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Bear McCreary (born 17 February 1979) is an American composer and musician living in Los Angeles, California. He is best known for his work on the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica television series and for the TV series The Walking Dead.


McCreary was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and spent most of his formative years in Bellingham, Washington. He is the son of author Laura Kalpakian and professor Jay McCreary of University of Hawaii. He is of Irish and Armenian descent. He studied under the renowned film score composer Elmer Bernstein at the USC Thornton School of Music, during which time he reconstructed and re-orchestrated Bernstein's 1963 score for Kings of the Sun. Their collaboration allowed for the complete score to be available as a soundtrack album for the first time in forty years.[1]

McCreary earned degrees in Composition and Recording Arts from the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music, and is a classically trained pianist and self-taught accordionist.[2]
McCreary is married[3] to singer/songwriter Raya Yarbrough, with whom he worked on the music of Battlestar Galactica.[4]


Year Title Notes
2004-2009 Battlestar Galactica
2007-2012 Eureka Took over from Mutato Muzika starting with the second season of the show in 2007
2008-2009 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
2009-2010 Trauma
2010 Human Target Nominated for an Emmy for the Main Title
2010–present The Walking Dead Based on the comic book series. AMC original series.
2011 The Cape
2011-2012 Shelf Life
2012 Holliston
Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome 10-Episode Web Series released on
2013 Defiance SyFy Original Series
Da Vinci's Demons Starz Original Series

Battlestar Galactica and CapricaEdit

Template:Main In 2003, McCreary worked under primary composer Richard Gibbs on the 3-hour miniseries which served as a pilot for the re-imagined series of Battlestar Galactica. When the show was picked up, Gibbs opted not to devote full time to the regular series' production, and McCreary became the sole composer. He worked on the series until it reached its conclusion in 2009, scoring over 70 episodes. To date, six Battlestar Galactica soundtrack albums have been released, and have garnered a great deal of critical acclaim[5][6] and commercial success. The soundtracks for season two and three ranked amongst's Top 30 Music Sales on their first days of release.[1]

McCreary composed for Caprica, a prequel series set in the fictional Battlestar Galactica universe. On February 18, 2012, Bear announced that he will compose the score to the 2-hour pilot movie Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome.

Human TargetEdit

Bear provided the score for the series Human Target (based on the comic book of the same name). The pilot episode and main theme score had been recorded with a full orchestra.[7] The series has the distinction of being one of the few with largest orchestras on television.

The score to the finale of season 1, "Christopher Chance", utilized the largest orchestra ever assembled for episodic television, and he took the opportunity to re-record the main title theme with a new orchestration with this larger ensemble.

In July 2010, he received his first Emmy nomination for the Human Target theme.[8]

In a post on his blog on July 25, 2010, Bear announced the new creative leadership brought in for season 2 had not asked him to return for it, and he would be leaving the series.[9]

The Walking Dead and The CapeEdit

During Comic-Con 2010, Bear McCreary attended panels for AMC's The Walking Dead and NBC's The Cape to announce he would be composing the score for both television series.[10][11]

Feature Films Edit

Year Title Notes
2006 Rest Stop Direct to DVD feature
2007 Wrong Turn 2: Dead End Direct to DVD feature
2009 Rest Stop: Don't Look Back Direct to DVD feature
2010 Step Up 3D Theatrical Film Scoring Debut
2011 Chillerama Scored the segment "Zom-B Movie"
2013 Europa In Post-Production
2013 Knights of Badassdom In Post-Production
2013 Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie In Production

Bear McCreary made his theatrical feature film scoring debut with Step Up 3D.[12] He has also composed the scores for several direct-to-DVD features, including Rest Stop, Rest Stop: Don't Look Back and Wrong Turn 2: Dead End.

Bear is currently working on The Knights of Badassdom, his second movie with director Joe Lynch (of Wrong Turn 2) and third time for actress Summer Glau.

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Notes
2010 Dark Void Capcom titled video game for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC
2011 SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs made for PS3
2011 Moon Breakers Free, online game developed by Imba Entertainment and published by Uber Entertainment
2013 Defiance MMO Game produced in conjunction with the upcoming TV show of the same name on SyFy. Produced in collaboration with Trion Worlds.

McCreary made an 8-bit rendition of the Dark Void theme, which was, originally, an April Fools joke. However, the theme was used for the 8-bit prequel, Dark Void Zero. He composed all the songs in an 8-bit fashion by connecting the wires on an actual NES console and cartridge to create authenticity.[13]

He arranged James Rolfe's Angry Video Game Nerd 2010 Christmas video for the You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch song parody, with orchestra and 8-bit audio elements.[14]


Title Type Released Tracks Notes
Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries Television Soundtrack 16 March 2004 26 Credited for 8 tracks
Battlestar Galactica: Season One Television Soundtrack 21 June 2005 30
Battlestar Galactica: Season Two Television Soundtrack 20 June 2006 23
Rest Stop Motion Picture Soundtrack 12 December 2006 17
Wrong Turn 2: Dead End Motion Picture Soundtrack 18 September 2007 16
Battlestar Galactica: Season Three Television Soundtrack 23 October 2007 21
Eureka Television Soundtrack 26 August 2008 28
Rest Stop: Don't Look Back Motion Picture Soundtrack 21 October 2008 20
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Television Soundtrack 16 December 2008 24
Caprica Television Soundtrack 16 June 2009 18
Battlestar Galactica: Season Four Television Soundtrack 28 July 2009 34 2-disc edition
Dark Void Video Game Soundtrack 9 February 2010 27
Battlestar Galactica: Razor/The Plan Motion Picture Soundtrack 23 February 2010 19
Human Target Television Soundtrack 19 October 2010 63 3-disc limited edition (2000 copies) CD album, 2-disc online edition
SOCOM 4 Video Game Soundtrack 12 April 2011 19 iTunes Release, On May 10 a 2-Disc album with expanded track listing will be released
Play For Japan: The Album Charity Album May 2011 18 McCreary contributed track 3, Maverick Regeneration from SOCOM 4
The Cape Television Soundtrack 27 September 2011 49 Preview of tracks posted on Bear McCreary's blog[15]
Moon Breakers Video Game Soundtrack 19 June 2012 4
A Very Eureka Christmas Television Soundtrack 20 Nov 2012 15 Released by Back Lot Music
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome Television Soundtrack TBA TBA


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Bear McCreary: Biography". Bear McCreary's Official Site. Archived from the original on 6 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-13.
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  4. "Bear McCreary – Official site". 2009-02-24. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
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  7. McCreary, Bear (July 25, 2009). "Human Target Screens Today". Bear McCreary's Blog. Retrieved 2009-07-26.
  8. Burlingame, Jon (2010-07-08). "Emmy Music Nominations Announced". Film Music Society. Archived from the original on 17 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-08.
  9. I Am Leaving “Human Target”
  10. Comic Con 2010: The Cape Casts a Mighty Shadow
  11. 'Walking Dead' reveals trailer, taps Bear McCreary as composer
  12. Yamato, Jen (2010-07-02). "Exclusive: 'Step Up 3D' Billboard Art Premiere!". Cinematical. Archived from the original on 4 July 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  15. "Bear McCreary – Official site". 2003-12-02. Retrieved 2012-02-29.

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