Composer born on November 18, 1955 ([[Film/BackToTheFuture 13 days after Dr. Emmett Brown invented time travel]]), and who studied piano and played in several bands before making his film scoring debut with ''Film/BloodSimple''. In addition to working with Creator/TheCoenBrothers ever since, he's worked with among others Spike Jonze (''Film/BeingJohnMalkovich'', ''[[Film/{{Adaptation}} Adaptation.]]'', ''Film/WhereTheWildThingsAre''), Creator/DavidEKelley (''Mystery, Alaska''), Creator/DavidMamet (''The Spanish Prisoner'') and [[Film/ConAir Simon West]] (''The General's Daughter'', which was his most successful film at the box office until ''Twilight'').

Burwell won an Emmy for scoring Part 5 of ''MildredPierce'' (one of his very few television projects, most of which have been for {{Creator/HBO}} - he also scored ''And The Band Played On'' and the pilot for ''Series/{{Enlightened}}'') and was nominated for the miniseries theme as well.

!Among the films scored by Carter Burwell:
* Almost every movie by Creator/TheCoenBrothers (in the case of ''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou'', this is supplemental to the folk music) - ''Film/InsideLlewynDavis'' (which has no original score) is the only exception to date.
* ''[[Film/AKnightsTale A Knight's Tale]]''
* ''[[Film/BeforeTheDevilKnowsYoureDead Before the Devil Knows You're Dead]]''
* ''Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' (note that's the ''film'', not [[AdaptationDisplacement the much-more-popular TV show]] - Burwell rarely does television)
* ''Doc Hollywood''
* ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'' (with Don Davis)
* ''Film/BeingJohnMalkovich''
* ''[[Film/{{Adaptation}} Adaptation.]]''
* ''Film/WhereTheWildThingsAre''
* ''TheBlindSide''
* ''The Rookie''
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' (and the two-part adaptation of ''Breaking Dawn'')
* ''InBruges''
* ''[[Film/WaynesWorld Wayne's World 2]]'' ([[OldShame to his regret]])
* ''Film/TheFifthEstate''