List of Famous Film Score Composers People

List of Famous Film Score Composers

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List of famous film score composers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top film score composers in the world? This includes the most prominent film score composers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable film score composers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic film score composers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned film score composers.

Examples of people on this list include Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.

From reputable, prominent, and well known film score composers to the lesser known film score composers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the film score composer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous film score composers ever?" and "What are the names of famous film score composers?" then you're in the right place. (2693 items)


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    Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She achieved popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos, which became a fixture on MTV. Madonna is known for reinventing both her music and ...more

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Bay City
    • Profession: Record producer, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: A League of Their Own, Dick Tracy, Die Another Day, Vision Quest, Evita, + more
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    Clinton "Clint" Eastwood, Jr. is an American actor, film director, producer, musician, and politician. He rose to international fame with his role as the Man with No Name in Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy of spaghetti Westerns during the 1960s, and as antihero cop Harry Callahan in the five Dirty Harry ...more

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    • Age: age 85
    • Birthplace: USA, California, San Francisco
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Politician, Pianist, Television producer, + more
    • Credits: Good, Unforgiven, Dirty Harry, Million Dollar Baby, Back to the Future Part II, + more
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    Courtney Love
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    Courtney Michelle Love is an American alternative rock singer, songwriter, musician, actress, and visual artist. Prolific in the punk and grunge scenes of the 1990s as the frontwoman of Hole, Love became a fixture in alternative music, drawing public attention for her uninhibited stage presence and ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: San Francisco Peninsula, Northern California, California, Contiguous United States, San Francisco Bay Area, + more
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, + more
    • Credits: The People vs. Larry Flynt, Sid and Nancy, Man on the Moon, Basquiat, Feeling Minnesota, + more
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    William Henry "Bill" Cosby Jr. is an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and activist. Cosby's start in stand-up began at the hungry i in San Francisco which was followed by landing a starring role in the 1960s show I Spy. During its first two seasons, he was a regular on the children's ...more

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    • Age: age 78
    • Birthplace: USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • Profession: Activist, Film Score Composer, Television director, Television producer, Musician, + more
    • Credits: The Cosby Show, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, A Different World, Jack, Let's Do It Again, + more
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    David Bowie is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, and actor. He is also a painter and collector of fine art. Bowie has been a major figure in the world of popular music for over four decades, and is renowned as an innovator, particularly for his work in the ...more

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: England, London
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, + more
    • Credits: The Prestige, Labyrinth, Zoolander, The Last Temptation of Christ, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, + more
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    Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist, and writer. He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when his songs chronicled social unrest, although Dylan repudiated suggestions from journalists that he ...more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Duluth, Minnesota, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Poet, Guitarist, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Dont Look Back, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, No Direction Home, I'm Not There, Masked and Anonymous, + more
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    Ciara Princess Harris, known mononymously as Ciara, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, actress and fashion model. Born in Austin, Texas, she traveled around the world during her childhood, eventually moving to Atlanta, Georgia where she joined the girl group Hearsay; however, ...more

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    • Age: age 30
    • Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Fashion Model, Actor, Music video director, + more
    • Credits: That's My Boy, All You've Got, Mama, I Want to Sing!, Rip the Runway
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    Corey Feldman
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    Corey Scott Feldman is an American actor and singer. He became well-known during the 1980s, with roles as a youth in films such as The Fox and the Hound, The Goonies, Stand by Me, The Lost Boys, Gremlins and The 'Burbs. Feldman is also the lead singer for the ska band Truth Movement.more

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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California, Chatsworth
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Film Score Composer, Child Actor, Songwriter, Television producer, + more
    • Credits: The Goonies, The Lost Boys, Gremlins, Stand by Me, The Fox and the Hound, + more
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    Paul David Hewson, known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. He is best recognized as the frontman of the Dublin-based rock band U2. Bono was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, and attended Mount Temple Comprehensive ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Activist, Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Guitarist, Songwriter, + more
    • Credits: GoldenEye, Across the Universe, BrĂ¼no, The Million Dollar Hotel, Sightings of Bono, + more
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    Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, KBE was an English comic actor and filmmaker who rose to fame in the silent film era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona "the Tramp" and is considered one of the most important figures of the film industry. His career spanned more than 75 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1889-1977)
    • Birthplace: England
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Editor, + more
    • Credits: City Lights, The Gold Rush, Modern Times, The Great Dictator, Cinema Paradiso, + more
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    Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins, CBE is a Welsh actor of film, stage, and television, and a composer and painter. After graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 1957, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and was then spotted by Laurence Olivier who invited him to join ...more

