Bruce Babcock Biography

by Jon Burlingame

Bruce Babcock learned his craft from such Hollywood luminaries as Hugo Friedhofer, Earle Hagen and Paul Glass.

He received six consecutive Emmy nominations between the years 1990 and 1995, winning in 1992 in the category of outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic underscore) for an episode of "Matlock." He has also been nominated for scores - and in one case, a song -- for "Murder, She Wrote" and "Father Dowling Mysteries." He received his seventh and eighth Emmy nominations for his work on the animated series "Casper" in 1998 and 1999.

Bruce Babcock has received eight BMI Awards for his television music, and has contributed orchestrations and/or additional music to such films as "Swordfish," "Stuart Little," "Die Hard," and "Lethal Weapon."

He was born in Pasadena, California, and grew up in Santa Barbara. He says that he "started out as a classical clarinet player and wound up playing jazz alto saxophone" before making the transition to full-time composer.  He holds a Masters degree in music composition from California State University at Northridge.

Bruce Babcock and 1992 Emmy Award for score of the "Matlock" episode "The Strangler."

While still a student, Bruce Babcock won a Young Musicians Foundation competition for his "Music for String Orchestra." His other concert works have been performed by the Kansas City Symphony "Orchestral Sketches"), the San Francisco Chamber Players ("Initiation" for tenor and chamber orchestra, on texts of Rainier Maria Rilke) and in such local venues as UCLA's Royce Hall and the Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The composer feels privileged to have been able to work with Earle Hagen ("I Spy," "The Andy Griffith Show"), who mentored with Alfred Newman at 20th Century-Fox, and to have studied with Hugo Friedhofer ("The Best Years of Our Lives"), who orchestrated many of the legendary scores of Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Max Steiner at Warner

"The best part of my job, which I love, is the chance to work with the studio musicians of Los Angeles, who are the finest in the world."


The music of Emmy-winning composer Bruce Babcock has graced countless hours of television programming.  See some of the highlights.