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James Newton Howard

James Newton Howard has scored more than 65 feature films and earned five Academy Award nominations. Among his most celebrated contributions to film music are the Oscar-nominated scores for The Fugitive, The Prince of Tides and My Best Friend's Wedding. He has also written the Oscar-nominated songs Look What Love has Done (from Junior) and For the First Time (from One Fine Day). In addition, his evocative music has enhanced the box office smash The Sixth Sense, Snow Falling on Cedars, The Devil's Advocate, Liar, Liar, Space Jam, Primal Fear, Restoration, Falling Down, Wyatt Earp, Dave, Alive, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Man in the Moon, Dying Young, Grand Canyon, My Girl, Pretty Woman, Flatliners and Everybody's All-American, among many others. Last summer, he composed the score to Disney's animated hit, Dinosaur. His credits include scores for the upcoming films America's Sweethearts, Collateral Damage, Hearts in Atlantis, and Touchstone Pictures' Big Trouble.

Howard began his music studies at age four. He continued training at Santa Barbara Music Academy of the West and at USC School of Music as a piano performance major. He completed his formal education with orchestration study under legendary arranger Marty Paich. He subsequently began his industry career performing as a keyboard artist for Melissa Manchester and Elton John. He toured with the latter superstar during the 1970s and early 1980s. In addition, he worked with such legendary artists as Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Rod Stewart and Bob Seger.

For television, Howard has composed and/or written memorable themes for which he has garnered two Emmy Award nominations for the series ER.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

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