33 Facts About John Williams

1. John Williams received the AFI Life Achievement Award in June 2016, becoming the first composer to receive the award.

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2. John Williams is the only composer to have three scores on the list.

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3. John Williams was made an honorary brother of Kappa Kappa Psi at Boston University in the late 1980s.

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4. In 2009, John Williams received the National Medal of Arts in the White House in Washington, DC for his achievements in symphonic music for films, and "as a pre-eminent composer and conductor [whose] scores have defined and inspired modern movie-going for decades.

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5. John Williams received an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from Boston College in 1993 and from Harvard University in 2017.

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6. John Williams won a Classic Brit Award in 2005 for his soundtrack work of the previous year.

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7. John Williams was honored with the annual Richard Kirk award at the 1999 BMI Film and TV Awards, recognizing his contribution to film and television music.

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8. John Williams married Barbara Ruick, an American actress and singer, in 1956.

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9. John Williams makes annual appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and took part as conductor and composer in the orchestra's opening gala concerts for the Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2003.

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10. In 1985, John Williams was commissioned by NBC to compose a television news music package for various network news spots.

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11. John Williams is the Pops' Laureate Conductor, thus maintaining his affiliation with its parent, the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

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12. John Williams never met Fiedler in person but spoke with him by telephone.

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13. John Williams is currently attached to score the fifth Indiana Jones film.

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14. John Williams contributed "The Adventures of Han" for the 2018 standalone Star Wars film Solo: A Star Wars Story while John Powell wrote the film's original score.

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15. In March 2017, John Williams scored the animated short film Dear Basketball directed by Glen Keane and based on a poem by Kobe Bryant.

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16. In February 2013, John Williams expressed his interest in working in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, stating: "Now we're hearing of a new set of movies coming in 2015, 2016.

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17. In 2012, John Williams scored Spielberg's film Lincoln and subsequently received his 48th Academy Award nomination.

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18. John Williams won an Annie Award for his score for The Adventures of Tintin in 2012.

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19. John Williams went on to score the film franchise's first three installments.

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20. John Williams was awarded a fourth Academy Award for this score.

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21. John Williams worked with director Richard Donner to score the 1978 film Superman.

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22. John Williams delivered a grand symphonic score in the fashion of Richard Strauss, Antonin Dvorak, and Golden Age Hollywood composers Max Steiner and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

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23. John Williams used a system of musical hand signals in the film that were based on hand signs created by John Curwen and refined by Zoltan Kodaly.

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24. John Williams scored the 1972 film The Cowboys, a western starring John Wayne and directed by Mark Rydell.

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25. John Williams broke through to win his first Academy Award for his film score in the 1971 film Fiddler on the Roof.

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26. John Williams received his first Academy Award nomination for his film score for 1967's Valley of the Dolls, and was nominated again for his score for 1969's Goodbye, Mr Chips.

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27. John Williams recorded with Henry Mancini the film scores of 1959's Peter Gunn, 1962's Days of Wine and Roses, and 1963's Charade.

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28. John Williams was a studio pianist, performing on film scores by composers such as Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, and Henry Mancini.

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29. John Williams worked with Mancini on the Peter Gunn soundtrack where his fellow musicians in the rhythm section included guitarist Bob Bain, bassist Rolly Bundock, and drummer Jack Sperling, many of whom were featured on the Mr Lucky television series.

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30. In 1952, John Williams was drafted US Air Force, where he played the piano, brass and conducted and arranged music for The US Air Force Band as part of his assignments.

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31. John Williams had originally briefly attended Los Angeles City College for one semester as the school had a Studio Jazz Band.

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32. John Williams composed the score for eight of the top twenty highest-grossing films at the US box office.

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33. John Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl's Hall of Fame in 2000, and was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004 and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2016.

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