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Hans Zimmer

Film Score Composer

Hans Florian Zimmer,; is a German film composer and music producer. He has composed music for over 100 films, including award winning film scores for The Lion King (1994), Crimson Tide (1995), Gladiator (2000), The Last Samurai (2003), The Dark Knight (2008), and Inception (2010). Zimmer spent the early part of his career in the United Kingdom before moving to the United States.… Read More

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1957 Birth Born on September 12, 1957.


1977 19 Years Old He worked with The Buggles, a new wave band formed in 1977 with Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes, and Bruce Woolley.


1979 21 Years Old Zimmer can be seen briefly in The Buggles' music video for the 1979 song "Video Killed the Radio Star". … Read More
1980 22 Years Old In 1980 Zimmer co-produced a single, "History of the World, Part 1," with, and for, UK Punk band The Damned, which was also included on their 1980 LP release, "The Black Album," and carried the description of his efforts as "Over-Produced by Hans Zimmer." … Read More
Zimmer's first solo score was Terminal Exposure for director Nico Mastorakis in 1987, for which he also wrote the songs.


1988 - 1989 2 More Events
1991 33 Years Old 1991's Thelma & Louise soundtrack by Zimmer featured the trademark slide guitar performance by Pete Haycock on the "Thunderbird" theme in the film. … Read More
1992 34 Years Old For the 1992 film The Power of One, Zimmer traveled to Africa in order to use African choirs and drums in the recording of the score.
1994 36 Years Old On the strength of this work, Walt Disney Animation Studios approached Zimmer to compose the score for the 1994 film The Lion King. … Read More


2000 42 Years Old In October 2000, Zimmer performed live in concert for the first time with an orchestra and choir at the 27th Annual Flanders International Film Festival in Ghent.
2003 45 Years Old He has received a range of honors and awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award in film Composition from the National Board of Review, the Frederick Loewe Award in 2003 at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, ASCAP’s Henry Mancini Award for Lifetime Achievement, and BMI's Richard Kirk Award for lifetime achievement in 1996. … Read More


2010 52 Years Old 1 More Event
For the 2010 film Inception, Zimmer used electronic manipulation of the song "Non, je ne regrette rien". … Read More
2012 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2012, Zimmer composed and produced the music for the 84th Academy Awards with Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes. … Read More
2013 55 Years Old He co-composed the music for the television series The Bible, which was broadcast in March 2013, with Lorne Balfe and Lisa Gerrard, and the score for 12 Years a Slave, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in March 2014.
…  In a May 2014 interview, Zimmer said that he is Jewish, and recalled how his mother escaped to England in 1939. … Read More
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