In the early 1980s, Danny Elfman rose to popularity as the singer-songwriter for the new wave band Oingo Boingo. Also, he is an actor, and film composer, who has appeared in numerous television shows and films.

Picture of American film composer, Danny Elfman
Caption: Picture of American film composer, Danny Elfman (Photo: Deadline)

Where was Danny Elfman Born?

In Los Angeles, California, he was born on May 29, 1953, with the birth name Daniel Robert Elfman. He is the son of parents Blossom Elfman, and Milton Elfman. His mother Blossom, a writer & teacher, and father Milton, a teacher. He grew up in a Jewish family of Polish-Jewish and Russian-Jewish descent. Likewise, he grew up in a racially mixed affluent community in Baldwin Hills, California. Elfman has acknowledged making up tales about his background out of boredom, including a claim that he was born in Amarillo, Texas, and that his parents were members of the US Air Force.

Danny Elfman with her mother Blossom
Caption: Danny Elfman with her mother Blossom (Photo: getty images)

Elfman had a strong ability for science in his early years of education while showing absolutely little interest in music. After finishing high school, he along with his sibling brother Richard Elfman went with plans to travel the world. Elfman spent a few years performing and taking seminars at CalArts' Department of Indonesian Music, although he never formally enrolled there. Having American nationality, Danny is of mixed ethnicity. 


Up until Richard departed the group in the late 1970s to pursue a career as a filmmaker, the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo gave performances in clubs and on the streets of Los Angeles. Danny wrote the music and the score for Richard's movie "Forbidden Zone," based on the band's live performances. The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo became the new wave band Oingo Boingo after Richard quit and Danny took command. Between 1981 and 1994, they released eight studio albums, and their single "Weird Science," on the 1985 album "Dead Man's Party". Oingo Boingo fans Tim Burton and Paul Reubens hired Danny to write the score for the 1985 movie "Pee-wee's Big Adventure," and Elfman subsequently composed the music for the movies "Back to School" in 1986, "Wisdom" in 1986, "Summer School" in 1987, "Beetlejuice" in 1988, "Midnight Run" in 1988, "Big Top Pee-wee" in 1988, and "Hot to Trot". He received a Grammy for his work on the soundtracks to "Batman" (1989) and "Batman Returns" (1992). 

Danny Elfman performing on the stage
Caption: Danny Elfman performing on the stage (Photo: Instagram)

Danny composed the music for 25 movies in the 1990s, starting with "Nightbreed," "Dick Tracy," "Darkman," and "Edward Scissorhands" in 1990 and concluding with "Instinct," "Anywhere but Here," and "Sleepy Hollow" in 1999. He also contributed Jack Skellington's singing voice to the 1993 film "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and created the music and 10 songs for it. Elfman received a Grammy nomination for his music to the first movie in the series, "Men in Black," which he also composed. He went on to score "Men in Black," "Men in Black II," "Men in Black 3," and "Men in Black: International," which was released in 2019, after which came "Men in Black: International." He received Grammy nominations for the soundtracks to "Planet of the Apes," "Spider-Man," "Big Fish," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," and "Milk" in the first decade of the 2000s. He also composed the scores to "Chicago," "Hulk," "Charlotte's Web," "Hellboy II: The Golden Army," and "Terminator Salvation." He has worked in 2010's "Alice in Wonderland," 2012's "Dark Shadows," "Frankenweenie," and "Silver Linings Playbook," and 2013's "Oz the Great and Powerful," "Epic," and "American Hustle."

Danny Elfman posing for the picture
Caption: Danny Elfman posing for the picture (Photo: Instagram)

He wrote the music for all three "Fifty Shades of Grey" movies (2015–2019), as well as "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015), "Goosebumps" (2015), "Alice Through the Looking Glass" (2016), "The Girl on the Train" (2016), "Justice League" (2017), "The Grinch" (2018), "Dumbo" (2019), "Dolittle" (2020), and "The Woman in the Window" (2021). Elfman won an Emmy for creating the theme for "Desperate Housewives" in 2005, and he also created the tune for "The Simpsons," for which he received a nomination for a Primetime Emmy in 1989. He wrote the themes for "The Flash" (1990), "Family Dog" (1993), "Perversions of Science" (1997), and "Dilbert" (1999) in the 1990s. He also wrote the opening and closing titles for "Batman: The Animated Series" (1992). Also, Danny wrote the theme for the 2005 television show "Point Pleasant," and he collaborated with Chris Bacon to soundtrack the 2017 miniseries "When We Rise." His works have frequently been performed live, including "Serenada Schizophrana" at Carnegie Hall in 2005 and "Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton" at the Royal Albert Hall in 2013. In early 2021, Elfman released five additional singles, "Love In The Time of COVID," "Sorry," "True," "Kick Me," and "Insects," then on June 11, 2021, he made the album "Big Mess" available. Elfman started off the decade with the release of the song "Happy" in 2020.

What's Danny Elfman Net Worth?

As per reports, Danny Elfman has an estimated net worth of around $50 Million. Working as an American composer, singer, songwriter, and actor, he has earned more than a hefty sum of money. He paid $2.13 million for a home in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles in the year 2000. The 1920s-era house renovated by Danny and Bridget over the course of three years and around $3 million; in 2015, they paid $3.6 million to buy the neighboring property. 

: Danny Elfman clicking a selfie in his work place
Caption: Danny Elfman clicking a selfie in his work place (Photo: Instagram)

Elfman and Fonda listed their combined estate for $14.6 million in October 2020. In the end, the houses were split up, with the bigger one selling for the $8.8 million asking price and the smaller one fetching a lower price of $4.2 million. Danny and Bridget spent a total of $8 million for two adjacent properties in Encino, California in 2021, over the course of two transactions spaced over a few months.

Is Danny Elfman still Married? 

Yes, Danny Elfman is still happily married to Bridget Fonda. His wife Fonda is also an American actress. They got married in a private wedding ceremony on November 29, 2003. Out of their married life, the couple became parents of a son Oliver Elfman, born on January 21, 2005. The married couple is both incredibly private and likes to stay out of the spotlight. 

Danny Elfman with his wife Bridget Fonda
Caption: Danny Elfman with his wife Bridget Fonda (Photo: Pinterest)

The couple sold their two properties in Los Angeles in 2020 in order to go to the country and live a simpler life. Previously, Elfman was married to Geri Eisenmenger. Later, they became parents of two daughters Lola (born in 1979) and Mali (born in 1984). Previously, he date future Sonic Youth vocalist/guitarist/bassist Kim Gordon, during his teenage years.

What is the Height of Danny Elfman? 

Danny Elfman has a height of 5 feet 10 inches or 1.78 m tall. Likewise, he has blonde color hair with hazel eyes color.