James Horner

American film composer and conductor (1953-2015)

James Roy Horner (August 14, 1953 – June 22, 2015) was an American music director. He scored the music for the 1997 movie Titanic. He won two Academy Awards in 1998. Horner was born on August 14, 1953 in Los Angeles, California.[1]

James Horner
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
Years active1978–2015

Horner was killed in an airplane crash near Los Padres National Forest, California, aged 61.[2]


Horner stated composers like Benjamin Britten, John Williams, Thomas Tallis, Maurice Jarre, Elmer Bernstein, Max Steiner, Henry Mancini, Sergei Prokofiev, Jerry Goldsmith, Bernard Herrmann, John Barry and Nino Rota as influences.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Horner won two Academy Awards, both in 1998:[3]

Horner also won two Golden Globe Awards,[2] three Satellite Awards, and three Saturn Awards. He was nominated for three British Academy Film Awards.[4]

In October 2013, Horner received the Max Steiner Award at the Hollywood in Vienna Gala. That award is given for extraordinary achievements in the music for movies.[5]

List of actorsEdit


Year Title Director Role Notes
1999 The Story of Us Rob Reiner Prince Charming (singing)


Year Title Director Role Notes
2002 Cinderella II: Dreams Come True John Kafka King's Guards Direct-to-video
2003 Piglet's Big Movie Francis Glebas Bees


  1. Clemmensen, Christian. "James Horner (1953-)". Filmtracks.com. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Burlingame, Jon (June 22, 2015). "James Horner, Titanic Composer, Dies In Plane Crash". Variety. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
  3. Finn, Natalie (June 22, 2015). "Titanic Composer James Horner Missing After Plane Registered to Oscar Winner Crashes, Killing the Pilot". E!. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
  4. Czech American Timeline by Miloslav Rechcigl, Jr. (2013), pp. 402
  5. James Horner to receive Max Steiner Award, January 24, 2013. Retrieved March 4, 2013

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