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Christopher Young

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Christopher Young
Christopher Young in May 2007
Background information
Born (1958-04-28) April 28, 1958
Red Bank, New Jersey, USA
Genres Film score
Occupation(s) Composer
Years active 1982–present
Website .comofficialchristopheryoung

Christopher Young (born Robert Gilchrist Ilsley Young; April 28, 1958) is an American music composer for both film and television.[1]

Many of his music compositions are for horror films, including Hellraiser, Tales from the Hood, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge, Urban Legend, and Drag Me to Hell. Other works include Lucky You and Spider-Man 3, for which he received the Film & TV Music Award for Best Score for a Dramatic Feature Film. He also made three cameo appearances in Spider-Man 3.

Young was honored with the prestigious Richard Kirk award at the 2008 BMI Film and TV Awards. The award is given annually to a composer who has made significant contributions to film and television music.[2]


  • Life and career 1
  • Filmography 2
    • Film 2.1
      • 1980s 2.1.1
      • 1990s 2.1.2
      • 2000s 2.1.3
      • 2010s 2.1.4
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Life and career

Young was born in Red Bank, New Jersey. He graduated from Hampshire College in Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts in music, and then completed his post-graduate work at North Texas State University. In 1980, he moved to Los Angeles. Originally a jazz drummer, when he heard some of Bernard Herrmann's works he decided to become a film composer. He studied at the UCLA Film School under David Raksin. He teaches at the Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California.[3]








  1. ^ New York Times
  2. ^
  3. ^ USC faculty list

External links

  • Official website
  • Christopher Young at the Internet Movie Database
  • Interview with Christopher Young at FilmMusicSite
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