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John Williams

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.

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Feb 8, 1932 In Flushing, Queens, New York, United States
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie John Williams - The Seventh Symphony
Latest Project:
Movie Blood Curse: The Haunting of Alicia Stone 2020-10-31
Known For
Poster of Score: A Film Music Documentary
Poster of You Will Believe: The Cinematic Saga of Superman
Poster of The Kennedy Center Honors
Poster of Great Performances
Movie John Williams - The Seventh Symphony 2021
Movie Blood Curse: The Haunting of Alicia Stone John - PA 39 Crew (Voice) 2020-10-31
Movie Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Adventure Awaits 2019-09-29
Movie Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Oma Tres 2019-12-18
Movie Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood 2018-12-28
Movie Spielberg Himself 2017-10-05
Movie Score: A Film Music Documentary Himself 2017-03-16
Movie A John Williams Celebration Himself 2015-06-15
Movie Assepoester: Een Modern Sprookje Doctor Chris van Weveren 2014-01-01
Movie The E.T. Journals Himself 2012-10-09
Movie A Conversation with The Masters: The Empire Strikes Back 30 Years Later Himself 2011-09-19
Movie Return to Jurassic Park Himself 2011-02-05
Movie Music 2010-10-15
Movie Deconstructing Dad: The Music, Machines and Mystery of Raymond Scott Himself 2010-09-17
Movie The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story Himself 2009-01-01
Movie The Shark Is Still Working: The Impact & Legacy of Jaws Himself 2007-01-01
Series You Will Believe: The Cinematic Saga of Superman Himself 2006-11-28
Movie Heart of a Hero: A Tribute to Christopher Reeve Himself 2006-11-28
Movie You Will Believe: The Cinematic Saga of Superman Himself 2006-11-28
Movie Within a Minute: The Making of Episode III Himself 2005-11-01
Movie Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy Himself 2004-09-12
Movie Remember the Secret Policeman's Ball? Himself 2004-11-15
Movie When Star Wars Ruled the World Himself 2004-09-18
Movie The Music of 'Indiana Jones' Himself 2003-01-01
Movie Making 'Superman': Filming the Legend Himself 2001-01-01
Movie The Beginning: Making 'Episode I' Himself 2001-02-01
Movie Plotting 'Family Plot' Himself 2001-03-06
Movie The Making of 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' Himself 2001-05-08
Movie Taking Flight: The Development of 'Superman' Himself 2001-05-01
Series Family Guy Unknown 1999-01-31
Movie The Making Of '1941' Himself 1996-05-28
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Movie The Secret Policeman’s Biggest Ball Himself 1989-01-01
Movie Number One Himself 1985-03-01
Movie From 'Star Wars' to 'Jedi' : The Making of a Saga Himself 1983-12-03
Movie Star Wars: Music by John Williams Himself 1980-05-18
Movie Hot Lead & Cold Feet Mansfield 1978-07-05
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Unknown 1978-12-28
Movie No Deposit, No Return Jameson 1976-02-05
Movie Libido Martin (segment "The Child") 1973-04-06
Series Great Performances Himself 1972-11-04
Movie The Secret War of Harry Frigg Gen. Francis Mayhew 1968-02-29
Movie A Flea In Her Ear Dr. Finache 1968-11-27
Movie Double Trouble Gerald Waverly 1967-04-05
Series Family Affair 1966-09-12
Movie The Last of the Secret Agents? J. Fredrick Duval 1966-05-25
Movie Harlow Jonathan Martin 1965-05-14
Movie Dear Brigitte Peregrine Upjohn 1965-01-01
Movie Midnight Lace Inspector Byrnes 1960-10-13
Movie The Young Philadelphians Gilbert Dickinson 1959-05-21
Movie Island in the Sun Colonel Whittingham 1957-06-12
Movie Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Irving La Salle Jr. 1957-07-29
Movie Witness for the Prosecution Brogan-Moore 1957-12-17
Movie The Solid Gold Cadillac John T. 'Jack' Blessington 1956-08-22
Movie D-Day the Sixth of June Brig. Russell 1956-05-29
Movie To Catch a Thief H. H. Hughson 1955-08-03
Movie Dial M for Murder Chief Inspector Hubbard 1954-05-29
Movie Sabrina Thomas Fairchild 1954-09-28
Movie The Student Prince Lutz 1954-06-15
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18
Movie Thunder in the East General Sir Henry Harrison 1952-12-04
Movie The Lady and the Bandit Archbald Puffin 1951-08-13
Movie Kind Lady Mr. Foster 1951-06-20
Movie A Woman's Vengeance Prosecuting Counsel 1948-01-29
Movie The Next of Kin General Cooper (uncredited) 1942-06-15
Movie The Goose Steps Out Maj. Bishop 1942-08-01
Movie The Foreman Went to France 'English' Army Captain 1942-06-22