JOHN WILLIAMS Biography - Theater, Opera and Movie personalities


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Name: John Towner Williams                                                           
Born: 8 February 1932 Floral Park, New York, U.S.                                     
Other name: Johnny 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 those for Jaws, Star Wars,         
Superman, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park,         
Hook, Schindler's List, and Harry Potter. In addition, he has composed theme         
music for four Olympic Games, NBC Nightly News, 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. 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