Henry Jackman

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Henry Jackman
Birth name Henry Pryce Jackman
Born 1974
Hillingdon, Middlesex, England
Genres Film score, EDM, big beat, synthpop, pop rock, hard rock, classical, jazz
Occupation(s) Composer, conductor, arranger, pianist, musician, songwriter
Instruments Piano, keyboards, synthesizer, guitar, drums, violin
Years active 1999–present
Labels Remote Control Productions

Henry Pryce Jackman (born 1974) is an English composer, conductor, arranger, pianist, musician, and songwriter. He is best known for composing major hit films such as X-Men: First Class, Wreck-It Ralph, Captain Phillips, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Big Hero 6 and The Interview.

Life and career[edit]

Jackman was born in Hillingdon, Middlesex.[1] He studied classical music at St. Paul's Cathedral Choir School, Eton College, Framlingham College and University of Oxford.

Jackman has done programming and production work with artists including Mike Oldfield (Voyager), Sally Oldfield (Flaming Star), Trevor Horn/Art of Noise (The Seduction of Claude Debussy), Elton John and Gary Barlow. He co-produced Seal's unreleased 2001 album Togetherland. "This Could Be Heaven", released from the album, was also co-written by Jackman and used on the movie The Family Man and included on the deluxe edition of Seal's compilation album Hits.

Jackman has released three albums, Utopia (2003), Transfiguration (2005) and Acoustica (2007; with Augustus Isadore).

Jackman had various minor roles on film scores since 2006, generally working with mentor Hans Zimmer, including for The Da Vinci Code (music programmer), The Dark Knight (music arranger) and additional music for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, At World's End, The Simpsons Movie, Kung Fu Panda and Hancock. In 2009, Jackman, Zimmer and John Powell won the 2008 Annie Award for Music in an Animated Television Production or Short Form for their work on DreamWorks Animation's Secrets of the Furious Five (a sequel to Kung Fu Panda). He has since composed soundtracks for Monsters vs. Aliens, Henri IV, Gulliver's Travels, X-Men: First Class, Winnie the Pooh, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Wreck-It Ralph and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. His first major video game score is Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.


Henry Pryce Jackman is the son of keyboardist and arranger Andrew Pryce Jackman, who was a member of The Syn and worked for many years with Chris Squire of Yes. Henry Jackman himself and members of Spock's Beard formed the backing band for a one-off live performance by Chris Squire in August 2006. His uncle Gregg Jackman is a sound engineer and producer who has worked with Yes and Barclay James Harvest; Henry and his uncle both worked on Moa's 1999 album Universal. His grandfather, Bill Jackman, played clarinet on "When I'm Sixty-Four" on The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.[citation needed]

Discography (partial)[edit]



Solo albums[edit]

  • Utopia (WestOneMusic, 2003)
  • Transfiguration (KPM Music, 2005)
  • Acoustica (KPM Music, 2007)

Film scores[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Notes
2015 SpongeBob Movie 3: Escape From the Monster Snow Mollusk
2008 Secrets of the Furious Five Raman Hui With Hans Zimmer and John Powell
Short film
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens Conrad Vernon
Rob Letterman
2010 Henri 4 Jo Baier With Hans Zimmer
Kick-Ass Matthew Vaughn With Marius de Vries, Ilan Eshkeri and John Murphy
Gulliver's Travels Rob Letterman
2011 Winnie the Pooh Stephen J. Anderson
Don Hall
X-Men: First Class Matthew Vaughn
Puss in Boots Chris Miller
Small Fry Angus MacLane Short film
2012 Man on a Ledge Asger Leth
Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos Raman Hui With Matthew Margeson
Short film
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Timur Bekmambetov
Wreck-It Ralph Rich Moore
2013 G.I. Joe: Retaliation Jon M. Chu
This Is the End Seth Rogen
Evan Goldberg
Turbo David Soren
Kick-Ass 2 Jeff Wadlow With Matthew Margeson
Captain Phillips[2] Paul Greengrass
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Anthony Russo
Joe Russo
Big Hero 6[3] Don Hall
Chris Williams
The Interview Seth Rogen
Evan Goldberg
2015 Kingsman: The Secret Service Matthew Vaughn With Matthew Margeson
Pixels Chris Columbus
2016 The 5th Wave[4] J Blakeson
Captain America: Civil War Anthony Russo
Joe Russo

Television scores[edit]

Year Title Notes
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space Television special
2010 Kung Fu Panda Holiday Television special
2013–present Turbo FAST

Video game scores[edit]

Year Title Notes
2016 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End[5] First game in the series to be scored by Jackman

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Result
2009 Annie Award for Best Music in an Animated Television Production or Short Form Secrets of the Furious Five Won
2009 International Film Music Critics Award for Breakout Composer of the Year Nominated
2010 ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top Box Office Films Monsters vs. Aliens Won
2011 Annie Award for Best Music in a Television Production Kung Fu Panda Holiday Nominated
2011 World Soundtrack Award for Discovery of the Year X-Men: First Class & Gulliver's Travels Nominated
2011 International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for an Animated Feature Film Puss in Boots Nominated
2012 Annie Award for Music in a Feature Production Puss in Boots Nominated
2012 Annie Award for Music in a Feature Production Winnie the Pooh Nominated
2012 ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top Box Office Films Puss in Boots Won
2012 ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top Box Office Films X-Men: First Class Won
2013 Annie Award for Music in an Animated Feature Production Wreck-It Ralph Won
2013 ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top Box Office Films Wreck-It Ralph Won
2013 International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for a Comedy Film This Is the End Nominated
2014 Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music in an Animated Feature Production[6] Turbo Nominated
2014 BAFTA Award for Best Film Music[7] Captain Phillips Nominated


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