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Suzanne ZimmerVicki Carolin (m. 1982–1992)
Hans Florian Zimmer
Jake Zimmer
Hurtwood House
Remote Control Productions
Frankfurt am Main, West Germany
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Hans J. Zimmer
Brigitte Zimmer
$92 million as of May 12,2017
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Who is Hans Zimmer?

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There are only a few musicians working in Hollywood today who deserve as much respect and fame that Hans Zimmer has earned. Hans Zimmer is a German film composer and record producer who has been dominating Hollywood with his sharp musical talent since the late 80s until now. To this date, the music maestro has provided music to more than 150 films and having done scores for acclaimed films like ‘The Gladiator’, ‘The Lion King’, ‘Inception’ and ‘The Dark Knight Trilogy’, he still continues to be at the prime of his career. Having worked with some of the greatest filmmakers in Hollywood, Hans has made movies feel epic with his score full of orchestral operatic sounds. He moved from Germany to the UK, then to the USA and brought his unique style in his music to create the mood and environment in films. He integrates electronic music with the classic orchestral arrangements and creates magic out of it. His association with many big Hollywood filmmakers, especially Christopher Nolan, the ace film director, has been a mega success. Over the course of his illustrious career, Zimmer has been conferred upon with many honours such as four Grammy Awards, One Academy Award and two Golden Globe awards. He presently works at the DreamWorks studios as the head of film music division and works in collaboration with other musicians as well to nurture them.

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Hans Zimmer Childhood & Early Life

Hans Zimmer was born in Frankfurt am Main, West Germany, on 12th September 1957, to an engineer father and housewife mother. He said that his mother was a musical woman so he naturally developed a taste for music. However, once he was admitted to piano classes, he disliked it stating that he didn’t want any formal training in music. He constantly got thrown out of the schools due to the lack of concentration in the classes.

With the arrival of computer and the evolution of electronic music with that, Zimmer got hooked and started playing on that. The piano lessons he learned as a kid somehow stayed with him and he developed a fresh sound out of them. Upon gifted a piano, Zimmer spent very little time learning to play it and more in modifying it.

He was a creative kid and when his father died, he became overly depressed. Music became an essential pillar of support for him apart from his mother and hence, his love for music kept growing until he embarked into adulthood, and started taking his music career seriously.

Hans Zimmer Career

In the early 70s, Hans Zimmer embarked on a career in music after making a move to the UK and joined a few bands here and there, where he played mainly Keyboards and Synthesizers. Simultaneously, he worked in the advertisements to make the ends meet. In 1980, he received mild fame through an LP he did with the Buggles, titled ‘The Age of Plastic’.

A brief stint with Ultravox gained him further exposure and for the UK punk rock band ‘The Damned’, he worked on an album titled ‘The Black Album’. His first stint with film score happened during an association with Stanley Meyers, who was a prolific film composer and along with him, Zimmer developed his style of mixing orchestral music with classical sounds and worked on films like ‘Moonlighting’ and ‘Insignificance’.

After scoring for a few more films came the first turning point of his professional career, when he got the chance to provide score to the film ‘The Last Emperor’, a 1987 film which went on to receive the Academy Award for Original Score. He also composed music for the TV show ‘Going for Gold’, which he said was his first job from which he made enough money to pay his rent. In the very next year came ‘Rain Man’ that established his strong foothold in Hollywood.

Director Barry Levinson was looking for a composer for his film ‘Rain Man’. His wife had heard Zimmer’s work, so he was immediately summoned. The music of the film was a big hit, and so was the movie. Zimmer received an Academy Award nomination for his music and the film received four Oscar awards. In the film, Zimmer introduced a relatively low regarded sound, resulting from a mix of synthesizers and samplers, and carried on his style of music in his very next project titled ‘Driving Miss Daisy’.

For Ridley Scott directed film ‘Thelma and Louise’, Zimmer made alterations in his music by introducing Slide Guitar and in 1992, for the film ‘The Power of One’; he travelled to Africa to introduce himself to African choirs and drums. The things he learned there helped him greatly in bagging Disney’s mega animation film ‘The Lion King’. The film was a massive critical and commercial success and due credit was given to Zimmer for his excellent work as a musician. The film ended up roaring loud at award functions and Zimmer won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and two Grammys.

