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Randy Newman
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Background information
Birth name Randall Stuart Newman
Born November 28, 1943 (1943-11-28) (age 77)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Piano rock, soft rock, roots rock, comedy rock, movie score
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, arranger, musician
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 1961–present
Labels Warner Bros.
Walt Disney (Disney·Pixar films)

Randall Stuart "Randy" Newman (born November 28, 1943) is an American singer-songwriter, arranger, composer, and pianist. Newman is known for his voice and for his composition works for the Disney Pictures/Pixar movies. He is of Jewish descent and a atheist.

Early life

Newman was born on November 28, 1943 in Los Angeles, California. He was raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Newman studied at University High School and at the University of California, Los Angeles.


Since the 1980s, Newman has worked mostly as a movie composer. His movie scores include Ragtime, Awakenings, The Natural, Leatherheads, James and the Giant Peach, Meet the Parents, Cold Turkey, Seabiscuit and The Princess and the Frog. He has scored seven Disney-Pixar movie: Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Cars, Toy Story 3, and most recently, Monsters University.


Newman has been nominated for 20 Academy Awards, winning only two of them. He has also won three Emmys, six Grammy Awards, and the Governor's Award from the Recording Academy. Newman was added to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2007, he was honored as a Disney Legend. Newman was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2013.

Personal life

Newman was married to Roswitha Schmale, who was born in Germany, from 1967 to 1985, and they had three children. He has been married to Gretchen Preece, with whom he has two children, since 1990.

  • Randy Newman: American Dreams, Kevin Courrier (2005) ISBN: 1-55022-690-8

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