Bruce Broughton

Bruce Broughton
Born (1945-03-08) March 8, 1945
Los Angeles, California
Occupation Composer

Bruce Broughton (born March 8, 1945) is an American film, video game, television soundtrack, and orchestral composer who has composed several highly acclaimed soundtracks over his extensive career. Broughton is currently a lecturer in composition at the UCLA.


Broughton has composed the score for many notable films including Disney films such as The Rescuers Down Under (1990), Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993) and its sequel, Lost in San Francisco (1996), as well as popular westerns such as Silverado (1985) and Tombstone (1993). Other films scored by Broughton include Harry and the Hendersons (1987), Miracle on 34th Street (1994), and The Boy Who Could Fly (1986). Additionally, he composed music for the video game Heart of Darkness, and the animated TV series, Tiny Toon Adventures. Broughton also composed the fanfare for the 20th Century Fox logo that was introduced in 1994.

Silverado earned him an Academy Award nomination, though he lost the Oscar to Out of Africa. He has won nearly a dozen Emmy awards.[1][2][3]

Broughton is a member of the Board of Directors of ASCAP, a former Governor of both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, a Past President of the Society of Composers & Lyricists, and a lecturer at UCLA and USC.

Broughton's song "Alone yet Not Alone," from the film with the same name, was originally nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song at the 86th Academy Awards. But on January 29, 2014, before any voting could take place, the nomination was rescinded, when the Academy alleged that Broughton, a former Academy governor who, at the time, was an executive committee member of the Academy's music branch, had improperly contacted other branch members.[4][5] "No matter how well-intentioned the communication, using one's position as a former governor and current executive committee member to personally promote one’s own Oscar submission creates the appearance of an unfair advantage,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President.[6] Not everyone agreed with the Academy's actions.[7][8]

Broughton is a graduate of the Punahou School in Honolulu, as well as the University of Southern California. He has taught at both USC and UCLA.




Year Title Notes
1973-1975 Gunsmoke 5 episodes
1973-1979 Hawaii Five-O 18 episodes
1977 The Oregon Trail 4 episodes
1977-1983 Quincy, M.E. 64 episodes
1978-1979 Barnaby Jones 2 episodes
How the West Was Won 11 episodes
1979-1985 Dallas 52 episodes
1981 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century 5 episodes
1982 The Blue and the Gray miniseries
1985-1986 Amazing Stories 4 episodes
1990-1992 Tiny Toon Adventures 11 episodes
1997 True Women miniseries
2015 Texas Rising miniseries; with John Debney


