Daniel Robert Elfman was born on May 29, 1953 in Los Angeles, California. He fronted the rock band Oingo Boingo throughout the 1980's, and is one of todays most sought-after composers in Hollywood. Elfman grew up in Baldwin Hills in Los Angeles, which was a racially mixed community - he earned the nickname 'the whitest white kid'. When he was young, he spent a lot of his time in the local theatre, and he admired composers such as Bernard Hermann and Franz Waxman.
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