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Also Known As: David Louis Newman Died:
Born: March 11, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: composer, conductor

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A scion of the famed Newman family who dominated Hollywood music from 1930s through the 60s, David Newman originally intended to pursue a career as a classical conductor. From his youth, he studied violin and piano and played in community orchestras. After the death of his father, nine-time Oscar-winner Alfred Newman, the younger musician attended USC and began working as a conductor for such renowned orchestras and symphonies as the New Japan Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Royal Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He began his film work gradually in the mid-80s with low-budgeters like "Critters" (1986). From 1987 to 1991, he was music director of the Sundance Institute, running workshops for aspiring film composers and conducted concerts of film music in an effort to raise awareness and funds for preservation. In the latter capacity, Newman oversaw the reconstruction of a number of classic scores, including "The Wizard of Oz" and also composed a new accompaniment for F.W. Murnau's 1927 silent classic "Sunrise".

A scion of the famed Newman family who dominated Hollywood music from 1930s through the 60s, David Newman originally intended to pursue a career as a classical conductor. From his youth, he studied violin and piano and played in community orchestras. After the death of his father, nine-time Oscar-winner Alfred Newman, the younger musician attended USC and began working as a conductor for such renowned orchestras and symphonies as the New Japan Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Royal Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He began his film work gradually in the mid-80s with low-budgeters like "Critters" (1986). From 1987 to 1991, he was music director of the Sundance Institute, running workshops for aspiring film composers and conducted concerts of film music in an effort to raise awareness and funds for preservation. In the latter capacity, Newman oversaw the reconstruction of a number of classic scores, including "The Wizard of Oz" and also composed a new accompaniment for F.W. Murnau's 1927 silent classic "Sunrise".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Runestone, The (1991) Graves
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Born and raised in Los Angeles, California
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Began career writing scores for industrial films; also worked as a studio musician
1977:
First feature film contribution, "You'll End Up Eating Worms" (a song from the film, "The Worm Eaters")
1986:
First features as composer, "Vendetta" and "Critters"
1987:
Appointed Music Director of Sundance Institute; served until 1991
1987:
First film score for director Danny De Vito, "Throw Momma from the Train"
1989:
Composed new score for the silent classic "Sunrise"
1990:
Named music director and conductor of the Los Angeles Pops Orchestra (date approximate)
1991:
Provided the original score for the animated "Rover Dangerfield"
1992:
Scored "The Mighty Ducks"
1996:
Provided the original score for "The Phantom"
1998:
Earned first Academy Award nomination for his original music for the animated "Anastasia"
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Education

University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -
University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

Not to be confused with screenwriter David Newman.

"When music you have written works well in a film, nothing can beat it." --David Newman quoted in DAILY VARIETY, July 15, 1997

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wife:
Krystyna Newman.

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uncle:
Robert Newman. Press agent, producer, executive. Born in 1903; died in 1982.
uncle:
Marc Newman. Agent. Born in 1908; died in 1980.
uncle:
Emil Newman. Composer, conductor. Born in 1910; died in 1984.
uncle:
Irving Newman. Physician. Father of Randy.
uncle:
Lionel Newman. Composer. Born in 1916; died in 1989.
brother:
Robert Eugene Newman. Born in May 1942.
brother:
Richard Ira Newman. Born in April 1944.
sister:
Lucy Lee Newman. Born in January 1949.
brother:
Alfred Moss Newman. Born in May 1952.
brother:
Thomas Montgomery Newman. Composer. Born in October 1955.
sister:
Maria Newman. Composer, musician. Born in January 1962.
cousin:
Randy Newman. Composer, singer. Born in 1943.
daughter:
Diana Newman.
daughter:
Brianne Newman.
father:
Alfred Newman.
mother:
Martha Montgomery Newman.
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