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Legends of Action: Hans Zimmer

Birth Date: 12 September 1957

An action movie is nothing without a kick ass music score and few people come close to the legend that is Hans Zimmer.

He has composed music for over 150 films, including The Lion King (1994), Crimson Tide (1995), the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, The Thin Red Line (1998), Gladiator (2000), Broken Arrow (1996), Man of Steel (2013), The Last Samurai (2003), The Dark Knight (2008), Inception (2010), and 12 Years a Slave (2013).




According to Wikipedia: “Zimmer spent the early part of his career in the United Kingdom before moving to the United States. He is the head of the film music division at DreamWorks studios and works with other composers through the company which he founded, Remote Control Productions.

Zimmer’s works are notable for integrating electronic music sounds with traditional orchestral arrangements. He has received four Grammy Awards, three Classical BRIT Awards, two Golden Globes, and an Academy Award. He was also named on the list of Top 100 Living Geniuses, published by The Daily Telegraph”.

I personally consider Gladiator his finest moment as it is the perfect mixture of bombastic action and emotion. It still bothers me that he never won an Oscar for it as it deserved it a lot more than Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon ever did.

His scores to King Arthur, Crimson Tide, The Rock, Broken Arrow and Man of Steel are some of the best action movie scores you’ll ever hear.

Zimmer isn’t afraid to experiment either with The Dark Knight Trilogy sounding unique even though it didn’t really have an iconic theme tune.

To me all of the best 90’s action movies were scored by Zimmer and they would have BIG, militaristic theme tunes which stick in your head long after.

Crimson Tide’s main theme is a work of genius and has been used in several trailers; it slowly builds up to a rousing finale and mixes Russian choirs with Zimmer’s instantly recognizable sound of integrating electronic music sounds with traditional orchestral arrangements. .

He hasn’t only worked on action movies though with scores to The Holiday, Driving Miss Daisy, Green Card and many more on his resume. I really like his score to Thelma and Louise, with its twanging guitars and almost Western vibe; it works for the movie perfectly

Zimmer remains one of the most influential and iconic film composers of all time and any time I see that he is providing a score to a movie, then I know it will be something special.


Transformers: Age of Extinction (composer: additional music)
 2014Divergent (executive music producer)
 2010-2014Through the Wormhole (TV Series documentary) (main title theme by – 27 episodes)

Is God an Alien Concept? (2014) … (main title theme by)
How Do Aliens Think (2013) … (main title theme by)
Is There a God Particle? (2013) … (main title theme by)
Did We Invent God? (2012) … (main title theme by)
Will Eternity End? (2012) … (main title theme by)
 2013Beyond: Two Souls (Video Game) (music producer)
 2013Mr. Morgan’s Last Love (score producer)
 2013Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (executive music producer)
 2012Bullet to the Head (music producer – uncredited) / (score producer)
 2012The Dark Knight Rises (synth programming)
 2012The 84th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (music consultant)
 2011Pirates of the Caribbean: Tales of the Code: Wedlocked (Short) (composer: theme music)
 2011Curiosity (TV Series documentary) (composer – 1 episode)

Is There a Parallel Universe? (2011) … (composer: main title theme)
 2011Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (composer: theme music) / (score producer)
 2010Mr. J (Short) (composer: music)
 2010Inception (synthesizer programmer)
 2010Despicable Me (score producer)
 2009Sherlock Holmes (music producer)
 2009Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Video Game) (composer: main themes) / (music producer)
 2009Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (composer: additional music)
 2007-2009HBO First Look (TV Series documentary) (executive music producer – 2 episodes)

Monsters on a Mission: The Making of Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) … (executive music producer)
Inside the Hive: The Making of ‘Bee Movie’ (2007) … (executive music producer)
 2009Monsters vs. Aliens (executive music producer)
 2008Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (musician: synthesizers)
 2008Frost/Nixon (orchestrator)
 2008Babylon A.D. (executive music producer – uncredited) / (music consultant)
 2008The Dark Knight (musician: synthesizer – uncredited) / (synthesizer programmer)
 2008Iron Man (executive music producer)
 2008Vantage Point (music consultant – uncredited)
 2007Pirates of the Caribbean Online (Video Game) (composer: theme music)
 2007Bee Movie (executive music producer)
 2007August Rush (composer: theme music) / (executive score producer – uncredited)
 2007Running the Sahara (Documentary) (score music producer)
 2006The Holiday (soloist: piano)
 2006The Prestige (executive music producer)
 2006Urmel aus dem Eis (score producer)
 2006Over the Hedge (executive music producer)
 2006Curious George (executive music producer)
 2006Ask the Dust (score producer)
 2005Blood+ (TV Series) (music producer)
 2005The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (music score producer)
 2005All the Invisible Children (music producer: Jordan & Ridley Scott segment)
 2005The Island (score producer)
 2005El sueño de Paco (soundtrack)
 2005The Ring 2 (composer: themes)
 2005The Contender (TV Series) (composer: title theme)
 2004House of D (executive producer: music score)
 2004Ella Enchanted (executive score producer)
 2003The Last Samurai (score arranger) / (score programmer)
 2003Threat Matrix (TV Series) (composer – 3 episodes)

Patriot Acts (2003) … (composer: main title)
Natural Borne Killers (2003) … (composer: main title)
Pilot (2003) … (composer: theme music)
 2003Matchstick Men (music arranger) / (music programmer)
 2003Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (music editor) / (music programmer) / (score producer) / (soundtrack producer)
 2002Live from Baghdad (TV Movie) (executive music producer)
 2001Black Hawk Down (conductor – uncredited) / (musician: keyboards – uncredited)
 2001I Am Sam (original music producer)
 2001Jason X (musician: guitar)
 2000Mission: Impossible II (conductor) / (musician)
 2000The Critic (TV Series) (composer – 7 episodes)

