Mark Mancina

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Mark Mancina
GenresFilm score, television score, rock, pop, progressive rock
Occupation(s)Composer, producer, arranger
Years active1987–present

Mark Mancina is an American film composer. A veteran of Hans Zimmer's Media Ventures,[1] Mancina has scored over sixty films and television series including Speed, Bad Boys, Twister, Tarzan, Training Day, Brother Bear, Criminal Minds, Blood+, and Moana.[2]

He has made several collaborations with The Walt Disney Company, and has won two Grammy Awards, and was nominated for an Annie Award for Brother Bear. For his work on the Disney Theatrical Productions adaptation of The Lion King, he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Original Score in a Musical.[3]


Mancina has worked primarily as a composer for Hollywood soundtracks, such as his collaboration with Trevor Rabin on the soundtrack for Con Air. He arranged many of the songs behind Disney's The Lion King (while Hans Zimmer wrote the orchestral score with Nick Glennie-Smith and Lebo M. for the African chants) including the Broadway musical. He composed the score for the thriller Twister (1996) and the action films Speed (1994) and Bad Boys (1995). Mancina co-wrote several songs for Hanna-Barbera's 1990 animated film Jetsons: The Movie.

Mancina collaborated with John Van Tongeren to write the theme to the 1995 revival of The Outer Limits. They both scored ten episodes for the first season of the show. He collaborated with Phil Collins on two Disney animated feature films, Tarzan (for which soundtrack he and Collins received a Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack Album) and Brother Bear. Mancina wrote the arrangement of "When You Wish Upon A Star" in 2006 for the current Walt Disney Pictures logo.

Mancina composed the music for the 2005–06 anime television series Blood+, which had music produced by Hans Zimmer.[4] Additionally in television, he composed score for Criminal Minds and Soldier Of Fortune, Inc.

Mancina has contributed to a number of progressive rock projects. He toured with Rabin in support of Can't Look Away and went on to produce tracks on the Yes album Union. He has also worked with Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

With playwright Glen Berger, Mancina has written a musical based on the film August Rush, for which he had written the score. Mancina and Berger cowrote the lyrics for the musical, with Mancina writing the music and Berger writing the book. Under the direction of John Doyle, it received its world premiere at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, Illinois in May 2019.[5]

Although he did not participate in the 2020 film Bad Boys for Life, his original theme for Bad Boys is used heavily throughout the film as well as the end credits.

Personal life[edit]

He resides in Carmel, California, with his wife and daughter. Trained as a classical guitarist, he is an avid guitar player and rare instrument collector.[6]




Year Title Director(s) Notes
1987 Mankillers David A. Prior Composed with Tim James and Steven McClintock
Code Name Vengeance David Winters
1988 Death Chase David A. Prior
Night Wars
Space Mutiny David Winters
Neal Sundstrom
1989 Hell on the Battleground David A. Prior
Future Force Composed with Steven McClintock


Year Title Director(s) Notes
1990 The Lost Platoon David A. Prior Composed with Tim James and Steven McClintock
Crossing the Line Gary Graver
Days of Thunder Tony Scott As composer of additional music
Score composed by Hans Zimmer
1991 Where Sleeping Dogs Lie Charles Finch Composed with Hans Zimmer
1993 Sniper Luis Llosa As composer of additional music
Score composed by Gary Chang & Hans Zimmer
True Romance Tony Scott As composer of additional music
Score composed by Hans Zimmer
1994 Monkey Trouble Franco Amurri
The Lion King Roger Allers
Rob Minkoff
As composer of additional music & choral arranger
Score composed by Hans Zimmer, Tim Rice & Elton John

