David Newman


Composer

About

Also Known As
David Louis Newman
Birth Place
Los Angeles, California, USA
Born
March 11, 1954

Biography

A scion of the famed Newman family who dominated Hollywood music from 1930s through the 60s, David Newman originally intended to pursue a career as a classical conductor. From his youth, he studied violin and piano and played in community orchestras. After the death of his father, nine-time Oscar-winner Alfred Newman, the younger musician attended USC and began working as a conductor for...

Family & Companions

Krystyna Newman
Wife

Biography

A scion of the famed Newman family who dominated Hollywood music from 1930s through the 60s, David Newman originally intended to pursue a career as a classical conductor. From his youth, he studied violin and piano and played in community orchestras. After the death of his father, nine-time Oscar-winner Alfred Newman, the younger musician attended USC and began working as a conductor for such renowned orchestras and symphonies as the New Japan Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Royal Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He began his film work gradually in the mid-80s with low-budgeters like "Critters" (1986). From 1987 to 1991, he was music director of the Sundance Institute, running workshops for aspiring film composers and conducted concerts of film music in an effort to raise awareness and funds for preservation. In the latter capacity, Newman oversaw the reconstruction of a number of classic scores, including "The Wizard of Oz" and also composed a new accompaniment for F.W. Murnau's 1927 silent classic "Sunrise."

Newman segued to contemporary film scoring with Danny DeVito's 1985 comedy "Throw Momma From the Train." The majority of his film compositions are for comedies and he has provided everything from bouncy ("The Flintstones" 1994) to serious ("The Phantom" 1996). Despite composing over 50 film scores, Newman earned his first Academy Award nomination for his original music score for the animated "Anastasia" (1997), which interpolated Stephen Flaherty's song score.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Runestone (1991)
Graves

Music (Feature Film)

West Side Story (Remake) (2020)
Music
Widows (2018)
Song
Night School (2018)
Music
Naked (2017)
Music
Girls Trip (2017)
Music
Gifted (2017)
Song
Army of One (2016)
Music
Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)
Song
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011)
Music
The Spy Next Door (2010)
Music
Crazy on the Outside (2010)
Music
Animals United (2010)
Music
My Life in Ruins (2009)
Music
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009)
Music
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009)
Music Conductor
Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008)
Music
The Spirit (2008)
Music
Norbit (2007)
Music
Man of the House (2005)
Music
Are We There Yet? (2005)
Music
Serenity (2005)
Music Composer
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)
Music
Duplex (2003)
Music
Daddy Day Care (2003)
Music
How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
Original Music
How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
Music Conductor
Duplex (2003)
Original Music
Death to Smoochy (2002)
Music Arranger
Death to Smoochy (2002)
Song
Ice Age (2002)
Music
Scooby-Doo (2002)
Original Music
Life or Something Like It (2002)
Music Composer
Death to Smoochy (2002)
Music
Ice Age (2002)
Original Music
Scooby-Doo (2002)
Music
The Affair of the Necklace (2001)
Music
The Affair of the Necklace (2001)
Original Music
Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001)
Music
The Flamingo Rising (2001)
Music
The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000)
Music
102 Dalmatians (2000)
Music
Duets (2000)
Music
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000)
Music
102 Dalmatians (2000)
Music Conductor
Bedazzled (2000)
Music
Galaxy Quest (1999)
Original Music
Never Been Kissed (1999)
Music
Brokedown Palace (1999)
Music
Galaxy Quest (1999)
Music
Brokedown Palace (1999)
Original Score
Bowfinger (1999)
Music
Anastasia (1997)
Original Score
Out to Sea (1997)
Original Music
Anastasia (1997)
Music
Anastasia (1997)
Original Music
Out to Sea (1997)
Music
The Nutty Professor (1996)
Orchestrator
Jingle All the Way (1996)
Music
Big Bully (1996)
Music
D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996)
Composer ("Original Mighty Ducks Theme")
The Phantom (1996)
Music
The Phantom (1996)
Orchestrator
Jingle All the Way (1996)
Original Music
Matilda (1996)
Music
The Nutty Professor (1996)
Music
Tommy Boy (1995)
Music
Operation Dumbo Drop (1995)
Music
Operation Dumbo Drop (1995)
Original Music
Boys on the Side (1995)
Original Music
Boys on the Side (1995)
Music
The Air Up There (1994)
Music Arranger
My Father the Hero (1994)
Music
I Love Trouble (1994)
Music
My Father the Hero (1994)
Original Music
The Air Up There (1994)
Music
The Cowboy Way (1994)
Original Music
My Father the Hero (1994)
Music Arranger
The Cowboy Way (1994)
Music
The Flintstones (1994)
Music
D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994)
Music Composer
That Night (1993)
Music
Undercover Blues (1993)
Music
Coneheads (1993)
Music
The Sandlot (1993)
Music
The Mighty Ducks (1992)
Original Music
Hoffa (1992)
Music
Honeymoon In Vegas (1992)
Music
Honeymoon In Vegas (1992)
Music Arranger
The Mighty Ducks (1992)
Music
Talent for the Game (1991)
Music Arranger
Talent for the Game (1991)
Music
The Marrying Man (1991)
Original Music
Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991)
Original Score
The Marrying Man (1991)
Music
Paradise (1991)
Music
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)
Music
Rover Dangerfield (1991)
Original Score
The Runestone (1991)
Music
Other People's Money (1991)
Music
Meet the Applegates (1991)
Music
Paradise (1991)
Original Music
Mr. Destiny (1990)
Music
DuckTales: The Movie (1990)
Music
The Freshman (1990)
Music
Madhouse (1990)
Music
Fire Birds (1990)
Music
Mr. Destiny (1990)
Original Music
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
Music
Gross Anatomy (1989)
Music
Little Monsters (1989)
Music
The War of the Roses (1989)
Music
Disorganized Crime (1989)
Music
Heathers (1988)
Music
Pass the Ammo (1988)
Music
The Kindred (1987)
Music
The Brave Little Toaster (1987)
Music
Dragnet (1987)
Original Music
Malone (1987)
Music
Throw Momma From The Train (1987)
Music
My Demon Lover (1987)
Music
Dragnet (1987)
Music
Critters (1986)
Music
Wise Guys (1986)
Original Music
Vendetta (1986)
Music
The Worm Eaters (1981)
Song ("You'Ll End Up Eating Worms")

