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John Cardon Debney (born August 18, 1956) is an American composer and conductor of film, television, and video game scores.[1] His work encompases a variety of mediums and genres including comedy, horror, thriller, and action-adventure. He is a long-time collaborator of The Walt Disney Company, having written music for their films, television series, and theme parks.

John Debney
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Debney at ComicCon 2013
Background information
Birth nameJohn Cardon Debney
Born (1956-08-18) August 18, 1956 (age 63)
Glendale, California, U.S.
GenresFilm scores, soundtracks
Occupation(s)Composer, conductor
InstrumentsKeyboards
Years active1977-present
Associated actsJerry Goldsmith, Louis Febre, Danny Elfman
Websitewww.johndebney.com

Debney has been the recipient of three Primetime Emmy Awards, and an Academy Award nomination for his score for Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ (2004).

Early life and educationEdit

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).[2]

CareerEdit

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[3] and Predators.[4]

Debney has also composed scores for the video games Lair and The Sims Medieval. In 2010, he composed the theme music for the Nickelodeon television series Supah Ninjas.

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.

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

1980sEdit

Year Title Director(s) Notes
1987 The Wild Pair Beau Bridges Composed with Michel Colombier
1988 The Further Adventures of Tennessee Buck David Keith N/A
Seven Hours to Judgment Beau Bridges N/A
Not Since Casanova Brett Thompson N/A
1989 Trenchcoat in Paradise Martha Coolidge N/A

1990sEdit

Year Title Director(s) Notes
1990 Jetsons: The Movie William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
N/A
1993 Hocus Pocus Kenny Ortega N/A
1994 Gunmen Deran Sarafian N/A
White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf Ken Olin N/A
Little Giants Duwayne Dunham N/A
1995 Chameleon Michael Pavone Direct-to-video
Houseguest Randall Miller N/A
Runaway Brain Chris Bailey Short film
Cutthroat Island Renny Harlin N/A
Sudden Death Peter Hyams N/A
1996 Getting Away with Murder Harvey Miller N/A
Carpool Arthur Miller N/A
1997 The Relic Peter Hyams N/A
Liar Liar Tom Shadyac Themes by James Newton Howard
I Know What You Did Last Summer Jim Gillespie N/A
1998 Paulie John Roberts Nominated- IFMCA Award for Best Original Score for a Comedy Film
I'll Be Home for Christmas Arlene Sanford N/A
1999 My Favorite Martian Donald Petrie N/A
Lost & Found Jeff Pollack N/A
Inspector Gadget David Kellogg N/A
Dick Andrew Fleming N/A
Komodo Michael Lantieri N/A
The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland Gary Halvorson N/A
End of Days Peter Hyams N/A

2000sEdit

Year Title Director(s) Notes
2000 Relative Values Eric Styles N/A
Michael Jordan to the Max James D. Stern
Don Kempf
Documentary film
The Replacements Howard Deutch N/A
The Emperor's New Groove Mark Dindal Nominated- Annie Award for Music in a Feature Production
2001 See Spot Run John Whitesell N/A
Heartbreakers David Mirkin Themes by Danny Elfman
Cats & Dogs Lawrence Guterman N/A
The Princess Diaries Garry Marshall N/A
Spy Kids Robert Rodriguez Composed with Danny Elfman
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius John A. Davis N/A
2002 Snow Dogs Brian Levant N/A
Dragonfly Tom Shadyac N/A
The Scorpion King Chuck Russell N/A
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Robert Rodriguez Composed with Robert Rodriguez
Swimfan John Polson Composed with Louis Febre
The Tuxedo Kevin Donovan Composed with Christophe Beck
The Hot Chick Tom Brady N/A
2003 Most Bobby Garabedian Short film
Malibu's Most Wanted John Whitesell Composed with John Van Tongeren
Bruce Almighty Tom Shadyac N/A
Elf Jon Favreau 1st collaboration with Favreau
Looney Tunes: Back in Action Joe Dante Additional music only
Score composed by Jerry Goldsmith
2004 Welcome to Mooseport Donald Petrie N/A
The Whole Ten Yards Howard Deutch N/A
The Passion of the Christ Mel Gibson Nominated- Academy Award for Best Original Score
Nominated- IFMCA Award for Best Original Score for a Drama Film
Raising Helen Garry Marshall N/A
Spider-Man 2 Sam Raimi Additional music
Score composed by Danny Elfman
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Garry Marshall N/A
Christmas with the Kranks Joe Roth N/A
2005 The Pacifier Adam Shankman N/A
Sin City Robert Rodriguez Composed with Robert Rodriguez & Graeme Revell
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D
Duma Carroll Ballard Composed with George Acogny
Dreamer John Gatins N/A
The Seed Joe Hahn Short film
Composed with Unkle & Mike Shinoda
Venom Jim Gillespie Theme music only
Score composed by James L. Venable
Chicken Little Mark Dindal N/A
Zathura: A Space Adventure Jon Favreau 2nd collaboration with Favreau
Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Adam Shankman N/A
2006 Keeping Up with the Steins Scott Marshall N/A
The Ant Bully John A. Davis Nominated- Annie Award for Music in a Feature Production
Nominated- IFMCA Award for Best Original Score for an Animated Film
Barnyard Steve Oedekerk N/A
Idlewild Bryan Barber N/A
Everyone's Hero Colin Brady
Dan St. Pierre
Christopher Reeve
N/A
2007 Spider-Man 3 Sam Raimi Additional music
Score composed by Christopher Young
Georgia Rule Garry Marshall N/A
Evan Almighty Tom Shadyac Nominated- IFMCA Award for Best Original Score for a Comedy Film
Big Stan Rob Schneider Theme music only
Score composed by John Hunter
2008 Meet Dave Brian Robbins N/A
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Rob Cohen Additional music
Score composed by Randy Edelman
Swing Vote Joshua Michael Stern N/A
The Stoning of Soraya M. Cyrus Nowrasteh N/A
My Best Friend's Girl Howard Deutch N/A
2009 Hotel for Dogs Thor Freudenthal N/A
Hannah Montana: The Movie Peter Chelsom N/A
Aliens in the Attic John Schultz N/A
Old Dogs Walt Becker N/A

