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Henry Jackman
Birth nameHenry Pryce Jackman
Born1974 (age 45–46)
Hillingdon, London, England
GenresFilm score, EDM, big beat, synthpop, pop rock, hard rock, classical, jazz
Occupation(s)Composer, conductor, arranger, pianist, musician, songwriter
InstrumentsPiano, keyboards, synthesizer, guitar, drums
Years active1999–present
LabelsRemote Control Productions

Henry Pryce Jackman (born 1974) is an English composer, conductor, arranger, pianist, musician, and songwriter. He is best known for composing music for major hit films such as Kong: Skull Island, X-Men: First Class, Wreck-It Ralph, Puss in Boots, Monsters vs. Aliens, Captain Phillips, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Kick-Ass, Kick-Ass 2, Big Hero 6, and The Interview, as well as the video games Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and Disney Infinity 2.0.

Life and career

Jackman was born in Hillingdon, London.[1] He studied classical music at St. Paul's Cathedral Choir School, Eton College, Framlingham College and University of Oxford.

Jackman has done programming and production work with artists including Mike Oldfield (Voyager), Sally Oldfield (Flaming Star), Trevor Horn/Art of Noise (The Seduction of Claude Debussy), Elton John and Gary Barlow. He co-produced Seal's unreleased 2001 album Togetherland.[2] "This Could Be Heaven", released from the album, was also co-written by Jackman and used on the movie The Family Man[3] and included on the deluxe edition of Seal's compilation album Hits.

Jackman has released three albums, Utopia (2003), Transfiguration (2005), and Acoustica (2007; with Augustus Isadore).

Jackman had various minor roles on film scores since 2006, generally working with mentor Hans Zimmer, including for The Da Vinci Code (music programmer), The Dark Knight (music arranger) and additional music for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, At World's End, The Simpsons Movie, Kung Fu Panda and Hancock. In 2009, Jackman, Zimmer and John Powell won the 2008 Annie Award for Music in an Animated Television Production or Short Form for their work on DreamWorks Animation's Secrets of the Furious Five (a sequel to Kung Fu Panda).[4] He has since composed soundtracks for Monsters vs. Aliens, Henri IV, Gulliver's Travels, X-Men: First Class, Winnie the Pooh, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Wreck-It Ralph, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Captain America: Civil War. His first major video game score was Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.


Henry Pryce Jackman is the son of keyboardist and arranger Andrew Pryce Jackman, who was a member of The Syn and worked for many years with Chris Squire of Yes. His uncle Gregg Jackman is a sound engineer and producer who has worked with the King's Singers and Barclay James Harvest;[5] Henry and his uncle both worked on Moa's 1999 album Universal.[6] His grandfather, Bill Jackman, played clarinet on "When I'm Sixty-Four" on The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.[7]




Solo albums

  • Utopia (WestOneMusic, 2003)
  • Transfiguration (KPM Music, 2005)
  • Acoustica (KPM Music, 2007)

