Mark Snow

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Mark Snow
Martin Fulterman

(1946-08-26) August 26, 1946 (age 77)
New York City, New York, United States

Mark Snow (born Martin Fulterman; August 26, 1946) is an American composer for film and television.[1][2] Among his most famous compositions is the theme music for science fiction television series The X-Files. The X Files theme tune was released as a single in the United Kingdom, where the series aired on BBC Two and BBC One, in early-1996, peaking at number two on 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.


Television series[edit]

Year Title Notes
1976 The Boy in the Bubble
1975–1976  The Rookies
1976 Gemini Man
1976 Visions
1977 The San Pedro Beach Bums Theme music
1977–1979 Starsky & Hutch
1979 Flatbush
1978–1979 The Next Step Beyond
1979 Brothers and Sisters
1980 When the Whistle Blows
 1978–1980 Family
1978–1981 Vega$
1978–1982 The Love Boat
1979–1981 240-Robert
 1979-1984 Hart to Hart
1981 Dynasty
Strike Force
 1981–1984 Cagney & Lacey
1982 T. J. Hooker
1983 The Family Tree
Matt Houston
1983–1984 Lottery!
1984 Paper Dolls
1984–1985 Crazy Like a Fox
1986 Bridges to Cross
The Wonderful World of Disney
Kay O'Brien
1986–1988 Aaron's Way
1987 CBS Summer Playhouse
Vietnam War Story
1988 Aaron's Way
1989–1990 Pee-wee's Playhouse
1991 All Together Now
1992–1993 Dark Justice
1993–2002, 2016–2018 The X-Files [N 1]
1995–1996 Nowhere Man
1997 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Perversions of Science
1996–1999 Millennium Released as The Best of Millennium
1998 Mr. Murder
1999–2000 Harsh Realm
2000–2001 Bull
2001 The Lone Gunmen
Wolf Lake Unaired pilot episode
2001–2002 Pasadena
Special Unit 2
2001–2007 Smallville
2002 Haunted
2002–2003 Birds of Prey
The Twilight Zone
2003–2005 One Tree Hill
2005 Kojak
2005–2010 Ghost Whisperer
2008 Wonder Pets!
2010–2020 Blue Bloods
2011–2012 Ringer

Television films[edit]

