John Williams Biography (1932-)

Full name, John Towner Williams; born February 8, 1932, in Flushing, Queens,NY; son of John Sr. (a percussionist) and Esther Williams; married Barbara Ruike, c. 1956 (died, 1974); married Samantha Winslow (a photographer and interior decorator), June 9, 1980; children: (first marriage) Jennifer, Mark, Joseph (a composer and musician). Addresses: Agent: Michael Gorfaine, Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency, 3301 Barham Blvd., Suite 201, Los Angeles, CA 90068.; Office: Boston Symphony Orchestra, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA 02115.;Contact: 333 Loring Springs, Los Angeles, CA 90024.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Composer, conductor, music director, orchestrator
Birth Details
February 8, 1932
Flushing, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • Pavarotti and Friends, ABC, 1982
  • Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, 1984
  • (With Boston Pops Orchestra) A Christmas at Pops, PBS, 1986
  • Liberty Weekend, ABC, 1986
  • The Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies, ABC, 1987
  • A Boston Pops Fourth with John Williams and the Boston Pops EsplanadeOrchestra, PBS, 1987
  • (With Boston Pops Orchestra) Seasons Greetings: An Evening with John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra, NBC, 1988
  • Bernstein at Seventy, PBS, 1989
  • Yo-Yo Ma: A Month at Tanglewood, Arts and Entertainment, 1990
  • (With Boston Pops Orchestra) Christmas at Pops, PBS, 1990
  • (With Boston Pops Orchestra) Songs of Freedom, PBS, 1992
  • Disney's Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, The Disney Channel, 1992
  • Pop Goes the Fourth!, Arts and Entertainment, 1993
  • Holiday at Pops, Arts and Entertainment, 1994
  • The Hollywood Soundtrack Story, AMC, 1995
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Steven Spielberg, NBC, 1995
  • Performance of "Moonlight," The 68th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1996
  • Star Wars: The Magic and the Mystery, Fox, 1997
  • Strangers in Paradise, PBS, 1999
  • The 41st Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 1999
  • John Williams, Yo-Yo Ma, Frank McCourt and Patti Lupone, PBS, 2000
  • Himself, AFI's 100 Years, 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies (also known as AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Thrills), CBS, 2001
  • (Uncredited) Himself, Fiddler on the Roof: 30 Years of Tradition,2001
  • Himself, XIX Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony, 2002
  • Himself, Jaws: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2002
  • A Centennial Toast to Symphony Hall, PBS, 2002
  • Episodic
  • Guest, The Charlie Rose Show, PBS, 1997
  • Guest, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, syndicated, 1997
  • Conductor, "Star Wars and the Hollywood Sound," Evening at Pops, PBS, 1997
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Pianist, Staccato, 1959
  • Conductor, Evening at Pops, PBS, 1979-1995
  • Movies
  • Music conductor, Heidi (also known as Heidi kehrt heim), NBC, 1968
  • Specials
  • Music director, The 48th Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC,1976
  • Music conductor, A Christmas at Pops, PBS, 1986
  • Music conductor, A Boston Pops Fourth with John Williams and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, PBS, 1987
  • Music conductor, Season's Greetings: An Evening with John Williams andthe Boston Pops Orchestra, NBC, 1988
  • Music conductor, Bernstein at 70, PBS, 1989
  • Music director, Christmas at Pops, 1990
  • Music conductor, Songs of Freedom, PBS, 1992
  • Music conductor, Pop Goes the Fourth, Arts and Entertainment, 1993
  • Music conductor, Holiday at Pops, Arts and Entertainment, 1994
  • Pianist, The American Film Institute Salute to Steven Spielberg, NBC, 1995
  • Music conductor, America's Millennium, CBS, 1999
