James Horner

James Roy Horner (August 14, 1953 – June 22, 2015) was an American composer, conductor, and orchestrator of film scores. He was known for the integration of choral and electronic elements, and for his frequent use of motifs associated with Celtic music.[1][2]

James Horner
Horner in 2010
Background information
Birth nameJames Roy Horner
Born(1953-08-14)August 14, 1953
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
DiedJune 22, 2015(2015-06-22) (aged 61)
Los Padres National Forest, California, U.S.
GenresFilm score
  • Composer
  • conductor
  • orchestrator
  • Piano
  • violin
Years active1978–2015

Horner's first film score was in 1979 for The Lady in Red, but he did not establish himself as an eminent film composer until his work on the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.[3] His score for James Cameron's Titanic is the best-selling orchestral film soundtrack of all time.[4][5] He also wrote the score for the highest-grossing film of all time, James Cameron's Avatar.[6] Horner also scored other notable films including Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), Aliens (1986), Field of Dreams (1989), Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989), The Rocketeer (1991), The Mask of Zorro (1998), Deep Impact (1998), A Beautiful Mind (2001), and The Amazing Spider-Man (2012).

Horner collaborated on multiple projects with directors including Don Bluth, James Cameron, Joe Johnston, Walter Hill, Ron Howard, Phil Nibbelink and Simon Wells; producers including George Lucas, David Kirschner, Jon Landau, Brian Grazer and Steven Spielberg; and songwriters including Will Jennings, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. He won two Academy Awards, six Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, three Satellite Awards, three Saturn Awards, and was nominated for three BAFTA Awards.

Horner, who was an avid pilot, died at the age of 61 in a single-fatality crash while flying his Short Tucano turboprop aircraft.[7]

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