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Composer for Jaws, E.T.
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Stage & Screen, TV Soundtracks, Soundtracks, Film Music, Original Score, Movie Themes, Classical Crossover, Classical, Easy Listening, Orchestral Pop
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Bass, Piano, Arranger, Composer, Conductor
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John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932), is an Academy Award, Grammy, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award-winning American composer, conductor and pianist. In a career that spans six decades, Williams has composed many of the most famous film scores in history, including all but one of Steven Spielberg`s feature films, Star Wars, Superman, Born on the Fourth of July, and Harry Potter. In addition, he has composed theme music for four Olympic Games, NBC Nightly News, and numerous television series and concert pieces. He served as the principal conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra from 1980 to 1993, and is now the orchestra`s laureate conductor.
Williams is a five-time winner of the Academy Award. He has also won 4 Golden Globes, 7 BAFTA Awards and 10 Grammy Awards. With 45 Academy Award nominations, Williams is, together with composer Alfred Newman, the second most nominated individual after Walt Disney. He was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2000, and was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004.
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John Towner Williams
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John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor, and pianist. In a career spanning over six decades, Williams has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including Jaws, the Star Wars series, Superman, the Indiana Jones series, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, and the first three Harry Potter films. Williams has been associated with director Steven Spielberg since 1974, composing music for the majority of his feature films.
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Film score, contemporary classical music, post-romanticism, jazz
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Active - 20th Century | Born - Feb 8, 1932 in Flushing, NY | Genres - Drama, Science Fiction, Comedy, Action, Romance
Biography by Hal Erickson [-]
The son of a movie-studio musician, John Williams was trained for the family business at UCLA and Juilliard. Proficient with several instruments, Williams settled down to a thriving career as a jazz pianist. Billing himself as "Johnny Williams" to avoid confusion with British character actor John Williams, the young composer worked closely with Henry Mancini on the Peter Gunn series, then branched out to compose his own scores for several of the 1960s TV adventure programs produced by Irwin Allen. Williams' first film credit was for the 1959 adventure film Daddy-O. A composer, arranger, and musical supervisor throughout the 1960s, Williams received the first of several Oscars for his orchestrations in Valley of the Dolls (1967). Although he went on to work for a number of directors in the 1970s, Williams' name became conjoined with the twin wunderkinds George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. He composed the music for all three of Lucas' Star Wars films, and for just about all of Spielberg's films, from Sugarland Express (1974) to Saving Private Ryan (1998). Williams' main themes for Jaws, E.T., and Raiders of the Lost Ark were particularly famous, inspiring a large number of imitations, many of which were of markedly fifth-rate value.
The number of films Williams has scored is truly dizzying, as is the number of awards he has received for his work: Over the course of his career, the composer has been nominated for 36 Academy awards, winning six for his work on Fiddler on the Roof (1971), Jaws (1975), Star Wars (1977), E.T. (1982), Empire of the Sun (1987), and Schindler's List (1993). Nominated by the academy nearly every year throughout the 1990s, the tireless composer continued his longtime collaboration with Spielberg with such efforts as A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), Minority Report (2002), Catch Me If You Can (2002), The Terminal (2004), War of the Worlds (2005), and Munich (2005). He also kept busy scoring the latest installments in the Star Wars saga as well as entering into the Harry Potter franchise with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) and its subsequent sequels.
In 2006, Williams won his fourth Golden Globe Award for penning the score to Memoirs of a Geisha. He also composed the score for 2006's Superman Returns -- a fitting job for Williams, who had written the music to the original Superman in 1978. In 2011 Williams reteamed with longtime collaborator Spielberg not once but twice, providing the scores for both War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin. Although each of Williams' orchestrations were nominated for Best Original Score at the 84th Academy Awards, the Oscar ultimately went to Ludovic Bource for The Artist.
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Married||John Williams and Samantha Winslow have been married since 9th Jul 1980.|||
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