  • Orchestrator, The 74th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2002
  • Pilots
  • (As Johnny Williams) Theme song performer, Rapture at Two-Forty, NBC, 1965
  • Film Appearances
  • Himself, The Making of Steven Spielberg's "Jaws," 1995
  • Himself, The Making of "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," 1996
  • Himself, The Making of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," 1998
  • Himself, John Williams: The Music of Jaws 2, 2001
  • Film Work
  • Pianist, South Pacific, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1958
  • Music arranger, Some Like It Hot, United Artists, 1959
  • (As John Williams, Jr.) Orchestrator, Gidget, 1959
  • Music arranger, The Apartment, United Artists, 1960
  • Pianist, West Side Story, United Artists, 1961
  • (Uncredited) Orchestrator, The Guns of Navarone, 1961
  • (As Johnny Williams) Pianist, Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man (also known as Adventures of a Young Man), 1962
  • (As Johnny Williams) Music director, Not with My Wife, You Don't,Warner Bros., 1966
  • Musical director, Valley of the Dolls, 1967
  • Conductor, Daddy's Gone A-Hunting, 1969
  • Music supervisor and music director, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, 1969
  • Music director, conductor, orchestrator, and music arranger, Fiddler on the Roof, United Artists, 1971
  • Music supervisor and conductor, Tom Sawyer (also known as A Musical Adaptation of Mark Twain's "Tom Sawyer"), United Artists, 1973
  • Music conductor, The Long Goodbye, 1973
  • Conductor, Midway (also known as The Battle of Midway), 1976
  • (Uncredited) Conductor and additional orchestrator, Star Wars (also known as Star Wars IV: A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode IV--A New Hope), 1977
  • Music director, The Deer Hunter, Warner Bros., 1978
  • Music composer and conductor, Dracula, Universal, 1979
  • Conductor and (uncredited) music producer, The Empire Strikes Back(also known as Star Wars: Episode V--The Empire Strike Back and Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back), 1980
  • Pianist, The Monster Club, ITC, 1981
  • Conductor, music arranger: songs, and (uncredited) music producer, Return of the Jedi (also known as Star Wars: Episode VI--Return of the Jedi and Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi), 1983
  • Title music performer, Beyond the Limit (also known as The Honorary Consul), Paramount, 1983
  • Performer of "Raiders March," Best Defense, Paramount, 1984
  • Music performer, Emma's War, Curzon, 1986
  • Music director and music conductor, The Witches of Eastwick, Warner Bros., 1987
  • Music producer, Home Alone, 1990
  • Song arranger and song conductor, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992
  • Conductor and music producer, Schindler's List, 1993
  • Orchestra conductor, Sabrina, Paramount, 1995
  • (Uncredited) Conductor and music producer, Seven Years in Tibet, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1997
  • (Uncredited) Conductor and music producer, Saving Private Ryan, Paramount, 1998
  • Conductor, Without Limits, Warner Bros., 1998
  • Conductor and music producer, Star Wars: Episode I--The Phantom Menace (also known as The Phantom Menace and Star Wars I: The PhantomMenace), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1999
  • Conductor, "76 Trombones," The Other Sister, 1999
  • Conductor, "This Land Is Your Land," Drop Dead Gorgeous, New LineCinema, 1999
  • Conductor, "Ode to Zeus," Endurance, Buena Vista, 1999
  • Orchestra conductor, Angela's Ashes, Paramount, 1999
  • Conductor, "Pink Toenails," Don't Say a Word, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2001
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums; Film and Television Soundtracks
  • (As Johnny Williams) Checkmate, Columbia, 1961
  • (As Johnny Williams) "Tuesday's Theme," Bachelor Flat, Columbia, 1962
  • (As Johnny Williams) Diamond Head, Colpix, 1962
