Danny Elfman

Danny Elfman

Highest Rated: 97% Good Will Hunting (1997)

Lowest Rated: 10% Tulip Fever (2017)

Birthday: May 29, 1953

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Because he hailed from the annals of rock music and was never a classically trained musician, Danny Elfman struggled to gain acceptance among his peers on the road to becoming one of Hollywood's most prolific and respected film composers. Elfman began his career in the late-1970s as the singer-songwriter of the acclaimed rock band Oingo Boingo, which developed a significant following in Southern California, but failed to reach national prominence. Unable to quell occasional rumors that others had written his own scores, he found success to be the best revenge, particularly in his long-running collaboration with director Tim Burton. In fact, Elfman worked with the director on most of his films, including "Batman" (1989), "Sleepy Hollow" (1999) and "Big Fish" (2003) - the latter of which earned him an Academy Award nomination. Though he often cited Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Bartok as his favorite classical composers, Elfman felt greater affinity to classic Hollywood composers Bernard Herrmann, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Miklos Rozsa and Franz Waxman, whose influence were heard in his scores for "Men in Black" (1997) and "A Simple Plan" (1998). By the time he composed his Oscar-nominated score for "Milk" (2008), Elfman had gained the respect of his critics while becoming one the top echelon composers working in Hollywood.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
14% 76% Dolittle Original Music $77M 2020
46% 48% Dumbo Original Music $114.8M 2019
23% 66% Men in Black: International Original Music $80M 2019
60% 50% Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Original Music $270.6M 2018
76% 75% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot Original Music $1.4M 2018
11% 37% Fifty Shades Freed Original Music $100.4M 2018
11% 48% Fifty Shades Darker Original Music $114.4M 2017
88% 80% 78/52 Himself (Character) $30.3K 2017
10% 43% Tulip Fever Original Music $2.4M 2017
40% 71% Justice League Original Music $227M 2017
15% 21% The Circle Original Music $20.5M 2017
29% 48% Alice Through the Looking Glass Original Music $77M 2016
91% 83% Score: A Film Music Documentary Himself (Character) $97.3K 2016
44% 49% The Girl on the Train Original Music $75.2M 2016
63% 47% Before I Wake Original Music - 2016
76% 83% Avengers: Age of Ultron Original Music $459M 2015
78% 62% Goosebumps Original Music $80.1M 2015
92% 81% The End of the Tour Original Music $3M 2015
25% 41% Fifty Shades of Grey Original Music $166.1M 2015
81% 73% Mr. Peabody & Sherman Original Music $111.5M 2014
72% 68% Big Eyes Original Music $14.5M 2014
82% 70% The Unknown Known Original Music $276.4K 2013
57% 56% Oz the Great and Powerful Original Music $234.9M 2013
92% 74% American Hustle Original Music $150.1M 2013
65% 65% Epic Original Music $107.5M 2013
92% 86% Silver Linings Playbook Original Music $132.1M 2012
87% 70% Frankenweenie Original Music - 2012
60% 60% Hitchcock Original Music $6M 2012
68% 70% Men in Black 3 Original Music $179M 2012
53% 46% Promised Land Original Music $7.6M 2012
36% 46% Dark Shadows Original Music $79.7M 2012
60% 73% Real Steel Original Music $85.5M 2011
38% 48% Restless Original Music $163.1K 2011
50% 66% The Next Three Days Original Music $21.1M 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Do Not Disturb Original Music - 2010
34% 33% The Wolfman Original Music $61.9M 2010
51% 55% Alice in Wonderland Original Music $334.2M 2010
52% 65% Notorious Original Music $36.8M 2009
33% 54% Terminator Salvation Original Music $125.3M 2009
57% 56% 9 Original Music $31.7M 2009
48% 47% Taking Woodstock Original Music $7.4M 2009
86% 71% Hellboy II: The Golden Army Original Music $75.8M 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Proud Iza Cat (Character) - 2008
71% 69% Wanted Original Music $134.3M 2008
79% 78% Standard Operating Procedure Original Music $228.8K 2008
93% 89% Milk Original Music $31.8M 2008
67% 74% Meet the Robinsons Original Music - 2007
51% 76% The Kingdom Original Music $47.5M 2007
78% 62% Charlotte's Web Original Music $82.5M 2006
40% 54% Nacho Libre Original Music $80.2M 2006
84% 77% Tim Burton's Corpse Bride Bonejangles (Voice),
Original Music
$53.4M 2005
83% 51% Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Original Music $206.5M 2005
93% 82% Spider-Man 2 Original Music $373.4M 2004
62% 29% Hulk Composer $132.1M 2003
39% 45% Men in Black II Composer $192.4M 2002
68% 74% Red Dragon Original Music $92.9M 2002
90% 67% Spider-Man Composer $403.7M 2002
44% 27% Planet of the Apes Original Music $180M 2001
38% 38% Novocaine Music Theme $2M 2001
39% 43% Proof of Life Original Music $32.6M 2000
53% 67% The Family Man Original Music $75.8M 2000
64% 55% Anywhere but Here Original Music $18.7M 1999
27% 67% Instinct Original Music $34.1M 1999
69% 80% Sleepy Hollow Original Music $101.1M 1999
90% 81% A Simple Plan Original Music $16.3M 1998
61% 55% A Civil Action Original Music $56.7M 1998
92% 79% Men in Black Original Music $250.1M 1997
24% 33% Flubber Original Music $93M 1997
97% 94% Good Will Hunting Original Music $138.3M 1997
64% 71% The Frighteners Original Music $16.5M 1996
54% 53% Mars Attacks! Original Music $37.8M 1996
64% 71% Mission: Impossible Original Music $180.9M 1996
76% 76% Freeway Original Music $283.8K 1996
15% 31% Tales From the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood Original Music $5.6M 1996
84% 81% Dolores Claiborne Original Music $22.8M 1995
88% 65% To Die For Original Music $20.5M 1995
44% 78% Dead Presidents Original Music $24.1M 1995
80% 75% Black Beauty Original Music $4.2M 1994
95% 91% The Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington/Barrel (Voice),
Associate Producer,
Original Music
$1.7M 1993
35% 43% Buffy the Vampire Slayer Original Music $14.1M 1992
73% 87% Army of Darkness Original Music $10.5M 1992
80% 73% Batman Returns Original Music $160.3M 1992
39% 60% Nightbreed Original Music $8.9M 1990
90% 91% Edward Scissorhands Original Music $54.2M 1990
84% 59% Darkman Original Music $32.8M 1990
54% 61% Ghostbusters II Non-Original Music $110.4M 1989
71% 84% Batman Original Music $250.7M 1989
35% 30% Big Top Pee-wee Original Music $14.9M 1988
84% 82% Beetlejuice Music $73.1M 1988
71% 71% Scrooged Original Music $58.2M 1988
91% 69% Something Wild Original Music $6.4M 1986
87% 79% Pee-wee's Big Adventure Original Music $40.9M 1985
82% 82% Beverly Hills Cop Original Music - 1984
82% 81% Forbidden Zone Original Music - 1980

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No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2010

QUOTES FROM Danny Elfman CHARACTERS

Bonejangles says: What a story it is. A tragic tale of romance, passion, and murder most foul.

Bonejangles says: Die, die, we all pass away. Don't wear a frown 'cause it's really okay. You might try and hide, and you might and pray, but we all end up the remains of the day.