Danny Elfman biography
Date of Birth: May 29, 1953
Danny Elfman began his showbiz career in the early 1970's as a
singer-songwriter for the band Oingo Boingo. It was all a fluke actually.
His older brother Richard was making his directorial debut with the film
Forbidden Zone and he needed a musical score.
He approached his younger
brother who had spent most of his childhood at the local theatre and
listening to music by composers Bernard Hermann and Franz Waxman.
Forbidden Zone became a cult favorite and Elfman's career was launched.
Oingo Boingo continued to play together until 1978, when the band members
decided to go their separate ways.
It wasn't until the early 80's that
Elfman got his big break and began a lasting friendship with a young,
first-time director named Tim Burton. Burton approached Elfman to score his
film Pee Wee's Big Adventure and the two went on to work together on a
number of Burton movies, including: Edward Scissorhands (1990), The
Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Mars Attacks! (1996) and most recently
Sleepy Hollow (1999).
While Elfman gained success, he also gained some harsh critics.
dismissed by his fellow film score composers because he lacked any formal
training. In fact, for years the rumor was that Elfman did not actually
score his own films.
Despite the rumors, he was able to build an impressive
list of credits and received two Oscar nominations for Best Original
Dramatic Score, for Good Will Hunting (1997) and Best Musical or Comedy
Score for Men in Black (1997).
In addition to scoring three to four films a year, Elfman is planning to make his
directorial debut with a script that he wrote entitled Little Demons.
Elfman has two daughters from a previous marriage.
Danny Elfman Filmography