25 Facts About Bear McCreary


Bear McCreary was born on February 17,1979 and is an American musician and composer of film, television, and video game scores based in Los Angeles, California.


Bear McCreary has a two-time winner of the British Academy Games Award for Music for his work on God of War and Ragnarok.


Bear McCreary spent most of his formative years in Bellingham, Washington.


Bear McCreary is the son of author Laura Kalpakian and professor Jay McCreary of University of Hawaii at Manoa.


Bear McCreary has directed and produced several music videos for Brendan's band, "Young Beautiful in a Hurry".


Bear McCreary is a classically trained pianist and self-taught accordionist.


Bear McCreary studied under the renowned film score composer Elmer Bernstein during which time he reconstructed and reorchestrated Bernstein's 1963 score for Kings of the Sun.


Bear McCreary went to USC Thornton School of Music at the encouragement of Elmer Bernstein becoming his protege and graduating in 2002 from Screen Scoring.


In 2003, Bear McCreary worked under primary composer Richard Gibbs on the three-hour miniseries which served as a pilot for the reimagined series of Battlestar Galactica.


Bear McCreary worked on the series until it reached its conclusion in 2009, scoring over 70 episodes.


Bear McCreary composed for the Battlestar Galactica prequel series Caprica and Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome.


Bear McCreary provided the score for the series Human Target.


Bear McCreary composed the soundtrack for each of the first five seasons of Outlander.


In 2015, Bear McCreary was nominated for an Emmy for the pilot Outlander episode "Sassenach".


Bear McCreary served as orchestral producer for the rock opera Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem airing on Adult Swim on October 27,2013.


Bear McCreary composed the score for the television series Snowpiercer which premiered on TNT May 17,2020.


Bear McCreary composed the theme and music for the television series Foundation, an Apple TV+ series adapted from Isaac Asimov's novels.


Bear McCreary worked on several films providing additional music and conducting for My Baby's Daddy and Johnson Family Vacation before striking off on his own and scoring Rest Stop and Wrong Turn 2: Dead End, both direct to video.


Bear McCreary made his theatrical film debut with Step Up 3D.


Everly's soundtrack included a duet Bear McCreary sang with his wife, Raya Yarbrough.


Bear McCreary has only worked with a few directors multiple times: Christopher Landon on three films, Happy Death Day, Happy Death Day 2U and Freaky; and director McG twice on Rim of the World and The Babysitter: Killer Queen.


Bear McCreary composed all the songs in an eight-bit fashion by connecting the wires on an actual NES console and cartridge to create authenticity.


Bear McCreary arranged James Rolfe's The Angry Video Game Nerd "You're a Mean One, Mr Grinch" parody "You're a Mean One, Mr Nerd" for the 2010 Christmas special, with orchestra and eight-bit audio elements.


Bear McCreary performed with his orchestra live at Sony's E3 2016 press conference throughout the show and composed the score of the 2018 God of War game.


In 2021, Bear McCreary composed the score for Call of Duty: Vanguard.