Thereafter, Zimmer worked with many acclaimed filmmakers such as Tony Scott and Terrence Malick. For latter’s film ‘The Thin Red Line’, Zimmer was asked to do the music before the shooting started. This was a new way to work and Zimmer was used to create music according to the edits and shots but somehow, he managed to record a beautiful score which was six and a half hour long.

By then, Hans Zimmer had become the ‘go-to’ guy for the biggest of Hollywood filmmakers. He continued his association with Ridley Scott, by providing score for his mega budget historical epic ‘The Gladiator’, an instant classic. His other projects in early 2000s include ‘The Last Samurai’ and ‘Madagascar’ and later, he worked on ‘Sherlock Holmes’ and ‘Angels and Demons’. For ‘The Last Samurai’, Zimmer researched extensively on understanding the subtle nuances of Japanese instruments, and ended up becoming a huge fan.

Apart from that, he forayed into the big budget action franchises with Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’ series and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise. He led the team of composers who worked on the soundtrack of second instalment of Batman series ‘The Dark Knight’, and this one project made Zimmer a worldwide phenomenon and despite the film not being nominated for the Original Score at the Academy Awards due to some issues, this project sparked the discussion about whether he is the greatest film composer ever.

His association with Christopher Nolan continued for the ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, the last film in the cult trilogy, and out of the trilogy Nolan hired him for scoring the music for his magnum opus ‘Inception’. Nolan, who served as the executive producer of the newly established DC cinematic universe, asked Zimmer to compose the score for first two DC films ‘Man of Steel’ and ‘Batman V Superman: The Dawn of Justice’, both directed by Zack Snyder. Zimmer agreed but after composing the latter, he took retirement from superhero genre films.

Zimmer continues to work on films and TV series until now and received an Academy Award nomination for Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’. Recently, Zimmer composed the score for BBC documentary ‘Planet Earth 2’ and for the 2006 Netflix production ‘The Crown’, he composed the theme music. He also owns a music studio in California and is the head of Remote Control Productions, a music production company.

Hans Zimmer Personal Life

Hans Zimmer’s first marriage was to a model named Vicki Carolin. The couple had a daughter, who happens to be a successful model, Zoe Zimmer. After Hans’s marriage with Vicki ended, he started dating Suzanne Zimmer, with whom he presently lives in Los Angeles along with their three children.

Hans Zimmer Academy Awards(Oscars)

Hans Zimmer Golden Globe Awards

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Hans Zimmer awards

  • Academy Awards(Oscars)

    • 1995
      Best Music, Original Score
      The Lion King (1994)
  • Golden Globe Awards

    • 2001
      Best Original Score - Motion Picture
      Gladiator (2000)
    • 1995
      Best Original Score - Motion Picture
      The Lion King (1994)
  • ASCAP Film And Television Music Awards

    • 2017
      Top Box Office Films
      Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
    • 2017
      Top Box Office Films
      Inferno (2016)
    • 2017
      Top Box Office Films
      Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)
    • 2016
      Most Performed Themes and Underscore
      Winner
    • 2015
      Top Box Office Films
      Interstellar (2014)
    • 2015
      Top Box Office Films
      The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
    • 2015
      Top Box Office Films
      Son of God (2014)
    • 2014
      Top Box Office Films
      The Lone Ranger (2013)
    • 2014
      Top Box Office Films
      Man of Steel (2013)
    • 2013
      Top Box Office Films
      The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
    • 2013
      Top Box Office Films
      Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)
    • 2012
      Top Box Office Films
      Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
    • 2012
      Top Box Office Films
      Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
    • 2012
      Top Box Office Films
      Rango (2011)
    • 2012
      Top Box Office Films
      Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
    • 2011
      Top Box Office Films
      Inception (2010)
    • 2011
      Top Box Office Films
      Megamind (2010)
    • 2010
      Top Box Office Films
      It's Complicated (2009)
    • 2010
      Top Box Office Films
      Angels & Demons (2009)
    • 2010
      Top Box Office Films
      Sherlock Holmes (2009)
    • 2009
      Top Box Office Films
      The Dark Knight (2008)
    • 2009
      Top Box Office Films
      Kung Fu Panda (2008)
    • 2009
      Top Box Office Films
      Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
    • 2008
      Top Box Office Films
      Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
    • 2008
      Top Box Office Films
      The Simpsons Movie (2007)
    • 2007
      Top Box Office Films
      The Da Vinci Code (2006)
    • 2007
      Top Box Office Films
      Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
    • 2006
      Top Box Office Films
      Batman Begins (2005)
    • 2006
      Top Box Office Films
      Madagascar (2005)
    • 2006
      Top Box Office Films
      The Ring Two (2005)
    • 2005
      Top Box Office Films
      Shark Tale (2004)
    • 2004
      Top Box Office Films
      The Last Samurai (2003)
    • 2003
      Top Box Office Films
      Black Hawk Down (2001)
    • 2003
      Top Box Office Films
      The Ring (2002)
    • 2003
      Top Box Office Films
      Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)
    • 2002
      Top Box Office Films
      Hannibal (2001)
    • 2002
      Top Box Office Films
      Pearl Harbor (2001)
    • 2001
      Top Box Office Films
      Mission: Impossible II (2000)
    • 2001
      Top Box Office Films
      Gladiator (2000)
  • Grammy Awards

