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John Debney
John Debney.JPG
Debney at ComicCon 2013
Background information
Birth nameJohn Cardon Debney
Born (1956-08-18) August 18, 1956 (age 62)
Glendale, California, U.S.
GenresFilm scores, soundtracks
Occupation(s)Composer, conductor
Years active1977-present

John Cardon Debney (born August 18, 1956) is an American film composer and conductor. He received an Academy Award nomination for his score for Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ (2004). He also composed the score for Cutthroat Island (1995), which has been celebrated by music critics as a notable example of swashbuckling film music.[1][2][3][4]

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Life and career

The son of Disney Studios producer Louis Debney (Zorro, The Mickey Mouse Club), John was born and raised in Glendale, California, nearby to Disney. He began guitar lessons at age six and played in rock bands in college. Debney earned his B.A. degree in Music Composition from the California Institute of Arts in 1979. Two weeks after graduating from CalArts, he got a job at copying department at Disney. One day, Buddy Baker saw him and had him arrange music that would later be used for different pavilions and rides at EPCOT Center (at Walt Disney World in Florida).[5] After three years at Disney, he freelanced for television composer Mike Post. Debney furthered his hands-on training by working with Hanna-Barbera composer Hoyt Curtin. After this, Debney went on to score television projects as diverse as Disneyland, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, SeaQuest DSV, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, The Cape, The Lazarus Man, Piggsburg Pigs!, The Further Adventures of SuperTed, Doctor Who, Cagney and Lacey, Tiny Toon Adventures, The Young Riders, The New Yogi Bear Show, Police Academy: The Animated Series, Fame, Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future, Dragon's Lair, Freshman Dorm, Pop Quiz and Dink, the Little Dinosaur, for which he won an Emmy for Best Main Title. In the early 1990s, Debney began to score indie films and Disneyland attractions. In 1991, Debney composed the music for Phantom Manor in Disneyland Paris and SpectroMagic at Magic Kingdom. In 1993, he scored his first studio feature, the Disney comedy Hocus Pocus starring Bette Midler.

Debney has since gone on to have a career composing scores for many films including: The Passion of the Christ, Bruce Almighty, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Elf, Sin City, Chicken Little, Liar Liar, Spy Kids, The Scorpion King, The Princess Diaries[6] and Predators.[7]

Debney has also composed scores for the video games Lair and The Sims Medieval. In 2010, he composed the theme music for the Nickelodeon television series Supah Ninjas.

He composed of Disney Parks's Nighttime Spectaculars, including: World Of Color Celebrate! in Disney's California Adventure, The Magic, The Memories And You! and Celebrate The Magic in Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom and Celebrate! Tokyo Disneyland in Tokyo Disneyland.




Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
1984 Gremlins Joe Dante Amblin Entertainment
Warner Bros
with Jerry Goldsmith
1987 The Wild Pair Beau Bridges Trans World Entertainment N/A
1988 The Further Adventures of Tennessee Buck David Keith Sarlui/Diamant Productions
Sri Lanka Location Services Ltd.
Seven Hours to Judgment Beau Bridges Diamant Production
Trans World Entertainment
Not Since Casanova Brett Thompson The Brett Thompson Company
West Productions
1989 Trenchcoat in Paradise Martha Coolidge Finnegan/Pinchuk Productions
MGM Television


Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
1990 Gremlins 2: The New Batch Joe Dante Warner Bros
Amblin Entertainment
with Jerry Goldsmith
Jetsons: The Movie William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Hanna-Barbera Productions
Universal Pictures
The Face of Fear Farhad Mann Columbia Broadcast System
Warner Bros. Television
Television film
1991 Into the Badlands Sam Pillsbury MCA Television
The Ogiens/Kane Company
Television film
1992 Still Not Quite Human Eric Luke Walt Disney Productions Television film
1993 I Yabba-Dabba Do! William Hanna Hanna-Barbera Productions Television film
Jonny's Golden Quest Don Lusk
Paul Sommer
Hanna-Barbera Productions Television film
Class of '61 Gregory Hoblit Amblin Entertainment
Universal Pictures
Television film
Hocus Pocus Kenny Ortega Walt Disney Pictures N/A
The Halloween Tree Mario Piluso Hanna-Barbera Productions Television film
The Town Santa Forgot Robert Alvarez Hanna-Barbera Productions Television film
Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby William Hanna Hanna-Barbera Productions Television film
1994 Gunmen Deran Sarafian Davis Entertainment
Dimension Films
White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf Ken Olin Walt Disney Pictures Also composed a theme for the Walt Disney logo.
Little Giants Duwayne Dunham Amblin Entertainment
Warner Bros. Family Entertainment
1995 Chameleon Michael Pavone Rysher Entertainment Direct-to-video
Houseguest Randall Miller Caravan Pictures
Hollywood Pictures
In Pursuit of Honor Ken Olin HBO Films Television film
Runaway Brain Chris Bailey Walt Disney Pictures Short film
Cutthroat Island Renny Harlin Carolco Pictures
Tele-Communications, Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (US)
StudioCanal (International)
Score performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.
Sudden Death Peter Hyams Universal Pictures N/A
1996 Getting Away with Murder Harvey Miller Savoy Pictures N/A
Doctor Who Geoffrey Sax Universal Studios
BBC Films
BBC Worldwide
20th Century Fox
Television film
Carpool Arthur Miller Regency Enterprises
Warner Bros.
1997 The Relic Peter Hyams Mutual Film Company
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Paramount Pictures (US)
Universal Pictures (International)
This score was entierely MIDI-generated.
Liar Liar Tom Shadyac Imagine Entertainment
Universal Pictures
Theme composed by James Newton Howard
I Know What You Did Last Summer Jim Gillespie Mandalay Entertainment
Columbia Pictures
1998 Paulie John Roberts Amblin Entertainment
Allied Filmmakers
Mutual Film Company
DreamWorks Pictures
I'll Be Home for Christmas Arlene Sanford Mandeville Films
Walt Disney Pictures
1999 My Favorite Martian Donald Petrie Walt Disney Pictures N/A
Lost & Found Jeff Pollack Alcon Entertainment
Warner Bros.
Inspector Gadget David Kellogg Caravan Pictures
Walt Disney Pictures
Dick Andrew Fleming Phoenix Pictures
Columbia Pictures
Komodo Michael Lantieri Scanbox Entertainment N/A
The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland Gary Halvorson The Jim Henson Company
Sesame Workshop
Columbia Pictures
End of Days Peter Hyams Beacon Pictures
Universal Pictures (US)
Buena Vista International (International)


Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
2000 Relative Values Eric Styles Alliance Atlantis Communications
Starz Encore Entertainment
Michael Jordan to the Max James D. Stern
Don Kempf
Giant Screen Films IMAX documentary
The Replacements Howard Deutch Dylan Sellers Productions
Bel-Air Entertainment
Warner Bros.
Running Mates Ron Lagomarsino Turner Entertainment Television film
The Emperor's New Groove Mark Dindal Walt Disney Animation Studios
Walt Disney Pictures
G-Saviour Graeme Campbell Bandai Visual Theme music only
2001 See Spot Run John Whitesell Village Roadshow Pictures
Warner Bros.
Heartbreakers David Mirkin Davis Entertainment
Winchester Films
Theme by Danny Elfman
Spy Kids Robert Rodriguez Troublemaker Studios
Dimension Films
with Danny Elfman, Gavin Greenaway, Heitor Pereira, Robert Rodriguez, Los Lobos, and Harry Gregson-Williams
Cats & Dogs Lawrence Guterman Zide/Perry Productions
Rhythm and Hues Studios
Village Roadshow Pictures
Warner Bros.
The Princess Diaries Garry Marshall BrownHouse Productions
Walt Disney Pictures
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius John A. Davis Nickelodeon Movies
O Entertainment
DNA Productions
Paramount Pictures
2002 Snow Dogs Brian Levant Kerner Entertainment
Walt Disney Pictures
Dragonfly Tom Shadyac Shady Acres Entertainment
Spyglass Entertainment
Universal Pictures (US)
Buena Vista International (International)
The Scorpion King Chuck Russell Alphaville Films
WWE Studios
Universal Pictures
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Robert Rodriguez Troublemaker Studios
Dimension Films
with Robert Rodriguez
Swimfan John Polson 20th Century Fox Themes only
The Tuxedo Kevin Donovan Blue Train Productions
Vanguard Films
DreamWorks Pictures
with Christophe Beck
The Hot Chick Tom Brady Happy Madison Productions
Touchstone Pictures
2003 Most Bobby Garabedian Prague Indies Productions
Eastwind Films
Short film
Malibu's Most Wanted John Whitesell Warner Bros. Pictures Themes only
Bruce Almighty Tom Shadyac Shady Acres Entertainment
Spyglass Entertainment
Universal Pictures (US)
Touchstone Pictures (International)
Elf Jon Favreau New Line Cinema First collaboration with Favreau
Looney Tunes: Back in Action Joe Dante Warner Bros. Pictures Additional music only
2004 Welcome to Mooseport Donald Petrie 20th Century Fox N/A
The Passion of the Christ Mel Gibson Icon Productions
Newmarket Films
20th Century Fox (video release)
Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score at the 77th Academy Awards.
The Whole Ten Yards Howard Deutch Franchise Pictures
Cheyenne Enterprises
Warner Bros.
Raising Helen Garry Marshall Beacon Pictures
Hyde Park Entertainment
Mandeville Films
Touchstone Pictures
Spider-Man 2 Sam Raimi Marvel Entertainment
Columbia Pictures
Additional music only.
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Garry Marshall Walt Disney Pictures N/A
Christmas with the Kranks Joe Roth Revolution Studios
1492 Pictures
Columbia Pictures
2005 The Pacifier Adam Shankman Offspring Entertainment
Spyglass Entertainment
Walt Disney Pictures
Sin City Robert Rodriguez Troublemaker Studios
Dimension Films
Miramax Films
with Robert Rodriguez and Graeme Revell
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D Robert Rodriguez Troublemaker Studios
Dimension Films (Original US theatrical distributor)
Miramax Films (Current US theatrical distributor)
Columbia Pictures (International)
with Robert Rodriguez and Graeme Revell
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo Mike Bigalow Happy Madison Productions
Columbia Pictures
Theme music only
Duma Carroll Ballard C.O.R.E.
Warner Bros. Pictures
with George Acogny
Dreamer John Gatins Tollin/Robbins Productions
Hyde Park Entertainment
DreamWorks Pictures
The Seed Joe Hahn Warner Bros. Pictures with Unkle and Mike Shinoda. Short film.
Venom Jim Gillespie Dimension Films Themes only
Chicken Little Mark Dindal Walt Disney Animation Studios
Walt Disney Pictures
Zathura: A Space Adventure Jon Favreau Radar Pictures
Columbia Pictures
Scond collaboration with Favreau
Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Adam Shankman 21 Laps Entertainment
20th Century Fox
2006 Keeping Up with the Steins Scott Marshall Miramax Films N/A
The Ant Bully John A. Davis Legendary Pictures
DNA Productions
Warner Bros.
Barnyard Steve Oedekerk Nickelodeon Movies
O Entertainment
Paramount Pictures
Idlewild Bryan Barber Atlas Entertainment
Universal Pictures
Everyone's Hero Colin Brady
Dan St. Pierre
Christopher Reeve
IDT Entertainment
Arc Productions
20th Century Fox
2007 Spider-Man 3 Sam Raimi Marvel Entertainment
Columbia Pictures
Additional music only.
Georgia Rule Garry Marshall Morgan Creek Productions
Mandalay Entertainment
Universal Pictures
Evan Almighty Tom Shadyac Universal Pictures
Spyglass Entertainment
Relativity Media
Shady Acres Entertainment
Big Stan Rob Schneider Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Themes only
2008 Meet Dave Brian Robbins 20th Century Fox
Regency Enterprises
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Rob Cohen Universal Pictures Additional music only
Swing Vote Joshua Michael Stern Touchstone Pictures
Treehouse Films
The Stoning of Soraya M. Cyrus Nowrasteh Roadside Attractions N/A
My Best Friend's Girl Howard Deutch Lionsgate N/A
2009 Hotel for Dogs Thor Freudenthal Paramount Pictures
DreamWorks Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
Hannah Montana: The Movie Peter Chelsom Walt Disney Pictures N/A
Aliens in the Attic John Schultz 20th Century Fox
Regency Enterprises
Old Dogs Walt Becker Walt Disney Pictures N/A


Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
2010 Valentine's Day Garry Marshall Warner Bros. Pictures
New Line Cinema
Snowmen Robert Kirbyson Arc Entertainment
Heritage Films
Iron Man 2 Jon Favreau Paramount Pictures
Marvel Studios
Third collaboration with Favreau
Predators Nimród Antal 20th Century Fox Adapted Alan Silvestri's scores
Yogi Bear Eric Brevig Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
2011 No Strings Attached Ivan Reitman Paramount Pictures N/A
The Change-Up David Dobkin Universal Pictures With Theodore Shapiro
Dream House Jim Sheridan Universal Pictures N/A
The Double Michael Brandt Image Entertainment N/A
New Year's Eve Garry Marshall Warner Bros. Pictures
New Line Cinema
2012 A Thousand Words Brian Robbins Paramount Pictures
DreamWorks Pictures
The Three Stooges Farrelly brothers 20th Century Fox N/A
Alex Cross Rob Cohen Summit Entertainment N/A
2013 The Call Brad Anderson TriStar Pictures N/A
Jobs Joshua Michael Stern Open Road Films N/A
2014 Draft Day[8] Ivan Reitman Lionsgate N/A
Walk of Shame Steven Brill FilmDistrict N/A
The Road Within Gren Wells Well Go USA Entertainment Theme music only
The Cobbler Tom McCarthy Voltage Pictures N/A
Stonehearst Asylum Brad Anderson Millennium Films N/A
2015 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water[8] Paul Tibbitt Paramount Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
Paramount Animation
United Plankton Pictures
Careful What You Wish For Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum Big Air Studios Theme music only
Broken Horses Vidhu Vinod Chopra Reliance Entertainment
Fox Star Studios
Paper Towns Jake Schreier 20th Century Fox
Temple Hill Entertainment
TSG Entertainment
With Son Lux
2016 The Young Messiah Cyrus Nowrasteh Focus Features N/A
Everybody Wants Some!! Richard Linklater Paramount Pictures
Annapurna Pictures
Detour Filmproduction
The Jungle Book Jon Favreau Walt Disney Pictures Fourth collaboration with Favreau
Mother's Day Garry Marshall Open Road Films N/A
Ice Age: Collision Course Mike Thurmeier 20th Century Fox
Blue Sky Studios
League of Gods Koan Hui
Vernie Yeung
China Star Entertainment Group
Huayi Brothers
2017 Home Again Hallie Meyers-Shyer Open Road Films
Black Bicycle Entertainment
Flint Bruce Beresford Sony Pictures Television Television film
The Greatest Showman Michael Gracey 20th Century Fox with Joseph Trapanese
2018 Beirut Brad Anderson Radar Pictures
Madden NFL 19 Mike Young Electronic Arts video game[9]
Brian Banks Tom Shadyac Bleecker Street
2019 Isn't It Romantic Todd Strauss-Schulson Warner Bros. Pictures
New Line Cinema
The Beach Bum Harmony Korine Neon
Dora and the Lost City of Gold James Bobin Paramount Pictures
Paramount Players
Nickelodeon Movies
Walden Media
with Germaine Franco

Television series

2014 Houdini
Years Title Notes
1984 Dragon's Lair
1984-1985 The Disney Family Album
1985 Welcome to Pooh Corner: Too Smart for Strangers Music arranged by
1985-1987 Fame
1988-1991 A Pup Named Scooby-Doo
1988 Police Academy
1989 The Further Adventures of SuperTed
1989-1990 Dink, the Little Dinosaur
1989-1992 The Young Riders
1990 Tiny Toon Adventures 2 episodes
1993 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 2 episodes
1993-1994 SeaQuest DSV Main theme and 22 episodes
1994 Star Trek: The Next Generation Episode: "The Pegasus"
1996 The Cape Main theme and pilot episode, with Louis Febre
2012 Hatfields & McCoys with Tony Morales
2013 Bonnie & Clyde
2015 American Odyssey
Texas Rising with Bruce Broughton
2016 Game of Silence
2017–present Santa Clarita Diet
The Orville with Bruce Broughton (Pilot and theme only), Joel McNeely and Andrew Cottee
Young Sheldon


Year Award Result
2015 Emmy Award – Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music: Texas Rising (with Bruce Broughton) (2015) Nominated
2012 Emmy Award – Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special (Original Dramatic Score): Hatfields & McCoys: Part 1 (with Tony Morales) (2012) Nominated
2005 Academy Award – Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score: The Passion of the Christ (2004) Nominated
1997 Emmy Award – Outstanding Main Title Theme Music: The Cape (1996) Nominated
1997 Emmy Award – Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore): The Cape: Pilot (with Louis Febre) (1996) Won
1994 Emmy Award – Outstanding Individual Achievement in Main Title Theme Music: SeaQuest DSV (1993) Won
1991 Emmy Award – Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore): The Young Riders: Kansas (1989) Won
1990 Emmy Award – Outstanding Achievement in Main Title Theme Music: The Young Riders (1989) Nominated


  1. ^ "Cutthroat Island (John Debney)". Filmtracks. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
  2. ^ "Cutthroat Island (John Debney) soundtrack review". 2009-02-28. Archived from the original on 2009-02-28. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
  3. ^ Other reviews by Mike Brennan (2005-05-12). "Soundtrack: CutThroat Island (2005)". Soundtrack.Net. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
  4. ^ "Movie Music UK - Cutthroat Island – John Debney". 2010-01-13. Archived from the original on 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
  5. ^ Burlingame, Jon (2009-11-10). "Go-to composer grew up in Disney family - Entertainment News, Billion-Dollar Composer: John Debney, Media". Variety. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
  6. ^ "John Debney to Score 'Predators' Prequel". Retrieved 2012-06-23.
  7. ^ "A Peek Behind the Scenes of a Predators Scoring Session". 2010-06-07. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
  8. ^ a b "John Debney to Score Ivan Reitman's 'Draft Day' | Film Music Reporter". 25 November 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Lock In with the Madden NFL 18 Soundtrack". EA Sports. July 25, 2018. Retrieved July 25, 2018.

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