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Mark Snow

Mark Snow
Born Martin Fulterman
(1946-08-26) August 26, 1946
New York City, New York, United States
Occupation Composer
Spouse(s) Glynn Daly

Mark Snow (born August 26, 1946) is an American composer for film and television, perhaps best known for his work with The X-Files.[1]

Among his most famous compositions is the theme music for sci-fi television series The X-Files. The theme reached #2 in the UK Singles Chart. Snow also wrote the music for another Chris Carter series, Millennium, and the background music scores for both shows, a total of 12 seasons' worth.

He is married to Glynn Daly, sister of actors Tim Daly and Tyne Daly.[2]


  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
    • Themes for T.V. series 2.1
    • T.V. series and T.V. movies 2.2
  • Soundtracks 3
    • Commercially released 3.1
    • Not commercially released 3.2
  • Notes 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life and education

Born Martin Fulterman in New York City, New York on August 26, 1946, Snow grew up in the borough of Brooklyn, graduating from the High School of Music and Art (1964) and, afterwards, the Juilliard School of Music. He was a co-founder of the New York Rock & Roll Ensemble.


Snow also composed the score for the television movie Dirty Pictures, the series Smallville and One Tree Hill. He has also composed music for video games, such as Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror and Urban Assault (cutscene music only).

Snow has been nominated for 19 Emmy Awards and won 34 ASCAP awards. He was nominated for a César Award for his work on the film Coeurs directed by French director, Alain Resnais. Snow has also worked on Resnais's film Les Herbes folles.

His scores for 2013 include the final episodes of season three of Blue Bloods. There are no further known projects.

Snow stopped composing for Smallville; his final season was season seven, at which point from season eight onward Louis Febre—who had composed additional score on some of Snow's episodes previously—took over as composer.

Themes for T.V. series

Snow composed main title themes for a number of popular TV shows (and some episode scores+):

T.V. series and T.V. movies

Year Title Info On CD?
1976 Gemini Man Incomplete episodes:
"Sam Casey, Sam Casey" (co-scored with Lee Holdridge)
1976 The Boy in the Plastic Bubble Film No
1976 Starsky and Hutch 15 episodes, including arranging the season 3 opening theme No
1979 240-Robert Incomplete episodes:
"Double Trouble" (season 1)
"Earthquake" (season 1)
"A Cool Welcome" (season 2)
"First Loss" (season 2)
"Hostages" (season 2)
1979 Brothers and Sisters Incomplete episodes:
"High Time"
"Man in Chains"
"Mirror Image"
"Made in Japan"
"A Wrenching Problem"
"Lucky Me"
"Love and Marriage"
"Spring Vacation"
"Save the Monkey"
"Main Event"
"Truth or Consequences"
1980 When the Whistle Blows Incomplete episodes:
1982 TJ Hooker 12 episodes, including all season 1 No
1983 Lottery! All episodes:
"Being a Winner" (pilot)
"Los Angeles: Bigger Volume"
"Denver: Following Through"
"Portland: Treasure Hunt"
"Chicago: Another Chance"
"Miami: Sharing"
"St. Louis: Win or Los"
"Minneapolis: Six Months Down"
The rest of the series was scored by Ken Heller, with one-shots by Nan Schwartz (1.5) and Leland Bond (1.10)
1986 Bridges Go Cross Incomplete episodes:
1986 The Girl Who Spelled Freedom T.V. movie No
1987 Overboard T.V. movie No
1989 Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure T.V. movie No
1990 Pee-wee's Playhouse All episodes:
"Camping Out"
"Conky's Breakdown"
"Love That Story"
The CD The Snow Files contains one bonus cue from the series.
1991 All Together Now Incomplete episodes:
"Daddy Cool" (pilot)
1992 The Last P.O.W.? The Bobby Garwood Story T.V. movie No
2000 In the Name of the People TV Movie No
2003 D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear T.V. movie No
2002 Birds of Prey All episodes:
"Prey for the Hunter"
"Three Birds and a Baby"
"Sins of the Mother"
"Primal Scream"
"Lady Shiva"
"Nature of the Beast"
"Feat of Clay"
"Devil's Eyes"
2010 to 2012 Blue Bloods Incomplete episodes (multiples):
"Mercy" (2.1)
"Collateral Damage" (2.21)
All of season two. Season one was scored in part or all of, by Rob Simonsen.
2011 to 2012 Ringer All episodes:
"The Poor Kids Do It Everyday [sic]" (1.6)
"Oh Gawd, There's Two of Them?" (1.7)
"Maybe We Can Get a Dog Instead?" (1.8)
"Shut Up and Eat Your Bologna" (1.9)
"That's What You Get for Trying to Kill Me" (1.10)
"It Just Got Normal" (1.11)
"What Are You Doing Here, Ho-Bag?" (1.12)
"It's Easy to Cry When This Much Cash is Involved" (1.13)
"Whores Don't Make That Much" (1.14)
"P.S. You're an Idiot" (1.15)
"You're Way Too Pretty to Go to Jail" (1.16)
"What We Have Is Worth the Pain" (1.17)
"That Woman's Never Been a Victim Her Entire Life" (1.18)
"Let's Kill Bridget" (1.19)
"If You’re Just an Evil Bitch Then Get Over It" (1.20)
"It's Called Improvising, Bitch!" (1.21)
"I’m the Good Twin" (1.22; season finale)
The first five episodes were composed by Gabriel Mann, who also provided the show's opening/closing theme. As of May, 2012, the show is still cancelled.