    • 2009
      Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
      The Dark Knight (2008)
    • 1996
      Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television
      Crimson Tide (1995)
    • 1995
      Best Musical Album for Children
      The Lion King (1994)
    • 1995
      Best Instrumental Arrangement with Accompanying Vocals
      The Lion King (1994)
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Hans Zimmer biography timelines

  • Hans Zimmer was born in Frankfurt am Main, West Germany, on 12th September 1957, to an engineer father and housewife mother. He said that his mother was a musical woman so he naturally developed a taste for music. However, once he was admitted to piano classes, he disliked it stating that he didn’t want any formal training in music. He constantly got thrown out of the schools due to the lack of concentration in the classes.
    12th Sep 1957
  • In the early 70s, Hans Zimmer embarked on a career in music after making a move to the UK and joined a few bands here and there, where he played mainly Keyboards and Synthesizers. Simultaneously, he worked in the advertisements to make the ends meet. In 1980, he received mild fame through an LP he did with the Buggles, titled ‘The Age of Plastic’.
    1980
  • After scoring for a few more films came the first turning point of his professional career, when he got the chance to provide score to the film ‘The Last Emperor’, a 1987 film which went on to receive the Academy Award for Original Score. He also composed music for the TV show ‘Going for Gold’, which he said was his first job from which he made enough money to pay his rent. In the very next year came ‘Rain Man’ that established his strong foothold in Hollywood.
    1987
  • For Ridley Scott directed film ‘Thelma and Louise’, Zimmer made alterations in his music by introducing Slide Guitar and in 1992, for the film ‘The Power of One’; he travelled to Africa to introduce himself to African choirs and drums. The things he learned there helped him greatly in bagging Disney’s mega animation film ‘The Lion King’. The film was a massive critical and commercial success and due credit was given to Zimmer for his excellent work as a musician. The film ended up roaring loud at award functions and Zimmer won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and two Grammys.
    1992
  • Zimmer continues to work on films and TV series until now and received an Academy Award nomination for Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’. Recently, Zimmer composed the score for BBC documentary ‘Planet Earth 2’ and for the 2006 Netflix production ‘The Crown’, he composed the theme music. He also owns a music studio in California and is the head of Remote Control Productions, a music production company.
    2006
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Frequently asked questions about Hans Zimmer

  • What is Hans Zimmer birthday?

    Hans Zimmer was born at September 12, 1957

  • Where is Hans Zimmer's birth place?

    Hans Zimmer was born in Frankfurt am Main, West Germany

  • What is Hans Zimmer nationalities?

    Hans Zimmer's nationalities is German

  • Who is Hans Zimmer spouses?

    Hans Zimmer's spouses is Suzanne Zimmer, Vicki Carolin (m. 1982–1992)

  • Who is Hans Zimmer childrens?

    Hans Zimmer's childrens is Jake Zimmer

  • What was Hans Zimmer universities?

    Hans Zimmer studied at Hurtwood House university

  • Which company or organization was founded by Hans Zimmer?

    Hans Zimmer was the founder/co-founder of Remote Control Productions

  • How tall is Hans Zimmer?

    Hans Zimmer's height is 178

  • Who is Hans Zimmer's father?

    Hans Zimmer's father is Hans J. Zimmer

  • Who is Hans Zimmer's mother?

    Hans Zimmer's mother is Brigitte Zimmer

  • What is Hans Zimmer's sun sign?

    Hans Zimmer is Virgo

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    Hans Zimmer's facebook is https://www.facebook.com/hanszimmer/

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    Hans Zimmer's twitter is https://twitter.com/HansZimmer/