Music (Special)

20th Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years (2000)
Music Conductor
It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman (1975)
Music

Life Events

1977

First feature film contribution, "You'll End Up Eating Worms" (a song from the film, "The Worm Eaters")

1986

First features as composer, "Vendetta" and "Critters"

1987

First film score for director Danny De Vito, "Throw Momma from the Train"

1987

Appointed Music Director of Sundance Institute; served until 1991

1989

Composed new score for the silent classic "Sunrise"

1990

Named music director and conductor of the Los Angeles Pops Orchestra (date approximate)

1991

Provided the original score for the animated "Rover Dangerfield"

1992

Scored "The Mighty Ducks"

1996

Provided the original score for "The Phantom"

1998

Earned first Academy Award nomination for his original music for the animated "Anastasia"

Family

Robert Newman
Uncle
Press agent, producer, executive. Born in 1903; died in 1982.
Marc Newman
Uncle
Agent. Born in 1908; died in 1980.
Emil Newman
Uncle
Composer, conductor. Born in 1910; died in 1984.
Irving Newman
Uncle
Physician. Father of Randy.
Lionel Newman
Uncle
Composer. Born in 1916; died in 1989.
Robert Eugene Newman
Brother
Born in May 1942.
Richard Ira Newman
Brother
Born in April 1944.
Lucy Lee Newman
Sister
Born in January 1949.
Alfred Moss Newman
Brother
Born in May 1952.
Thomas Montgomery Newman
Brother
Composer. Born in October 1955.
Maria Newman
Sister
Composer, musician. Born in January 1962.
Randy Newman
Cousin
Composer, singer. Born in 1943.
Diana Newman
Daughter
Brianne Newman
Daughter
Alfred Newman
Father
Martha Montgomery Newman
Mother

Companions

Krystyna Newman
Wife

Bibliography