Started taking piano lessons at age six
Wrote first songs at age 15
At age 17, became a contract song writer for Metro Music (part of Liberty)
First recorded song, "They Tell Me It's Summer," a B side sung by the Fleetwoods
First TV credit, penned an untitled saxophone instrumental for an episode of "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" (CBS)
Contributed first song "Look at Me" to a Hollywood film "The Lively Set," co-written with Bobby Darin
Worked at the TV music library at 20th Century Fox; wrote music cues and themes for series produced by the studio
Joined Reprise Records as a recording artist
Released self titled debut album, which included the song "I Think It's Gonna Rain Today"
Conducted music for "Performance" (film released 1972)
Had first U.S. hit with Three Dog Night's recording of "Mama Told Me Not to Come"
Contributed an original song to "The Pursuit of Happiness"
Wrote first film score for Norman Lear's "Cold Turkey"
Had first commercial success with the song "Short People"; led to first gold record for album <i>Little Criminals</i>
Composed film score for Milos Forman's "Ragtime"; received first Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Original Score and Best Song ("One More Hour")
Released <i>Trouble in Paradise</i>, which included the hit single "I Love L.A."; song later used by the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium
Provided the lush underscore for Barry Levinson's "The Natural"; earned third Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score
Co-scripted "Three Amigos!" with Steve Martin and Lorne Michaels; also wrote three songs for film and provided voice for the singing bush
Released the album <i>Land of Dreams</i>
Wrote the song "I Love to See You Smile" for the Ron Howard film "Parenthood"; earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Original Song
Wrote the dramatic score to "Avalon," directed by Barry Levinson; earned fifth Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe nomination
Received Best Song Academy Award nomination for "Make Up Your Mind" from the Ron Howard film "The Paper"
Provided music for first all-computer-generated animated film "Toy Story"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score and Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Song ("You've Got a Friend")
First composition for musical theater, "Faust"; project put on hold after second production in Chicago was met with mixed reviews; wrote the book as well as music and lyrics
Picked up ninth Academy Award nomination for the score to animated film "James and the Giant Peach"
Fired by director Wolfgang Petersen after completing the score for "Air Force One"; work was replaced by Jerry Goldsmith's score
Earned tenth Oscar nomination for Best Original Song "That'll Do" from "Babe: Pig in the City"
Composed the music for "A Bug's Life" and "Pleasantville"; earned Best Original Score Academy Award nominations for both films
Penned the lively score for animated sequel "Toy Story 2"; also wrote songs including "When She Loved You"; earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Original Score
Earned 14th career Academy Award nomination for the song "A Fool in Love" from "Meet the Parents"
Won first Academy Award for the song "If I Didn't Have You" from animated film "Monsters, Inc."; also nominated for Best Original Score
Wrote the theme song of "Monk" (USA Network) titled "It's a Jungle out There"
Contributed on the soundtrack of "Seabiscuit"
Wrote music for comedy sequel "Meet the Fockers"
Scored animated film "Cars" and wrote the song "Our Town"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song
Wrote music for Disney animated feature "The Princess and the Frog"; earned two Oscar nominations for Original Song for "Almost There" and "Down in New Orleans"; also earned a Grammy nomination for Best Song for "Down in New Orleans"
Composed score for "Toy Story 3"; earned Grammy nomination for Best Score Soundtrack
Announced as an inductee into the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame