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John Williams

1932-02-08 Flushing, Queens, New York, United States

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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.


The Skywalker Legacy Self 2020-03-18
John Williams: Live in Vienna 2020-06-01
A World Without Beethoven? Self 2020-09-15
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Adventure Awaits 2019-09-29
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Oma Tres 2019-12-18
Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood 2018-12-28
Score: A Film Music Documentary Self 2017-03-16
Spielberg Self 2017-10-05
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Williams 2016-06-15
A John Williams Celebration - Opening Gala Concert From Walt Disney Concert Hall Himself 2015-06-30
Lincoln: An American Journey Self 2013-01-16
The E.T. Journals Himself 2012-10-09
A Conversation with The Masters: The Empire Strikes Back 30 Years Later Himself 2011-09-19
AFI's Master Class - The Art of Collaboration: Steven Spielberg and John Williams 2011-11-07
Return to Jurassic Park Himself 2011-02-05
Deconstructing Dad: The Music, Machines and Mystery of Raymond Scott Himself 2010-09-17
Music 2010-10-15
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me Self / Performer 2009-11-04
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story Himself 2009-01-01
The Shark Is Still Working: The Impact & Legacy of Jaws Himself 2007-01-01
Heart of a Hero: A Tribute to Christopher Reeve Himself 2006-11-28
You Will Believe: The Cinematic Saga of Superman Self 2006-11-28
Star Wars: In Concert 2005-05-03
Within a Minute: The Making of Episode III Himself 2005-11-01
Remember the Secret Policeman's Ball ? Himself 2004-12-09
When Star Wars Ruled the World Himself 2004-09-18
Into the Breach: Saving Private Ryan Himself 2004-05-25
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy Himself 2004-09-12
The Revamping of Dracula Self 2004-10-19
The Music of 'Indiana Jones' Himself 2003-01-01
The Music of "E.T." A Discussion with John Williams Himself 2002-01-01
Plotting 'Family Plot' Himself 2001-03-06
The Beginning: Making 'Episode I' Himself 2001-02-01
The Making of 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' Himself 2001-05-08
Making 'Superman': Filming the Legend Himself 2001-01-01
Taking Flight: The Development of 'Superman' Himself 2001-05-01
Making the 'Lost World' Himself 1997-05-08
Star Wars: The Magic & the Mystery Self 1997-02-06
The Making Of '1941' Himself 1996-05-28
The Secret Policeman’s Biggest Ball Himself 1989-01-01
From 'Star Wars' to 'Jedi' : The Making of a Saga Himself 1983-12-03
The Making of The Empire Strikes Back 1980-09-22
Star Wars: Music by John Williams Himself 1980-05-18
Libido Martin (segment "The Child") 1973-04-06
John Williams - The Seventh Symphony