Newman, David (Louis )
- Jon Burlingame
(b Los Angeles, 11 March 1954).
American composer, son of Alfred Newman, brother of Thomas Newman, and cousin of Randy Newman. He studied the violin and piano as a child and earned music degrees from the University of Southern California (bachelor’s in violin, master’s in conducting). He worked regularly as a violinist in the Hollywood studios from 1977 to 1982, playing for such film composers as John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith.
Newman wrote his first film score in 1986 and was immediately embraced by the Hollywood community. He subsequently produced an average of five or six scores per year for his first few years in the business. Although a fine composer for dramas (Hoffa, Brokedown Palace), he became more sought-after for big-budget comedies (The War of the Roses, The Nutty Professor, Galaxy Quest) and animated films (The Brave Little Toaster, Anastasia, Ice Age...