Birthday: October 18, 1946 Birth
Place: Toronto, Ontario, Canada Height: 0' 0"
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Son of a London stockbroker, British actor Leslie Howard worked as a bank clerk after graduating from London's Dulwich School. Serving briefly in World War I, Howard was mustered out for medical reasons in 1918, deciding at that time to act for a living. Working in both England and the U.S. throughout the 1920s, Howard specialized in playing disillusioned intellectuals in such plays as Outward Bound, the film version of which served as his 1930 film debut. Other films followed on both sides of the Atlantic, the best of these being Howard's masterful star turn in The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934). In 1935, Howard portrayed yet another disenchanted soul in The Petrified Forest, which co-starred Humphrey Bogart as a gangster patterned after John Dillinger. Howard was tapped for the film version, but refused to make the movie unless Bogart was also hired (Warner Bros. had planned to use their resident gangster type, Edward G. Robinson). Hardly a candidate for "Mr. Nice Guy" — he was known to count the lines of his fellow actors and demand cuts if they exceeded his dialogue — Howard was nonetheless loyal to those he cared about. Bogart became a star after The Petrified Forest, and in gratitude named his first daughter Leslie Bogart. Somehow able to hide encroaching middle-age when on screen, Howard played romantic leads well into his late 40s, none more so than the role of — yes — disillusioned intellectual Southern aristocrat Ashley Wilkes in the 1939 classic Gone with the Wind. In the late 1930s, Howard began dabbling in directing, notably in his starring films Pygmalion (1938) and Pimpernel Smith (1941). Fiercely patriotic, Howard traveled extensively on behalf of war relief; on one of these trips, he boarded a British Overseas Airways plane in 1943 with several other British notables, flying en route from England to Lisbon. The plane was shot down over the Bay of Biscay and all on board were killed. Only after the war ended was it revealed that Howard had selflessly taken that plane ride knowing it would probably never arrive in Lisbon; it was ostensibly carrying Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and was sent out as a decoy so that Churchill's actual plane would be undisturbed by enemy fire.
Was a member of the horn section in the Canadian band Lighthouse in the early 1970s.
Was the first Musical Director of the first incarnation of the band from "Saturday Night Live" (1975).
Uncle of composer Ryan Shore
Since 1979, he has scored all but one of director David Cronenberg's theatrical films. Cronenberg is also from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Has scored two of the three sequels that have won Best Picture. The first was The Silence of the Lambs (1991), the sequel to Manhunter (1986). The second was The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), the final film in _Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings, The (2001-2003)_ trilogy.
Coordinated with Hollywood Bowl conductor John Mauceri for national performances of his "The Lord of the Rings Symphony" in six movements
Helped Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi to organize the first incarnation of the Blues Brothers Band.
He and Danny Elfman have both formed hit bands (The Blues Brothers and Oingo Boingo, respectively), both scored a film for Tim Burton (Shore scored Ed Wood (1994); Elfman has scored everything else), both scored a film for Peter Jackson (all of the "Lord of the Rings" films and _Frighteners, The (1996/I)_ , respectively), and both scored a Hannibal Lecter film (_Silence of the Lambs (1992)_ and Red Dragon (2002), respectively).
Attended Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Oscar winners Howard Shore (score) and Michael Semanick (sound re-recording mixer) have cameos as Rohan Guards in the extended edition DVD of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). They join in the victory celebration at the Golden Hall and are prominent in the scenes featuring Legolas and Gimli's drinking game. They are the two guards right behind Legolas the elf. (Chapter 5, "Return to Edoras").
Was described by James Woods, who scored Videodrome (1983), in which Woods starred, as "the Bernard Herrmann of the synthesizer."
In 2004, a new rule for the Academy Awards that disallowed film scores which contained work from previous films resulted in the score to "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" being ineligible for submission to the Academy. The new rule proved very unpopular with both Academy members and the general public - and had it been present in years past, would have invalidated many other sequels winning performances, including the "Star Wars" sequels. Because of the debacle, the Academy returned to its original position for future years' films.
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