  • (As Johnny Williams) John Goldfarb, Please Come Home, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1964
  • (As Johnny Williams) None but the Brave, Reprise, 1965
  • (As Johnny Williams The Rare Breed (theme), Decca, 1966
  • (As Johnny Williams) How To Steal a Million, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1966
  • (As Johnny Williams) Not with My Wife, You Don't, Warner Bros., 1966
  • (As Johnny Williams) Penelope, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1966
  • (As Johnny Williams) Title song, A Guide for the Married Man, White Whale, 1967
  • (As Johnny Williams) Fitzwilly, United Artists, 1967
  • Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1969
  • (As Johnny Williams) The Reivers, Columbia, 1969
  • (As Johnny Williams) Story of a Woman (theme), Seven Seas, 1970
  • Jane Eyre, Silva Screen, 1971
  • Fiddler on the Roof, United Artists, 1971
  • The Cowboys, Varese Sarabande, 1972
  • (As John T. Williams) Pete `n' Tillie (theme), Decca, 1972
  • (Theme) The Poseidon Adventure, RCA Victor, 1972
  • "Dream Away," The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing, A & M, 1973
  • (Theme) The Paper Chase, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1973
  • Cinderella Liberty, Twentieth Century Records, 1973
  • (Theme) The Long Goodbye, Bluenote, 1973
  • Tom Sawyer, United Artists, 1973
  • (Theme) The Sugarland Express, Sony, 1974
  • Earthquake, Varese Sarabande, 1974
  • The Towering Inferno, Warner Bros., 1974
  • The Eiger Sanction, Varese Sarabande, 1975
  • Jaws, MCA, 1975
  • The Missouri Breaks, Liberty/United Artists, 1976
  • (Two marches) Midway, MCA, 1977
  • (Theme) Black Sunday, Pickwick, 1977
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Arista, 1977
  • (With London Symphony Orchestra) Star Wars, Twentieth Century Records, 1977
  • (With London Symphony Orchestra) The Fury, Varese Sarabande, 1978
  • Jaws II, Varese Sarabande, 1978
  • Superman, Warner Bros., 1978
  • (With London Symphony Orchestra) Dracula, Varese Sarabande, 1979
  • 1941, Bay Cities, 1980
  • The Empire Strikes Back, Varese Sarabande, 1980
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark, Polydor, 1981
  • Monsignor, Casablanca, 1982
  • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, MCA, 1982
  • "If We Were in Love," Yes, Giorgio, London, 1982
  • Return of the Jedi, Polygram/RSO, 1983
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Polydor, 1984
  • The River, Varese Sarabande, 1985
  • SpaceCamp, RCA, 1986
  • Empire of the Sun, Warner Bros., 1987
  • The Witches of Eastwick, Warner Bros., 1987
  • The Accidental Tourist, Warner Bros., 1989
  • Born on the Fourth of July, MCA, 1989
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Warner Bros., 1989
  • Always, MCA, 1990
  • Home Alone, CBS, 1990
  • Presumed Innocent, Varese Sarabande, 1990
  • Stanley and Iris, Varese Sarabande, 1990
  • (With Skywalker Symphony Orchestra) The Star Wars Trilogy, Sony Classical, 1990
  • JFK, Elektra, 1991
  • Hook, Epic, 1991
  • Far and Away, MCA, 1992
  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Fox, 1992
  • Schindler's List, MCA, 1993
  • Jurassic Park, MCA, 1993
  • Sabrina, A & M, 1995
  • Nixon, Hollywood, 1995
  • Sleepers, Polygram, 1996
  • Rosewood, Sony Classical, 1997
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park, MCA, 1997
  • Seven Years in Tibet, Sony Classical, 1997
  • Albums; Conductor with the Boston Pops Orchestra
  • Pops in Space, Philips, 1981
  • Pops on the March, Philips, 1981
  • That's Entertainment, Philips, 1981
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Philips, 1981
  • Pops around the World: Digital Overtures, Philips, 1982
  • Aisle Seat: Great Film Music, Philips, 1983
  • Out of this World, Philips, 1983
  • On Stage, Philips, 1984
  • (With Jessye Norman) With a Song in My Heart, Philips, 1984