Film scores

Main composer

Year Title Director(s) Notes
2008 Secrets of the Furious Five Raman Hui Composed with Hans Zimmer & John Powell
Short film
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens Conrad Vernon
Rob Letterman
Replaced Mark Mothersbaugh
Additional Music by Ryeland Allison & Marc Bonilla
Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space Peter Ramsey Additional Music by Matthew Margeson
2010 Henri 4 Jo Baier Composed with Hans Zimmer
Kick-Ass Matthew Vaughn Composed with Marius de Vries, Ilan Eshkeri & John Murphy
Gulliver's Travels Rob Letterman Additional Music by Christopher Willis & Dominic Lewis
2011 Winnie the Pooh Stephen J. Anderson
Don Hall
Additional Music by Christopher Willis
Also score producer
X-Men: First Class Matthew Vaughn Additional Music by Christopher Willis, Noah Sorota, Dominic Lewis & Matthew Margeson
Puss in Boots Chris Miller Additional Music by Dominic Lewis & Matthew Margeson
Small Fry Angus MacLane Short film
2012 Man on a Ledge Asger Leth Additional Music by Stephen Hilton, Dominic Lewis & Matthew Margeson
Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos Raman Hui Composed with Matthew Margeson
Short film
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Timur Bekmambetov Additional Music by Dominic Lewis & Matthew Margeson
Wreck-It Ralph Rich Moore Replaced Thomas Newman
Additional Music by Dominic Lewis & Matthew Margeson
2013 G.I. Joe: Retaliation Jon M. Chu Additional Music by Dominic Lewis, Junkie XL & Matthew Margeson
This Is the End Seth Rogen
Evan Goldberg
Additional Music by Marc Bonilla, Dominic Lewis & Matthew Margeson
Turbo David Soren Additional Music by Paul Mounsey & Halli Cauthery
Kick-Ass 2 Jeff Wadlow Composed with Matthew Margeson
Additional Music by Jason Soudah
Also score producer
Captain Phillips[8] Paul Greengrass Additional Music By Al Clay & Jack Dolman
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Anthony Russo
Joe Russo
Additional Music by Dominic Lewis & Matthew Margeson
Big Hero 6[9] Don Hall
Chris Williams
Additional Music by Dominic Lewis & Paul Mounsey
The Interview Seth Rogen
Evan Goldberg
Additional Music by Dominic Lewis
Kingsman: The Secret Service Matthew Vaughn Composed with Matthew Margeson
Additional Music by Alex Belcher, Dominic Lewis & Jason Soudah
2015 Pixels Chris Columbus Additional Music by Halli Cauthery
2016 The 5th Wave[10] J Blakeson Additional Music by Alex Belcher & Andrew Kawczynski
The Birth of a Nation Nate Parker Additional Music by Anthony Willis
Captain America: Civil War Anthony Russo
Joe Russo
Additional Music by Alex Belcher & Halli Cauthery
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Edward Zwick Additional Music by Alex Belcher & Paul Mounsey
2017 Kong: Skull Island Jordan Vogt-Roberts Additional Music by Alex Belcher, Halli Cauthery & Stephen Hilton
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Matthew Vaughn Composed with Matthew Margeson
Additional Music by Alex Belcher, Ryan Taubert & Jason Soudah
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Jake Kasdan Replaced James Newton Howard
Additional Music by Halli Cauthery & Paul Mounsey
2018 Trial by Fire Edward Zwick Additional Music by Alex Belcher
The Predator Shane Black Original Predator themes by Alan Silvestri
Additional Music by Alex Belcher, Halli Cauthery & Matthew Margeson
Ralph Breaks the Internet Rich Moore
Phil Johnston
Additional Music by Anthony Willis & Jeff Morrow
2019 Io Jonathan Helpert Composed with Alex Belcher
Detective Pikachu Rob Letterman Additional Music By Evan Goldman, Kazuma Jinnouchi & Jeff Morrow
American Skin Nate Parker
21 Bridges Brian Kirk Composed with Alex Belcher. Additional music by Maverick Dugger
Out of the Fire Sam Hargrave
Jumanji: The Next Level Jake Kasdan Additional Music by Anthony Willis, Kazuma Jinnochui & Jeff Morrow
2020 Cherry Anthony Russo
Joe Russo


Year Title Director(s) Notes
2006 The Da Vinci Code Ron Howard Synthesizer programmer
Main score composed by Hans Zimmer
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Gore Verbinski Additional Music composed with Lorne Balfe, Klaus Badelt, Tom Grie & Nick Glennie-Smith
Main score composed by Hans Zimmer
The Holiday Nancy Meyers Additional Music composed with Atli Örvarsson, Lorne Balfe, Tansy Aked, Ryeland Allison & Heitor Pereira
Main score composed by Hans Zimmer
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Gore Verbinski Additional Music composed with Lorne Balfe, Tom Grie, Nick Glennie-Smith, Geoff Zanelli, Heitor Pereira & Atli Örvarsson
Main score composed by Hans Zimmer
The Simpsons Movie David Silverman Additional Music composed with Jim Dooley, Heitor Pereira, Ryeland Allison, Lorne Balfe, Michael A. Levine, & Atli Örvarsson
Main score composed by Hans Zimmer
Title Theme composed by Danny Elfman
2008 Kung Fu Panda John Stevenson
Mark Osborne
Additional Music composed with James McKee Smith
Main score composed by Hans Zimmer & John Powell
Hancock Peter Berg Additional Music composed with James McKee Smith & James Ashton Thomas
Main score composed by John Powell
The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan Synthesizer programmer & arranger
Main score composed by Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard
Vantage Point Pete Travis Additional Music composed with Clay Duncan & Ryeland Allison
Main score composed by Atli Örvarsson
2009 It's Complicated Nancy Meyers Additional Music
Main score composed by Hans Zimmer & Heitor Pereira
2016 Money Monster Jodie Foster Score producer
Main score composed by Dominic Lewis