Commercially released

Mark Snow has released the following soundtracks commercially:

  • Skateboard (1978) – LP only
  • The X-Files: The Truth and the Light (Seasons 1–3) [1996]
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea [1997]
  • Disturbing Behavior [1998]
  • The X-Files (film score) [1998]
  • Crazy In Alabama [1999]
  • The Snow Files (various) [1999]
  • UFO: The Truth Is Here (rare CD) (2001)
  • The Best of MillenniuM (Season 1–3) [2002] (iTunes exclusive)
  • Helter Skelter [2004]
  • Dark Skies (pilot episode; limited edition, Perseverance Records) [CD released in 2006]
  • Coeurs (A.K.A. Private Fears in Public Places) [2008]
  • MillenniuM (Season 1–3; 2-CD set, LaLaLand Records; SOLD OUT) [2008]
  • The X-Files: I Want to Believe (film score) [2008]
  • Jake Speed (BuySoundtrax Records; same contents, but remastered, as the old Varèse Sarabande LP) [2009]
  • Conundrum [2009]
  • Harsh Realm/The Lone Gunmen (selections from both shows, 1CD, limited, La La Land Records) [2010]
  • The X-Files Volume 1 (selections from all seasons, 4-CD set, limited, La La Land Records) [2011]
  • The X-Files Volume 2 (selections from all seasons, 4-CD set, limited, La La Land Records) [2013]
  • Smallville 2CD (Disc one contains the Louis Febre score from the MP3 download, in non MP3 quality; disc two contains unreleased Febre and Snow material. To be released August 28, 2012 by La La Land Records; limited to 3,000 copies)
  • Vous n'avez encore rien vu (CD release; available overseas only) [2012]

Snow released The X Files theme song as a single in March 1996, which reached number 2 in the UK charts.

Not commercially released

Other soundtracks unofficially or non-commercially available are:

  • Ernest Saves Christmas [1988] – promotional CD
  • Conundrum (longer than the 2009 commercial release) – internet leak
  • Murder Between Friends (two versions) – internet leak
  • Millennium: Season 1 [1996] – promotional CD
  • The X-Files: Jose Chung's From Outer Space [1996] – internet leak
  • The X-Files Season 5: The Post-Modern Prometheus, Christmas Carol [1997] – internet leak
  • Night Sins (TV mini series) [1997] – "Night Sins" was issued in a limited edition release of 1000 units from BSX Records in 2010.
  • Miracle Landings [1990] –
  • The Dancing Cow [2000] – official free internet download (website no longer up)
  • Pearl Harbor II: Pearlmageddon [2001] – official free internet download (website no longer up).
  • Smallville Original Score TV Soundtrack [2001–2011]


  1. ^ According to the "Behind the Truth" segment on the X-Files Season 1 DVD, Mark Snow created the echo effect on the "The X-Files" theme song by accident. Snow said that he had gone through several revisions, but X-Files creator/writer/director Chris Carter felt that something was not quite right. Carter walked out of the room and Snow put his hand and forearm on his keyboard in frustration. Snow said, "this sound was in the keyboard. And that was it."


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External links

  • Mark Snow at the Internet Movie Database
  • GSA Music Agency representation
  • ASCAP Biography
  • Interview with Randall D. Larson, Soundtrax: Episode 2008-11, 23 May 2008
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