  • (With Dudley Moore) Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf/Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite, Philips, 1985
  • Swing, Swing, Swing, Philips, 1986
  • (With James Ingram) America, The Dream Goes On, Philips, 1985
  • Bernstein by Boston, Philips, 1986
  • Pops in Love, Philips, 1987
  • Gustav Holst: The Planets, Philips, 1988
  • Digital Jukebox, Philips, 1988
  • By Request ... The Best of John Williams and the Boston Pops, Philips, 1988
  • Pops Britannia, Philips, 1989
  • Salute to Hollywood, Philips, 1989
  • Pops a la Russe, Philips, 1990
  • Pops by George, Philips, 1990
  • Music of the Night: Pops on Broadway, Sony Classical, 1990
  • I Love a Parade, Sony Classical, 1991
  • Tribute to Spielberg: The Spielberg/Williams Collaboration, Sony Classical, 1991
  • The Very Best of Boston Pops, PDG/Polygram, 1991
  • (With Tanglewood Festival Chorus) The Green Album, Sony Classical,1992
  • (With Tanglewood Festival Chorus) Joy to the World, Sony Classical, 1992
  • Unforgettable, Sony Classical, 1993
  • Night and Day: Celebrate Sinatra, Sony Classical, 1994
  • (With Nancy Wilson) It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing, Sony Classical, 1994
  • Music for Stage and Screen, Sony Classical, 1995
  • Space-tacular, PGD/Polygram, 1995
  • Williams on Williams: The Classic Spielberg Scores, Sony Classical, 1995
  • Summon the Heroes: The Official Centennial Olympic Theme, Sony Classical, 1996
  • Hollywood Sound, Sony Classical, 1997
  • Albums; Solo
  • Here's What I'm Here For, Bethlehem, 1957
  • The Johnny Williams Orchestra Plays Sounds from Screen Spectaculars, Craftsmen, 1957
  • Rhythm in Motion: Johnny Williams and His Orchestra, Columbia, 1961
  • Also recorded The John Towner Touch, Kapp, 1960s.
  • Albums; Conductor
  • (With London Symphony Orchestra) The Hollywood Sound, Sony Classical, 1997
  • (With London Symphony Orchestra and Judith Leclair) John Williams: TheFive Sacred Trees, Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra, Sony Classical, 1997
  • (With Pittsburgh Symphony and Itzhak Perlman) Cinema Serenade, Sony Classical, 1997
  • Albums; Arranger and Conductor
  • Pam Garner, Pam, Columbia, 1960
  • Mahalia Jackson, Every Time I Feel the Spirit, Columbia, 1960
  • Mahalia Jackson, I Believe, Columbia, 1960
  • Mahalia Jackson, Great Songs for Love and Faith, Columbia, 1960
  • Mahalia Jackson, Songs for Christmas: Silent Night, Columbia, 1960
  • Frankie Laine, Hell Bent for Leather, Columbia, 1960
  • Frankie Laine, Deuces Wild, Columbia, 1961
  • Vic Damone, Young and Lively, Columbia, 1961
  • Frankie Laine, Call of the Wild, Columbia, 1962
  • Frankie Laine, Wanderlust, Columbia, 1962
  • Johnny Desmond, So Nice!, Venise, c. 1962
  • Shelly Manne, My Fair Lady: UN-Original Cast, Capitol, 1964
  • Shelly Manne, Manne--That's Gershwin!, Capitol, 1965
  • Collaborator as conductor and arranger with Andre Previn on three albums,Andre Previn in Hollywood, Columbia, Sound Stage, Columbia, and Andre Previn Plays Music of the Young Hollywood Composers, RCA Victor.
  • Albums; Pianist
  • Henry Mancini, Peter Gunn, RCA Victor, 1958
  • Henry Mancini, More Music from Peter Gunn, LPM, 1959
  • (As member of Marty Paich Jazz Piano Quartet) Take Me Along, RCA Victor, 1959
  • Henry Mancini, The Mancini Touch, RCA Victor, 1959
  • Henry Mancini, The Blues and the Beat, RCA Victor, 1960
  • Henry Mancini, Combo!, RCA/LPM, 1960
  • Performed on other recordings as pianist, including The Johnny Ever Greens, with Russell Garcia and His Orchestra, ABC--Paramount; The Big Small Bands, by Dave Pell, Capitol; The Old South Wails, by Dave Pell, Capitol; Lawrence Welk's Big Band Sounds, Volume 4, by Dave Pell,P.R.I.; for pete's sake, by Pete Candoli, Kapp; Field's Formula, by Jerry Fielding, Decca; Hollywoodwind Jazztet, by Jerry Fielding,Decca; Prokofiev: Sonata/Ward-Steinman: Duo, by Edgar Lustgarten, Orion; and Luck to Be Me, with Jessye Norman, Philips.
