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As one of the best known, awarded, and financially successful composers in US history, John Williams is as easy to recall as John Philip Sousa, Aaron Copland or Leonard Bernstein, illustrating why he is "America's composer" time and again. With a massive list of awards that includes over 41 Oscar nominations (five wins), twenty-odd Gold and ... See full bio »
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Won 5 Oscars. Another 119 wins & 255 nominations. See more awards »

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Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
(1977)
Superman
Superman Composer
(1978)

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 2018 Star Wars: Underworld (TV Series) (composer: theme "Star Wars") (announced)
 2019 Star Wars: Episode IX (conductor) / (orchestrator) (pre-production)
 2018 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (composer: theme music)
 2018 Lost in Space (TV Series) (original theme by - 1 episode)
 2014-2018 Star Wars Rebels (TV Series) (composer - 78 episodes)
 2017 The Post (conductor) / (orchestrator)
 2017 Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (conductor) / (orchestrator)
 2017 Victory: A Star Wars Story (Short) (composer: theme music - based on original themes)
 2017 Boba Fans (Short) (stock music: original Star Wars soundtrack)
 2017 Shaham Plays John Williams (Video) (stock music)
 2016 Rogue One (composer: Original Star Wars music by)
 2012-2016 Gintberg på kanten (TV Series documentary) (music - 4 episodes)
 2016 Lego Star Wars: Battle of Sebiris (Short) (composer: theme music)
 2015 Star Wars: Evolution of the Lightsaber Duel (TV Movie documentary) (composer: original Star Wars Themes and Score - uncredited)
 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens (conductor) / (orchestrator)
 2015 Star Wars Legends: Legacy of the Force (Short) (main title and themes)
 2015 Jurassic World (composer: theme music)
 2014 Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (Video Game) (composer: Jurrasic Park theme - uncredited)
 2014 Citizen Vader (Short) (original score music)
 2014 Great Performances (TV Series) (theme music - 1 episode)
 2014 Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts (Short) (composer: existing themes)
 2014 The Hogwarts Express (Short) (composer: existing themes)
 2014 Harry Potter: The Making of Diagon Alley (TV Special documentary) (stock music)
 2014 Clash at the Cantina (Video short) (stock music)
 2014 4.13 Piano Concert (Video documentary) (composer: theme music)
 2014 Star Wars: Threads of Destiny (original music: Star Wars)
 2013 Star Wars Escape from Planet RX7 (Short) (composer: stock music)
 2013 Words with Warwick (TV Mini-Series) (composer - 8 episodes)
 2013 Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite (Video) (writer: "Superman Theme")
 2008-2013 Star Wars: The Clone Wars (TV Series) (composer - 108 episodes)
 2012 Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace in the Playroom (Video short) (composer: original Star Wars Themes and Score by - uncredited)
 2012 On Set with 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' (Video documentary) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 2012 Indie Cinema Showcase (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
 2011 Solos con la canguro (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic (Video Game) (composer: theme music)
 2011 War Horse (conductor - uncredited)
 2011 Superman: Requiem (composer: original themes)
 2011 Return to Jurassic Park: Dawn of a New Era (Video documentary short) (composer: original Jurassic Park Themes and Score by - uncredited)
 2011 Return to Jurassic Park: Making Prehistory (Video documentary short) (composer: original Jurassic Park Themes and Score by - uncredited)
 2011 Return to Jurassic Park: The Next Step in Evolution (Video documentary short) (composer: original Jurassic Park Themes and Score by - uncredited)
 2011 The Adventures of Tintin (conductor)
 2011 Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace (TV Short) (original music by)
 2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (music composer: Hedwig's theme and other cues from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)
 2011 Star Tours: The Adventures Continue (Short) (composer: existing themes)
 2011 Smallville (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
