Birth and Beginning:
Daniel Richard Elfman was born on May 29th, 1953. His parents were Milton, a teacher, and Blossom, who wrote childrens' books and the TV movie I Think I'm Having a Baby
, which starred Jennifer Jason Leigh
and Helen Hunt
In 1980, Elfman worked with his brother, director Richard Elfman, on the film Forbidden Zone
. He formed a group known as The Mystic Knights of Oingo Boingo. They performed the score that Elfman wrote for Forbidden Zone
. Oingo Boingo
, as it became known, blossomed into a permanent group and drew a large cult following, subsequently breaking up in 1995.
In 1985 Danny Elfman met Tim Burton
, who asked Elfman to score the music for Pee-wee's Big Adventure
. This was Tim's first time directing and Elfman's first time composing for a big-budget film. Elfman called in his friend and fellow Oingo Boingo member, Steve Bartek, to orchestrate for him. Pee-wee
was a success. Thus began the friendship between Danny Elfman and Tim Burton.
'The Nightmare Before Christmas':
Collaborating with Tim Burton:
Today, Elfman and Burton are still working together as a team. Elfman has scored the music for every movie Tim has directed, with the exception of Ed Wood. Danny Elfman was nominated for a Grammy in 1989 for his theme to Batman.
Danny Elfman has composed themes and music for several television shows, including Desparate Housewives
, Family Dog
and The Simpsons
Oscar nominations for Big Fish
, Good Will Hunting
and Men in Black
Emmy nomination for The Simpsons.
Golden Globe nominations for Big Fish and The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Grammy nominations for Spider-Man, Planet of the Apes, Men in Black, Edward Scissorhands, Dick Tracy and Batman.