Biography

John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor, and pianist. Widely regarded as one of the greatest American composers of all time, he has composed some of the most popular, recognizable, and critically acclaimed film scores in cinematic history in a career spanning over six decades. Williams has won 24 Grammy Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, five Academy Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards. With 51 Academy Award nominations, he is the second most-nominated individual, after Walt Disney. In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams's score to 1977's Star Wars as the greatest American film score of all time. The soundtrack to Star Wars was additionally preserved by the Library of Congress into the National Recording Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Williams has composed for many critically acclaimed and popular movies, including the Star Wars series, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the Indiana Jones series, the first two Home Alone films, Hook, the first two Jurassic Park films, Schindler's List, and the first three Harry Potter films. He has been associated with director Steven Spielberg since 1974, composing music for all but four of his feature films––Duel, The Color Purple, Bridge of Spies and Ready Player One. Other works by Williams include theme music for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games, NBC Sunday Night Football, "The Mission" theme used by NBC News and Seven News in Australia, the television series Lost in Space and Land of the Giants, and the incidental music for the first season of Gilligan's Island.

Williams has also composed numerous classical concertos and other works for orchestral ensembles and solo instruments. He served as the Boston Pops's principal conductor from 1980 to 1993, and is its laureate conductor. He was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl's Hall of Fame in 2000, and was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004 and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2016. Williams composed the score for eight of the top 20 highest-grossing films at the U.S. box office (adjusted for inflation).

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John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor, and pianist. Widely regarded as one of the greatest American composers of all time, he has composed some of the most popular, recognizable, and critically acclaimed film scores in cinematic history in a career spanning over six decades. Williams has won 24 Grammy Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, five Academy Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards. With 51 Academy Award nominations, he is the second most-nominated individual, after Walt Disney. In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams's score to 1977's Star Wars as the greatest American film score of all time. The soundtrack to Star Wars was additionally preserved by the Library of Congress into the National Recording Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Williams has composed for many critically acclaimed and popular movies, including the Star Wars series, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the Indiana Jones series, the first two Home Alone films, Hook, the first two Jurassic Park films, Schindler's List, and the first three Harry Potter films. He has been associated with director Steven Spielberg since 1974, composing music for all but four of his feature films––Duel, The Color Purple, Bridge of Spies and Ready Player One. Other works by Williams include theme music for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games, NBC Sunday Night Football, "The Mission" theme used by NBC News and Seven News in Australia, the television series Lost in Space and Land of the Giants, and the incidental music for the first season of Gilligan's Island.

Williams has also composed numerous classical concertos and other works for orchestral ensembles and solo instruments. He served as the Boston Pops's principal conductor from 1980 to 1993, and is its laureate conductor. He was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl's Hall of Fame in 2000, and was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004 and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2016. Williams composed the score for eight of the top 20 highest-grossing films at the U.S. box office (adjusted for inflation).

Description above from the Wikipedia article John Williams, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Sound

