John Williams

John Williams

Known for: Sound
Biography: 1932-02-08 (92 years old)

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).

Filmography

all 240

Movies 222

self 67

TV Shows 18

Main Title Theme Composer
Jurassic World: Chaos Theory

Jurassic World: Chaos Theory (2024)

TV
Original Music Composer / Orchestrator / Conductor
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023)

Movie
6.43
Original Music Composer
Piano Cinéma

Piano Cinéma (2022)

Movie
Main Title Theme Composer
Obi-Wan Kenobi

Obi-Wan Kenobi (2022)

TV
10
Oma Tres / Original Music Composer
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Movie
6.62
Main Title Theme Composer
Battle at Big Rock

Battle at Big Rock (2019)

Movie
Original Music Composer
The Post

The Post (2017)

Movie
5.83
Self - Composer
Spielberg

Spielberg (2017)

Movie
Original Music Composer
Hoshino

Hoshino (2016)

Movie
Original Music Composer
The BFG

The BFG (2016)

Movie
7.16
Original Music Composer
Memoirs of a Geisha

Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

Movie
5
Original Music Composer
The Terminal

The Terminal (2004)

Movie
6.92
Original Music Composer
Minority Report

Minority Report (2002)

Movie
6.88
Original Music Composer
The Patriot

The Patriot (2000)

Movie
5.07
Original Music Composer / Conductor
Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Movie
6.75
Original Music Composer
Lost In Space Forever

Lost In Space Forever (1998)

Movie
Original Music Composer
Schindler's List

Schindler's List (1993)

Movie
8.18
Original Music Composer
Far and Away

Far and Away (1992)

Movie
4.33
Original Music Composer
JFK

JFK (1991)

Movie
5.92
Original Music Composer
Presumed Innocent

Presumed Innocent (1990)

Movie
3.25
Original Music Composer
Empire of the Sun

Empire of the Sun (1987)

Movie
3.5
Original Music Composer / Conductor
The Witches of Eastwick

The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

Movie
4.5
Original Music Composer
Amazing Stories

Amazing Stories (1986)

Movie
Original Music Composer
SpaceCamp

SpaceCamp (1986)

Movie
5.56
Main Title Theme Composer
Amazing Stories

Amazing Stories (1985)

TV
5.33
Original Music Composer
The River

The River (1984)

Movie
Original Music Composer
Return of the Jedi

Return of the Jedi (1983)

Movie
6.06
Original Music Composer
Dracula

Dracula (1979)

Movie
1.5
Original Music Composer
Jaws 2

Jaws 2 (1978)

Movie
5.89
Original Music Composer
Star Wars

Star Wars (1977)

Movie
6.1
Original Music Composer
Jaws

Jaws (1975)

Movie
6.03
Original Music Composer
Earthquake

Earthquake (1974)

Movie
4
Original Music Composer
Conrack

Conrack (1974)

Movie
Martin (segment 'The Child')
Libido

Libido (1973)

Movie
Main Title Theme Composer
The Screaming Woman

The Screaming Woman (1972)

Movie
Orchestrator / Conductor / Music Arranger / Music
Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

Movie
1
Original Music Composer / Music Supervisor / Conductor
Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)

Movie
Original Music Composer
Valley of the Dolls

Valley of the Dolls (1967)

Movie
8
Original Music Composer
Lost in Space

Lost in Space (1965)

TV
2
Self (Pianist)
Playhouse 90

Playhouse 90 (1956)

TV

Ratings

Average 6.35
Based on 31.8 Million movie and tv ratings over time
1953
1976
1997
1978
2024
John WilliamsJohn Williams

Information

Known For
Sound

Gender
Male

Birthday
1932-02-08 (92 years old)

Birth Name
John Towner Williams

Birth Place
Queens, New York, USA

Children
Joseph Williams

Citizenships
United States of America

Also Known As
John Towner Williams, Johnny Williams

Awards
National Medal of Arts, Saturn Award for Best Music, Kennedy Center Honors, Academy Award for Best Original Score, AFI Life Achievement Award, Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Academy Award for Best Original Song Score, Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic Score, Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition, Officer of Arts and Letters, Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, Princess of Asturias Award for the Arts, Golden Globe Award

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