John Cardon Debney (born August 18, 1956) is an American film composer and conductor. He received an Academy Award nomination for his score for Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ (2004). He also composed the score for Cutthroat Island (1995), which has been celebrated by music critics as a notable example of swashbuckling film music.
Debney at ComicCon 2013
|Birth name||John Cardon Debney|
|Born||August 18, 1956|
Glendale, California, U.S.
|Genres||Film scores, soundtracks|
Life and careerEdit
The son of Disney Studios producer Louis Debney (Zorro, The Mickey Mouse Club), John was born and raised in Glendale, California, nearby to Disney. He began guitar lessons at age six and played in rock bands in college. Debney earned his B.A. degree in Music Composition from the California Institute of Arts in 1979. Two weeks after graduating from CalArts, he got a job at copying department at Disney. One day, Buddy Baker saw him and had him arrange music that would later be used for different pavilions and rides at EPCOT Center (at Walt Disney World in Florida). After three years at Disney, he freelanced for television composer Mike Post. Debney furthered his hands-on training by working with Hanna-Barbera composer Hoyt Curtin. After this, Debney went on to score television projects as diverse as Disneyland, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, SeaQuest DSV, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, The Cape, The Lazarus Man, Piggsburg Pigs!, The Further Adventures of SuperTed, Doctor Who, Cagney and Lacey, Tiny Toon Adventures, The Young Riders, The New Yogi Bear Show, Police Academy: The Animated Series, Fame, Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future, Dragon's Lair, Freshman Dorm, Pop Quiz and Dink, the Little Dinosaur, for which he won an Emmy for Best Main Title. In the early 1990s, Debney began to score indie films and Disneyland attractions. In 1991, Debney composed the music for Phantom Manor in Disneyland Paris and SpectroMagic at Magic Kingdom. In 1993, he scored his first studio feature, the Disney comedy Hocus Pocus starring Bette Midler.
Debney has since gone on to have a career composing scores for many films including: The Passion of the Christ, Bruce Almighty, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Elf, Sin City, Chicken Little, Liar Liar, Spy Kids, The Scorpion King, The Princess Diaries and Predators.
He composed of Disney Parks's Nighttime Spectaculars, including: World Of Color Celebrate! in Disney's California Adventure, The Magic, The Memories And You! and Celebrate The Magic in Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom and Celebrate! Tokyo Disneyland in Tokyo Disneyland.
|1984||Gremlins||Joe Dante||Amblin Entertainment
|with Jerry Goldsmith||Year||Title||Director(s)||Studio(s)||Notes|
|1987||The Wild Pair||Beau Bridges||Trans World Entertainment||N/A|
|1988||The Further Adventures of Tennessee Buck||David Keith||Sarlui/Diamant Productions
Sri Lanka Location Services Ltd.
|Seven Hours to Judgment||Beau Bridges||Diamant Production
Trans World Entertainment
|Not Since Casanova||Brett Thompson||The Brett Thompson Company
|1989||Trenchcoat in Paradise||Martha Coolidge||Finnegan/Pinchuk Productions
|1984-1985||The Disney Family Album|
|1985||Welcome to Pooh Corner: Too Smart for Strangers||Music arranged by|
|1988-1991||A Pup Named Scooby-Doo|
|1989||The Further Adventures of SuperTed|
|1989-1990||Dink, the Little Dinosaur|
|1989-1992||The Young Riders|
|1990||Tiny Toon Adventures||2 episodes|
|1993||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||2 episodes|
|1993-1994||SeaQuest DSV||Main theme and 22 episodes|
|1994||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Episode: "The Pegasus"|
|1996||The Cape||Main theme and pilot episode, with Louis Febre|
|2012||Hatfields & McCoys||with Tony Morales|
|2013||Bonnie & Clyde|
|Texas Rising||with Bruce Broughton|
|2016||Game of Silence|
|2017–present||Santa Clarita Diet|
|The Orville||with Bruce Broughton (Pilot and theme only), Joel McNeely and Andrew Cottee|
|2015||Emmy Award – Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music: Texas Rising (with Bruce Broughton) (2015)||Nominated|
|2012||Emmy Award – Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special (Original Dramatic Score): Hatfields & McCoys: Part 1 (with Tony Morales) (2012)||Nominated|
|2005||Academy Award – Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score: The Passion of the Christ (2004)||Nominated|
|1997||Emmy Award – Outstanding Main Title Theme Music: The Cape (1996)||Nominated|
|1997||Emmy Award – Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore): The Cape: Pilot (with Louis Febre) (1996)||Won|
|1994||Emmy Award – Outstanding Individual Achievement in Main Title Theme Music: SeaQuest DSV (1993)||Won|
|1991||Emmy Award – Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore): The Young Riders: Kansas (1989)||Won|
|1990||Emmy Award – Outstanding Achievement in Main Title Theme Music: The Young Riders (1989)||Nominated|
- "Cutthroat Island (John Debney)". Filmtracks. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
- "Cutthroat Island (John Debney) soundtrack review". ScoreReviews.com. 2009-02-28. Archived from the original on 2009-02-28. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
- Other reviews by Mike Brennan (2005-05-12). "Soundtrack: CutThroat Island (2005)". Soundtrack.Net. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
- "Movie Music UK - Cutthroat Island – John Debney". MovieMusicUK.us. 2010-01-13. Archived from the original on 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
- Burlingame, Jon (2009-11-10). "Go-to composer grew up in Disney family - Entertainment News, Billion-Dollar Composer: John Debney, Media". Variety. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
- "John Debney to Score 'Predators' Prequel". Bloody-disgusting.com. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
- "A Peek Behind the Scenes of a Predators Scoring Session". Dreadcentral.com. 2010-06-07. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
- "John Debney to Score Ivan Reitman's 'Draft Day' | Film Music Reporter". 25 November 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
- "Lock In with the Madden NFL 18 Soundtrack". EA Sports. July 25, 2018. Retrieved July 25, 2018.