Hans Zimmer

German-born composer Hans Zimmer is recognized as one of Hollywood's most innovative musical talents. He featured in the music video for The Buggles' single "Video Killed the Radio Star", which became a worldwide hit and helped usher in a new era of global entertainment as the first music video t...

Born on September 12, 1957

Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, West Germany

Height 1.78m / 5' 10"


German-born composer Hans Zimmer is recognized as one of Hollywood's most innovative musical talents. He featured in the music video for The Buggles' single "Video Killed the Radio Star", which became a worldwide hit and helped usher in a new era of global entertainment as the first music video to be aired on MTV (August 1, 1981).Zimmer entered the world of film music in London during a long collaboration with famed composer and mentor Stanley Myers, which included the film My Beautiful Laundrette (1985). He soon began work on several successful solo projects, including the critically acclaimed A World Apart, and during these years Zimmer pioneered the use of combining old and new musical technologies. Today, this work has earned him the reputation of being the father of integrating the electronic musical world with traditional orchestral arrangements.A turning point in Zimmer's career came in 1988 when he was asked to score Rain Man for director Barry Levinson. The film went on to win the Oscar for Best Picture of the Year and earned Zimmer his first Academy Award Nomination for Best Original Score. The next year, Zimmer composed the score for another Best Picture Oscar recipient, Driving Miss Daisy (1989), starring Jessica Tandy, and Morgan Freeman.Having already scored two Best Picture winners, in the early 1990s, Zimmer cemented his position as a pre-eminent talent with the award-winning score for The Lion King (1994). The soundtrack has sold over 15 million copies to date and earned him an Academy Award for Best Original Score, a Golden Globe, an American Music Award, a Tony, and two Grammy Awards. In total, Zimmer's work has been nominated for 7 Golden Globes, 7 Grammys and seven Oscars for Rain Man (1988), Gladiator (2000), The Lion King (1994), As Good as It Gets (1997), The The Preacher's Wife (1996), The Thin Red Line (1998), The Prince of Egypt (1998), and The Last Samurai (2003).With his career in full swing, Zimmer was anxious to replicate the mentoring experience he had benefited from under Stanley Myers' guidance. With state-of-the-art technology and a supportive creative environment, Zimmer was able to offer film-scoring opportunities to young composers at his Santa Monica-based musical "think tank." This approach helped launch the careers of such notable composers as Mark Mancina, John Powell, Harry Gregson-Williams, Nick Glennie-Smith, and Klaus Badelt.In 2000, Zimmer scored the music for Gladiator (2000), for which he received an Oscar nomination, in addition to Golden Globe and Broadcast Film Critics Awards for his epic score. It sold more than three million copies worldwide and spawned a second album Gladiator: More Music From The Motion Picture, released on the Universal Classics/Decca label. Zimmer's other scores that year included Mission: Impossible II (2000), The Road to El Dorado (2000), and An Everlasting Piece (2000), directed by Barry Levinson.Some of his other impressive scores include Pearl Harbor (2001), The Ring (2002), four films directed by Ridley Scott; Matchstick Men (2003), Hannibal (2001), Black Hawk Down (2001), and Thelma & Louise (1991), Penny Marshall's Riding in Cars with Boys (2001), and A League of Their Own (1992), Tony Scott's True Romance (1993), Tears of the Sun (2003), Ron Howard's Backdraft (1991), Days of Thunder (1990), Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997), and the animated Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) for which he also co-wrote four of the songs with Bryan Adams, including the Golden Globe nominated Here I Am.At the 27th annual Flanders International Film Festival, Zimmer performed live for the first time in concert with a 100-piece orchestra and a 100-piece choir. Choosing selections from his impressive body of work, Zimmer performed newly orchestrated concert versions of Gladiator, Mission: Impossible II (2000), Rain Man (1988), The Lion King (1994), and The Thin Red Line (1998). The concert was recorded by Decca and released as a concert album entitled "The Wings Of A Film: The Music Of Hans Zimmer."Last year, Zimmer completed his 100th film score for the film The Last Samurai, starring Tom Cruise, for which he received both a Golden Globe and a Broadcast Film Critics nomination. Recently, Zimmer scored Nancy Meyers' comedy Something's Gotta Give (2003), the animated Dreamworks film, Shark Tale (2004) (featuring voices of Will Smith, Renée Zellweger, Robert De Niro, Jack Black, and Martin Scorsese), and most recently, Jim Brooks' Spanglish (2004) starring Adam Sandler and Téa Leoni (for which he also received a Golden Globe nomination). His upcoming projects include Paramount's The Weather Man (2005) starring Nicolas Cage, Dreamworks' Madagascar (2005), and highly anticipated Warner Bros. summer release, Batman Begins (2005).Zimmer's additional honors and awards include the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in Film Composition from the National Board of Review, and the Frederick Loewe Award in 2003 at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. He has also received ASCAP's Henry Mancini Award for Lifetime Achievement. Hans and his wife live in Los Angeles and he is the father of four children.Read More