2010sEdit

Year Title Director(s) Notes
2010 Valentine's Day Garry Marshall N/A
Snowmen Robert Kirbyson N/A
Iron Man 2 Jon Favreau 3rd collaboration with Favreau
Predators Nimród Antal Themes by Alan Silvestri
Yogi Bear Eric Brevig N/A
2011 No Strings Attached Ivan Reitman N/A
The Change-Up David Dobkin Composed with Theodore Shapiro
Dream House Jim Sheridan N/A
The Double Michael Brandt N/A
New Year's Eve Garry Marshall N/A
2012 A Thousand Words Brian Robbins N/A
The Three Stooges Farrelly brothers N/A
Alex Cross Rob Cohen N/A
2013 The Call Brad Anderson N/A
Jobs Joshua Michael Stern N/A
2014 Draft Day[5] Ivan Reitman N/A
Walk of Shame Steven Brill N/A
The Road Within Gren Wells Theme music only
Score composed by Josh Debney
The Cobbler Tom McCarthy N/A
Stonehearst Asylum Brad Anderson N/A
2015 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water[5] Paul Tibbitt N/A
Careful What You Wish For Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum Theme music only
Score composed by The Newton Brothers & Josh Debney
Broken Horses Vidhu Vinod Chopra N/A
Paper Towns Jake Schreier Composed with Son Lux
2016 The Young Messiah Cyrus Nowrasteh N/A
Everybody Wants Some!! Richard Linklater N/A
The Jungle Book Jon Favreau 4th collaboration with Favreau

Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original Score in a Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Film
Nominated- Satellite Award for Best Original Score
Nominated- IFMCA Award for Best Original Score for Action/Adventure Film

Mother's Day Garry Marshall N/A
Ice Age: Collision Course Mike Thurmeier N/A
League of Gods Koan Hui
Vernie Yeung
N/A
2017 Home Again Hallie Meyers-Shyer N/A
The Greatest Showman Michael Gracey Composed with Joseph Trapanese

Nominated- Saturn Award for Best Music

2018 Beirut Brad Anderson N/A
Brian Banks Tom Shadyac N/A
2019 Isn't It Romantic Todd Strauss-Schulson N/A
The Beach Bum Harmony Korine N/A
Dora and the Lost City of Gold James Bobin Composed with Germaine Franco

TelevisionEdit

Years Title Notes
1982 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 2 episodes
1984 Dragon's Lair 13 episodes
1984-1985 Disney Family Album 5 episodes
1985-1987 Fame 30 episodes
1986 The Twilight Zone Episode: "The Storyteller/Nightsong"
Cagney & Lacey Episode: "The Marathon"
1987 CBS Summer Playhouse Episode: "Changing Patterns"
ABC Afterschool Special Episode: "The Day My Kid Went Punk"
1988-1991 A Pup Named Scooby-Doo 27 episodes
1988 Police Academy 14 episodes
1989 The Further Adventures of SuperTed 13 episodes
Trenchcoat in Paradise Television film
Nightmare Classics Episode: "The Eyes of the Panther"
1989-90 Dink, the Little Dinosaur 5 episodes
1989-92 The Young Riders 6 episodes

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series
Nominated- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music

1990 The Yum Yums: The Day Things Went Sour Television film
The Face of Fear
Tiny Toon Adventures 2 episodes
Piggsburg Pigs! Episode: "Mummies From Outer Space"
1991 A Seduction in Travis County Television film
Vidiots
Into the Badlands
1992 Do Not Bring That Python in the House
Still Not Quite Human
Sunstroke
The Plucky Duck Show Episode: "Hollywood Ducky"
1993 I Yabba-Dabba Do! Television film
Jonny's Golden Quest
Class of '61
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 2 episodes
Jack's Place 3 episodes
Praying Mantis Television film
For Love and Glory
The Halloween Tree
The Town Santa Forgot
Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby
1993-94 SeaQuest DSV 19 episodes

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music

1994 Star Trek: The Next Generation Episode: "The Pegasus"
1995 In Pursuit of Honor Television film
Kansas
1996 Doctor Who
The Cape Episode: "Pilot"

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series
Nominated- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music

2000 Running Mates Television film
G-Saviour
2012 Hatfields & McCoys Miniseries
Composed with Tony Morales

Nominated- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series or Special

2013 Bonnie & Clyde Miniseries
2014 The After Television film
Houdini Miniseries
2014-15 Forever 22 episodes
2015 American Odyssey 13 episodes
Texas Rising Miniseries
Composed with Bruce Broughton

Nominated- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music
Nominated- Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Main Title Music in a TV Series
Nominated- IFMCA Award for Best Original Score for Television

2016 Game of Silence 4 episodes
2017 Flint Television film
2017-present Santa Clarita Diet 10 episodes
The Orville 19 episodes

IFMCA Award for Best Original Score for Television

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Result
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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "John Debney - Award-winning Composer". John Debney. Retrieved 2017-09-24.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "John Debney to Score 'Predators' Prequel". Bloody-disgusting.com. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
  4. ^ "A Peek Behind the Scenes of a Predators Scoring Session". Dreadcentral.com. 2010-06-07. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
  5. ^ a b "John Debney to Score Ivan Reitman's 'Draft Day' | Film Music Reporter". 25 November 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013.

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