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Also Known As: John T Williams, John Towner Williams, Johnny Williams Died:
Born: February 8, 1932 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Flushing, New York, USA Profession: composer, conductor, jazz pianist

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Though he had written film scores for some of the greatest directors of all time, including Alfred Hitchcock, Oliver Stone, and George Lucas, composer John Williams was clearly defined by his long-running collaboration with Steven Spielberg. Though prolific and accomplished in his own right, Williams reached unprecedented heights, thanks to his iconic scores for Spielberg-helmed classics "Jaws" (1975), "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977), "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) and "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982). Spielberg even had an indirect hand in Williams composing the music for "Star Wars" (1977), perhaps the most iconic and popular film score ever recorded. In all, Williams was decorated with an incalculable number of awards, including Grammys, Oscars and Golden Globes, while earning a reputation for churning out high quality work but with a rare degree of humility and self-effacement. Outside of his work with Spielberg and Lucas, he was responsible for other culturally-prominent scores, including "Superman: The Movie" (1978) and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (2001). Though his output declined in his later years - he was an active conductor of the world's greatest orchestras -...

Though he had written film scores for some of the greatest directors of all time, including Alfred Hitchcock, Oliver Stone, and George Lucas, composer John Williams was clearly defined by his long-running collaboration with Steven Spielberg. Though prolific and accomplished in his own right, Williams reached unprecedented heights, thanks to his iconic scores for Spielberg-helmed classics "Jaws" (1975), "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977), "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) and "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982). Spielberg even had an indirect hand in Williams composing the music for "Star Wars" (1977), perhaps the most iconic and popular film score ever recorded. In all, Williams was decorated with an incalculable number of awards, including Grammys, Oscars and Golden Globes, while earning a reputation for churning out high quality work but with a rare degree of humility and self-effacement. Outside of his work with Spielberg and Lucas, he was responsible for other culturally-prominent scores, including "Superman: The Movie" (1978) and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (2001). Though his output declined in his later years - he was an active conductor of the world's greatest orchestras - Williams remained, without a doubt, the most successful film composer of all time.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Chicken Little (2005)
2.
 Miracle (2004)
3.
 Kangaroo Jack (2003)
4.
 Traveller (1997) Traveller Musician
5.
 Emma's War (1985)
6.
9.
 AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills (2001) Interviewee
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Milestones close milestones

:
Began music studies as a child, learning trombone, trumpet and clarinet
1948:
Moved to Los Angeles with family
1952:
Served in the U.S. Air Force
1954:
After Air Force service, worked as jazz pianist in New York while attending Juilliard
:
Returned to Los Angeles
1957:
Composed music for the TV series "Bachelor Father" (CBS)
1959:
Did orchestrations for the feature film "Gidget"
1960:
Scored first feature film "Because They're Young"
1967:
Received first Academy Award nomination for "Valley of the Dolls"
1969:
Earned first Academy Award nomination for Original Score for "The Reivers"
1971:
Won first Academy Award for adapting the score for the film version of "Fiddler on the Roof"
1974:
First collaboration with Steven Spielberg, "The Sugarland Express"
1975:
Re-teamed with Spielberg for the director's second film "Jaws"
1977:
Scored the memorable music for "Star Wars"; the soundtrack sold over four million copies
1977:
Again collaborated with Spielberg for "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"; earned an Academy Award nomination
1980:
Returned to score "The Empire Strikes Back"; introduced "The Imperial March" as the theme for Darth Vader and the Galactic Empire; earned an Academy Award nomination
1981:
Composed the music for "Raiders of the Lost Ark"; earned an Academy Award nomination
1982:
Provided the score for Spielberg's "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial"
1983:
Scored the final film in the "Star Wars" trilogy, "Return of the Jedi"; earned an Academy Award nomination
1984:
Returned to score, "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"; earned an Academy Award nomination
1985:
Composed the theme for "NBC Nightly News"
1987:
Scored Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun"; earned an Academy Award nomination
1989:
First screen collaboration with Oliver Stone, "Born on the Fourth of July"; earned an Academy Award nomination
1989:
Scored the music for "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"; earned an Academy Award nomination
1991:
Received two Oscar nominations for scoring the music for Spielberg's "Hook" and Stone's "JFK"
1993:
Won fifth Academy Award for Spielberg's "Schindler's List"
1997:
Earned another Oscar nomination for Spielberg's "Amistad"
1998:
Teamed with Spielberg for the 18th time on "Saving Private Ryan"
1999:
Provided the themes and underscore to George Lucas' "Star Wars: Episode I ¿ The Phantom Menace"
1999:
Devised the piano-dominated score of "Angela's Ashes"; earned 38th Academy Award nomination
2001:
Received Oscar nominations for Spielberg's "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" and for the film adaptation of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"
2002:
Scored the theme music for the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics
2002:
Returned to score the music for "Star Wars: Episode II ¿ The Attack of the Clones"
2002:
Scored Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can"; received an Academy Award nomination
2003:
Earned 2 Grammy nominations for his work on "Catch Me If You Can" and "Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets"
2004:
Composed the music for "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"; received Grammy and Oscar nominations for Best Score
2005:
Earned Oscar nominations for Rob Marshall's "Memoirs of a Geisha" and Steven Spielberg's "Munich" for Original Score
2005:
Conducted music for "Star Wars Episode III ¿ Revenge of the Sith"
2006:
Received Grammy and Oscar nominations for the films, "Munich" and "Memoirs of a Geisha"
2008:
Re-teamed with Spielberg for "Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull"; earned two Grammy nominations
2011:
Composed music for the Spielberg directed films "The Adventures of Tintin" and "War Horse"
2012:
Re-teamed with director Spielberg for "Lincoln"
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Education

University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -
North Hollywood High School: Hollywood , California - 1950
The Juilliard School: New York , New York - 1954

Notes

Williams' soundtrack album for "Star Wars" (1977) has sold upwards of four million copies, making it the biggest selling symphonic soundtrack album.

"Meeting Steven Spielberg was the luckiest day of my life." --John Williams quoted in The Boston Globe, February 24, 1998.

As of 2002, he has received 41 Academy Award nominations (the most of any living person) in the field of music and has won five statuettes. He is second only to Alfred Newman (who garnered 45 career nominations) in the field of music.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Barbara Williams. Married from c. 1956 until her death from a cerebral hemorrhage in 1974.
wife:
Samantha Winslow. Interior designer, photographer. Married on June 9, 1980 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Family close complete family listing

father:
John Williams. Jazz drummer.
mother:
Esther Williams.
brother:
Jerry Williams. Younger.
brother:
Donald Williams. Younger.
sister:
Joan Williams. Younger.
son:
Joseph Williams. Composer, songwriter.
son:
Mark Williams. Musician.
daughter:
Jennifer Williams. Physician.
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