Richard Marvin moved to Los Angeles in 1978. His interest in electronic instruments led him to becoming in demand as a recording session musician, and he became one of the busiest “synthesists” of the 1980’s and early 1990’s. He worked with a variety of composers including David Newman, Maurice Jarre, Mike Post, Thomas Newman, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, John Debney, Basil Poledouris and Trevor Jones.
In 1990, Mike Post gave Richard his first opportunity to co-compose for the television shows Magnum P.I, Hard Castle and McCormick, and Wiseguy. He quickly began composing on his own for television and film in the mid 1990’s, and he has had a very busy career ever since. Some of his notable television shows include The Years of Living Dangerously, Grimm, Six Feet Under, Without a Trace, The OC, and In Treatment, extensive television movies, and films Surrogates, U-571, Breakdown, and the 3 Ninjas series.