John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor, pianist and trombonist.In a career that has spanned nearly seven decades, he has composed some of the most popular, recognizable, and critically acclaimed film scores in cinematic history.
John Williams was born on 24 April 1941 in Melbourne, Australia, to an English father, Len Williams, who later founded the Spanish Guitar Centre in London, and Malaan (née Ah Ket), a daughter of Melbourne barrister William Ah Ket. In 1952, the family moved to England where he attended Friern Barnet Grammar School, London.
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William was born in Long Island, New York on February 8, 1932. He studied at the University of California, Los Angeles and at the Julliard School. His parents were Esther and Johnny Williams.
He is best known for his scores (soundtracks) for movies such as Jaws, Jaws 2, Star Wars, Superman, E.T., Indiana Jones, Home Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Schindler's List, Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Lincoln. He conducted the Boston Pops Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conducts for them a few times each year especially around Christmastime. Williams has composed music for all but two of Steven Spielberg's movies (Duel and The Color Purple). For Barack Obama's presidential inauguration on January 20, 2009, John Williams made a special arrangement of the Shaker hymn "Air and Simple Gifts". It was performed by four musicians: the violinist Itzhak Perlman, the cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the clarinetist Anthony McGill and the pianist Gabriela Montero. Williams also created the theme music for four Olympic Games, NBC Sunday N...
Williams has received 49 Academy Award nominations throughout his career. He is the only living person to do so. He won five of them. Williams has received the most nominations for Academy Awards of any person except for Walt Disney. Williams has also won 4 Golden Globe Awards, 7 British Academy Film Awards and 21 Grammy Awards. Williams was honored with the annual Richard Kirk award at the 1999 BMIFilm and TV Awards, recognizing his contribution to movies and television music. Williams is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi, the national fraternity for college band members. Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2000, and was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honorsin 2004.
John Williams (15 April 1903 – 5 May 1983) was a Tony Award-winning English stage, film, and television actor. He is remembered for his role as Chief Inspector Hubbard in Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder, as the chauffeur in Billy Wilder's Sabrina (both 1954), and as the second "Mr. French" on TV's Family Affair in its first season (1967).
John Williams, murder convict in the Case of the Hooded ManJohn Williams (1774–1811), perpetrator of the Ratcliff Highway murders
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1. John Tucker Williams(1789–1854), early Canadian political figure 2. John William Williams, elected for Victoria City in the 1878 British Columbia general election 3. John Williams (Manitoba politician)(1860–1931), politician in Manitoba 4. John Elliot Williams(1920–1988), Canadian politician and boat builder 5. John Reesor Williams(born 1930), politician and barrister 6. John G. Williams(born 1946), member of Parliament for Edmonton-St. Albert, Alberta
1. John William Williams(1827–1904), New Zealand politician from Northland 2. Jack Williams (New Zealand politician)(1919–1975), Labour Party Member of Parliament
John Alfred Williams (December 5, 1925 – July 3, 2015) was an African-American author, journalist, and academic. His novel The Man Who Cried I Am was a bestseller in 1967. Also a poet, he won an American Book Award for his 1998 collection Safari West.