Randy Newman

Randy Newman

Highest Rated: 100% Toy Story 2 (1999)

Lowest Rated: 34% Michael (1996)

Birthday: Nov 28, 1943

Birthplace: Not Available

Singer-songwriter-film composer Randy Newman had been one of the most oft-nominated individuals at the Academy Awards without ever having won - that is, until he finally took home the award for his original song, "If I Didn't Have You" from "Monsters, Inc." (2001). Prior to courting the Oscars, Newman had been a popular writer of novelty songs that were both sardonic and catchy throughout the 1960s and 1970s. One of his most famous was "Short People," which became his biggest hit. Though he had his start writing songs and themes for television and film, Newman would not be officially associated with scoring movies until he wrote the music for "Ragtime" (1981), which deviated wildly from his sarcastic ditties from a decade prior. Newman would go on to score the music and write songs for some of the biggest movies of the next two decades, including "The Natural" (1984), "Parenthood" (1989), "Toy Story" (1995), "A Bug's Life" (1998) and "Babe: Pig in the City" (1998). While all earned him Academy Award nominations, he became almost as famous for not winning as he did for the compositions themselves. But after 16 tries and finally winning the coveted statue, there had never been any doubt within the industry or with movie fans that Newman was one of the most revered and prolific film songwriters of all time.


Highest Rated Movies



97% 94% Toy Story 4 Original Music $434M 2019
94% 85% Marriage Story Original Music - 2019
70% 69% Cars 3 Original Music $152.9M 2017
91% 83% Score: A Film Music Documentary Himself (Character) $97.3K 2016
80% 81% Monsters University Original Music $268.5M 2013
98% 89% Toy Story 3 Original Music $415M 2010
85% 74% The Princess and the Frog Original Music - 2009
51% 38% Leatherheads Original Music $31.2M 2008
75% 79% Cars Original Music - 2006
39% 58% Meet the Fockers Original Music $279.2M 2004
78% 76% Seabiscuit Composer $120.1M 2003
96% 90% Monsters, Inc. Original Music - 2001
84% 79% Meet the Parents Original Music $166.2M 2000
100% 86% Toy Story 2 Original Music $245.9M 1999
92% 73% A Bug's Life Original Music $162.8M 1998
74% 80% Cats Don't Dance Original Songs $3.6M 1997
91% 66% James and the Giant Peach Original Music $28.9M 1996
34% 45% Michael Original Music $95.3M 1996
100% 92% Toy Story Original Music - 1995
88% 66% The Paper Original Music $36.6M 1994
83% 84% Major League Original Music $49.8M 1989
45% 67% Three Amigos! Screenwriter,
Original Music
$36.2M 1986
81% 88% The Natural Original Music - 1984


No Score Yet 58% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Music Performer 2020 2017 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Great Performances Music Performer 2017
No Score Yet 38% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Music Performer 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Austin City Limits Music Performer 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Brian McKnight Show Guest 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Colbert Report Guest 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet 3rd Rock From the Sun Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Music Performer 1988 1986 1983 1978-1979 1975


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