Bear McCreary

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About Bear McCreary

While composer Bear McCreary grew up in the Pacific Northwest during grunge’s heyday, he listened only to film music until age 14. ∙ McCreary studied under legendary composer Elmer Bernstein at USC’s Thornton School of Music. ∙ McCreary’s TV credits include every episode of The Walking Dead, Outlander, and his first Hollywood gig: Battlestar Galactica’s critically acclaimed reboot. ∙ In 2013, McCreary won an Emmy Award (Outstanding Main Title Theme Music) for the TV series Da Vinci’s Demons. ∙ In addition to scoring films, he has written an orchestral rock opera (Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem) and Viking folk-inspired video game music (God of War). ∙ Most of McCreary’s music for the movie Child’s Play was performed on handheld instruments and by a “toy orchestra” composed of tiny pianos, xylophones, drums, and guitars. ∙ In the movie Child’s Play, actor Mark Hamill sings McCreary’s ballad “The Buddi Song,” which one critic called “the creepiest thing I’ve heard all year.”

Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
February 17, 1979
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