Television scores

Year Title Notes
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space Television special
2010 Kung Fu Panda Holiday Television special
2013–2016 Turbo FAST Composed with Ali Dee Theodore and Halli Cauthery
Pilot episode only
2015 The Man in the High Castle Composed with Dominic Lewis

Video game scores

Year Title Notes
1991 Exile[11] Title music
1992 Zyconix[11] Music and sound effects
1992 M.C. Kids[11] Commodore 64 version
2007 Colin McRae: Dirt[11] "Stasis" track
2014 Disney Infinity 2.0 Main Theme
2015 Just Cause 3 Additional music by Zach Abramson
2016 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End[12] First game in the series to be scored by Jackman, also features some music by Greg Edmonson, the previous composer in the series
2017 Uncharted: The Lost Legacy[13] Follow-up standalone expansion to Uncharted 4, also scored by Jackman

Awards and nominations

Year Award Nominated work Result
2009 Annie Award for Best Music in an Animated Television Production or Short Form Secrets of the Furious Five Won
2009 International Film Music Critics Award for Breakout Composer of the Year Nominated
2010 ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top Box Office Films Monsters vs. Aliens Won
2011 Annie Award for Best Music in a Television Production Kung Fu Panda Holiday Nominated
2011 World Soundtrack Award for Discovery of the Year X-Men: First Class & Gulliver's Travels Nominated
2011 International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for an Animated Feature Film Puss in Boots Nominated
2012 Annie Award for Music in a Feature Production Puss in Boots Nominated
2012 Annie Award for Music in a Feature Production Winnie the Pooh Nominated
2012 ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top Box Office Films Puss in Boots Won
2012 ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top Box Office Films X-Men: First Class Won
2013 Annie Award for Music in an Animated Feature Production Wreck-It Ralph Won
2013 ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top Box Office Films Wreck-It Ralph Won
2013 International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for a Comedy Film This Is the End Nominated
2014 Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music in an Animated Feature Production[14] Turbo Nominated
2014 BAFTA Award for Best Film Music[15] Captain Phillips Nominated
2017 BAFTA Games Award for Best Music[16] Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Nominated
2017 National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers[17] Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Won


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  2. ^ The Greatest Music Never Sold. Hal Leonard. 2007. p. 15. ISBN 9780879309053.
  3. ^ "The Family Man soundtrack review". Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  4. ^ "36th Annual Annie Nominations and Awards Recipients". Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Gregg Jackman biography". Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Universal album credits". Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Andrew Price Jackman biography". Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Henry Jackman Scoring Paul Greengrass' 'Captain Phillips'".
  9. ^ "Henry Jackman to Score Disney's 'Big Hero 6′". Film Music Reporter. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
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  11. ^ a b c d "Henry Jackman". MobyGames. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Uncharted 4: A Thief's End game director confirming Jackman as composer". Bruce Straley. 6 December 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  13. ^ "Uncharted: The Lost Legacy game director confirming Jackman as composer". Kurt Margenau. 4 December 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  14. ^ "41st Annual Annie Awards Live Blog: 'Frozen' Wins Best Animated Feature". 1 February 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  15. ^ "Baftas 2014: full list of winners". The Guardian. 16 February 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  16. ^ "Winners List for the British Academy Games Awards in 2017". 6 April 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  17. ^ "NAVGTR Awards (2016)". National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers.

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