Pilot (2000) … (composer: theme music)
Episode #1.9 … (composer: theme music)
Episode #1.6 … (composer: theme music)
Episode #1.5 … (composer: theme music)
Episode #1.4 … (composer: theme music)
 1999Endurance (music producer)
 1998The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride (Video) (composer: song “He Lives in You”)
 1998Antz (executive music producer)
 1998With Friends Like These… (music producer)
 1997As Good as It Gets (music arranger – uncredited)
 1997The Borrowers (score producer)
 1997Fame L.A. (TV Series) (score producer)
 1997Face/Off (score producer)
 1996-1997High Incident (TV Series) (composer – 32 episodes)

Shootout (1997) … (composer: theme music)
Starting Over (1997) … (composer: theme music)
Camino High (1997) … (composer: theme music)
Remote Control (1997) … (composer: theme music)
Show Me the Money (1997) … (composer: theme music)
 1997Smilla’s Feeling for Snow (composer: additional music)
 1996The Rock (music producer) / (score arranger)
 1996Muppet Treasure Island (arranger: songs)
 1996Broken Arrow (score arranger)
 1996White Squall (composer: additional music)
 1987-1996Going for Gold (TV Series) (composer – 699 episodes)

Episode #10.58 (1996) … (composer: theme music)
Episode #10.51 (1996) … (composer: theme music)
Episode #10.53 (1996) … (composer: theme music)
Episode #10.54 (1996) … (composer: theme music)
Episode #10.50 (1996) … (composer: theme music)
 1995Beyond Rangoon (music producer)
 1994-1995The Critic (TV Series) (composer – 23 episodes)

I Can’t Believe It’s a Clip Show (1995) … (composer: theme music)
Dukerella (1995) … (composer: theme music)
Frankie and Ellie Get Lost (1995) … (composer: theme music)
Sherman of Arabia (1995) … (composer: theme music)
All the Duke’s Men (1995) … (composer: theme music)
 1994The Lion King (Video Game) (composer: original themes)
 1994The Lion King (music supervisor) / (original score arranger)
 1994Monkey Trouble (composer: additional music)
 1993Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (synthesist)
 1993The House of the Spirits (music arranger)
 1993Lifepod (TV Movie) (composer: theme music)
 1993Sniper (composer: additional music)
 1992Millennium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World (TV Series) (composer: theme music – 1992)
 1992Toys (music arranger) / (musician)
 1992Dakota Road (music advisor)
 1991/IWhite Fang (composer: additional music)
 1988Prisoner of Rio (composer: additional music)
 1987The Last Emperor (music producer: London – as Hans F. Zimmer) / (musical associate: London – as Hans F. Zimmer)
 1987Prick Up Your Ears (musician: synthesizers)
 1986Edge of Terror (Video) (musician: electronic music)
 1986Castaway (composer: additional music)
 1985The Lightship (music producer: electronic music)
 1985My Beautiful Laundrette (music producer)
 1985Insignificance (composer: additional music)
 1983Eureka (composer: additional music – uncredited)
 1982Moonlighting (composer: electronic music)
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 2014Sons of Liberty (TV Mini-Series) (post-production)
 2011-2014Through the Wormhole (TV Series documentary) (19 episodes)

 The Bible (TV Mini-Series) (8 episodes, 2013) (music composer – 1 episode, 2013)

Courage (2013)
Passion (2013)
Betrayal (2013)
Mission (2013)
Survival (2013)
 2012The Dawkins Movie (Short)
 2012The Longest Daycare (Short)
 2011Curiosity (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)

 2011Jealous of the Birds (Documentary)
 2011Crysis 2 (Video Game)
 2011Megamind: The Button of Doom (Video short)
 2010The Cover-Up (Short)
 2010Inception: Motion Comics (TV Series) (2010)
 2010Kung Fu Panda Holiday (TV Short)
 2010The Pacific (TV Mini-Series) (10 episodes)

Home (2010)
Okinawa (2010)
Iwo Jima (2010)
Peleliu Hills (2010)
Peleliu Airfield (2010)
 2010Henri 4
 2009The Boat That Rocked (uncredited)
 2008Batman: The Dark Knight (Video short)
 2003Journey to Safety: Making ‘Tears of the Sun’ (Video documentary short) (from “Tears of the Sun”)
 2002The Ring
 2002Thelma & Louise: The Last Journey (Video documentary)
 2000-2001Die Motorrad-Cops: Hart am Limit (TV Series) (23 episodes)

Blutsbrüder (2001)
Adrenalin (2001)
 2000Gladiator Games: The Roman Bloodsport (TV Movie documentary)
 2000Hans Zimmer: Scoring Gladiator (Video documentary short)
 2000HBO First Look (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)

Gladiator (2000)
 1999El candidato (TV Series)
 1998The Last Days (Documentary)
 1997As Good as It Gets (music by)
 1996Muppets Treasure Island (Video Game)
 1996The Fan
 1996The Rock
 1994Drop Zone
 1993-1994Space Rangers (TV Series) (6 episodes)

The Trial (1994)
Fort Hope (1993)
Banshies (1993)
 1991K2 (European version)
 1991To the Moon, Alice (Short) (as Hans Florian Zimmer)
 1990Arcadia (Short)
 1989Driving Miss Daisy (music composed by)
 1988Rain Man
 1988First Born (TV Mini-Series) (3 episodes)

Episode #1.3 (1988)
Episode #1.2 (1988)
Episode #1.1 (1988)
 1987Comeback (TV Movie)
 1987Going for Gold (TV Series)
 1986Edge of Terror (Video)
 1986Vardo (Short)
 1985Wild Horses (TV Movie)
Source: IMDB & Wikipedia