Marco Beltrami
Beltrami in 2020
Beltrami in 2020
Background information
Born (1966-10-07) October 7, 1966 (age 57)
Long Island, New York, U.S.
GenresFilm and television scores, ambient
Occupation(s)Composer, conductor
InstrumentsPiano, keyboards, synthesizer, guitar, electronic percussion
Years active1994–present

Marco Beltrami (born October 7, 1966) is an American composer, conductor, and pianist, best known for his film and television scores. Beltrami has worked in a number of genres, including horror (Scream, Mimic, The Faculty, Resident Evil, The Woman in Black, Carrie, A Quiet Place, and The Nun II), action (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Live Free or Die Hard, World War Z), science fiction (I, Robot, Snowpiercer), Western (3:10 to Yuma, Jonah Hex, The Homesman), and superhero (Hellboy, The Wolverine, Logan, Venom: Let There Be Carnage).

A long-time collaborator of Wes Craven, Beltrami scored seven of the director's films including the original four Craven-directed films in the Scream franchise (1996–2011). He has also worked with such directors as James Mangold, Guillermo del Toro, Tommy Lee Jones, Alex Proyas, Ole Bornedal, Kathryn Bigelow, Bong Joon-ho, Dan Gilroy, and John Krasinski. He has been nominated for two Academy Awards for 3:10 to Yuma (2007) and The Hurt Locker (2008), and a Golden Globe Award for A Quiet Place (2018). He won a Satellite Award for Soul Surfer (2011) and an Emmy Award for Free Solo (2018).

Early life

Beltrami was born on Long Island, New York, of Italian and Greek descent.[1] He attended Ward Melville High School, and afterwards, graduated from Brown University and studied at the Yale School of Music, and then moved west to the USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, where he studied under composer Jerry Goldsmith.[2]


A few classical commissions and USC student films aside, Beltrami scored his first feature in 1994, the thriller Death Match for director Joe Coppolletta, and reached a higher level of public acclaim in 1996 when he wrote the score for Wes Craven's smash hit shocker Scream. Since then, Beltrami has become firmly entrenched as a composer of choice for the horror/thriller and action genre, with the Scream sequels and hit films such as Mimic (1997), The Faculty (1998), Angel Eyes (2001), Joy Ride (2001), Resident Evil (2002), which he co-composed with Marilyn Manson, Blade II (2002), Hellboy (2004), I, Robot (2004), and Red Eye (2005) featuring prominently in his resume. Apart from horror/thriller and action, he also scores certain independent films such as The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys and Tommy Lee Jones' The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his score for the film David and Lisa in 1998, indicating a desire to spread his musical wings beyond the bounds of his genre pigeonholing.

He has composed the recent entries in the Die Hard saga, Live Free or Die Hard and A Good Day to Die Hard, taking over from Michael Kamen from whom Beltrami used some of the original themes from the previous three films due to Kamen's death in 2003. Beltrami earned an Academy Award nomination for his work on James Mangold's acclaimed 2007 western remake, 3:10 to Yuma. Despite having met a mixed critical response, he was also nominated, alongside Buck Sanders, for the 2010 Academy Award for Best Original Score for his score to The Hurt Locker.[3] In 2011, he was met with critical praise and won a Satellite Award for Best Original Score for his score to the drama film Soul Surfer.[4] Beltrami composed the soundtrack for Pierce Brosnan's 2014 spy film November Man.[5] He co-composed the score for the 2015 Fantastic Four film with Philip Glass.[6]

Beltrami's signature style is based around highly percussive texture. He often employs both traditional percussive instruments such as bass drums, as well as violins and brass instruments, forming layers of hits and stabs.


Beltrami in 2013.

Beltrami has worked repeatedly with such directors as Wes Craven, James Mangold, Guillermo del Toro, Tommy Lee Jones, Alex Proyas, Len Wiseman, John Moore, Jean-François Richet, Jonathan Levine, and John Krasinski.[7] He has also worked with other musicians, including Marilyn Manson (for Resident Evil).

It was reported in October 2002 on Beltrami's official website that he had worked on orchestral arrangements for "Thyme", "The General", and "Elvis Presley and the Monster of Soul" (also known as "Leave Me Alone") from the then-unreleased Guns N' Roses album Chinese Democracy.[8] While none of those tracks appear on the final track listing of the album, they were confirmed as being recorded during the sessions with a chance of release in the future. However, he was credited officially for providing arrangements on "Street of Dreams", "Madagascar", "There Was a Time", "This I Love", and "Prostitute". "Chinese Democracy" is also the name of a track on Beltrami's score for 3:10 to Yuma. In 2023 he was credited on the final single release of "The General".[9]



