John Beal

John Beal is a film and television composer and conductor, who is most well-known not only for his work on numerous hit television shows, but as the industry's leading composer of original scores for theatrical motion picture trailers for over thirty years. Beal specialized in actual scoring for ...

Born on January 20, 1947

Santa Monica, California, USA

Biography

John Beal is a film and television composer and conductor, who is most well-known not only for his work on numerous hit television shows, but as the industry's leading composer of original scores for theatrical motion picture trailers for over thirty years. Beal specialized in actual scoring for trailers, rather than creating library music which would be randomly licensed and plugged into marketing campaigns. Working with Hollywood's movie marketing pioneer Andrew J. Kuehn, John was an integral part of the ground-breaking creation of today's definitive contemporary motion picture trailer form. John Beal is recognized throughout the industry as the creative who defined its musical style and template. Beal is the President of Reeltime Creative.Born in Santa Monica, California. His grandfather was involved with the very first television broadcasts from RCA in New York and the development of multi-channel sound for Disney's Fantasia (1940), and John's earliest years were spent in the San Fernando Valley, where he attended school with the children many of Hollywood's most famous stars. John was selected to be one of the child guests on Art Linkletter's The Linkletter Show (1952).John began piano studies at age six. By age eight, he had moved to La Cañada-Flintridge, California and was singing with a professional boys choir. His first job as a professional musician was as a drummer at age ten. In junior high school, he appeared on shows hosted by Steve Allen and Dick Clark. With studies at San Diego State and UCLA behind him, his musical career was interrupted by combat service in the United States Marine Corps, where he was decorated for heroism, bravery, valor and gallantry.John quickly returned to Hollywood to pursue his dream. In his twenties, he had already worked with Olivia Newton-John, Johnny Mathis, Gladys Knight, B.B. King, Ella Fitzgerald, Phyllis Diller (as her conductor and straight man) and many more stars as their music director and arranger. John began studying with composer mentors Earle Hagen, Dominic Frontiere and George Duning, while ghostwriting and orchestrating for many other major film and television composers and conducting for variety television shows. He also contributed original music to Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Enchanted Village.His first feature film was Zero to Sixty (1978) with Darren McGavin and Joan Collins, and he continued scoring films (The Funhouse (1981), Terror in the Aisles (1984)) and many hit television series, beginning with Happy Days (1974), Laverne & Shirley (1976), Eight Is Enough (1977), Vega$ (1978), Chicago Story (1982) and Goodtime Girls (1980).Beal contributed to the marketing campaigns of more than two thousand films and five hundred major Hollywood hits that generated box office receipts measuring in literally hundreds of billions of dollars, with titles ranging from Aladdin (1992), Ghost (1990), Black Rain (1989), and Forrest Gump (1994) to The Matrix (1999), The Last Samurai (2003), Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Titanic (1997) and True Lies (1994).Read More

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He is also known as one of the busiest trailer music composers in Hollywood with over 2,000 trailers and television campaigns for major films. He received the 1998 Gold Score Award for best compilation album from SCORELOGUE, and the International Film Music Critics Jury awarded him second place to Jerry Goldsmith's "The Omen" compilation. Reader's Choice chose "Heart of the Ocean", on which John performed, as best of the year 1998 and his "Coming Soon" album as #2. In early 1999 he released "Watch The Skies" "The Snow Files" and "The Funhouse" showcasing his own compositions as well as those of Mark Snow, Danny Elfman, and Alan Silvestri.

Married to Helene Nielsen Beal 2002-.

Became General Manager of the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra in 2006.

