Danny Elfman

American composer and musician (born 1953)

Daniel Robert "Danny" Elfman (May 29, 1953) is an American film composer, singer and songwriter. He is Jewish (of British Jewish, Polish Jewish and Russian Jewish descent). He wrote music for many movies and television series.[1] In 2002, he married actress Bridget Fonda. They have one child, Oliver Elfman (born September 19, 2003).

Danny Elfman
Danny Elfman, 2022
Danny Elfman, 2022
Background information
Birth nameDaniel Robert Elfman
Born (1953-05-29) May 29, 1953 (age 71)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Composer
  • record producer
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active1972–present



Elfman stated composers & Musical Artists like Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Alfred Newman, David Tamkin, George Bruns, Alban Berg, Thomas Tallis, Max Stiener, Buddy Baker, Dimitri Tiomkin, Franz Waxman, Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev, Carl Orff, Dr. Seuss, Jakob Gimpel, Kurt Weil, Peter Gabriel, Harry Partch, George Gershwin, Dimitri Tiomkin, Alice Cooper, Leonard Bernstein, Elmer Bernstein, Jerry Goldsmith, John Barry, Maurice Jarre, John Williams, Lalo Schifrin, Oliver Wallace, Henry Mancini, Randy Newman, Bernard Herrmann, Frank Zappa, Carl W. Stalling, Scott Bradley, Frank Churchill and Hans Zimmer as influences.

Elfman's work in rock and pop music and specifically as songwriter for Oingo Boingo was influenced by The Specials, Madness, Selecter, Devo, Talking Heads, XTC and Lene Lovich, as well as British comedy rock band Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias.

Some of his music


Elfmans has written music for dozens of movie and video games. Some of his famous works include:





Elfman has been nominated for many awards in the music and movie business.


  1. "Danny Elfman - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 December 2012.

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