 2011 The Simpsons (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
 2010 Lego Star Wars: Bombad Bounty (TV Short) (composer: Star Wars Theme Music by)
 2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I (Video Game) (composer: "Hedwig's Theme")
 2010 Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (Video Game) (composer: theme music)
 2010 Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (Video Game) (composer: theme music)
 2009 Lawrence Jones y la mesa del Rey Salomón (Short) (composer: stock music)
 2009 Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues (Video Game) (composer: theme music)
 2009 Star Wars: The Force Unleashed - Ultimate Sith Edition (Video Game) (composer: theme music)
 2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (composer: theme "Harry Potter")
 2009 Vezhete (Short) (composer: stock music)
 2008 Star Wars (John Williams Is The Man) A Cappella Tribute (Video short) (stock music)
 2008 Star Wars: Wrath of the Mandalorian (Video short) (composer: original Star Wars Themes and Score by - uncredited)
 2008 Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Video Game) (composer: theme music)
 2008 Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures (Video Game) (composer: theme music)
 2008 Indiana Jones and the Ultimate Quest (TV Movie documentary) (composer: stock music from all the Indiana Jones films)
 2008 Lego Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Brick (TV Short) (composer: theme music)
 2007 Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Video Game) (composer: theme music)
 2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Video Game) (composer: "Hedwig's Theme")
 2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (composer: theme "Harry Potter")
 2006 Star Wars Empire at War: Forces of Corruption (Video Game) (original Star Wars music composed by)
 2006 Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (Video) (composer: theme music)
 2006 Meet the Press (TV Series) (composer - 3 episodes)
 2006 Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (Video Game) (composer: theme music)
 2006 Confessions of a Teenage Supergirl (Video short) (stock music)
 2006 Superman Returns (composer: original theme - uncredited)
 2006 The Time Tunnel (TV Movie) (composer: original series theme)
 2006 Star Wars: Extinction (Short) (composer: original Star Wars Themes and Score by)
 2006 The Fear (El Miedo) (composer: stock music)
 2005 Memoirs of a Geisha (conductor - uncredited)
 2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (composer: theme "Harry Potter" - uncredited)
 2005 War of the Worlds (conductor)
 2005 Lego Star Wars: The Video Game (Video Game) (composer: theme music)
 2005 Star Wars: Republic Commando (Video Game) (stock music)
 2004 The Revamping of Dracula (Video short documentary) (conductor)
 2004 The Birth of the Lightsaber (Video documentary short) (composer: original Star Wars Themes and Score by - uncredited)
 2004 Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy (Video documentary) (conductor)
 2004 Jack & Bobby (TV Series) (composer: theme "The Patriot")
 2004 World's Finest (Short) (composer: theme "Superman")
 2004 The Terminal (conductor - uncredited)
 2003 Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Jedi Academy (Video Game) (stock music)
 2003 Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis (Video Game) (composer: theme music)
 2003 Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb (Video Game) (composer: theme music)
 2002 Star Wars: Episodio Pi - Sithspotting (Short) (composer: stock music)
 2002 Catch Me If You Can (conductor - uncredited)
 2002 Star Wars: Bounty Hunter (Video Game) (composer: original Star Wars music)
 2002 Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Video Game) (composer: theme music)
 2002 Broken Allegiance (Short) (composer: theme "Star Wars")
 2002 Star Wars: Jedi Knight II - Jedi Outcast (Video Game) (stock music)
 2002 The 74th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (orchestrator)
 2001 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds (Video Game) (original Star Wars music composed by)
 2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator) / (song: music by)
 2001 Jurassic Park III (composer: themes)
 2000 Star Wars: Episode I - Jedi Power Battles (Video Game) (composer: original Star Wars Themes and Score by - uncredited)
 1999 Star Wars: Episode I - The Gungan Frontier (Video Game) (conductor)
 1999 Angela's Ashes (conductor)
