John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor and pianist. He is considered to be one of the greatest film composers of all time. In a career spanning over six decades, he has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including Jaws, Family Plot (Alfred Hitchcock's final film), the Star Wars series, Superman, the Indiana Jones series, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the first two Home Alonefilms, Hook, the first two Jurassic Park films, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, the first three Harry Potter films,Catch Me If You Can, Memoirs of a Geisha, War Horse, and Lincoln. He has had a long association with directorSteven Spielberg, composing the music for all but one (The Color Purple) of Spielberg's major feature-length films.
Other notable works by Williams include theme music for four Olympic Games, NBC Sunday Night Football, the NBC Nightly News, the Statue of Liberty's rededication, the television series Lost in Space and Land of the Giants, and the original, not as well known calypso-based theme song to Gilligan's Island. Williams has also composed numerous classical concerti, and he served as the Boston Pops Orchestra's principal conductor from 1980 to 1993; he is now the orchestra's conductor laureate.
The following list consists of select films for which John Williams wrote the score and/or songs.
|1954||You Are Welcome||?||Tourist Development for Newfoundland||Promotional film for the tourist information office of Newfoundland|
|1958||Daddy-O||Lou Place||American International Pictures||John Williams' feature film debut|
|2011||The Adventures of Tintin||Steven Spielberg||Paramount Pictures||Grammy and Oscar nominations, Annie Award winner|
|War Horse||Steven Spielberg||DreamWorks Pictures||Oscar, Golden Globe, and BAFTA nominations|
|2012||Lincoln||Steven Spielberg||DreamWorks Pictures||Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Grammy nominations|
|2013||The Book Thief||Brian Percival||20th Century Fox||Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. First film without Steven Spielberg sinceMemoirs of a Geisha. Won An Emmy in 2015.|
|2015||Star Wars Episode VII||J.J. Abrams||Walt Disney Pictures||First J.J. Abrams theatrical film without his long-time composer Michael Giacchino.|