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John Debney

OHN DEBNEY earned an Academy Award nomination for his score in Mel Gibson's film phenomenon The Passion of the Christ. Debney's music was recently heard in 2006's Barnyard, The Ant Bully, Idlewild, Everyone's Hero and 2007's Georgia Rule; and soon it will be heard in the video game Lair and Sin City 2.

Debney has worked repeatedly with several noted directors, including Garry Marshall on his other films from The Princess Diaries, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement and Raising Helen; Robert Rodriguez on Spy Kids, Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams, Sin City and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D; Jon Favreau on Elf and Zathura; and Tom Shadyac on Liar Liar, Dragonfly and Bruce Almighty.

His extensive film credits include The Pacifier, Swimfan, The Scorpion King, Snow Dogs, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Scary Movie 2, Cats & Dogs, Heartbreakers, The Emperor's New Groove, End of Days, Inspector Gadget, Paulie, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Relic, Little Giants and Hocus Pocus, to name but a few.

Debney's classical training as a composer has led him to emphasize live performance. He has conducted some of the world's greatest orchestras (performing his original works) and recently enlisted master violinist Joshua Bell to perform on his score for Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story and trumpet legend Arturo Sandoval for the score to Idlewild. Following the success of The Passion of the Christ film, he premiered The Passion of the Christ Symphony in Rome, featuring an 83-person choir and 96-piece orchestra.

In recognition of his many accomplishments, Debney, only in his 40s, received ASCAP's prestigious Henry Mancini Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.
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John Debney Facts

BirthdayAugust 18, 1956 (67)
BirthplaceGlendale, California, USA

Selected Filmography

Not available.