Year Title Director Notes
1976 The Boy in the Plastic Bubble Randal Kleiser
1978 Big Bob Johnson and His Fantastic Speed Circus Jack Starrett
Overboard John Newland
1979  The Return of Mod Squad George McCowan
1980 Casino Don Chaffey
Angel City Philip Leacock
Steve Carver
1981 Off Sides (Pigs vs. Freaks) Dick Lowry
1982 Paper Dolls Edward Zwick
Games Mother Never Taught You Lee Philips
I'd Rather Be Calm Linda Day
1983 Malibu E. W. Swackhamer
Packin' It In E. W. Swackhamer
Two Kinds of Love Jack Bender
The Winter of Our Discontent Waris Hussein
1984 Something About Amelia Randa Haines
A Good Sport Lou Antonio
Secrets of a Married Man William A. Graham
I Married a Centerfold Peter Werner
1985 Not My Kid Michael Tuchner
Challenge of a Lifetime Russ Mayberry
California Girls Rick Wallace
The Lady from Yesterday Robert Day
International Airport Don Chaffey
Charles S. Dubin
Rockhopper Bill Bixby
Royal Match E.W. Swackhamer
Beverly Hills Cowgirl Blues Corey Allen
I Dream of Jeannie... Fifteen Years Later William Asher
1986 One Terrific Guy Lou Antonio
Blood & Orchids Jerry Thorpe Composed with Charles Fox
Acceptable Risks Rick Wallace
News at Eleven Mike Robe
Louis L'Amour's Down the Long Hills Burt Kennedy
One Police Plaza Jerry Jameson
1987 Warm Hearts, Cold Feet James Frawley
Pals Lou Antonio
Murder by the Book Mel Damski
Still Crazy Like a Fox Paul Krasny
Murder Ordained Mike Robe
Cracked Up Karen Arthur
Kids Like These Georg Stanford Brown
A Hobo's Christmas Will Mackenzie
The Father Clements Story Edwin Sherin
Roman Holiday Noel Nosseck
1988 Alone in the Neon Jungle Georg Stanford Brown
 The Return of Ben Casey Joseph L. Scanlan
Bluegrass Simon Wincer
Scandal in a Small Town Anthony Page
The Secret Life of Kathy McCormick Robert Lewis
Ladykillers Robert Michael Lewis
Disaster at Silo 7 Larry Elikann
Goodbye, Miss 4th of July George Miller
Aaron's Way: The Harvest Noel Nosseck
1989 Those She Left Behind Noel Nosseck
Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure Mel Damski
Stuck with Each Other Georg Stanford Brown
Settle the Score Edwin Sherin
When He's Not a Stranger John Gray
1990 Miracle Landing Dick Lowry
The Girl Who Came Between Them Mel Damski
Follow Your Heart Noel Nosseck
Child in the Night Mike Robe
Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again Dick Lowry
Dead Reckoning Robert Michael Lewis
The Little Kidnappers Donald Shebib
The Lost Capone John Gray
Opposites Attract Noel Nosseck
Crash: The Mystery of Flight 1501 Philip Saville
In the Line of Duty: A Cop for the Killing Dick Lowry
1991 The Marla Hanson Story John Gray
White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd Paul Wendkos
In the Line of Duty: Manhunt in the Dakotas Dick Lowry
Living a Lie Larry Shaw
The Rape of Doctor Willis Lou Antonio
The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw Dick Lowry
Wife, Mother, Murderer Mel Damski
Dead and Alive: The Race for Gus Farace Peter Markle
1992 Battling for Baby Art Wolff
The Last P.O.W.? The Bobby Garwood Story Georg Stanford Brown
A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story Dick Lowry
Highway Heartbreaker Paul Schneider
Deliver Them from Evil: The Taking of Alta View Peter Levin
In the Line of Duty: Street War Dick Lowry
A Taste for Killing Lou Antonio
The Danger of Love: The Carolyn Warmus Story Joyce Chopra
An American Story John Gray
Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last Chapter Dick Lowry
1993 Telling Secrets Marvin J. Chomsky
The Disappearance of Nora Joyce Chopra
The Man with Three Wives Peter Levin
Father & Son: Dangerous Relations Georg Stanford Brown
Born Too Soon Noel Nosseck
In the Line of Duty: Ambush in Waco Dick Lowry
Precious Victims Peter Levin
Scattered Dreams Neema Barnette
1994 Murder Between Friends Waris Hussein
In the Line of Duty: The Price of Vengeance Dick Lowry
Witness to the Execution Tommy Lee Wallace
A Place for Annie John Gray
Moment of Truth: Cradle of Conspiracy Gabrielle Beaumont
Heart of a Child Sandor Stern
The Substitute Wife Peter Werner
Moment of Truth: Caught in the Crossfire Chuck Bowman
Shadows of Desire Sam Pillsbury
1995 Texas Justice Dick Lowry
A Stranger in Town Peter Levin
The Other Mother: A Moment of Truth Movie Bethany Rooney
Seduced and Betrayed Félix Enríquez Alcalá
Down, Out & Dangerous Noel Nosseck
The Unspoken Truth Peter Werner
Trial by Fire Alan Metzger
In the Line of Duty: Hunt for Justice Dick Lowry
Mixed Blessings Bethany Rooney
1996 Smoke Jumpers Dick Lowry
Project ALF
Conundrum Douglas Barr
Sweet Temptation Ron Lagomarsino
Forgotten Sins Dick Lowry
Special Report: Journey to Mars Robert Mandel
Summer of Fear Mike Robe
A Loss of Innocence Graeme Clifford
Phone Calls from the Dead
1997 Payback Ken Cameron
The Perfect Mother Peter Levin
Night Sins Robert Allan Ackerman
The Price of Heaven Peter Bogdanovich
Cloned Douglas Barr
The Day Lincoln Was Shot John Gray
1999 A Memory in My Heart Harry Winer
A Touch of Hope Craig R. Baxley
2000 In the Name of the People Peter Levin
Code Name Phoenix Jeff Freilich
Another Woman's Husband Noel Nosseck
Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die For Anthony Pullen Shaw
Dirty Pictures Frank Pierson
Sole Survivor Mikael Salomon
2001 For Love of Olivia Douglas Barr
2003 Critical Assembly Eric Laneuville
D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear Tom McLoughlin
2004 She's Too Young Tom McLoughlin
Helter Skelter John Gray
Bereft Tim Daly
Paradise Frank Pierson
2005 Odd Girl Out Tom McLoughlin

Theatrical films[edit]

Year Title Director Notes
1977 Flush Andrew J. Kuehn
1978 Skateboard George Gage
1979 Something Short of Paradise David Helpern
1981 High Risk Stewart Raffill
1983 Over Here, Mr. President Noam Pitlik
1986 Jake Speed Andrew Lane
1988 The In Crowd Mark Rosenthal
Ernest Saves Christmas John R. Cherry III
1991 Dolly Dearest Maria Lease
1994 Caroline at Midnight Scott McGinnis
1994 Playmaker Yuri Zeltser
1995 Dead Badge Douglas Barr
Born to Be Wild John Gray
1998 The X-Files Rob Bowman
Disturbing Behavior David Nutter
1999 Stranger in My House Joe Cacaci
Crazy in Alabama Antonio Banderas
2006 Private Fears in Public Places Alain Resnais
2008 The Hamlet Adventure
  • Ivaylo Dikanski
  • Greg Roach
The X Files: I Want to Believe Chris Carter
Adventures in Appletown Robert Moresco
2009 Wild Grass Alain Resnais
2010 White Irish Drinkers John Gray
2011 The Hunters Chris Briant
2012 You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet Alain Resnais
2014 Life of Riley
2020 The New Mutants Josh Boone

Video games[edit]

Year Title Notes
1998 Urban Assault Composed with Sylvius Lack
The X-Files Game Composed with Paul Wayne Hiaumet
2004 Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain Composed with Mike Reagan


  1. ^ According to the "Behind the Truth" segment on the X-Files Season 1 DVD, Mark Snow created the echo effect on "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."


  1. ^ Paterson, Jim. "Mark Snow - composer for television". Retrieved 2018-04-13.
  2. ^ "Mark Snow". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-05-23.

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