Year Title Director Notes
1994 Death Match Joe Coppoletta
1995 The Bicyclist Robert Stark Hickey Short film
The Whispering Gregory Gieras
1996 Scream Wes Craven 1st of 7 collaborations with Craven
1997 Mimic Guillermo del Toro 1st of 3 collaborations with del Toro
Nightwatch Ole Bornedal 1st of 4 collaborations with Bornedal
Additional scoring; main score by Joachim Holbek
Scream 2 Wes Craven
1998 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later Steve Miner Composed with John Ottman
Halloween themes by John Carpenter
54 Mark Christopher
The Faculty Robert Rodriguez
1999 The Minus Man Hampton Fancher
The Florentine Nick Stagliano
The Crow: Salvation Bharat Nalluri
2000 Scream 3 Wes Craven
The Incorporated Kenneth Guertin
Dracula 2000 Patrick Lussier
The Watcher Joe Charbanic
Highway 395 Fred Dryer
2001 Angel Eyes Luis Mandoki Composed with Michael Sherwood
Joy Ride John Dahl
2002 The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys Peter Care
I Am Dina Ole Bornedal
Resident Evil Paul W. S. Anderson Composed with Marilyn Manson
Blade II Guillermo del Toro
2003 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Jonathan Mostow Terminator themes by Brad Fiedel
2004 I, Robot Alex Proyas Replaced Trevor Jones
1st of 3 collaborations with Proyas
Hellboy Guillermo del Toro
Flight of the Phoenix John Moore 1st of 4 collaborations with Moore
Alien vs. Predator Paul W. S. Anderson Rejected score; replaced by Harald Kloser
2005 Cursed Wes Craven
XXX: State of the Union Lee Tamahori
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Tommy Lee Jones
Red Eye Wes Craven
2006 Underworld: Evolution Len Wiseman Underworld themes by Paul Haslinger
1st of 3 collaborations with Wiseman
The Omen John Moore Omen themes by Jerry Goldsmith
2007 The Substitute Ole Bornedal
TMNT Kevin Munroe Rejected score; replaced by Klaus Badelt
Captivity Roland Joffé
The Invisible David S. Goyer
3:10 to Yuma James Mangold 1st of 4 collaborations with Mangold
Live Free or Die Hard Len Wiseman Die Hard themes by Michael Kamen
The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez Kieran Fitzgerald Composed with Bobby Flores
2008 The Eye David Moreau
Xavier Palud
Max Payne John Moore Composed with Buck Sanders
Amusement John Simpson
Mesrine Jean-François Richet Composed with Marcus Trumpp
1st of 3 collaborations with Richet
2009 In the Electric Mist Bertrand Tavernier
The Hurt Locker Kathryn Bigelow Composed with Buck Sanders
Knowing Alex Proyas
2010 Repo Men Miguel Sapochnik
Jonah Hex Jimmy Hayward Composed with Mastodon
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Troy Nixey Composed with Buck Sanders
My Soul to Take Wes Craven
2011 Soul Surfer Sean McNamara
The Thing Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. The Thing themes by Ennio Morricone
Scream 4 Wes Craven
2012 Trouble with the Curve Robert Lorenz
The Woman in Black James Watkins
The Sessions Ben Lewin
2013 Warm Bodies Jonathan Levine Composed with Buck Sanders
1st of 3 collaborations with Levine
A Good Day to Die Hard John Moore Die Hard themes by Michael Kamen
Snowpiercer Bong Joon-ho
The Wolverine James Mangold
World War Z Marc Forster Composed with Muse
Carrie Kimberly Peirce Replaced John Debney and John Powell
2014 The Homesman Tommy Lee Jones
The Giver Phillip Noyce
The November Man Roger Donaldson
The Drop Michaël R. Roskam
Seventh Son Sergei Bodrov
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death Tom Harper Composed with Brandon Roberts & Marcus Trumpp
2015 The Gunman Pierre Morel
Hitman: Agent 47 Aleksander Bach
Fantastic Four Josh Trank Composed with Philip Glass
True Story Rupert Goold
No Escape John Erick Dowdle Composed with Buck Sanders
The Night Before Jonathan Levine Composed with Miles Hankins
2016 Gods of Egypt Alex Proyas
The Shallows Jaume Collet-Serra
Ben-Hur Timur Bekmambetov
2017 First They Killed My Father Angelina Jolie
Matilda Alexei Uchitel
Logan James Mangold Replaced Cliff Martinez
Little Evil Eli Craig Composed with Brandon Roberts & Marcus Trumpp
The Snowman Tomas Alfredson Replaced Jonny Greenwood
2018 A Quiet Place John Krasinski 1st of 2 collaborations with Krasinski
Free Solo Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Jimmy Chin
Composed with Brandon Roberts
The Emperor of Paris Jean-François Richet Composed with Marcus Trumpp
2019 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile Joe Berlinger Composed with Dennis Smith
Velvet Buzzsaw Dan Gilroy Composed with Buck Sanders
Long Shot Jonathan Levine Composed with Miles Hankins
Ford v Ferrari James Mangold Composed with Buck Sanders
Gemini Man Ang Lee Rejected score; replaced by Lorne Balfe
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark André Øvredal Composed with Anna Drubich
2020 Underwater William Eubank Composed with Brandon Roberts
A Quiet Place Part II John Krasinski
Love and Monsters Michael Matthews Composed with Marcus Trumpp
The Way I See It Dawn Porter Composed with Buck Sanders & Brandon Roberts
2021 Chaos Walking Doug Liman Composed with Brandon Roberts
Fear Street Part One: 1994 Leigh Janiak Composed with Marcus Trumpp
Fear Street Part Two: 1978 Composed with Brandon Roberts
Fear Street Part Three: 1666 Composed with Anna Drubich & Marcus Trumpp
American Night Alessio Della Valle
Venom: Let There Be Carnage Andy Serkis
The Shadow in My Eye Ole Bornedal Composed with Buck Sanders & Ceiri Torjussen
2022 No Exit Damien Power Composed with Miles Hankins
Deep Water Adrian Lyne
2023 Plane Jean-François Richet Composed with Marcus Trumpp
Renfield Chris McKay
The Nun II Michael Chaves
Silent Night John Woo
2024 Ballerina Len Wiseman Composed with Anna Drubich