Gender Male

Known Credits 146

Birthday 1932-02-08

Place of Birth Flushing, Queens, New York, United States

Official Site http://www.johnwilliams.org

Also Known As

  • John Towner Williams

Sound TV ShowsMovies

2021 Indiana Jones 5 Original Music Composer
2019 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Original Music Composer
2019 Battle at Big Rock Theme Song Performance
2017 The Post Original Music Composer
2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi Original Music Composer
2017 Dear Basketball Music
2016 The BFG Original Music Composer
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Original Music Composer
2013 Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles: Episode III: Attack of the Jedi Music
2013 The Book Thief Original Music Composer
2012 Lincoln Original Music Composer
2011 War Horse Original Music Composer
2011 The Adventures of Tintin Original Music Composer
2008 A Timeless Call Original Music Composer
2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Original Music Composer
2005 Munich Original Music Composer
2005 Memoirs of a Geisha Original Music Composer
2005 War of the Worlds Conductor Original Music Composer
2005 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith Original Music Composer
2004 The Terminal Original Music Composer
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Original Music Composer
2002 Catch Me If You Can Original Music Composer
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Original Music Composer
2002 Minority Report Original Music Composer
2002 Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones Original Music Composer
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Original Music Composer
2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence Original Music Composer
2000 The Patriot Original Music Composer
1999 Angela's Ashes Original Music Composer
1999 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Original Music Composer
1998 Stepmom Original Music Composer
1998 Saving Private Ryan Conductor Original Music Composer
1998 Lost In Space Forever Original Music Composer
1997 Amistad Original Music Composer
1997 Seven Years in Tibet Original Music Composer
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park Original Music Composer
1997 Rosewood Original Music Composer
1996 Sleepers Original Music Composer
1995 Nixon Original Music Composer
1995 Sabrina Original Music Composer
1993 Schindler's List Original Music Composer
1993 Jurassic Park Original Music Composer
1992 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Original Music Composer
1992 Far and Away Original Music Composer
1991 JFK Original Music Composer
1991 Hook Original Music Composer
1990 Home Alone Original Music Composer
1990 Presumed Innocent Original Music Composer
1990 Stanley & Iris Original Music Composer
1989 Always Original Music Composer
1989 Born on the Fourth of July Original Music Composer
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Original Music Composer
1988 The Accidental Tourist Music
1987 Empire of the Sun Original Music Composer
1987 The Witches of Eastwick Original Music Composer
1986 Amazing Stories Original Music Composer
1986 SpaceCamp Original Music Composer
1985 Ghost Train Music
1984 The River Original Music Composer
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Original Music Composer
1983 From 'Star Wars' to 'Jedi': The Making of a Saga Original Music Composer
1983 Return of the Jedi Original Music Composer
1982 Monsignor Original Music Composer
1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Original Music Composer
1981 Heartbeeps Original Music Composer
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark Original Music Composer
1980 The Empire Strikes Back Original Music Composer
1979 1941 Music
1979 Dracula Original Music Composer
1978 Superman Original Music Composer
1978 Jaws 2 Original Music Composer
1978 The Fury Original Music Composer
1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind Original Music Composer
1977 Star Wars Original Music Composer
1977 Black Sunday Music
1976 Midway Original Music Composer
1976 The Missouri Breaks Original Music Composer
1976 Family Plot Original Music Composer
1975 Jaws Original Music Composer
1975 The Eiger Sanction Original Music Composer
1974 The Towering Inferno Original Music Composer
1974 Earthquake Original Music Composer
1974 The Sugarland Express Original Music Composer
1974 Conrack Music
1973 Cinderella Liberty Original Music Composer
1973 The Paper Chase Music
1973 The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing Original Music Composer
1973 The Long Goodbye Original Music Composer
1973 Tom Sawyer Music
1972 Pete 'n' Tillie Music
1972 The Poseidon Adventure Original Music Composer
1972 Images Original Music Composer
1972 The Cowboys Original Music Composer
1971 Fiddler on the Roof Conductor Orchestrator
1969 The Reivers Music
1969 Goodbye, Mr. Chips Music
1969 Daddy's Gone A-Hunting Original Music Composer
1968 Heidi Original Music Composer
1967 Valley of the Dolls Original Music Composer
1967 Ghostbreakers Music
1967 Fitzwilly Original Music Composer
1967 A Guide for the Married Man Original Music Composer
1966 Not With My Wife, You Don't! Original Music Composer
1966 How to Steal a Million Original Music Composer
1966 The Rare Breed Original Music Composer
1965 Lost in Space (83 episodes)Original Music Composer
1965 John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! Conductor Original Music Composer
1965 None but the Brave Original Music Composer
1964 Nightmare in Chicago Original Music Composer
1962 Flashing Spikes Original Music Composer
1961 The Secret Ways Original Music Composer
1960 The Apartment Orchestrator

Acting

2018 Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood
2017 Spielberg as Himself
2017 Score: A Film Music Documentary as Himself
2015 A John Williams Celebration as Himself
2012 The E.T. Journals
2011 A Conversation with The Masters: The Empire Strikes Back 30 Years Later as Himself
2011 Return to Jurassic Park as Himself
2010 Music
2010 Deconstructing Dad: The Music, Machines and Mystery of Raymond Scott as Himself
2009 The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story as Himself
2007 The Shark Is Still Working as Himself
2006 You Will Believe: The Cinematic Saga of Superman (5 episodes) as Himself as Himself
2006 Heart of a Hero: A Tribute to Christopher Reeve as Himself
2005 Within a Minute: The Making of Episode III as Himself
2004 Remember the Secret Policeman's Ball? as Himself
2004 When Star Wars Ruled the World as Himself
2004 Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy as Himself
2003 The Music of 'Indiana Jones'
2001 The Making of 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' as Himself
2001 Taking Flight: The Development of 'Superman' as Himself
2001 Plotting 'Family Plot' as Himself
2001 The Beginning: Making 'Episode I' as Himself
2001 Making 'Superman': Filming the Legend as Himself
1999 Family Guy (2 episodes)
1996 The Making Of '1941' as Himself
1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1 episode)
1989 The Secret Policeman’s Biggest Ball as Himself
1983 From 'Star Wars' to 'Jedi': The Making of a Saga as Himself
1980 Star Wars: Music by John Williams as Himself
1978 The Kennedy Center Honors (1 episode)
1973 Libido as Martin (segment "The Child")
1972 Great Performances (1 episode) as Himself
1953 The Academy Awards (2 episodes)

Crew

2006 An Inconvenient Truth Thanks

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