Danny Elfman


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Danny Elfman (1953-today) is an American composer, best known for scoring music for television and film and creating The Simpsons main title theme.

Life and Music

  • Born in Los Angeles in 1953, Danny and his older brother Richard started a musical troupe called Oingo Boingo in the 1970s. He formed a friendship with the young director Tim Burton, a fan of the band. Danny went on to score the soundtrack of the Burton directed Pee-wee's Big Adventure, which would be his first orchestral film score.
  • Elfman has been nominated for four Academy Awards and won a Grammy Award for Tim Burton's Batman and an Emmy Award for his Desperate Housewives theme. Elfman also composed The Simpsons theme tune. He's perhaps most famous for his work with Tim Burton, which includes Batman, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, the recent re-make of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland.

Did you know?

Danny Elfman has played two singing roles in films. One as Jake Skellington in The Nightmare Before Christmas, and the second as Bonejangles in Corpse Bride.


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