James Horner: Oscar-Winning Film Composer Dies in Plane Crash in California, Assistant Says!!
Such a very sad day for many movie fans all over the world as a true legend in Hollywood history is taken from us too soon. In a year of devastating celebrity losses, James Horner might be the most painful yet!!
The two-time Oscar winner, who worked on three James Cameron films, two ‘Star Trek’ movies and classics like ‘A Beautiful Mind,’ ‘A Land Before Time,’ and ‘Apollo 13.’ The legendary film composer was also well-known for his touching scores for Field of Dreams, Braveheart and Titanic, for which he won two Academy Awards. Even the lesser known movies most people don’t realize he worked on like Willow, Comando, Aliens, Jumanji, Glory, Zorro, Bicentennial Man………….. James Horner was only 61.
His death was confirmed on Monday by Sylvia Patrycja, who is identified on Horner’s film music page as his assistant.
“We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent,” Patrycja wrote on Facebook on Monday. “He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road.”
Horner was reported piloting the small aircraft when it crashed into a remote area about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara, officials said. Earlier reports noted that the plane, which was registered to the composer, had gone down, but the pilot had not been found or identified.
The Los Angeles native earned 10 Oscar noms in all, also being recognized for his work on two other best picture winners: Braveheart (1995) and A Beautiful Mind (2001). He also received noms for An American Tail (1986), Field of Dreams (1989), Apollo 13 (1995) and House of Sand and Fog (2003).
Horner still has three films coming out soon: ‘Southpaw,’ the boxing drama that stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams and is due in theaters in July; Jean-Jacques Annaud’s ‘Wolf Totem,’ out in September; and ‘The 33,’ a drama based on the 2010 mining disaster in Chile that’s set for November.
His lengthy film résumé includes The Lady in Red (1979), Wolfen (1981), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan(1982) and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1983), Red Heat (1988), Glory (1989), The Rocketeer(1991), Patriot Games (1992), Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993), Jumanji (1995), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), Troy (2004) and The Amazing Spider-Man (2012).
“I’m much choosier,” he said.’ “I don’t want to be doing these movies that now 85 or 90 composers want, as opposed to six. And now all these movies, action movies. I don’t get offered all the movies obviously, but I see a lot of them and I do get asked to do a lot of them, and I just know they’re not asking me to do something that I can do something original, they’re asking me to do a formula and I’m too rebellious.” – Horner in a December interview with David Hocquet.
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Source) The Hollywood Reporter.