James Roy Horner (born August 14, 1953) is an American composer, conductor, and orchestrator of film music. He is noted for the integration of choral and electronic elements in many of his film scores, and for frequent use of Celtic musical elements.
Horner has scored over 100 films including those for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, 48 Hrs., Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Cocoon, Commando, Aliens, The Name of the Rose, An American Tail and its sequel, Red Heat, Field of Dreams, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Glory, Patriot Games and it's sequel, Legends of the Fall, Braveheart, Casper, Apollo 13, Jumanji, Ransom, Titanic, The Mask of Zorro, A Beautiful Mind, Apocalypto, Avatar, and The Amazing Spider-Man. His score for Titanic is the best selling orchestral film soundtrack of all time while Titanic and Avatar, both directed by James Cameron, are the two highest-grossing films of all time. He has also collaborated multiple times with directors Jean-Jacques Annaud, Mel Gibson, Walter Hill, Ron Howard and Joe Johnston.
Horner has won two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, three Satellite Awards, three Saturn Awards, and has been nominated for three British Academy Film Awards.