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David Newman

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The Resume

    (March 11, 1954- )
    Born in Los Angeles, California
    Middle name is Louis
    Composed scores for the films 'Throw Momma from the Train' (1987), 'Heathers' (1987), 'The War of the Roses' (1989), 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure' (1989), 'Other People's Money' (1991), 'Hoffa' (1992), 'The Mighty Ducks' (1992), 'The Flintstones' (1994), 'Tommy Boy' (1995), 'Matilda' (1996) 'The Nutty Professor' (1996), 'Jingle All the Way' (1996), 'Ice Age' (2002) and 'Death to Smoochy' (2002)
    Son of film composer Alfred Newman
    Nephew of film composers Emil and Lionel Newman
    Brother of film composer Thomas Newman

Why he might be annoying:

    His career was likely predicated on nepotism.
    For every classic he's scored, he's scored some pretty bad stinkers (Cat in the Hat, anyone?)
    He did the scores for the unnecessary 'West Side Story' remake and the even-more-unnecessary 'Christmas Story 2.'

Why he might not be annoying:

    His paternal grandparents were Russian-Jewish immigrants.
    He is cousin to Randy Newman.
    His first film work was on Tim Burton's short film Frankenweenie in 1984.
    He is a favorite of Danny Devito's.
    He received an Academy Award nomination for the score to the animated film 'Anastasia.'
    His nomination contributed to the Newmans being the most nominated Academy Award extended family, with a collective 92 nominations in various music categories.
    He played violin on most of John Williams' LA scoring sessions in the late 70's into the early 80's.

Credit: BoyWiththeGreenHair


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