  • Albums; Other
  • (With Henry Mancini, Herb Spencer, and Al Woodbury) Arranger, "The Disaster Movie Suite," RCA, 1976
  • The Official Music of the XXIIIrd Olympiad Los Angeles 1984 (includes "Olympic Fanfare and Theme"), Warner Bros., 1984
  • Summon the Heroes (performed at opening ceremony), 1996 Summer Olympics, Atlanta, GA
  • Recorded the song "Adventure on Earth."
  • WRITINGS
  • Film Scores
  • (Uncredited) My Gun Is Quick, 1957
  • Daddy-O (also known as Out on Probation and Downbeat), American International, 1959
  • I Passed for White, Allied Artists, 1960
  • (As Johnny Williams) Because They're Young, Columbia, 1960
  • (As Johnny Williams) The Secret Ways, Universal, 1961
  • (As Johnny Williams) Bachelor Flat, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1962
  • (As Johnny Williams) Diamond Head, Columbia, 1962
  • (As Johnny Williams) Gidget Goes to Rome, Columbia, 1963
  • (Co-composer) Stark Fear, Ellis, 1963
  • (As Johnny Williams) John Goldfarb, Please Come Home, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1964
  • (As Johnny Williams) The Killers (also known as Ernest Hemingway's The Killers), Universal, 1964
  • (As Johnny Williams) None But the Brave (also known as Yusha nomi), Warner Bros., 1965
  • The Katherine Reed Story, 1965
  • (As Johnny Williams) The Rare Breed, Universal, 1966
  • (As Johnny Williams) How to Steal a Million (also known as Howto Steal a Million Dollars and Live Happily Ever After), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1966
  • (As Johnny Williams) The Plainsman, Universal, 1966
  • (As Johnny Williams; and songs "A Big Beautiful Ball" and "My Inamorata,"with Johnny Mercer), Not with My Wife, You Don't, Warner Bros., 1966
  • (As Johnny Williams; and songs, including "The Sun Is Gray," with Gale Garnett, and "Penelope," with Leslie Bricusse), Penelope, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1966
  • (As Johnny Williams; and song "A Guide for the Married Man," with Bricusse) A Guide for the Married Man, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1967
  • (As Johnny Williams; and songs) Fitzwilly (also known as Fitzwilly Strikes Back and A Garden of Cucumbers), United Artists, 1967
  • (As Johnny Williams) Valley of the Dolls, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1967
  • (As Johnny Williams) Sergeant Ryker (also known as The Case against Paul Ryker, Torn between Two Values, and The Case againstSergeant Ryker), Universal, 1968
  • Daddy's Gone A-Hunting, National General, 1969
  • Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1969
  • (As Johnny Williams) The Reivers (also known as Yellow Winton Flyer), National General, 1969
  • (As Johnny Williams; and song "Uno di qua, l'altra di la," with A. Amurri) Story of a Woman (also known as Storia di una donna), Universal, 1970
  • Jane Eyre, British Lion, 1971
  • The Cowboys, Warner Bros., 1972
  • Images, Columbia, 1972
  • (As John T. Williams) Pete `n' Tillie, Universal, 1972
  • The Poseidon Adventure, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1972
  • The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1973
  • The Paper Chase, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1973
  • (And song "[You're So] Nice to Be Around," with lyrics by Paul Williams)Cinderella Liberty, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1973
  • (And song "The Long Goodbye," with Mercer) The Long Goodbye, United Artists, 1973
  • (Adapter) Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, Tom Sawyer, United Artists, 1973
  • Conrack, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1974
  • The Sugarland Express, Universal, 1974
  • Earthquake, Universal, 1974
  • The Towering Inferno, Twentieth Century-Fox/Warner Bros., 1974
  • The Eiger Sanction, Universal, 1975
  • Jaws, Universal, 1975
  • Family Plot, Universal, 1976
  • The Missouri Breaks, United Artists, 1976
  • Midway (also known as The Battle of Midway), Universal, 1976
  • Black Sunday, Paramount, 1977
  • (As John T. Williams) Star Wars (also known as Star Wars IV: ANew Hope and Star Wars: Episode IV--A New Hope), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1977
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind (also known as Watch the Skies), Columbia, 1977
  • Raggedy Ann and Andy, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1977
  • (From Close Encounters of the Third Kind) Fei taugh mo neuih (also known as Fei tou mo nu and The Witch with Flying Head),1977
  • The Fury, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1978
  • Jaws II, Universal, 1978
  • Superman (also known as Superman: The Movie), Warner Bros.,1978
  • (From The Eier Sanction) The End, 1978
  • Meteor, American International, 1979
  • Quintet, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1979
  • Dracula, Universal, 1979
  • 1941, Universal, 1979