Known For


Uses elements from the characters culture in the music. Some examples are tribal chants in The Lion King (1994), Guitar with vocals in Gladiator (2000) and Ukulele in Pearl Harbor (2001).

Famous for his frequent use of what is known as a "Bwaum" wherein a major plot point is revealed and the music blasts out a single note loudly

Frequently works with directors Ridley Scott, Gore Verbinski, Ron Howard and Christopher Nolan.

Frequently works with DreamWorks Animation

Seamlessly mixes synthesizers with real instruments and soloists. Often uses solo cello and acoustic/electric guitar.


Last name means 'room' in German.

Fans and industry insiders in the film music world credit Crimson Tide (1995) as a turning point in both his career and the scoring business. The Grammy-winning score, often heard in trailers since, was a departure from the norm, making use of digital synthesizers, electronic keyboards, and the latest computer technology to digitally produce a rousing score with traditional orchestral arrangements.

His favorite movie theme of all time is from Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) by John Carpenter.

He wrote music for a a 4-minute Maybach commercial.

His iconic theme "Journey to the Line" from The Thin Red Line (1998) is heavily used in trailers and various other media. This theme was born out of trial and error. Terrence Malick, the director of The Thin Red Line (1998) had been dissatisfied with Zimmer's results and had him continuously rework melodies and come up with various approaches. Thus "Journey to the Line" was finally born. Many of his latter scores would go on to bear an uncanny resemblance to this classic Thin Red Line theme.

Inspired by Ennio Morricone's The Mission (1986).

The Last Samurai (2003) marked his 100th score.

Gladiator (2000) became into one of the best selling film score albums of all time.

Hans' longtime business partner, Jay Rifkin, filed a $10 million suit against him for conspiring to take business for himself. Because of this lawsuit, Media Ventures changed its name to Remote Control. [December 2003]

Co-founder (with Jay Rifkin) of Santa Monica-based music studio Media Ventures (now Remote Control), which has housed composers Mark Mancina, Harry Gregson-Williams, Rupert Gregson-Williams, Nick Glennie-Smith, John Powell, Klaus Badelt, Steve Jablonsky, Geoff Zanelli, Jeff Rona, Jim Dooley, Henning Lohner, James S. Levine, Mel Wesson, and several other composers from all over the world.


I have all these computers and keyboards and synthesizers, and I rattle away. For instance, with The Lion King (1994), I wrote over four hours' worth of tunes, and they were really pretty - but totally meaningless. So in the end I came up with material I liked. We worked on The Lion King for four years, but I wasn't toying until the last three-and-a-half weeks properly. On Crimson Tide (1995), on the other hand, I just went in and within seconds I knew what I wanted.

[on his score for The Lion King (1994)] I'd never written for talking fuzzy animals before. I knew how to write to human emotions but these were animals. It took me a while to sort of get over that and do what you do which is just treat them like human characters.

I am not saying it is a bad movie or good movie, but it is an odd movie. All of the music was written before Terry would edit a scene. That was just how he wanted to work. It was a very odd way of working for me, because I had to lead the charge up the hill all the time. It gets a little daunting.

[on his previous Batman scores] Nobody ever mentions the Elliot Goldenthal scores. And of course, I'm not mentioning any of that either, because quite honestly I didn't go and look at the old Batman movies again.

[on his score for Batman Begins (2005)] I think this one has more electronics in it than anything else. I didn't want to do straight orchestra because Batman, he's not a straight character. I mean where do you get those wonderful toys from and the technology? So I thought I could embrace a bit more technology in this one... there isn't a straight orchestral note on this score.

[on his score for Hannibal (2001)] This is the best love theme I've ever written, I keep telling everyone this is a romantic comedy, but nobody believes me.

You have to remain flexible, and you must be your own critic at all times.

If something happened where I couldn't write music anymore, it would kill me. It's not just a job. It's not just a hobby. It's why I get up in the morning.