Spouses

Helene Nielsen Beal Helene Nielsen Beal December 12, 2002 - present
Donna Fein Donna Fein May 1972 - present (divorced)

Filmography

Happy Days Happy Days
Escape to Witch Mountain  Escape to Witch Mountain 
Laverne & Shirley Laverne & Shirley
Eight Is Enough Eight Is Enough
Eight Is Enough Eight Is Enough
Black Market Baby  Black Market Baby 
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope  Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope 
Challenge of the Superfriends Challenge of the Superfriends
Vega$ Vega$
The Dukes of Hazzard The Dukes of Hazzard
The MacKenzies of Paradise Cove The MacKenzies of Paradise Cove
The MacKenzies of Paradise Cove The MacKenzies of Paradise Cove
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do  Breaking Up Is Hard to Do 
The Main Event  The Main Event 
Goodtime Girls Goodtime Girls
Goodtime Girls Goodtime Girls
Defiance  Defiance 
Deadly Blessing  Deadly Blessing 
Fallen Angel  Fallen Angel 
The Funhouse  The Funhouse 
The Funhouse  The Funhouse 
Cassie & Co. Cassie & Co.
Chicago Story Chicago Story
Chicago Story Chicago Story
Matt Houston Matt Houston
First Blood  First Blood 
Money on the Side  Money on the Side 
The Toy  The Toy 
Christine  Christine 
Legmen Legmen
Legmen Legmen
Police Academy  Police Academy 
Runaway  Runaway 
The Stone Boy  The Stone Boy 
Terror in the Aisles  Terror in the Aisles 
Terror in the Aisles  Terror in the Aisles 
Velvet  Velvet 
The Black Cauldron  The Black Cauldron 
Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment  Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment 
An American Tail  An American Tail 
Children of a Lesser God  Children of a Lesser God 
Killer Party  Killer Party 
Killer Party  Killer Party 
Nothing in Common  Nothing in Common 
Police Academy 3: Back in Training  Police Academy 3: Back in Training 
The Fourth Protocol  The Fourth Protocol 
Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol  Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol 
Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach  Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach 
Shattered Innocence  Shattered Innocence 
Life Goes On Life Goes On
All Dogs Go to Heaven  All Dogs Go to Heaven 
Black Rain  Black Rain 
Police Academy 6: City Under Siege  Police Academy 6: City Under Siege 
Almost an Angel  Almost an Angel 
Flight of the Intruder  Flight of the Intruder 
Ghost  Ghost 
The Grifters  The Grifters 
The Hunt for Red October  The Hunt for Red October 
Mr. & Mrs. Bridge  Mr. & Mrs. Bridge 
At Play in the Fields of the Lord  At Play in the Fields of the Lord 
Dead Again  Dead Again 
JFK  JFK 
Little Man Tate  Little Man Tate 
Regarding Henry  Regarding Henry 
Aladdin  Aladdin 
The Bodyguard  The Bodyguard 
Bram Stoker's Dracula  Bram Stoker's Dracula 
Encino Man  Encino Man 
Excessive Force  Excessive Force 
Love Field  Love Field 
Medicine Man  Medicine Man 
Noises Off...  Noises Off... 
Passed Away  Passed Away 
Patriot Games  Patriot Games 
School Ties  School Ties 
Whispers in the Dark  Whispers in the Dark 
Cliffhanger  Cliffhanger 
Strawberry and Chocolate  Strawberry and Chocolate 
In the Line of Fire  In the Line of Fire 
Indecent Proposal  Indecent Proposal 
The Nightmare Before Christmas  The Nightmare Before Christmas 
Rising Sun  Rising Sun 
This Boy's Life  This Boy's Life 
Black Beauty  Black Beauty 
Clear and Present Danger  Clear and Present Danger 
Color of Night  Color of Night 
Drop Zone  Drop Zone 
The Flintstones  The Flintstones 
Forrest Gump  Forrest Gump 
Fresh  Fresh 
Intersection  Intersection 
The Mask  The Mask 
Miracle on 34th Street  Miracle on 34th Street 
On Deadly Ground  On Deadly Ground 
The Pagemaster  The Pagemaster 
Quiz Show  Quiz Show 
The Santa Clause  The Santa Clause 
When a Man Loves a Woman  When a Man Loves a Woman 
White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf  White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf 
Bad Company  Bad Company 
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