10 Interesting John Williams Facts

Saturday, May 10th 2014. | People

John Williams facts explore the interesting facts about the American conductor, composer and pianist. He was born with the full name John Towner Williams on 8th February 1932. People always recognize him as one of the best music and film composers all of the time. Look at his early life and works in the following post below:

John Williams Facts 1: film scores

There are many film scores that John Williams had created during his 6 decade career.  He was very famous with his film score of Jaws. Read Jaws facts here.  You can also hear his composition in other movies such as the Indiana Jones series, Family Plot, the first three Harry Potter films, Superman, Catch Me If You Can, War Horse, Memoirs of a Geisha, Saving Private Ryan, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and many more.

John Williams Facts 2: Steven Spielberg

John William is always considered as the music composer for most films of Steven Spielberg. However, he is not the composer of Spielberg’s movie, The Color Purple.

John Williams Awards

John Williams Awards

John Williams Facts 3: theme music

Besides making some film scores, John Williams also works on some theme music for the Statue of Liberty’s rededication, the NBC Nightly News, four Olympic Games, Lost in Space and Land of the Giants, and NBC Sunday Night Football.

John Williams Facts 4: classical concerti

John Williams also scores some classical concerti. In 1980 to 1993, he was the principal conductor at the Boston Pops Orchestra. Now he is appointed as the orchestra’s conductor laureate.

John Williams facts

John Williams facts

John Williams Facts 5: Academy Award

During his career, he is nominated for 49 academy awards. Therefore, he is considered as the second most nominated person in Academy Awards. The first person with the most nomination in Academy awards is Walt Disney.

John Williams Facts 6: winners

John William gets many prestigious awards. He has 4 Golden Globe Awards, 5 Academy Awards, 21 Grammy Awards and 7 British Academy Film Awards.

John Williams Music Score

John Williams Music Score

John Williams Facts 7: contribution

Because of his big contribution to the film and television music, he got Richard Kirk award in 1999. In 2000, his name was placed into Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. In 2004, he received Kennedy Center Honors.

John Williams Facts 8: parents

His parents are Johnny Williams and Esther Williams. John Williams’ father was a jazz percussionist.

John Williams Pic

John Williams Pic

John Williams Facts 9: education

Let’s talk about his early education. John studied at North Hollywood High School. He left the school in 1950. The he enrolled to University of California, Los Angeles.  He was a private student of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, the famous Italian composer.

John Williams Facts 10: Barbara Ruick

In 1956, he married to the famous Barbara Ruick. Both had three children, Jennifer, Mark and Joseph. Barbara died on 1 March 1974.

John Williams

John Williams

On 21 July 1980, he married Samantha Winslow. Are you wondered with facts about John Williams?

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