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John Williams      

Conductor, Musician, Composer

John Williams was born in New York City on February 8, 1932. Williams— who studied at Juilliard— worked as a jazz pianist and studio musician before starting to compose for television and film. His career took off in the 1970s; since then, he has scored more than 100 films, including 'Jaws' (1975), the 'Star Wars' films, 'E.T.' (1982) and 'Schindler's List' (1993). Williams has won five Academy Awards and received a record-breaking array of nominations.

Though Williams is best known for his film scores, he has written other music, including concert pieces and the themes for several Olympic Games. Williams also regularly works as a conductor: In 1980 he became the conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, a position he held until retiring in 1993. Williams still serves as a laureate conductor for the Pops, and has also conducted the London Symphony and popular concerts at the Hollywood Bowl.

As of 2015, Williams has had 49 Academy Award nominations, making him the living person with the most nominations. He has won five Academy Awards: In addition to 'Fiddler on the Roof,' Williams received Oscars for 'Jaws,' 'Star Wars' (1977), 'E.T.' and 'Schindler's List.' Williams has also received three Emmy Awards and more than 20 Grammy Awards. In 2004, he was a Kennedy Center honoree and was given a National Medal of Arts in 2009.


John Williams to Receive AFI Life Achievement Award

The American Film Institute will honor composer John Williams with the 44th AFI Life Achievement Award.

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