35 Facts About Hans Zimmer

1. Hans Zimmer lives in Los Angeles with his second wife Suzanne Zimmer, and has four children.

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2. Hans Zimmer won numerous awards for his work on The Lion King, including an Academy Award for Best Original Score, a Golden Globe, and two Grammys.

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3. In 2000, Hans Zimmer worked with DreamWorks and director Ridley Scott on the hit film Gladiator.

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4. In 1989 Hans Zimmer won a Grammy Award nomination for his work on Driving Miss Daisy.

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5. Hans Zimmer had composed the score for a small budget film called A World Apart, which was about South Africa.

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6. In 1986, Hans Zimmer worked by himself on the score for Vardo.

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7. Hans Zimmer composed the score for his second South African film, The Power of One, directed by John Avildsen in 1992.

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8. Hans Zimmer has placed his mark on films outside of Hollywood.

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9. Hans Zimmer has ventured into the light and emotional, penning the infectious score for Barry Levingson's Toys starring Robin Williams, and Muppet Treasure Island (1996).

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10. Hans Zimmer went solo with his haunting tribal anthems for an epic, groundbreaking film about the historic struggle in South Africa, A World Apart.

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11. Hans Zimmer clearly was influenced by his apprenticeship with Myers; he has founded his own company, Media Ventures, in the early 1990s to assist fledgling talent in the film music industry.

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12. Hans Zimmer is a pioneer in computer technology, digital synthesizers, and electronic keyboards.

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13. Hans Zimmer now stands firmly behind Nolan's choice to keep the music's volume levels where the were.

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14. In 2016, Hans Zimmer was one of the inaugural winners of the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication.

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15. In December 2010, Hans Zimmer received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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16. Hans Zimmer lives in Los Angeles with his second wife Suzanne Zimmer with whom he has an additional three children.

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17. In 2018, Hans Zimmer composed the score for the television intro of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, called "Living Football".

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18. Hans Zimmer composed the main theme for the 2016 Netflix production The Crown.

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19. Hans Zimmer partnered with Junkie XL to compose the music for the 2016 film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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20. Hans Zimmer composed the music for Christopher Nolan's 2014 film Interstellar, which earned him another Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score.

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21. Hans Zimmer composed the Tomorrowland Hymn for the Tomorrowland festival to celebrate its tenth anniversary in July 2014.

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22. Hans Zimmer composed a new version of the theme music for ABC World News.

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23. In 2012, Hans Zimmer composed and produced the music for the 84th Academy Awards with Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes.

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24. Hans Zimmer explained his approach to scoring with other musicians in an interview with Soundtrack.

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25. Hans Zimmer succeeded in reversing the decision not to nominate The Dark Knight in December 2008, arguing that the process of creating a modern film score was collaborative and that it was important to credit a range of people who had played a part in its production.

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26. In October 2000, Hans Zimmer performed live in concert for the first time with an orchestra and choir at the 27th Annual Flanders International Film Festival in Ghent.

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27. Hans Zimmer collaborated with composers Borislav Slavov and Tilman Sillescu to create the score for the video game Crysis 2.

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28. Hans Zimmer composed the theme for the television boxing series The Contender and worked with Lorne Balfe on the music for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which was his first video game project.

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29. Hans Zimmer introduced Ofra Haza, an Israeli Yemenite singer, to the directors, and they thought she was so beautiful that they designed one of the characters in the film to look like her.

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30. Hans Zimmer wrote the theme for Tony Scott's 1993 film True Romance, which he based on Carl Orff's Gassenhauer.

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31. Hans Zimmer acted as score producer for the 1987 film The Last Emperor, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Score.

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32. Hans Zimmer began his career playing keyboards and synthesizers in the 1970s, with the band Krakatoa.

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33. Hans Zimmer was named on the list of Top 100 Living Geniuses, published by The Daily Telegraph.

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34. Hans Zimmer is the head of the film music division at DreamWorks studios and works with other composers through the company that he founded, Remote Control Productions, formerly known as Media Ventures.

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35. Hans Zimmer spent the early part of his career in the United Kingdom before moving to the United States.

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