Daniel Robert Elfman (born May 29, 1953) is an American composer, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. He first became well known as the singer-songwriter for the new wave band Oingo Boingo in the early 1980s, and has since garnered international recognition for composing over 100 feature film scores, as well as compositions for television, stage productions, and the concert hall.Elfman has frequently worked with directors Tim Burton, Sam Raimi, and Gus Van Sant, with notable achievements including the scores for 16 Burton-directed films including Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland, and Dumbo; Raimi's Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, and Oz the Great and Powerful; and Van Sant's Academy Award-nominated films Good Will Hunting and Milk. He wrote music for all of the Men in Black and Fifty Shades of Grey franchise films, the songs and score for the Burton-produced animated musical The Nightmare Before Christmas, and the themes for the popular television series Desperate Housewives and The Simpsons.Among his honors are four Oscar nominations, two Emmy Awards, a Grammy, six Saturn Awards for Best Music, the 2002 Richard Kirk Award, the 2015 Disney Legend Award, and the Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award in 2017.
As a teenager, Elfman dated his classmate Kim Gordon, who would later become one of the members of the rock band Sonic Youth.He has two daughters, Lola and Mali, from his marriage to Geri Eisenmenger. Mali is a film producer and actress. Elfman and his daughter collaborated on her 2011 film Do Not Disturb.On November 29, 2003, Elfman married actress Bridget Fonda. They have a son, Oliver. In 1998, Elfman scored A Simple Plan, starring Fonda.He is the uncle of actor Bodhi Elfman, who is married to actress Jenna Elfman.Elfman has been an atheist since the age of 11 or 12. According to him, he is a cynicologist.Describing his politics during the 1980s, Elfman said, "I'm not a doomist. My attitude is always to be critical of what's around you, but not ever to forget how lucky we are. I've traveled around the world. I left thinking I was a revolutionary. I came back real right-wing patriotic. Since then, I've kind of mellowed in between." Several of his songs written for Oingo Boingo during this period satirized social politics, although Elfman stated his message was to "question, resist, challenge" and that his songs were not aligned to any one political agenda.In 2008, Elfman expressed support for Barack Obama. For the 2020 Democratic National Convention, he scored the biographical video played ahead of Joe Biden's acceptance of the presidential nomination in the 2020 United States elections. In a series of posts on his Instagram page discussing the video, Elfman criticized Donald Trump, Richard Nixon, and the electoral college, and linked to several voter resources.During his 18 years with Oingo Boingo, Elfman developed significant hearing damage as a result of the continuous exposure to the high noise levels involved in performing in a rock band. Afraid of worsening his condition, he decided to leave the band, saying that he would never return to that kind of performance. His impairment was so bad that he could not "even sit in a loud restaurant or bar anymore." However, he found performing in front of orchestras more tolerable, and returned several times to reprise his live performance of Jack Skellington.On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Danny Elfman among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.
Elfman was born in Los Angeles, California, to a Jewish family of Polish-Jewish and Russian-Jewish descent. He is the son of Blossom Elfman (née Bernstein), a writer and teacher, and Milton Elfman, a teacher who was in the Air Force, and the brother of Richard Elfman. Elfman was raised in a racially mixed affluent community in Baldwin Hills, California, where he spent much of his time at the local movie theater discovering classic sci-fi, fantasy and horror films and first noticed the music of such film composers as Bernard Herrmann and Franz Waxman.In his early school days, Elfman exhibited an aptitude for science with almost no interest in music, and was even rejected from elementary school orchestra "for having no propensity for music." This would change when he switched high schools in the late 1960s and fell in with a musical crowd, who introduced him to early jazz and the work of Stravinsky and his 20th century contemporaries.After finishing high school early with plans to travel the world, Elfman followed his brother Richard to France, where he performed violin with Jérôme Savary's Le Grand Magic Circus, an avant-garde musical theater group. He then embarked on a ten-month, self-guided tour through Africa, busking and collecting a range of West African percussion instruments until a series of illnesses forced him to return home. At this time, Richard was forming a new musical theater group in Los Angeles.While Elfman was never officially a student at CalArts, an instructor in the Indonesian music department encouraged him to attend classes and perform music there for two years.