  • (Includes "Yoda's Theme" and "The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)")The Empire Strikes Back (also known as Star Wars: Episode V--The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1980
  • (From Jaws) Airplane! (also known as Flying High), 1980
  • (From Superman) Superman II, 1980
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (also known as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark), Paramount, 1981
  • Heartbeeps, Universal, 1981
  • Monsignor, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1982
  • (Includes "Flying") E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (also known as E.T.), Universal, 1982
  • Yes, Giorgio, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1982
  • Return of the Jedi (also known as Star Wars: Episode VI--Returnof the Jedi and Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983
  • (With Ken Thorne) Superman III (based on Superman), WarnerBros., 1983
  • (From Jaws) Jaws 3-D (also known as Jaws 3 and Jaws III), Universal, 1983
  • (From Raiders of the Lost Ark) The Big Chill, 1983
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Paramount, 1984
  • The River, Universal, 1984
  • (From Superman) The Goonies, 1985
  • Emma's War, Curzon, 1986
  • SpaceCamp, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1986
  • (From Jaws; with Michael Small) Jaws: The Revenge, Universal, 1987
  • (Themes; with Alexander Courage) Superman IV: The Quest for Peace,Warner Bros., 1987
  • (Contributor of music) The Secret of My Success, Universal, 1987
  • (Includes "Balloon Sequence" and "Devil's Dance") The Witches of Eastwick, Warner Bros., 1987
  • Empire of the Sun, Warner Bros., 1987
  • Star Tours, 1987
  • (From Superman), Back to the Beach, 1987
  • (Uncredited; from Superman) Superman (also known as TheIndian Superman), 1987
  • The Accidental Tourist, Warner Bros., 1988
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Paramount, 1989
  • Born on the Fourth of July, Universal, 1989
  • Always, Universal, 1989
  • Stanley and Iris, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1990
  • Presumed Innocent, Warner Bros., 1990
  • (And song "Somewhere in My Memory") Home Alone, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990
  • (From various films) Wow!, 1990
  • (And songs "We Don't Wanna Grow Up," "When You're Alone," and "Pick 'em Up") Hook, TriStar, 1991
  • JFK, Warner Bros., 1991
  • (From Raiders of the Lost Ark) There's Nothing Out There, 1991
  • Far and Away, Universal, 1992
  • (And songs "Christmas Star" and "Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas") Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992
  • (From Raiders of the Lost Ark) The Making of Indiana Jed "Behind the Scenes," 1992
  • (From Raiders of the Lost Ark) Indiana Jed (also known as Indiana Jed & the Search for the Infinite Power), 1992
  • Jurassic Park (also known as JP), Universal, 1993
  • Schindler's List, Universal, 1993
  • (Uncredited; from Close Encounters of the Third Kind) Baazi, 1994
  • The Making of Steven Spielberg's "Jaws," 1995
  • Sabrina, Paramount, 1995
  • Nixon, Buena Vista, 1995
  • Sleepers, Warner Bros., 1996
  • Rosewood, Warner Bros., 1997
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park (also known as Jurassic Park 2, Lost World, and The Lost World), Universal, 1997
  • Seven Years in Tibet, TriStar/Mandalay Entertainment, 1997
  • Amistad, Universal/HBO Pictures, 1997
  • Saving Private Ryan, DreamWorks SKG, 1998
  • Stepmom, TriStar, 1998
  • Star Wars: Episode I--The Phantom Menace (also known as The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode I: The Beginning and Star Wars:The Balance of Force), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1999
  • Angela's Ashes, Universal, 1999
  • The Unfinished Journey, 1999
  • (Uncredited; from Jaws) Trail of Terror, 1999
  • The Patriot (also known as Der Patriot), Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2000
  • (Uncredited; from Midway) Pearl Harbor (also known as Pearl Harbour), Buena Vista, 2001
  • The Making of "Jaws 2," Universal Studios Home Video, 2001
  • John Williams: The Music of Jaws 2, Universal Studios Home Video,2001
  • Jaws 2: A Portrait by Keith Gordon, Universal Studios Home Video,2001
  • Artificial Intelligence: AI (also known as A.I. Artificial Intelligence), Warner Bros., 2001
  • Jurassic Park III (also known as JP3), MCA/Universal, 2001
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (also known as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone), Warner Bros., 2001
  • Star Wars: Episode II--Attack of the Clones (also known as StarWars II), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2002
  • Minority Report, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2002
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Warner Bros., 2002
  • Catch Me If You Can, DreamWorks, 2002
  • Also contributed to Garden of Cucumbers, Mirisch Corp.
