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Also Known As: Howard Leslie Shore Died:
Born: October 18, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, CA Profession: composer, orchestrator, music director, conductor, music producer, music coordinator

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Howard Shore always made sure he had an emotional response to each film before he agreed to write a score for it. It was this type of passion for music and connecting it to the audience that made the Canadian one of the most respected and honored composers in the film industry, with over 100 films to his credit. He began as the music director for "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) and went on to compose several of the most memorable movie scores, including Oscar Best Picture winners "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991) and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003). Shore won his first Academy Award, along with a Grammy award, for his score of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001), a landmark achievement not only for the classically trained and rock-and-roll-inspired composer, but also for the history of Hollywood.

Howard Shore always made sure he had an emotional response to each film before he agreed to write a score for it. It was this type of passion for music and connecting it to the audience that made the Canadian one of the most respected and honored composers in the film industry, with over 100 films to his credit. He began as the music director for "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) and went on to compose several of the most memorable movie scores, including Oscar Best Picture winners "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991) and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003). Shore won his first Academy Award, along with a Grammy award, for his score of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001), a landmark achievement not only for the classically trained and rock-and-roll-inspired composer, but also for the history of Hollywood.

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1.
 Gilda Live (1980)
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Went to summer camp with future comedy producer-writer Lorne Michaels at Camp Timberlane in Ontario
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Organized with Michaels, first as campers, later as counselors, camp productions of "Bye Bye Birdie" and "The Fantasticks"
1975:
Began career as music director of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
1979:
First feature as composer and first collaboration with David Cronenberg, "The Brood"
1980:
Began scoring films full-time
1980:
Credited as a cast member and music producer for Gilda Radner's performance film "Gilda Live"; first collaboration with director Mike Nichols
1981:
Provided music for a TV special "Steve Martin's Best Show Ever"
1984:
Briefly returned to series TV to provide music for Lorne Michael's short-lived sketch comedy series "The New Show"
1983:
Credited as music coordinator in Nichol's "Silkwood"
1988:
First credit as music conductor, Cronenberg's "Dead Ringers" (also composed score)
1988:
Served as music director for the TV special "Coca-Cola Presents Live: The Hard Rock"
1989:
Provided title song for "She-Devil" (also composed score)
1990:
Provided additional music for "Quick Change," actor Bill Murray's (co-)directorial debut
1990:
Served as musical supervisor on Nichol's "Postcards From the Edge"
1993:
First credit as music orchestrator, "Sliver" (also served as composer and conductor)
1994:
Composed the music for "Ed Wood," the biopic directed by Tim Burton
1997:
Composed the music for David Fincher's psychological thriller "The Game"
2001:
Composed the score for Peter Jackson's epic trilogy, "The Lord of the Rings"; earned Golden Globe and Grammy nominations for Best Original Score for a Motion Picture
2004:
Scored the music for Martin Scorsese directed "The Aviator," based on the life of Howard Hughes
2005:
Composed the score for David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence"
2006:
Composed the music for "The Departed," directed by Scorsese
2007:
Once again worked with frequent collaborator David Cronenberg on "Eastern Promises"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score for a Motion Picture
2008:
Composed music for John Patrick Shanley's "Doubt"
2010:
Credited as composer, music conductor, and orchestrator for "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," directed by David Slade
2011:
Re-teamed with director Cronenberg for "A Dangerous Method"
2011:
Composed music for Martin Scorsese's family adventure "Hugo"
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Education

Berklee College of Music: Boston , Massachusetts -

Notes

Nominated for a 1980 Genie for Best Music Score for his first feature score for David Cronenberg's "The Brood".

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wife:
Elizabeth Shore. Married c. 1990.

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daughter:
May Shore.

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