 1999 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (conductor) / (music producer)
 1999 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (Video Game) (conductor)
 1999 Troldspejlet (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
 1998 Lost in Space Forever (TV Movie documentary) (composer: stock music)
 1998 Saving Private Ryan (conductor - uncredited) / (music producer - uncredited)
 1998 Half Baked (composer: theme "Jaws")
 1997 Seven Years in Tibet (conductor - uncredited) / (music producer - uncredited)
 1996 Nintendo 64: Change the System (Video short) (background music: Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire - uncredited)
 1996 Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (Video Game) (composer: original "Star Wars" themes)
 1995 The Making of 'Jurassic Park' (Video documentary) (composer: original Jurassic Park Themes and Score by - uncredited)
 1995 Sabrina (conductor)
 1994/I Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (Video Game) (adaptions based on music by - uncredited)
 1994 Everything Went Wrong (Short) (music by)
 1993 Star Wars: X-Wing (Video Game) (composer: theme music)
 1993 Star Wars Chess (Video Game) (composer: theme music)
 1993 Schindler's List (conductor - uncredited) / (music producer - uncredited)
 1985-1993 Nova (TV Series documentary) (composer - 2 episodes)
 1993 Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Video Game) (adaptions based on music by - uncredited)
 1993 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
 1992 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (Video Game) (composer: theme music)
 1992 Super Star Wars (Video Game) (adaptions based on music by - uncredited)
 1991/I Home Alone (Video Game) (composer: theme music)
 1989 Born on the Fourth of July (conductor - uncredited)
 1988 Meng guo jie (stock music: international version)
 1988 Superman (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
 1987 Indiana Jones in Revenge of the Ancients (Video Game) (composer: theme music)
 1987 Jaws (Video Game) (composer: theme "Jaws 2")
 1987 The Witches of Eastwick (conductor)
 1985-1987 Amazing Stories (TV Series) (composer - 43 episodes)
 1987 Star Tours (Short) (composer: existing themes)
 1986 Ferris Bueller's Day Off (composer: other original music)
 1986 The Last Precinct (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
 1985 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Video Game) (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1985 The Making of 'Superman III' (TV Movie documentary) (composer: original Superman themes)
 1983 From 'Star Wars' to 'Jedi': The Making of a Saga (TV Movie documentary) (composer: theme "Star Wars")
 1983 Jaws 3-D (composer: shark theme)
 1983 Superman III (composer: original Superman themes)
 1983 Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (conductor - uncredited) / (music producer - uncredited)
 1983 Movie Blockbusters: The 15 Greatest Hits of All Time (TV Movie documentary) (musical director)
 1982 Aliens from Another Planet (TV Movie) (composer: theme music - as Johnny Williams)
 1982 Dünyayi Kurtaran Adam (composer: "Raiders of the Lost Ark" themes - uncredited)
 1982 The Making of 'Superman II' (TV Movie documentary) (from original material composed by)
 1981/I Taps (conductor - uncredited)
 1980 The Making of 'Superman: The Movie' (TV Movie documentary) (composer: themes from 'Superman: the Movie')
 1980 SP FX: Special Effects - The Empire Strikes Back (TV Movie documentary) (composer: theme "Star Wars")
 1980 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (conductor - uncredited) / (music producer - uncredited)
 1979 Süpermen Dönüyor (composer: "Superman" film themes - uncredited)
 1979 1941 (conductor - uncredited)
 1979 Dracula (conductor)
 1979 Xiao quan guai zhao (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (conductor - uncredited) / (music producer - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1977 The Making of 'Star Wars' (TV Movie documentary) (composer: theme "Star Wars")
 1977 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (additional orchestrator - uncredited) / (conductor - uncredited)
 1977 Black Sunday (conductor - uncredited)
 1976 Midway (conductor)
 1976 The 48th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (musical director)
 1975 Jaws (conductor - uncredited)
 1974 The Towering Inferno (conductor - uncredited)
 1974 Earthquake (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited) / (score producer - uncredited)
