John Williams (soundtrack composer & conductor)

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Middle name: Towner

Suboptimal Credits: conductor laureate, boston pops, 1995–

Annotation last modified on 2012-05-10 20:35 UTC.

Legal name: John Towner Williams


John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor, and pianist. With a career spanning over six decades he has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history, to many of the highest-grossing films of all time, including Jaws, the Star Wars series, Superman, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the Indiana Jones series, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, and the first three Harry Potter films. Williams has been associated with director Steven Spielberg since 1974, composing music for all but two of his feature films. Other notable works by Williams include theme music for the Olympic Games, NBC Sunday Night Football, "The Mission" theme used by NBC News, 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 composed numerous classical concerti and other works for orchestral ensembles and solo instruments; he served as the Boston Pops' principal conductor from 1980 to 1993, and is now the orchestra's laureate conductor.

Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, and 23 Grammy Awards. With 50 Academy Award nominations, Williams is the second most-nominated individual, after Walt Disney. In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams' 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 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 movies in the Top 20 highest-grossing films at the U.S. box office (adjusted for inflation).

Williams' body of work in film composing was featured in the 2017 documentary film SCORE: A Film Music Documentary.

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Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Rosewood John Williams 3
1998 Saving Private Ryan: Music From the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack John Williams 2
1998 The Paper Chase / The Poseidon Adventure John Williams 1
1998 Midway John Williams 3
1998 Superman: The Movie (re-recording) John Williams; Royal Scottish National Orchestra, John Debney 2
1998 Stepmom John Williams 2
1999 Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace John Williams 4 7
1999 Angela's Ashes John Williams 5 5
1999 Amazing Stories John Williams 1
1999 Black Sunday John Williams 2
1999 Far and Away, Volume 2 John Williams 1
2000 The Patriot: Original Motion Picture Score John Williams 4 2
2000 A Guide for the Married Man Johnny Williams 1
2000 Born on the Fourth of July John Williams 1
2000 Lost in Space, Volume Three Hans J. Salter, Herman Stein, Richard LaSalle, John Williams 2
2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence John Williams 7
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone John Williams 4 3
2001 Heartbeeps John Williams 1
2001 John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! John Williams 1
2002 The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing John Williams / Michel Legrand 1
2002 Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones John Williams 3.5 9
2002 Minority Report John Williams 3 2
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets John Williams 4 11
2002 Catch Me If You Can John Williams 2 4
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban John Williams 4.5 3
2004 The Terminal John Williams 6
2004 Tom Sawyer Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman & John Williams 4 2
2004 Fitzwilly / The Long Goodbye Johnny Williams 1
2004 Penelope John Williams 1
2005 Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith John Williams 4 6
2005 War of the Worlds John Williams 3 3
2005 Memoirs of a Geisha: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack John Williams; Yo‐Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman 3.5 6
2005 Lost in Space: 40th Anniversary Edition John Williams 1
2005 Munich John Williams 3
2006 Not With My Wife, You Don't! / Any Wednesday Johnny Williams / George Duning 1
2006 Checkmate / Rhythm in Motion Johnny Williams 1
2006 Diamond Head / Gone With the Wave John Williams / Lalo Schifrin 1
2007 Monsignor John Williams 1
2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull John Williams 3
2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Kevin Kiner / John Williams 2
2008 How to Steal a Million / Bachelor Flat Johnny Williams 1
2009 None But the Brave John Williams 1
2010 The Poseidon Adventure John Williams 1
2010 Family Plot John Williams 3 1
2011 The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn John Williams 5
2011 War Horse John Williams 5
2012 The Long Goodbye John Williams 3
2012 Lincoln John Williams 4
2013 Angry Birds: Music Collection from the Game Ari Pulkkinen, Salla Hakkola, Ilmari Hakkola, John Williams 1
2013 The Book Thief John Williams 4
2013 Daddy-O John Williams 1
2014 Bachelor Flat John Williams 1
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack John Williams 5 11
2016 The BFG John Williams 2
2016 The John Williams Jurassic Park Collection John Williams 1
Cinderella Liberty / The Reivers John Williams 1
The Killers John Williams 1
The Killers John Williams & Henry Mancini 1
The Killers John Williams 1
The Sugarland Express John Williams 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Lapti Nek: From the original Soundtrack Recording of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi John Williams 1
1996 Summon the Heroes John Williams, Boston Pops Orchestra 2
1999 Duel of the Fates From Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace John Williams 1
2002 Call of the Champions John Williams 1
2005 Battle of the Heroes From Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith John Williams 1

Single + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 Music from Angela's Ashes John Williams 1

Single + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 Theme from "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" John Williams 1
1992 When You're Alone / We Don't Wanna Grow Up John Williams 1
1993 Theme From Jurassic Park John Williams 3
1997 Star Wars: Figrin d'An and the Model Nodes John Williams 1
1997 Dry Your Tears, Afrika John Williams 1
1997 The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme) / Betrayal at Bespin John Williams 1
1997 The Imperial March: Darth Vader's Theme John Williams 1
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone John Williams 1
2002 Across the Stars from Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones John Williams 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II John Williams 1
1998 Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith John Williams 2
John Williams on Viola John Williams 1
Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter John Williams 1
X-Wing Collector's Series John Williams 1

Other + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Star Wars Episode I, II and III, alto sax, instrumental solos John Williams 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 John Williams Interview 4/9/99 John Williams 1
2002 John Williams: Jedi Maestro John Williams 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Star Wars: Force Commander John Williams 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Darkside / Sound in Motion John Williams / Toto 1

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