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John Williams

Lets face it, Star Wars just wouldn't be Star Wars without John Williams, the man behind the music of all six Star Wars films.

John Towner Williams was born in Floral Park, New York in 1932. The son of a percussionist for CBS radio, Williams' interest in music was sparked from an early age. He moved to Los Angeles with his family in 1948, and attended both UCLA and Los Angeles City College where he studied composition. After three years of service in the U.S. Air Force, Williams returned to New York where he studied piano at Julliard while also working as a jazz pianist.

Williams is known for his sweeping anthems and memorable themes. Over the years he has established himself as one of the greatest American film composers of all-time.

Notable Star Wars Songs
Main Theme (from A New Hope)
Imperial March (from Empire Strikes Back)
Duel of the Fates (from The Phantom Menace)
Battle of the Heroes (from Revenge of the Sith)
Across the Stars (from Attack of the Clones)
Yoda's Theme (from Empire Strikes Back)

Other Notable Films Score
Jaws (1975)
Superman (1978)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Home Alone (1990)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Schindler's List (1994)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone (2001)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban (2003)

Academy Awards
Fiddler on the Roof (1971) [Scoring: Adaptation and Original Song Score]
Jaws (1975) [Original Score]
Star Wars (1977) [Original Score]
E.T. (1982) [Original Score]
Schindler's List (1993) [Original Score]

Other Awards/Honors
Kennedy Center Honor (2004)


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