I don't drive, so one of my assistants drives me to my writing room, and I have a calendar on the wall telling me how much time I have left, and how far behind I am. I look at it and panic, and decide which scene to work on. And you sit there plonking notes until something makes sense, and you don't think about it any more. Good tunes come when you're not thinking about it.

I wake up around noon, light a cigarette, get a cup of coffee, sit in the bathtub for an hour and daydream, and I usually come up with some ideas... It's a very irresponsible life. The only decisions I make are about the notes I'm writing.


Souls for Sale  Souls for Sale 
The Show  The Show 
Saturday Night Live Saturday Night Live Himself(uncredited)(1episode,2014)
Wetten, dass..? Wetten, dass..? Himself(1episode,2002)
Moonlighting  Moonlighting 
The Story of O 2  The Story of O 2 
Insignificance  Insignificance 
Insignificance  Insignificance 
Wild Horses  Wild Horses 
My Beautiful Laundrette  My Beautiful Laundrette 
The Zero Boys  The Zero Boys 
Castaway  Castaway 
Prick Up Your Ears  Prick Up Your Ears 
Prick Up Your Ears  Prick Up Your Ears 
Terminal Exposure  Terminal Exposure 
The Wind  The Wind 
The Wind  The Wind 
Rain Man  Rain Man 
Track 29  Track 29 
Twister  Twister 
A World Apart  A World Apart 
First Born First Born
Black Rain  Black Rain 
Dark Obsession  Dark Obsession 
Paperhouse  Paperhouse 
Bird on a Wire  Bird on a Wire 
Dakota Road  Dakota Road 
Fools of Fortune  Fools of Fortune 
Zöld kártya  Zöld kártya 
Pacific Heights  Pacific Heights 
K2  K2 
Regarding Henry  Regarding Henry 
Thelma & Louise  Thelma & Louise 
White Fang  White Fang 
A League of Their Own  A League of Their Own 
The Power of One  The Power of One 
Radio Flyer  Radio Flyer 
Toys  Toys 
Toys  Toys 
Where Sleeping Dogs Lie  Where Sleeping Dogs Lie 
Space Rangers Space Rangers
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm  Batman: Mask of the Phantasm 
Calendar Girl  Calendar Girl 
The House of the Spirits  The House of the Spirits 
The House of the Spirits  The House of the Spirits 
Sniper  Sniper 
True Romance  True Romance 
The Critic The Critic
Drop Zone  Drop Zone 
I'll Do Anything  I'll Do Anything 
The Lion King  The Lion King 
The Lion King  The Lion King 
Monkey Trouble  Monkey Trouble 
Renaissance Man  Renaissance Man 
Die Harald Schmidt Show Die Harald Schmidt Show Himself(1episode,2002)
Nine Months  Nine Months 
High Incident High Incident
Broken Arrow  Broken Arrow 
Broken Arrow  Broken Arrow 
The Fan  The Fan 
Muppet Treasure Island  Muppet Treasure Island 
Muppet Treasure Island  Muppet Treasure Island 
The Preacher's Wife  The Preacher's Wife 
Precious Find  Precious Find 
The Rock  The Rock 
The Rock  The Rock 
Two Deaths  Two Deaths 
White Squall  White Squall 
The Whole Wide World  The Whole Wide World 
Deceiver  Deceiver 
With Friends Like These...  With Friends Like These... 
As Good as It Gets  As Good as It Gets 
As Good as It Gets  As Good as It Gets 
The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride  The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride 
Antz  Antz 
Chicken Run  Chicken Run 
From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter  From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter 
Mission: Impossible II  Mission: Impossible II 
Mission: Impossible II  Mission: Impossible II 
The Prince of Egypt  The Prince of Egypt 
The Thin Red Line  The Thin Red Line 
Shrek  Shrek 
The Road to El Dorado  The Road to El Dorado 
Chill Factor  Chill Factor 
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas  Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas 
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron  Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron 
Gladiator  Gladiator 
King of the Jungle  King of the Jungle 
The Making of 'Crimson Tide'  The Making of 'Crimson Tide'  Himself
Muppets Treasure Island  Muppets Treasure Island 
Dungeons & Dragons  Dungeons & Dragons 
Riding in Cars with Boys  Riding in Cars with Boys 
El candidato El candidato
Hannibal  Hannibal 
Pearl Harbor  Pearl Harbor 
Spy Kids  Spy Kids 
The Pledge  The Pledge 
Die Motorrad-Cops: Hart am Limit Die Motorrad-Cops: Hart am Limit
Invincible  Invincible 
Styx  Styx 
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