  • Film Songs
  • The Stud, 1978
  • Best Defense, 1984
  • (From Jaws) Top Secret!, Paramount, 1984
  • (From Jaws) Terror in the Aisles, Universal, 1984
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Paramount, 1986
  • Hero, Columbia, 1992
  • Trail Mix-Up, Buena Vista, 1993
  • I Love Trouble, Buena Vista, 1994
  • Fast Food, 1998
  • Lethal Weapon 4, Warner Bros., 1998
  • Lost in Space, New Line Cinema, 1998
  • Quest for Camelot, Warner Bros., 1998
  • (From Raiders of the Lost Ark) The Rugrats Movie (animated), Paramount, 1998
  • Without Limits, Warner Bros., 1998
  • Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, Universal, 2000
  • Don't Say a Word, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2001
  • Big Fat Liar, Universal, 2002
  • Television Themes
  • Series
  • Bachelor Father, CBS, 1957-1959; NBC, 1959-1961; ABC, 1961-1962
  • (As Johnny Williams; with Pete Rugolo and Morton Stevens) Checkmate, CBS, 1960-1962
  • (As Johnny Williams) Alcoa Premiere, ABC, 1961-1963
  • The Wide Country, NBC, 1962-1963
  • Lost in Space, CBS, 1965-1968
  • (As Johnny Williams) The Time Tunnel, ABC, 1966-1967
  • Land of the Giants, 1968
  • American Collection theme, Masterpiece Theatre (also known as ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre and Mobil Masterpiece Theatre), PBS,1971
  • Amazing Stories, NBC, 1985
  • Television Music
  • Movies
  • Flashing Spikes, 1962
  • (As Johnny Williams) Score, "The Case against Paul Ryker," Kraft Suspense Theater, NBC, 1963
  • Nightmare in Chicago (also known as Once upon a Savage Night), 1964
  • Theme song, Code Name: Heraclitus, 1967
  • Score and song "A Place of My Own," with Rod McKuen, Heidi (also known as Heidi kehrt heim), NBC, 1968
  • The Screaming Women, 1972
  • (As Johnny Williams) Theme, Aliens from Another Planet, 1982
  • "Wicket's Theme," The Ewok Adventure, ABC, 1984
  • Lost in Space Forever, Fox, 1998
  • Specials
  • (As Johnny Williams) Score, "Jane Eyre" (includes "Reunion"), HallmarkHall of Fame, NBC, 1971
  • The Star Wars Holiday Special, 1978
  • "America, the Dream Goes On," I Love Liberty, ABC, 1982
  • Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi, CBS, 1983
  • Heroes and Sidekicks--Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, CBS, 1984
  • Song, Evening at Pops, PBS, 1987, 1988
  • "We're Lookin' Good!," The Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies, ABC, 1987
  • "The Olympic Spirit," 1988 Summer Olympic Games, NBC, 1988
  • 1988 Winter Olympic Games, ABC, 1988
  • Parade of athletes theme music, Victory and Valor: A Special OlympicsAll-Star Celebration, ABC, 1991
  • "Scherzo for Today," Today at Forty, NBC, 1992
  • The 1992 Summer Olympics, NBC, 1992
  • The Dallas Symphony Orchestra Presents: Amazing Music, Arts and Entertainment, 1995
  • The 68th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1996
  • The 1996 Summer Olympics, NBC, 1996
  • Itzhak Perlman: Behind the Music--A Video Companion to His "Personal Picks," PBS, 1998
  • America's Millennium, CBS, 1999
  • John Williams, Yo-Yo Ma, Frank McCourt and Patti Lupone, PBS, 2000
  • Theme, Cora Unashamed, PBS, 2000
  • 2000 Olympic Games, 2000
  • The 74th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2002