Grammy Award for Best Musical Album for Children

Speed Jan de Bont
1995 Man of the House James Orr
Bad Boys Michael Bay
Assassins Richard Donner
Fair Game Andrew Sipes
Money Train Joseph Ruben
1996 Twister Jan de Bont
Moll Flanders Pen Densham
1997 Con Air Simon West Composed with Trevor Rabin
Speed 2: Cruise Control Jan de Bont
1998 Return to Paradise Joseph Ruben
1999 Tarzan Chris Buck
Kevin Lima
Composed with Phil Collins

Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media


Year Title Director(s) Notes
2000 Auggie Rose Matthew Tabak Composed with Don L. Harper
Bait Antoine Fuqua
2001 Training Day
Domestic Disturbance Harold Becker
2003 The Reckoning Paul McGuigan Composed with Adrian Lee
Brother Bear Aaron Blaise
Robert Walker
Composed with Phil Collins

Nominated- Annie Award for Best Music in a Feature Production

The Haunted Mansion Rob Minkoff
2005 Asylum David Mackenzie
Tarzan II Brian Smith Composed with Phil Collins & David Metzger; Direct-to-video
2006 Scary Movie 4 David Zucker Rejected score. Replaced by James L. Venable
2007 Shooter Antoine Fuqua
August Rush Kirsten Sheridan Nominated- Saturn Award for Best Music
2008 Camille Gregory Mackenzie
2009 Imagine That Karey Kirkpatrick
Hurricane Season Tim Story


Year Title Director(s) Notes
2013 Penthouse North Joseph Ruben
Planes Klay Hall Nominated- International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score in an Animated Film
2014 Planes: Fire & Rescue Bobs Gannaway
2016 Moana Ron Clements
John Musker
Composed with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Opetaia Foa'i of the group Te Vaka

Nominated- Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Nominated- Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original Score in an Animated Film
Nominated- Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original Song in an Animated Film
Nominated- International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score in an Animated Film


Year Title Director(s) Notes
2020 Bad Boys for Life
  • Adil El Arbi
  • Bilall Fallah
Credited as composer of original Bad Boys theme
2021 Cry Macho Clint Eastwood
2022 The Sea Beast Chris Williams


Year Title Notes
1992 Millennium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World Documentary series; 11 episodes
1993 Taking Liberty Television film
1993–94 Space Rangers 6 episodes
1995–2000 The Outer Limits 18 episodes & theme music

Nominated- CableACE Award for Best Score in a Series

1997 Poltergeist: The Legacy Episode: "The Choice"
1997–98 Soldier of Fortune, Inc. 20 episodes & theme music
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Miniseries; 1 episode
Houdini Television film
1999 The Strip 10 episodes & theme music
2005–06 Blood+ Anime; 50 episodes
2005–09 Criminal Minds 88 episodes & theme music
2006 A House Divided Television film


Year Title Notes
1997–present The Lion King Composed with Hans Zimmer, Tim Rice, Elton John, Lebo M., Jay Rifkin & Julie Taymor

Nominated- Tony Award for Best Original Score

Video games[edit]

Year Title Notes
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Composed with Lorne Balfe & Hans Zimmer
Additional music
Nominated- BAFTA Games Awards for Best Original Score
Nominated- BAFTA Games Awards for Best Audio
Nominated- International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for Interactive Media
2012 Sorcery

See also[edit]


  1. ^ " – Mark Mancina". Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  2. ^ "TTSP #55: Composer Mark Mancina on the Music of Moana, Tarzan, and The Lion King". Tomorrow Society. 2018-10-08. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  3. ^ "The Music of The Lion King: A 20th Anniversary Conversation with Rob Minkoff and Mark Mancina – Part III". projector & orchestra. 2014-09-19. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  4. ^ "Hans Zimmer And Mark Mancina Do Blood+ Music". Anime News Network. 2005-08-28. Retrieved 2007-12-18.
  5. ^ Hetrick, Adam (March 21, 2019). "John Doyle Assembles Creative Team for World Premiere of August Rush Musical". Playbill.
  6. ^ May, Meredith (2013-06-07). "Vintage guitars of Rumble Seat Music". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-08-03.

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