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