  • 2002 Olympic Winter Games, NBC, 2002
  • Pilots
  • (As Johnny Williams) Brilliant Benjamin Boggs, NBC, 1966
  • Episodic
  • General Electric Theatre (also known as G.E. Theatre), CBS,1953
  • Playhouse 90, CBS, 1956
  • Wagon Train (also known as Major Adams, Trail Master), NBCand ABC, 1957
  • (As Johnny Williams) M Squad, NBC, 1957
  • Tales of Wells Fargo (also known as Wells Fargo), 1957
  • Checkmate, 1960
  • Big G, 1962
  • The Virginian (also known as The Men from Shiloh), NBC, 1962
  • Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater (also known as The Chrysler Theater and Universal Star Time), NBC, 1963
  • Kraft Suspense Theatre, 1963
  • Gilligan's Island, 1964
  • (As Johnny Williams) Lost in Space, CBS, 1965-1968
  • The Kraft Summer Music Hall, 1966
  • The Tammy Grimes Show, 1966
  • (As Johnny Williams) The Time Tunnel, ABC, 1966-1967
  • Land of the Giants, 1968
  • (As Johnny Williams) The Cowboys, ABC, 1974
  • "Mission Theme," NBC News, NBC, 1985
  • Today (also known as NBC News Today and The Today Show), NBC, 1985-
  • Video Game Scores
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, 1982
  • Star Wars: The Arcade Game, 1983
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi--Death Star Battle, 1983
  • Star Wars: Jedi Arena, 1983
  • Star Wars, 1983
  • The Empire Strikes Back, 1985
  • Jaws, 1987
  • Super Star Wars, 1992
  • Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (also known as Indy 4), 1992
  • Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, 1993
  • Star Wars: Dark Forces, 1994
  • Indiana Jones' Greatest Adventures, 1994
  • Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, LucasArts Entertainment Company,1996
  • Star Wars: Jedi Knight--Dark Forces 2, LucasArts Entertainment Company, 1997
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, LucasArts Entertainment Company, 1998
  • Star Wars: Jedi Knight--Mysteries of the Sith, LucasArts Entertainment Company, 1998
  • Star Wars Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron 2 (also known as Rogue Leader and Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II), LucasArts Entertainment Company, 2001
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, LucasArts Entertainment Company, 2002
  • Video Game Themes
  • Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb, 2002
  • Other Compositions
  • Thomas and the King (musical), Entertainment Records, 1981
  • "Olympic Fanfare and Theme," The Official XXIIIrd Olympiad at Los Angeles, Warner Bros., 1984
  • Also composer of "Jubilee 350 Fanfare for the Boston Pops," 1980; "Liberty Fanfare," 1987; clarinet concerto, 1991; "With a Song in My Heart" and (with Jessye Norman) "Swing, Swing, Swing"; "Essay for Strings"; two symphonies;and concertos for violin and flute.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Schirmer, 2001
    • Contemporary Musicians, Gale, Volume 9, 1993, Volume 28, 2000
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 4: Writers and Production Artists, St. James Press, 1996
    Periodicals
    • Down Beat, March, 1981, pp. 20-22, 64
    • People Weekly, June 23, 1980, pp. 47-48, 51-52
    • Popular Music and Society, spring, 1997, p. 59
    • Stereo Review, December, 1980, p. 74

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