'''James Roy Horner''' (August 14, 1953 June 22, 2015) was a professional purveyor of both OrchestralBombing and {{Award Bait Song}}s. Wrote the score for numerous films, working alongside Creator/JamesCameron for three of his most successful films. He composed the scores for many family and AnimatedFilms before his commercial success scoring ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}''.

Most of his work is known for his incorporation of the EtherealChoir and Celtic instruments, string orchestras, rhythmic percussion, ''very'' multi-layered pieces, as well as synth sounds. However, listeners tired of his "cute" sound, heard most prominently on his scores for ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'', ''Film/LegendsOfTheFall'' or ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', can find much more epic (and seminal) material in his music for ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' (his breakthrough within the industry), ''Film/{{Krull}}'', ''Film/{{The Rocketeer}}'' and ''Film/{{Willow}}'', and dark, edgy and thrilling themes for the likes of ''Film/PatriotGames'', ''Film/GorkyPark'' and ''Film/{{Commando}}''.

Known somewhat less fondly for reusing his music from previous films. Also along these lines, he had a habit of directly quoting themes and motives from 20th century Russian masters.

Horner, a private pilot in his spare time, was killed on June 22, 2015, when his airplane crashed near Santa Barbara, California. He was 61 years old.

!!Some of his scores include (reverse chronological order)
* ''[[Film/TheMagnificentSeven2016 The Magnificent Seven]]'' (2016) - Director Antoine Fuqua expected he would need another composer after Horner's death, but discovered he had already written the score and had intended to surprise him with it.
* ''Film/SouthPaw'' (2015)
* ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' (2012)
* ''Film/TheKarateKid'' (2010)
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' (2009)
* ''Film/{{Apocalypto}}'' (2006)
* ''Film/{{Troy}}'' (2004)
* ''Film/ABeautifulMind'' (2001)
* ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'' (2000)
* ''Film/ThePerfectStorm'' (2000)
* ''Film/MightyJoeYoung'' (1998)
* ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'' (1998) and its sequel, ''Film/TheLegendOfZorro'' (2005)
* ''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}'' (1997) - The defining film for Horner, much like ''Franchise/StarWars'' for Music/JohnWilliams.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}'' (1995)
* ''Film/{{Jumanji}}'' (1995)
* ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'' (1995)
* ''Film/{{Casper}}'' (1995)
* ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' (1995)
* ''Film/LegendsOfTheFall'' (1994)
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePagemaster'' (1994)
* ''WesternAnimation/WereBackADinosaursStory'' (1993)
* ''Film/HocusPocus'' (1993) - with John Debney (Horner did one theme while Debney did the rest of the film)
* ''Film/SwingKids'' (1993)
* ''WesternAnimation/OnceUponAForest'' (1993)
* ''Film/PatriotGames'' (1992)
* ''Film/TheRocketeer'' (1991)
* ''Film/{{Glory}}'' (1989)
* ''Film/FieldOfDreams'' (1989)
* ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'' (1989)
* ''Film/{{Willow}}'' (1988)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' (1988)
* ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' - (1986) Also its sequel ''Fievel Goes West'' (1991). It was the first score that won him some awards.
* ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' (1986) - He had such a hellish time scoring this due to the movie's famously troubled production and initially swore he'd never work with Cameron again. However, he relented on this, and had better experiences with the other Cameron movies.
* ''Film/{{Commando}}'' (1985)
* ''Film/{{Krull}}'' (1983)
* ''Film/GorkyPark'' (1993)
* ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' (1982) and ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'' (1984). Star Trek II was his big break and launched him into the Hollywood scene; he later declined the offer to score later Trek movies. Debate still rages over whether his or Music/JerryGoldsmith's music is superior.
** Nicholas Meyer famously quipped that Horner was hired for ''Khan'' because they couldn't afford Goldsmith again, and then when he returned for the sixth film, he discovered he couldn't afford Horner.
* ''Film/BattleBeyondTheStars'' (1980) - Ironically considering his later career, music from this film would be used in several other Creator/RogerCorman productions (''Film/SpaceRaiders'', ''Film/{{Sorceress}}'', ''Film/WizardsOfTheLostKingdom'' etc).[[note]]Conducted by Music/DavidNewman.[[/note]]

!!Works for television include:
* ''Series/AmazingStories'' ("Alamo Jobe")
* ''Creator/{{CBS}} Evening News With Katie Couric'' (yep, that was him; the theme was replaced with the 1987 Trivers/Myers theme when Scott Pelley took over in 2011; he also did the theme for several other CBS divisions in that period)
* ''WesternAnimation/FishPolice'' (he not only did the theme for this short-lived cartoon, he also did one of his very few episodic TV scores for the pilot)