Danny Elfman Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Joan Agie
Dec 05, 2023 By Joan Agie
Originally Published on May 09, 2022
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About Danny Elfman

Danny Elfman is one of the most well-known film composers in the world.
He has created music for dozens of famous movies, including 'Pee Wee's Big Adventure', 'Batman', 'Edward Scissorhands', and 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'. He is also well-known for his work as a member of the rock band 'Oingo Boingo'.
Danny Elfman was born on May 29, 1953, in Los Angeles, California. His father was a writer and his mother was a teacher. Danny Elfman began playing the piano at the age of six and went on to study music composition at the University of California, Los Angeles. Danny Elfman's first film score was for Tim Burton's 'Pee Wee's Big Adventure' in 1985. He has since scored dozens of films, including 'Batman' (1989), 'Edward Scissorhands' (1990), 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' (1993), 'Spider-Man' (2002), and 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory' (2005). In total, Danny Elfman has composed music for over 100 films!
Danny Elfman is also well-known for his work as a member of the rock band 'Oingo Boingo'. He was the band's lead singer and songwriter from 1976 to 1995. Danny Elfman has also composed music for several television shows, including 'The Simpsons', 'Desperate Housewives', and 'The Flash'.
Danny Elfman is married to actress Bridget Fonda and they have a child together. Danny Elfman has won several nominations for his work in film and television, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score for 'Big Fish' (2003).

Danny Elfman Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Danny Elfman’s net worth?

Danny Elfman or Daniel Robert Elfman is said to have a net worth of $50 million. The American composer is one of the most popular ones in the world currently and earns a lot with his talent. He lives a comfortable life.

How much does Danny Elfman earn per year?

The annual income of Danny Elfman is not known. Seeing his high net worth, the film composer, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor probably earns a lot with each project.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Danny Elfman?

Danny Elfman is 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) tall.

How old is Danny Elfman?

Danny Elfman was born on May 29, 1953. As of January 2022, he is 68 years old.

Childhood And Education

Danny Elfman was born in Los Angeles, California in the United States to a Jewish family. His family was of Polish-Jewish and Russian-Jewish descent. Danny Elfman was born to a writer and a teacher named Blossom Elfman and a teacher from Air Force named Milton Elfman. Danny Elfman is even the brother of musician, actor, and journalist Richard Elfman. Danny Elfman spent most of his childhood in Baldwin Hills, California. In Baldwin Hills, he spent most of the time at the local movie theater where he noticed the music in film compositions.
When Danny was in school, he was interested in science and had no interest in music. Danny was even rejected from his elementary school's orchestra for having no talent or interest in music. In the late '60s, he joined high school and fell into a musical crowd. He was introduced to jazz and soon became a fan of the music.
Elfman left high school early and planned to travel the world. He followed his brother to France and played violin with Jérôme Savary's Le Grand Magic Circus, which is an avant-garde musical theater group. Danny then went on a 10-month tour through Africa. On this tour, he collected many instruments from West Africa. But some illnesses made him return back to home. Richard at that time was holding a new musical theater group in Los Angeles of the United States.
Danny Elfman was never admitted to CalArts. However, Nyoman Wenten, an instructor in the Indonesian music department made him join the classes and perform music there for the next two years.

Family, Romance And Relationships

Who is Danny Elfman’s partner?

When Danny was a teenager, he dated his classmate named Kim Gordon. She later became a part of Sonic Youth, the rock band. Elfman then married Geri Eisenmenger, with whom he has two daughters named Lola and Mali. Mali is now a film producer and an actress. Mali produced the 2011 film named as 'Do Not Disturb' and Danny was a part of it. Danny then married actress Bridget Fonda on November 29, 2003. The couple has a son named Oliver. Elfman gave music to the 1998 film called 'A Simple Plan' where Bridget acted.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

For his brother's debut film named 'Forbidden Zone', the singer composed his first song. It was in 1980. He became the lead singer of the group The Mystic Knights Of The Oingo Boingo in 1979. The singer later shortened the name of the group to Oingo Boingo. Music from the group was used in several films like 'Weird Science' (1985), and 'Back To School' (1986).
Danny was later signed by director Tim Burton to write the score for the film adapted from the cult TV series named 'Pee-wee's Big Adventure' in 1985. The songwriter along with Steve Bartek, the guitarist, and arranger for Oingo Boingo made soothing and mesmerizing music that made many well-established names notice Danny Elfman. He then became a long-term member of Tim Burton's team and went on to make songs for his movies like 'Batman' of 1989 and 'Alice In Wonderland' of 2010, among many others.
He has also composed an orchestra piece for Burton's 'Edward Scissorhands'. The name of the song is 'Ice Dance'. He has also been the singer for movies like 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' (1993).
He has also made songs for movies like 'Spider-Man' (2002), 'Spider-Man 2' (2004), 'Oz The Great And Powerful' (2013) and 'Justice League' (2017) from the DCEU. He made the soundtrack for 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' in 2015 along with Brian Tyler. He also made the score for 'Dumbo' in 2019. He has also worked on 'Men In Black: International' and 'The Voyage Of Doctor Dolittle'.
He has also created scores for 'Sleepy Hollow', 'Planet Of The Apes', and 'Alice In Wonderland'.
His work on Burton's 'Beetlejuice' is one of the best in his line and it sets the tone perfectly for fantasy-comedy-horror films.
His band has released eight studio albums and 10 live albums. Richard created the group and it was named The Mystic Knights Of Oingo Boingo.

What awards has Danny Elfman won?

Danny Elfman has been nominated for Academy Awards four times and has not won any as of 2021. He won when he was nominated for Annie Awards. The singer and songwriter has been nominated for BMI Film & Television Awards 25 times and won every single time. He has been nominated for British Academy Film Awards twice. Danny has also been nominated for Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards twice. He has been nominated for Chicago Film Critics Association Awards four times. He has been nominated for Emmy Awards thrice and won two times. In Golden Globe Awards, he has been nominated thrice. In the Grammy Awards, he has been nominated 11 times and won one time. In the Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards, he has been nominated once. In the Satellite awards, he has been nominated six times and won once. In the Saturn awards, he has been nominated 15 times and won six times. In the Sierra Awards, he has been nominated twice and won once. In World Soundtrack Awards, he has been nominated 13 times.

Other Interesting Danny Elfman Facts And Trivia

  • Daniel Robert Elfman or Danny Elfman is a songwriter, singer, record producer, and more, from the United States.
  • For his works on the motion picture 'Batman', he received a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition.
  • During his stint in the rock band Oingo Boingo, he developed significant hearing damage due to the constant exposure to loud noise when the band performed live.
  • The soundtrack for the animated movie 'Coraline' features music composed by Bruno Coulais.
  • He gets royalties from ‘The Simpsons’.

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Danny Elfman Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Daniel Robert Elfman

Date of Birth




Place of Birth

Los Angeles



178 cm

Child Star?



composer, singer, and songwriter

Net Worth



Bridget Fonda


Milton Elfman, Blossom Elfman


Richard Elfman
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Written by Joan Agie

Bachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

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Joan AgieBachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

With 3+ years of research and content writing experience across several niches, especially on education, technology, and business topics. Joan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Anatomy from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, and has worked as a researcher and writer for organizations across Nigeria, the US, the UK, and Germany. Joan enjoys meditation, watching movies, and learning new languages in her free time.

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