 1974 The Cowboys (TV Series) (composer - 12 episodes)
 1974 The Sugarland Express (conductor: "The Eyes of Texas" - uncredited)
 1974 Conrack (conductor - uncredited)
 1973 The Paper Chase (conductor - uncredited)
 1973 The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (conductor - uncredited)
 1973 Tom Sawyer (conductor) / (music supervisor) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1972 The Poseidon Adventure (conductor - uncredited)
 1972 Images (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1972 The Screaming Woman (TV Movie) (composer: theme music)
 1971 Fiddler on the Roof (conductor) / (music adaptor) / (orchestrator)
 1970 Jane Eyre (TV Movie) (conductor) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1968-1970 Land of the Giants (TV Series) (composer - 50 episodes)
 1969 Goodbye, Mr. Chips (conductor) / (music supervisor)
 1969 Daddy's Gone A-Hunting (conductor)
 1968 Heidi (TV Movie) (conductor)
 1965-1968 Lost in Space (TV Series) (composer - 126 episodes)
 1967 The Far Out West (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1967 Valley of the Dolls (conductor) / (music adaptor)
 1967 Ghostbreakers (TV Movie) (conductor - uncredited)
 1967 Off to See the Wizard (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
 1967 A Guide for the Married Man (conductor - uncredited)
  Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series) (composer - 8 episodes, 1963 - 1967) (music arranger - 1 episode, 1964)
 1966-1967 The Time Tunnel (TV Series) (composer - 29 episodes)
 1966 Penelope (conductor - uncredited)
 1966 Not with My Wife, You Don't! (conductor - as Johnny Williams)
 1966 The Tammy Grimes Show (TV Series) (composer - 6 episodes)
 1963-1965 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series) (composer - 39 episodes)
 1965 The Great Race (musician: piano - uncredited)
 1965 John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! (conductor - uncredited)
 1963 Charade (musician: piano - uncredited)
 1962-1963 Kraft Mystery Theater (TV Series) (composer - 9 episodes)
 1961-1963 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series) (composer - 58 episodes)
 1962-1963 Wide Country (TV Series) (composer - 28 episodes)
 1962 Stark Fear (composer: party music - as Johnny Williams)
 1960-1962 Checkmate (TV Series) (composer - 70 episodes)
 1962 Hatari! (musician: piano - uncredited)
 1961 Teenage Millionaire (musician: piano - uncredited)
 1961 The Guns of Navarone (music arranger: exit music - uncredited)
 1960 Studs Lonigan (musician - uncredited)
 1959-1960 Mr. Lucky (TV Series) (musician - 29 episodes)
 1960 The Apartment (musician: piano solos - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1960 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
 1959 Johnny Staccato (TV Series) (musician - 3 episodes)
 1959 Markham (TV Series) (music score - 1 episode)
 1959 Gidget (orchestrator - as John Williams Jr.)
 1959 Some Like It Hot (musician: piano - uncredited)
 1959 City of Fear (musician - uncredited)
 1958 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
 1958 South Pacific (musician: piano - uncredited)
 1957 My Gun Is Quick (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1956 Carousel (additional orchestrator - uncredited)
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Wrote the foreword for "Greetings, Gate!: The Story of Professor Jerry Colonna" by Bob Colonna. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Portrayal | 4 Interviews | 7 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

John T. Williams Jr. | John Williams Jr. | John T. Williams | Johnny Williams

Height:

5' 11½" (1.82 m)
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[about his friend, Jerry Goldsmith] His chameleon adaptability was a prerequisite to longevity and success in Hollywood. We used to call him Gorgeous. He was the golden boy, a beautiful presence. His music had a freshness, and he had a freshness. See more »

Trivia:

In 2012, he surpassed Alfred Newman as the most nominated composer in Oscar history with 42 nominations for Best Original Score when his scores for The Adventures of Tintin (2011) and War Horse (2011) were nominated for the award. See more »

Trademark:

Thundering theme pieces for major science fiction and fantasy films which can be adapted to multiple different musical styles See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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