John Williams

John Williams

John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor and pianist. In a career that spans six decades, Williams has composed many of the most famous film scores in history, including all but two of Steven Spielberg’s feature films, Star Wars, Superman, Born on the Fourth of July and Harry Potter. In addition, he has composed theme music for four Olympic Games, NBC Nightly News, and numerous television series and concert pieces. He served as the principal conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra from 1980 to 1993, and is now the orchestra’s laureate conductor.

Williams is a five-time winner of the Academy Award. He has also won 4 Golden Globes, 7 BAFTA Awards and 20 Grammy Awards. With 45 Academy Award nominations, Williams is, together with composer Alfred Newman, the second most nominated individual after Walt Disney. He was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2000, and was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004.

Wanna find out more?  Start your WebQuest with one of the links below!

John Williams on IMDB

Awesome Accapella Tribute to John Williams’ Scores

NBC Nightly News Theme

John Williams on NPR!

John Williams Interview about Hook

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