Year Title Director Studio Notes
1979 The Paradise Connection Michael Preece CBS Television film
1980 The Return of Frank Cannon Corey Allen CBS Television film
Desperate Voyage Michael O'Herlihy CBS Television film
1981 The Girl, the Gold Watch & Dynamite Hy Averback Television film
Killjoy John Llewellyn Moxey Television film
1982 Desperate Lives Robert Michael Lewis CBS Television film
One Shoe Makes It Murder William Hale CBS Television film
1983 M.A.D.D.: Mothers Against Drunk Drivers William A. Graham NBC Television film
Cowboy Jerry Jameson CBS Television film
The Prodigal James F. Collier
This Girl for Hire Jerry Jameson CBS Television film
1984 The Master of Ballantrae Douglas Hickox CBS Television film
The Ice Pirates Stewart Raffill Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
United Artists
Passions Sandor Stern CBS Television film
The Cowboy and the Ballerina Jerry Jameson CBS Television film
1985 Stormin' Home Jerry Jameson CBS Television film
Silverado Lawrence Kasdan Columbia Pictures
Young Sherlock Holmes Barry Levinson Amblin Entertainment
Paramount Pictures
1986 Sweet Liberty Alan Alda Universal Pictures
The Boy Who Could Fly Nick Castle Lorimar Motion Pictures
20th Century Fox
George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation William A. Graham CBS Television film
1987 Square Dance Daniel Petrie
Michael Nesmith
Island Pictures
NBC Productions
Harry and the Hendersons William Dear Amblin Entertainment
Universal Pictures
The Monster Squad Fred Dekker HBO Pictures
TriStar Pictures
Big Shots Robert Mandel Lorimar Motion Pictures
20th Century Fox
Cross My Heart Armyan Bernstein Universal Pictures
1988 The Presidio Peter Hyams Paramount Pictures
The Rescue Ferdinand Fairfax Touchstone Pictures
Moonwalker Jerry Kramer MJJ Productions
Lorimar Motion Pictures
Warner Bros.
Last Rites Donald P. Bellisario Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1989 Jacknife David Jones Kings Road Entertainment
Cineplex Odeon Films
Sorry, Wrong Number Tony Wharmby USA Network Television film
1990 The Old Man and the Sea Jud Taylor NBC Television film
Betsy's Wedding Alan Alda Touchstone Pictures
Narrow Margin Peter Hyams Carolco Pictures
TriStar Pictures (US)
Universal Pictures (International)
The Rescuers Down Under Hendel Butoy
Mike Gabriel
Walt Disney Pictures
1991 All I Want for Christmas Robert Lieberman Paramount Pictures
1992 O Pioneers! Glenn Jordan CBS Television film
Honey, I Blew Up the Kid Randal Kleiser Walt Disney Pictures
Stay Tuned Peter Hyams Morgan Creek Productions
Warner Bros.
1993 Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey Duwayne Dunham Walt Disney Pictures
So I Married an Axe Murderer Thomas Schlamme TriStar Pictures
For Love or Money Barry Sonnenfeld Imagine Entertainment
Universal Pictures
Tombstone George P. Cosmatos Cinergi Pictures
Hollywood Pictures (US)
Entertainment Film Distributors (UK)
1994 Holy Matrimony Leonard Nimoy Interscope Communications
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Hollywood Pictures
Baby's Day Out Patrick Read Johnson 20th Century Fox
Miracle on 34th Street Les Mayfield 20th Century Fox
1996 Carried Away Bruno Barreto CineTel Films
Fine Line Features
Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco David R. Ellis Walt Disney Pictures
House Arrest Harry Winer Rysher Entertainment
Infinity Matthew Broderick First Look Pictures
1997 Shadow Conspiracy George P. Cosmatos Cinergi Pictures
Hollywood Pictures
A Simple Wish Michael Ritchie The Bubble Factory
Universal Pictures
1998 Krippendorf's Tribe Todd Holland Touchstone Pictures
Glory & Honor Kevin Hooks TNT Television film
Lost in Space Stephen Hopkins Jim Henson's Creature Shop
New Line Cinema
One Tough Cop Bruno Barreto Stratosphere Entertainment
Jeremiah Harry Winer Television film
1999 Night Ride Home Glenn Jordan CBS Television film
2001 The Ballad of Lucy Whipple Jeremy Kagan Television film
2002 Roughing It Charles Martin Smith Hallmark Channel Television film
Damaged Care Harry Winer Showtime Television film
Bobbie's Girl Jeremy Kagan Showtime Television film
The Locket Karen Arthur CBS Television film
2003 Eloise at the Plaza Kevin Lima Handmade Films
ABC Television Network
Television film
Lucy Glenn Jordan CBS Television film
Eloise at Christmastime Kevin Lima Handmade Films
ABC Television Network
Television film
2004 Last Flight Out Jerry Jameson Direct-to-video film
Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers Donovan Cook DisneyToon Studios
Walt Disney Pictures
Direct-to-video film
2005 Warm Springs Joseph Sargent HBO Television film
The Dive from Clausen's Pier Harry Winer Lifetime Television film
2006 Bambi II Brian Pimental DisneyToon Studios
Walt Disney Pictures
Direct-to-video film
2009 Safe Harbor Jerry Jameson Hallmark Channel Television film
2011 The Pledge J.W. Myers
2013 A Christmas Tree Miracle J.W. Myers
2016 Shot Jeremy Kagan

Orchestral works

Year Title Publisher
A Tiny Symphony for Strings Black Squirrel Music
American Hero for Orchestra Black Squirrel Music
Concerto for Piccolo and Chamber Orchestra Meridian Publishing LLC
Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra Edwin F. Kalmus & Co.
English Music for Horn and Strings Chester Music and Novello & Co.
Fanfares: Mosaic for Orchestra Brubel Music
Four Kinds of Walking: Suite for Strings Brubel Music
Mixed Elements for Orchestra Brubel Music
Saloon Music Brubel Music


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