Mostly Credited As: Hans Zimmer
Sometimes Credited As: Hans Florian Zimmer
Birth Name: Hans Florian Zimmer
Date Of Birth: September 12, 1957 (Age 56)
Country Of Birth: Germany
Birth Place: Frankfurt am Main, Hesse
Hans Zimmer is one of Hollywood most recognized composers. He began his music career in London with mentor Stanley Myers. He soon began several solo projects, such as the critically acclaimed My Beautiful Laundrette, and is known to combine old and modern music technologies. Hans earned his first Academy Awards for Best Original Score in 1988 for his work in Rain Man. Then came 1994, when he won for an Academy Award for Best Original Score, a Golden Globe, an American Music Award, a Tony and two Grammy Awards for his score in The Lion King. The Lion King Soundtrack went on to sell 15 million copies to date. In 2000, his score for Ridley Scott’s Gladiator earned him an Oscar and Golden Globe nomination. The soundtrack sold more than three million copies worldwide and it even spawned a second album “Gladiator: More Music From The Motion Picture”. During the 27th annual Flanders International Film Festival, Hans performed live for the first time in a concert, playing a 100-piece orchestra and a 100-piece choir. Hans completed his 100th score in in 2003 with The Last Samurai, in which he earned another Golden Globe nomination. His other notable scores includes, The Preacher's Wife (1996), The Prince of Egypt (1998), The Thin Red Line (1998), As Good as It Gets (1997), Hannibal (2001), and Batman Begins (2005).
Gladiator marks his 100th score.
Won one Oscar and one Golden Globe for his work in entertainment music.
Married to Suzanne Zimmer with 4 children.
Frequently works with Director Ridley Scott.
Heads the DreamWorks' film music division.
"Assault On Precinct 13" by John Carpenter is his favorite theme.
Spend several years in a 1980's rock band.
"Zimmer" means "room" in German.
Quote: "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"
Quote on his Hannibal score: "This is the best love theme I've ever written, I keep telling everyone this is a romantic comedy, but nobody believes me."
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