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    • Age: age 78
    • Birthplace: Margam, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Actor, Film Director
    • Credits: The Silence of the Lambs, Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Legends of the Fall, + more
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    Bill Nighy
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    William Francis "Bill" Nighy is an English actor. He worked in theatre and television before his first cinema role in 1981, and made his name in television with The Men's Room in 1991, in which he played the womaniser Prof. Mark Carleton, whose extramarital affairs kept him "vital". Nighy became known ...more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: England, Caterham
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, + more
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    Alan Cumming
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    Alan Cumming, OBE, is a Scottish actor who has appeared in numerous films, television shows and plays. His London stage appearances include Hamlet, the Maniac in Accidental Death of an Anarchist, the lead in Bent, and the National Theatre of Scotland's The Bacchae. On Broadway he has appeared in The ...more

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    • Age: age 50
    • Birthplace: Aberfeldy, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author, + more
    • Credits: X-Men 2, Eyes Wide Shut, The Good Wife, GoldenEye, The Smurfs, + more
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    Gary Busey
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    Gary Busey is an American actor. He has appeared in films such as Thunderbolt and Lightfoot,The Gumball Rally, The Buddy Holly Story, Big Wednesday, Silver Bullet, Eye of the Tiger, Lethal Weapon, Predator 2, Point Break, Under Siege, The Firm, Rookie of the Year, Surviving the Game, Drop Zone, Black ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Texas, USA, Baytown
    • Profession: Musician, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Lethal Weapon, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Point Break, The Firm, Nashville, + more
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    Dennis Quaid
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    Dennis William Quaid is an American actor known for his comedic and dramatic roles. First gaining widespread attention in the 1980s, his career rebounded in the 1990s after he overcame an addiction to drugs and an eating disorder. Some of his notable credits include Breaking Away, The Rookie, The Day ...more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Texas, USA, Houston
    • Profession: Television producer, Musician, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Stripes, The Day After Tomorrow, The Parent Trap, Any Given Sunday, Traffic, + more
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    Denis Colin Leary is an actor and comedian. He was the star and co-creator of Rescue Me, which ended its seventh and final season on September 7, 2011. Leary has starred in many motion pictures, most recently as Captain George Stacy in Marc Webb's 2012 film The Amazing Spider-Man and the voice of Diego ...more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: USA, Massachusetts, Worcester
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author, + more
    • Credits: The Amazing Spider-Man, A Bug's Life, Ice Age, The Sandlot, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, + more
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    Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and humanitarian. He is best known for his work with his E Street Band. Nicknamed "The Boss", Springsteen is widely known for his brand of poetic lyrics, Americana working class, sometimes political sentiments centered on his ...more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: Long Branch, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer
    • Credits: High Fidelity, Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night, America: A Tribute to Heroes, Dead End Street, Blood Brothers, + more
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    Jesse McCartney is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. McCartney achieved fame in the late 1990s on the daytime drama All My Children as JR Chandler. He later joined boy band Dream Street, and eventually branched out into a solo musical career. Additionally, McCartney has appeared on shows such ...more

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    • Age: age 28
    • Birthplace: USA, New York, Ardsley
    • Profession: Singer-songwriter, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Young Justice, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Tinker Bell, + more
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    William Martin "Billy" Joel is an American pianist, singer-songwriter, and composer. Since releasing his first hit song, "Piano Man", in 1973, Joel has become the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States. His compilation album Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & ...more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist, + more
    • Credits: Oliver & Company, America: A Tribute to Heroes, Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston, Last Play at Shea, Elton John: One Night Only: The Greatest Hits, + more
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    Deborah Ann "Debbie" Harry is an American singer-songwriter and actress, best known as the lead singer of the new wave and punk rock band Blondie. She recorded several number one singles with Blondie and is sometimes considered the first rapper to chart at number one in the United States as well, due to ...more

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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: USA, Florida, Miami
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor
    • Credits: Videodrome, Hairspray, Cop Land, Spun, The Last American Virgin, + more
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