Hans Zimmer was born in 1957 in Frankfurt, Germany, and his music was his escape from life's struggles. He played keyboards in synth new wave bands in the 70s and 80s, and his career took off after he composed the soundtrack to the 1988 film Rainman. He has won several Lifetime Achievement Awards during his four-decade career, and his best work includes The Last Samurai and Sherlock Holmes.
Hans Zimmer has won 45 film and music awards and been nominated for 185 more, including four Oscars and Grammys, and has been recognized by many trade associates.
Hans Zimmer made a cameo in MTV's first video, Video Killed The Radio Star, playing keyboards in front of a wall of mechanical gear.