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Fifty Shades Darker
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When We Rise
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Score: A Film Music Documentary
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Alice Through the Looking Glass
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Before I Wake
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Avengers: Age of Ultron
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Live From Lincoln Center: Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton
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The End of the Tour
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Fifty Shades of Grey
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The story of the awakening of painter, Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
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Oz the Great and Powerful
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Captain Sparky vs. The Flying Saucers
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Men in Black 3
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Silver Linings Playbook
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HITCHCOCK follows the relationship between the director and his wife during the making of his most famous film, PSYCHO, and the difficulties the director faced from Hollywood censors.
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Cirque du Soleil: IRIS
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Do Not Disturb
Five directors tackle five short stories playfully tied together in one dark, twisted, humorous film about what goes on behind the door of room 316.
Alice in Wonderland
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Lawrence Talbot, an American man on a visit to Victorian London to make amends with his estranged father, gets bitten by a werewolf and, after a moonlight transformation, leaves him with a savage hung...
The Next Three Days
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Tiber family made possible the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival. When a neighboring town pulls the permit for a hippie music festival, he calls the producers thinking he could drum up some much-neede...
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Hellboy II: The Golden Army
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Standard Operating Procedure
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The father was killed by a group of assassins. After a leather-clad sexpot drafts him into the society, he hones his innate killing skills and becomes an avenger.
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A group of people are from the U.S. The bombing of an American facility in the Middle East is being investigated by government agents.
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Meet the Robinsons
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The pig is afraid of the dinner table at the end of the season. The spider that lives in his pen hatched a plan to stop this from happening.
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Deep Sea 3D
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
A tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world is led by the world's most unusual candy maker.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Sweet Sounds
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Becoming Oompa-Loompa
A short documentary that explains the process of how actor Deep Roy prepared to play the Oompa-Loompas in the 2005 film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and shows how Deep was able to play all of the...
Set in a 19th-century european village, this stop-motion animation feature follows the story of Victor, a young man whisked away to the underworld and wed to a mysterious corpse bride, while his real ...
Peter is going through a tough time. After being burned out from being Spider-Man, he decided to give up his superhero alter ego, which left the city in the wake of carnage left by the evil Doc Ock. H...
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After being bitten by a genetically altered spider, a high school student is endowed with amazing powers to become the superhero known as Spider-Man.
Men in Black II
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Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row in 1920s Chicago and fight for fame that will keep them from being executed.
Cosmic Symphonies: Elfman in Space
A look at Danny Elfman's music for Men in Black II (2002)
Planet of the Apes
A man is trapped in a world where talking apes rule. Desperate to find a way home, Leo must evade the gorilla army.
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There is a film about the making of "Psycho".
Proof of Life
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Fantasporto – Carnaval no Porto
A look into the Porto Fantastic Film Festival at Portugal.
The World of Stainboy
Stainboy had a troubled past.
The Family Man
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Sleepy Hollow: Behind the Legend
A behind the scenes look at the making of Sleepy Hollow.
Anywhere But Here
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New York detective Ichabod Crane is sent to investigate a series of deaths in which the victims are beheaded. The locals think that the culprit is the Headless Horseman.
A vampire hunter in southern California is on a quest for revenge after his son was killed by zombies.
A Simple Plan
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A Civil Action
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The Making of 'The Frighteners'
A film about the making of a film.
Good Will Hunting
Will Hunting has a genius-level IQ, but he chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. The misguided youth was helped by Professor Gerald Lambeau after he solved a difficult graduate-level math problem. Prof...
Men in Black
A New York City cop is recruited as an agent in a top-secret organization to monitor and police alien activity on Earth after he chases down a strange being. In the middle of a deadly plot by an alien...
