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Place of Birth Flushing, Queens, New York, United States
Birthday 1932-02-08
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Also Known As John Towner Williams

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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).

Acting

2020The Skywalker Legacy as Himself
2019Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as Oma Tres
2019Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Adventure Awaits
2018Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood
2017Spielberg as Himself
2017Score: A Film Music Documentary as Himself
2015A John Williams Celebration as Himself
2013Lincoln: An American Journey as Self
2012The E.T. Journals as Himself
2011A Conversation with The Masters: The Empire Strikes Back 30 Years Later as Himself
2011Return to Jurassic Park as Himself
2010Music
2010Deconstructing Dad: The Music, Machines and Mystery of Raymond Scott as Himself
2009The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story as Himself
2007The Shark Is Still Working: The Impact & Legacy of Jaws as Himself
2006Heart of a Hero: A Tribute to Christopher Reeve as Himself
2006You Will Believe: The Cinematic Saga of Superman as Himself
2005Within a Minute: The Making of Episode III as Himself
2004Remember the Secret Policeman's Ball? as Himself
2004When Star Wars Ruled the World as Himself
2004Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy as Himself
2003The Music of 'Indiana Jones' as Himself
2002The Music of "E.T." A Discussion with John Williams as Himself
2001The Making of 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' as Himself
2001Taking Flight: The Development of 'Superman' as Himself
2001Plotting 'Family Plot' as Himself
2001The Beginning : Making 'Episode I' as Himself
2001Making 'Superman': Filming the Legend as Himself
1997Making the 'Lost World' as Himself
1996The Making Of '1941' as Himself
1989The Secret Policeman’s Biggest Ball as Himself
1983From 'Star Wars' to 'Jedi' : The Making of a Saga as Himself
1980Star Wars: Music by John Williams as Himself
1973Libido as Martin (segment "The Child")
John Williams - The Seventh Symphony
Making Saving Private Ryan as Himself
The Maestro’s Finale as Himself


Other Roles

2022Indiana Jones 5 - Original Music Composer
2019Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - Original Music Composer
2019Battle at Big Rock - Theme Song Performance
2017Berg Wars - Minecraft Star Wars Fan Film - Music
2017Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Original Music Composer
2017Dear Basketball - Music
2017The Post - Original Music Composer
2016The BFG - Original Music Composer
2015Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Original Music Composer
2013Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles: Episode III: Attack of the Jedi - Music
2013The Book Thief - Original Music Composer
2012Lincoln - Original Music Composer
2011War Horse - Original Music Composer
2011The Adventures of Tintin - Original Music Composer
2010Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 4: Sound and Music - Music Director
2009Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 1: The Magic Begins - Music Director
2008A Timeless Call - Original Music Composer
2008Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - Original Music Composer
2006Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut - Original Music Composer
2006An Inconvenient Truth - Thanks
2005Munich - Original Music Composer
2005Memoirs of a Geisha - Original Music Composer
2005War of the Worlds - Conductor
2005War of the Worlds - Original Music Composer
2005Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith - Original Music Composer
2004The Terminal - Original Music Composer
2004Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Original Music Composer
2002Catch Me If You Can - Original Music Composer
2002Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Original Music Composer
2002Minority Report - Original Music Composer
2002Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones - Original Music Composer
2002Asshole - Music
2002The Music of "E.T." A Discussion with John Williams - Music
2002The Music of "E.T." A Discussion with John Williams - Thanks
2001Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Original Music Composer
2001A.I. Artificial Intelligence - Original Music Composer
2000The Patriot - Original Music Composer
1999Angela's Ashes - Original Music Composer
1999Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace - Original Music Composer
1998Saving Private Ryan - Conductor
1998Saving Private Ryan - Original Music Composer
1998Stepmom - Original Music Composer
1998Lost In Space Forever - Original Music Composer
1997Amistad - Original Music Composer
1997Seven Years in Tibet - Original Music Composer
1997The Lost World: Jurassic Park - Original Music Composer
1997Rosewood - Original Music Composer
1996Sleepers - Original Music Composer
1995Nixon - Original Music Composer
1995Sabrina - Original Music Composer
1993Schindler's List - Original Music Composer
1993Jurassic Park - Original Music Composer
1992Home Alone 2: Lost in New York - Original Music Composer
1992Far and Away - Original Music Composer
1991JFK - Original Music Composer
1991Hook - Original Music Composer
1990Home Alone - Original Music Composer
1990Presumed Innocent - Original Music Composer
1990Stanley & Iris - Original Music Composer
1989Always - Original Music Composer
1989Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Original Music Composer
1989Born on the Fourth of July - Original Music Composer
1988The Accidental Tourist - Music
1987Empire of the Sun - Original Music Composer
1987The Witches of Eastwick - Original Music Composer
1986Amazing Stories - Original Music Composer
1986SpaceCamp - Original Music Composer
1985Ghost Train - Music
1984The River - Original Music Composer
1984Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - Original Music Composer
1983From 'Star Wars' to 'Jedi' : The Making of a Saga - Original Music Composer
1983Return of the Jedi - Original Music Composer
1982Monsignor - Original Music Composer
1982E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - Original Music Composer
1981Heartbeeps - Original Music Composer
1981Raiders of the Lost Ark - Original Music Composer
1980The Empire Strikes Back - Original Music Composer
19791941 - Music
1979Dracula - Original Music Composer
1978Superman - Original Music Composer
1978Jaws 2 - Original Music Composer
1978The Fury - Original Music Composer
1977Close Encounters of the Third Kind - Original Music Composer
1977Star Wars - Original Music Composer
1977Black Sunday - Music
1976Midway - Original Music Composer
1976The Missouri Breaks - Original Music Composer
1976Family Plot - Original Music Composer
1975Jaws - Original Music Composer
1975The Eiger Sanction - Original Music Composer
1974The Towering Inferno - Original Music Composer
1974Earthquake - Original Music Composer
1974The Sugarland Express - Conductor
1974The Sugarland Express - Original Music Composer
1974Conrack - Music
1973Cinderella Liberty - Original Music Composer
1973The Paper Chase - Original Music Composer
1973The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing - Original Music Composer
1973Tom Sawyer - Music
1973The Long Goodbye - Original Music Composer
1972Pete 'n' Tillie - Music
1972The Poseidon Adventure - Original Music Composer
1972Images - Original Music Composer
1972The Cowboys - Original Music Composer
1971Fiddler on the Roof - Conductor
1971Fiddler on the Roof - Music Arranger
1971Fiddler on the Roof - Orchestrator
1971Jane Eyre - Music
1969The Reivers - Music
1969Goodbye, Mr. Chips - Music
1969Daddy's Gone A-Hunting - Original Music Composer
1968Heidi - Original Music Composer
1968Sergeant Ryker - Original Music Composer
1967Valley of the Dolls - Original Music Composer
1967Ghostbreakers - Music
1967Fitzwilly - Original Music Composer
1967A Guide for the Married Man - Original Music Composer
1966Not With My Wife, You Don't! - Original Music Composer
1966How to Steal a Million - Original Music Composer
1966The Rare Breed - Original Music Composer
1965John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! - Conductor
1965John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! - Original Music Composer
1965None but the Brave - Original Music Composer
1964The Killers - Music
1964Nightmare in Chicago - Original Music Composer
1962Flashing Spikes - Original Music Composer
1962Bachelor Flat - Original Music Composer
1961The Secret Ways - Original Music Composer
1960The Apartment - Orchestrator


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