David Newman (composer)

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David Newman
Born David Louis Newman
(1954-03-11) March 11, 1954 (age 60)
Los Angeles, California U.S.
Occupation composer, orchestrator, conductor
Spouse(s) Krystyna Newman (2 children; 1 stepchild)[1]

David Louis Newman (born March 11, 1954) is an American composer and conductor known particularly for his film scores. In a career spanning nearly forty years, he has composed music for nearly 100 feature films.

Life and career[edit]

Newman was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Mississippi-born Martha Louise (née Montgomery) and Hollywood composer Alfred Newman. He is the brother of Thomas Newman, Maria Newman and the cousin of Randy Newman, all of whom are also composers. An accomplished violinist, and successful concert conductor, Newman was educated at the University of Southern California.

His first film work was on Tim Burton's short film Frankenweenie in 1984. In 1987 he scored Danny DeVito's Throw Momma from the Train. This was his first collaboration with DeVito, and he went on to score nearly all of his subsequent films, including The War of the Roses (1989), Other People's Money (1991), Hoffa (1992), Matilda (1996) and Death to Smoochy (2002). Newman has also scored the comedies The Flintstones (1994), The Mighty Ducks (1992), The Nutty Professor (1996), and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989).

Like his counterpart Henry Mancini, Newman's credits during the early years of his career were mostly scoring B-movies such as The Runestone (1990) and The Kindred (1987) before he gradually transitioned to score mostly comedy films during his prime such as Bowfinger (1999), The Freshman (1990) and The Spy Next Door (2010). His score for The Spirit (2008) was a tribute to Mancini's 1950s and 60s neo-noir scores such as Touch of Evil (1958) or Experiment in Terror (1962).

He received an Academy Award nomination for the score to the animated film Anastasia, following his father, who scored the 1956 live-action version. However, he lost to Anne Dudley for The Full Monty. His other scores include Critters, The Phantom, The Brave Little Toaster, Malone, Ice Age, and Serenity, among others.

In 1997, Newman began a four year stint as the music director for the Sundance Institute, and he has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra on several occasions. That year, he also re-recorded the Twentieth Century Fox Fanfare, composed by his father Alfred.

In February 2007, he was elected president of The Film Music Society.[2]

On May 21, 2009, Newman was honored with the Richard Kirk award at the annual BMI Film & Television Awards. The prestigious award is given annually to a composer who has made significant contributions to film and television music.[3]

Since 2012,[citation needed] Newman is conducting the RSO Vienna orchestra at the annual film music gala concert Hollywood in Vienna which is broadcast on radio and TV.

Newman is an alumnus and Board Member of the American Youth Symphony.[4]

Filmography[edit]

1980s[edit]

Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
1984 Frankenweenie Tim Burton Walt Disney Pictures Short film
1986 Critters Stephen Herek New Line Cinema N/A
Vendetta Bruce Logan Vestron Pictures N/A
1987 The Kindred Stephen Carpenter
Jeffrey Obrow
FM Entertainment N/A
My Demon Lover Charlie Loventhal New Line Cinema N/A
Malone Harley Cokeliss Orion Pictures N/A
The Brave Little Toaster Jerry Rees Hyperion Pictures N/A
Throw Momma from the Train Danny DeVito Orion Pictures N/A
1988 Heathers Michael Lehmann New World Pictures N/A
1989 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Stephen Herek Orion Pictures N/A
Disorganized Crime Jim Kouf Touchstone Pictures N/A
Little Monsters Richard Alan Greenberg United Artists N/A
Gross Anatomy Thom Eberhardt Touchstone Pictures N/A
The War of the Roses Danny DeVito 20th Century Fox N/A

1990s[edit]

Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
1990 Madhouse Tom Ropelewski Orion Pictures N/A
Fire Birds David Green Touchstone Pictures N/A
The Freshman Andrew Bergman TriStar Pictures N/A
DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp Bob Hathcock Walt Disney Pictures N/A
Mr. Destiny James Orr Touchstone Pictures N/A
1991 Meet the Applegates Michael Lehmann New World Pictures N/A
The Marrying Man Jerry Rees Hollywood Pictures N/A
Talent for the Game Robert M. Young Paramount Pictures N/A
Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead Stephen Herek Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey Peter Hewitt Orion Pictures N/A
Rover Dangerfield James L. George
Bob Seeley
Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
Paradise Mary Agnes Donoghue Touchstone Pictures N/A
Other People's Money Norman Jewison Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
1992 The Runestone Willard Carroll Hyperion Pictures N/A
Itsy Bitsy Spider Matthew O'Callaghan Hyperion Pictures
Paramount Pictures
Short film
Honeymoon in Vegas Andrew Bergman Castle Rock Entertainment
Columbia Pictures
N/A
The Mighty Ducks Stephen Herek Walt Disney Pictures N/A
Hoffa Danny DeVito 20th Century Fox N/A
1993 The Sandlot David Mickey Evans 20th Century Fox N/A
Coneheads Steve Barron Paramount Pictures N/A
That Night Craig Bolotin Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
Undercover Blues Herbert Ross Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer N/A
1994 The Air Up There Paul Michael Glaser Hollywood Pictures N/A
My Father The Hero Steve Miner Touchstone Pictures N/A
The Flintstones Brian Levant Universal Pictures N/A
The Cowboy Way Gregg Champion Universal Pictures N/A
I Love Trouble Charles Shyer Touchstone Pictures N/A
1995 Boys on the Side Herbert Ross Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
Tommy Boy Peter Segal Paramount Pictures N/A
Operation Dumbo Drop Simon Wincer Walt Disney Pictures N/A
1996 Big Bully Steve Miner Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
The Phantom Simon Wincer Paramount Pictures N/A
The Nutty Professor Tom Shadyac Universal Pictures N/A
Matilda Danny DeVito TriStar Pictures N/A
Jingle All the Way Brian Levant 20th Century Fox N/A
1997 Out to Sea Martha Coolidge 20th Century Fox N/A
Anastasia Don Bluth
Gary Goldman
20th Century Fox
Fox Animation Studios
N/A
1998 1001 Nights Mike Smith Blur Studio Short film; music inspired by Yoshitaka Amano's illustrations for the picture book Princess Budou to be performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic to concert video directed by Mike Smith[5]
1999 Never Been Kissed Raja Gosnell 20th Century Fox N/A
Bowfinger Frank Oz Universal Pictures N/A
Brokedown Palace Jonathan Kaplan 20th Century Fox N/A
Galaxy Quest Dean Parisot DreamWorks Pictures N/A

2000s[edit]

Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
2000 The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas Brian Levant Universal Pictures N/A
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps Peter Segal Universal Pictures N/A
Duets Bruce Paltrow Hollywood Pictures N/A
Bedazzled Harold Ramis 20th Century Fox N/A
102 Dalmatians Kevin Lima Walt Disney Pictures N/A
2001 The Flamingo Rising Martha Coolidge CBS
Hallmark Hall of Fame
Television film
Dr. Dolittle 2 Steve Carr 20th Century Fox N/A
The Affair of the Necklace Charles Shyer Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
2002 Ice Age Chris Wedge 20th Century Fox N/A
Death to Smoochy Danny DeVito Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
Life or Something Like It Stephen Herek 20th Century Fox N/A
Scooby-Doo Raja Gosnell Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
2003 How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Donald Petrie Paramount Pictures N/A
Daddy Day Care Steve Carr Columbia Pictures N/A
Duplex Danny DeVito Miramax Films N/A
The Cat in the Hat Bo Welch Universal Pictures
DreamWorks Pictures
N/A
2004 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Raja Gosnell Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
2005 Are We There Yet? Brian Levant Columbia Pictures N/A
Man of the House Stephen Herek Columbia Pictures N/A
Monster-in-Law Robert Luketic New Line Cinema N/A
Serenity Joss Whedon Universal Pictures N/A
2007 Norbit Brian Robbins DreamWorks Pictures N/A
2008 Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins Malcolm D. Lee Universal Pictures N/A
The Spirit Frank Miller Lionsgate N/A
2009 My Life in Ruins Donald Petrie Fox Searchlight Pictures N/A
Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins Brian Levant Warner Premiere Television Film
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Betty Thomas 20th Century Fox N/A

2010s[edit]

Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
2010 Crazy on the Outside Tim Allen Freestyle Releasing N/A
The Spy Next Door Brian Levant Lionsgate N/A
Animals United Reinhard Klooss
Holger Tappe
Constantin Film N/A
Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster Brian Levant Warner Premiere Television Film
2011 Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son John Whitesell 20th Century Fox N/A
2012 A Christmas Story 2 Brian Levant Warner Premiere Direct-to-video film
2013 Tarzan Reinhard Klooss Constantin Film N/A
2014 Behaving Badly Tim Garrick Vertical Entertainment N/A

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