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Oingo Boingo: Farewell (Live from the Universal Amphitheatre)
Oingo Boingo's Farewell Concert at the Universal Amphitheatre
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Bordello of Blood
A woman is looking for her missing brother. The whorehouse was run by a vampire.
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To Die For
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Three teens killed by a local crime boss return for revenge after a witch doctor revives them through voodoo magic.
The fates of horses and people who own and command them are revealed in Black Beauty's narration.
The Making of Dr. Seuss' 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas!'
The 1966 holiday special 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas!' is the subject of a retrospective hosted by Phil Hartman.
The Making of 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'
The making of 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' was done by Tim Burton.
Set in the south of the United States just after the Civil War, Laurel Sommersby is just managing to work the farm without her husband Jack, who is believed to have been killed in the Civil War. Jack ...
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Jack Skellington, the king of Halloween Town, is tired of scaring humans every October 31 and is going to deliver shrunken heads and other Halloween gifts to children on Christmas morning. Sally tried...
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Army of Darkness
Lord Arthur captured Ash. Aided by the deadly chainsaw that has become his only friend, Ash is sent on a perilous mission to recover the Book of the Dead, a powerful tome that gives its owner the powe...
Batman deals with the Penguin while an employee of a corrupt businessman becomes the Catwoman.
Batman: The Animated Series
Bruce Wayne wants to avenge the murder of his parents by becoming the Batman.
The Flash III: Deadly Nightshade
The Scarlet Speedster teams up with the city's previous superhero, The Nightshade, in two adventures.
A science experiment is in a small town.
Barry Allen, crime lab detective, is transformed into the Flash, the fastest man alive, and takes on the Dark Riders, a motorcycle gang terrorizing Central City.
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Breathless Mahoney makes advances towards the comic strip detective when he is trying to fight the mob.
A young man is drawn to a place where monsters are hiding.
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Prisoners of Gravity
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As a child, Bruce Wayne witnessed his parents' brutal murder, and now he is a millionaire philanthropist who fights crime as Batman, a costumed hero who strikes fear into the hearts of the villains. W...
Face Like a Frog
A frog is driving his alligator-shaped car when he is stopped by a shapely she-frog who steps into the road. She tells him that her house is haunted, so he goes along to assist.
Big Top Pee-wee
In his second full-length film, Paul Reubens reprises his role as Pee-wee Herman, who joins the circus after a storm drops a big tent in his front yard. The best show ever was put on by Pee-wee, along...
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Hot to Trot
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A young couple end up as poltergeists in their New England farmhouse because they fail to meet the challenge of scaring away the insufferable new owners who want to make drastic changes. In desperatio...
Frank Cross is a wildly successful television executive with a cold ambition and acerbity that has driven away the love of his life in this modern take on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." After f...
A high-school gym teacher has big plans for the summer, but is forced to cancel them because he wants to teach a "bonehead" English class for goof-off students. His unconventional brand of teaching fu...
Oingo Boingo: Live At The Ritz
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Oingo Boingo: Halloween '87
Danny Elfman and Co.’s run of multi-night Halloween stands at Irivne Meadows from 1986 to 1991 were the stuff of legend. This film contains two full sets from October 30th and 31st, 1987.
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A feature film edited from three episodes of Amazing Stories (1985): The Mission, Mummy Daddy and Go to the Head of the Class
Back to School
Melon Thornton enrolls at his son's college when he decides to get a better education. Thornton is trying to fit in with his fellow students as he tries to gain his son's respect.
Pee-wee's Big Adventure
Pee-wee Herman goes on a big adventure when his bicycle is stolen. Pee-wee encounters a host of odd characters and bizarre situations as he treks across the country to recover his bike, with the help ...
Good Morning, Mr. Orwell
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Urgh! A Music War
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A portrait of a young man, Michael, so obsessed with death that he decorates his room with a life-size Grim Reaper. One night Michael's closest buddy, Louis, joins him for an adventure in Hollywood on...
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