Brad Fiedel

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Brad Fiedel
Birth nameBrad Ira Fiedel
Born (1951-03-10) March 10, 1951 (age 70)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation(s)Composer, musician
Years active1975–2003

Brad Ira Fiedel (born March 10, 1951) is an American composer of scores for film and television. Fiedel is best known for his collaborations with director James Cameron on The Terminator and its critically acclaimed sequel Terminator 2: Judgment Day. On these scores he used a synthesizer heavy approach, but also composed a number for scores utilizing various acoustic instruments including full orchestra.[1] He retired from scoring films in the late 90's and now focuses primarily on creating original musicals.

His works also include other films in the genres of science fiction, action, and horror, such as Fright Night and its sequel, The Serpent and the Rainbow, Blue Steel, True Lies, and Johnny Mnemonic.[1] He also scored a number of comedy films, such as Compromising Positions and Fraternity Vacation, as well as drama films like The Accused and Rasputin.


Raised in Bayville, New York on Long Island, Fiedel graduated from The Barlow School. After college, he became a popular and progressive composer. In the 1980s, he worked on several successful movies, predominantly in the action and thriller genres, and pioneered the use of electronic instruments and synthesizers in soundtracks. However, he almost disappeared from the mainstream at the end of the 1990s.[2] In the early 70's Fiedel was signed as a songwriter to Paul Simon's DeShufflin' Music. In the mid 70's he spent six months as the keyboardist for Hall and Oates.[3]

He began his career in film in the mid 1970s, and wrote extensively for television films including Playing for Time written by Arthur Miller starring Vanessa Redgrave and Jane Alexander, and some independent cinema releases, until director James Cameron hired him to score the science fiction film The Terminator in 1984, setting the wheels in motion for a successful career.[4]

Since then, Fiedel has scored many popular and successful movies, including Fright Night (1985) and its sequel Fright Night Part 2 (1988), The Big Easy (1987), The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988), The Accused (1988), Blue Steel (1990), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Blink (1994), and True Lies (1994). He also composed the Lightstorm Entertainment logo jingle.[5]

In recent years, Fiedel moved on to other creative areas, writing original musicals, and designing and building a surf resort in La Saladita, Mexico.[citation needed]

His last major theatrical score was in 1995, and although he enjoyed a brief period of renewed interest following the release of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in 2003, when Marco Beltrami wrote an orchestral arrangement of his theme, he shows no sign of returning to the film music field. He recently released an audio version of his original musical Full Circle.


Fiedel has been married to actress Ann Dusenberry since 1993; the couple have two daughters named Alixandra and Zoe; they live in Santa Barbara, California.[6][7][1]

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Brad Fiedel at IMDb
  2. ^ Stevenson, Joseph. "Biography: Brad Fiedel". Allmusic. Retrieved June 13, 2010.
  3. ^ Brennan, Sandra. "Biography: Brad Fiedel". Allmovie. Retrieved June 13, 2010.
  4. ^ Sokolove, Michael (April 5, 2016). "He'll Be Back: Composer Brad Fiedel Reclaims the 'Terminator' Score". SPIN. New York. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
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  6. ^ Ryon, Ruth (October 3, 1999). "Prolific Cannell Can Set Up Typewriter In Laguna Beach". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved January 14, 2010.
  7. ^ "Ann Dusenberry profile". Women's Plaza of Honor. University of Arizona. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved January 14, 2010.

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