Year Title Notes
1995 Land's End 13 episodes
1996 Inhumanoid Television film
1997 Stranger in My Home
Dellaventura 1 episode
1998 David and Lisa Television film
1999 Deep Water
Tuesdays with Morrie
2000 Goodbye Casanova
2002 Glory Days 9 episodes
2000–04 The Practice 85 episodes
2009–11 V 22 episodes
2011 The Sunset Limited Television film
2014 1864 Miniseries
2014–17 Turn: Washington's Spies 40 episodes
2015–16 Lucifer Theme music and 13 episodes
2017–18 Six 18 episodes
2019 The Twilight Zone 10 episodes
Bubble Guppies featuring Bleeding Fingers Music
from the episode "Dragons 'N' Roses!"
2021 Nine Perfect Strangers Miniseries
2022–23 Pantheon 16 episodes
2023 MotoGP Title Music[10]

Video games

Year Title Notes
2017 Fortnite Theme and additional music


Year Title Director Role Notes
2022 Scream Matt Bettinelli-Olpin
Tyler Gillett
Partygoer Vocal cameo[11]

Awards and nominations

Academy Awards
0 2
Golden Globe Awards
0 1
César Award
0 1
Primetime Emmy Awards
1 1

Industry awards

Academy Awards

Year Category Work Result
2008 Best Original Score 3:10 to Yuma Nominated
2010 Best Original Score The Hurt Locker Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Category Work Result
2019 Best Original Score A Quiet Place Nominated

Primetime Emmy Awards

Year Category Work Result
1999 Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries or a Movie (Dramatic Underscore) David and Lisa Nominated
2019 Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special Free Solo Won

AACTA Award for Best Original Music Score

César Award for Best Original Music

Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Score

Fright Meter Award for Best Score

Grand Bell Award for Best Music

Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original Score

Satellite Award for Best Original Score

Critics awards

Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Score

Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Score

Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Music

Hawaii Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Score

Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Score


  1. ^ "ScoreTrack.Net: Music for Movies - Exclusive interview with Marco Beltrami". Archived from the original on August 6, 2009. Retrieved March 21, 2011.
  2. ^ I, Robot "Two-disc Collector's Edition" DVD / Blu-ray isolated score with composer's commentary (transcription unavailable)
  3. ^ Clemmensen, Christian (February 19, 2010). "The Hurt Locker (Marco Beltrami)". Retrieved May 11, 2012.
  4. ^ Clemmensen, Christian (July 7, 2011). "Soul Surfer (Marco Beltrami)". Retrieved May 11, 2012.
  5. ^ "Marco Beltrami Scoring 'November Man'". Film Music Reporter. December 3, 2013.
  6. ^ "Marco Beltrami to Score 'The Fantastic Four' Reboot". Film Music Reporter. January 6, 2015. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  7. ^ Clemmensen, Christian. "Marco Beltrami (1966–)". Retrieved May 11, 2012.
  8. ^ "2002: Chinese Whispers / 2002 / GNR Evolution - Guns N Roses Forum".
  9. ^ the general
  10. ^ Sports, Dorna (March 17, 2023). "MotoGP™ to debut new theme music and opening titles". Retrieved March 23, 2023.
  11. ^ Navarro, Meagan (January 20, 2022). "'Scream' Filmmakers Reveal the Surprise Easter Egg Cameos You Didn't Notice! [Spoiler Interview]". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved January 22, 2022.