Born: September 12, 1957
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Family: Married to Suzanne Zimmer and has 2 children.
Zimmer used to be a member of the group The Buggles which mostly performed pop songs. Their first hit single, "Video Killed the Radio Star," was the first video aired on MTV. Zimmer also worked with Stanley Myers, a well-known composer. After that he worked solo and became known as the pioneer of electronic music. He combined the use of computers as well as synthesizers with real instruments.
Zimmer's turning point in his career came when he received an Academy Award nomination for his music score in the movie Rain Man. He would continue to work on other projects such as Driving Miss Daisy and the animated film The Lion King where he won, among others, an Academy Award, Golden Globe and 2 Grammy Awards.
Signing on to Dreamworks
Zimmer later became the head of Dreamworks SKG's music department where he created the music for such memorable films as The Prince of Egypt and Gladiator.
Some of his other famous works include the music for the following films: As Good as it Gets, The Last Samurai, The Preachers Wife, Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down, Thelma & Louise, A League Of Their Own, Backdraft, The Thin Red Line, Pacific Heights, Green Card, Days Of Thunder, Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron, Mission: Impossible 2, A Shark's Tale, Weatherman, Madagascar, Batman Begins, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and The Da Vinci Code.
Interesting Facts About Hans Zimmer
He is the co-founder of a music studio called Remote Control. His 100th film score was for the movie The Last Samurai. Zimmer reportedly didn't receive any formal music education. He is mostly self-taught.
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