James Newton Howard

Born Jun 9, 1951

James Newton Howard is an American composer best known for his scores to motion pictures. He is one of the most popular and respected composers for cinema, and has scored over 100 films. The recipient of eight Academy Award nominations, some of Howard's best known film scores include The Prince of Tides (1991), The Fugitive (1993), Dinosaur (2000), King Kong (2005), I Am Legend (2007), and, most recently Green Lantern (2011).… Read More

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1951 Birth Born on June 9, 1951.


1975 24 Years Old After Howard left college, he joined a short-lived rock band, then worked for a couple of years as a session musician with artists including Diana Ross, Ringo Starr, and Harry Nilsson. In the early 70s, he described himself as being "dirt poor", until his big break in 1975 when his manager got him an audition with Elton John. … Read More
1980 29 Years Old He was part of the band that played Central Park, New York, on September 13, 1980. … Read More


1982 31 Years Old In 1982, Howard was featured on Toto IV as the strings conductor and orchestrator for "I Won't Hold You Back", "Afraid of Love", and "Lovers in the Night". … Read More
1983 32 Years Old In 1983, Howard was co-producer, musician (keyboards), and orchestrator of Riccardo Cocciante's album Sincerità. … Read More
1986 35 Years Old During this early foray into film music, he did not entirely abandon his previous musical path and returned for a brief collaboration with Elton John on his Tour De Force of Australia in the fall of 1986. … Read More


1995 44 Years Old …  Although he concentrates primarily on films, Howard has also contributed music for TV, earning an Emmy nomination in 1995 for his theme to NBC's ratings smash ER (Howard also scored the two-hour pilot); he also provided the themes for The Sentinel and Gideon's Crossing, winning an Emmy for the latter. … Read More


2005 54 Years Old On October 14, 2005, it was officially announced that James Newton Howard would replace Howard Shore as composer for King Kong, due to "differing creative aspirations for the score" between Shore and director Peter Jackson. … Read More
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He followed in 2008 with his eighth Oscar nomination for Edward Zwick's Defiance. … Read More
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Howard debuted his work for symphony orchestra, I Would Plant A Tree, in February 2009 as part of the Pacific Symphony's annual American Composers Festival. … Read More
2010 59 Years Old In September 2010, he was appointed visiting professor of media composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London.


2012 61 Years Old From 2012-2015, James Newton Howard scored the music for the critically acclaimed The Hunger Games franchise.
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From 2014-2015, Howard saw major success with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 when he composed the score for the movie, which included "The Hanging Tree", featuring vocals from actress Jennifer Lawrence. … Read More
2015 64 Years Old In October 2015 he was honored with the Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award during the annual Hollywood in Vienna concert.
2016 65 Years Old On April 7, 2016, it was officially announced that James Newton Howard would compose the score for the upcoming fantasy drama Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a spin-off/prequel of the Harry Potter film series. … Read More
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