John Debney

American composer and conductor of film, television, and video game scores (born 1956)

John Cardon Debney (born August 18, 1956) is an American composer and conductor. He received an Academy Award nomination for the music for Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ (2004). He also wrote the music for Cutthroat Island (1995).[1][2][3][4]

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Debney at ComicCon 2013
Background information
Birth nameJohn Cardon Debney
Born (1956-08-18) August 18, 1956 (age 64)
Glendale, California, United States
GenresMovie score
Occupation(s)Composer, conductor
Years active1978-present

Life and careerEdit

Debney was born in Glendale, California to Louis Debney and Edith Manhunt. His father is of English, French-Canadian, German, Greek, Irish, Northern Irish (Scotch-Irish) and Welsh descent and His mother is of Cherokee Native American and Russian Jewish descent.


  1. "Cutthroat Island (John Debney)". Filmtracks. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
  2. "Cutthroat Island (John Debney) soundtrack review". 2009-02-28. Archived from the original on 2009-02-28. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
  3. Other reviews by Mike Brennan (2005-05-12). "Soundtrack: CutThroat Island (2005)". Soundtrack.Net. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
  4. "Movie Music UK - Cutthroat Island – John Debney". 2010-01-13. Archived from the original on 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2012-06-23.