards-Best Composer: nominated
  • 2003BAFTA Film Awards-The Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music: nominated
  • 2003Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): nominated
  • 2003Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Original Score: nominated
  • 1997Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Original Dramatic Score): nominated
  • 1997Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Original Musical or Comedy Score): nominated
  • 1994Golden Globe-Best Original Score - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1990Emmy-Outstanding Achievement in Main Title Theme Music: nominated