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John Ottman

John Ottman is well regarded not only for his compositional and editing talents, but he also holds the distinction of being the only film director/editor/ composer in Hollywood. Ottman made his directorial debut last year with Columbia Pictures' popular horror thriller, Urban Legends: Final Cut.

For director Bryan Singer, he has written the scores for and edited such films as the Academy Award-winning The Usual Suspects, starring Kevin Spacey, and Apt Pupil, starring Ian McKellen and Brad Renfro.

Ottman's editing on The Usual Suspects won him a British Academy Award and a nomination from the A.C.E. (American Cinema Editors). Just after Ottman graduated from U.S.C.'s prestigious film school, he and director Singer first teamed up on Public Access, which won the Grand Jury Prize in 1993 at the Sundance Film Festival.

Ottman composed the music for such films as Roland Joffe's Goodbye Lover; Snow White, with Sigourney Weaver; John Badham's Incognito; Ben Stiller's The Cable Guy; and Steve Miner's Lake Placid and Halloween: H2O. Recently Ottman composed the music for the short drama, Lonely Place.

Upcoming films for which Ottman has composed include Pumpkin, MGM/UA's and American Zoetrope's drama starring Christina Ricci and Brenda Blethyn.

Ottman's score to Barry Sonnenfeld's 1998 Fantasy Island pilot earned him an Emmy Award nomination.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.

John Ottman Facts

OccupationMusician, Composer
BirthdayJuly 6, 1964 (59)
BirthplaceSan Diego, California, USA

Selected Filmography

Not available.