Iconic Film Composer John Williams Celebrates 90th Birthday
It is nearly impossible to measure the impact that John Williams has had on the film world. His legendary career spans seven decades and today, he turned he celebrates his 90th birthday.
Williams has the second most Academy Award nominations of all time with 52 behind none other than Walt Disney himself. He has won five of those Academy Awards, 25 Grammy Awards and four Golden Globes amongst a variety of other major wins and achievements.
Williams first major award winning score came back in 1975 when he scored the infamous Steven Spielberg summer blockbuster, “Jaws.” His stretch of films that he scored after “Jaws” is one of the more impressive stretches in all of Hollywood history.
Such films include, the “Star Wars” saga, “Superman,” “Close encounters of the third kind,” “Indiana Jones,” “E.T the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Home Alone,” “Hook,” “Jurassic Park,” “Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan” and the “Harry Potter” franchise.
Despite Williams reaching the incredible landmark that is 90 years old, he is not showing any signs of slowing down. He is currently hard at work scoring Steven Spielberg’s next film titled “The Fabelmans.”
The film is loosely based off of Spielberg’s life and is slated to hit the big screen on November 23rd of this year. This will mark the 29th time that the iconic composer will team up with the equally iconic director in Steven Spielberg.
Also on Williams to do list, is Indiana Jones 5. The newest and reportedly the last of the film franchise, has gone through multiple delays up to this point since its first announcement way back in 2017.
It is currently slated to arrive mid 2023 and it will be the first film in the franchise to be released underneath the current Disney ownership of Lucasfilm.
Williams is also planning to be involved with future live performances as well. He spent 14 years as the Director of Music for the “Boston Pops” and plans to perform live several times this coming year. He currently is scheduled to perform in a 90th birthday celebration in Washington D.C this coming June.
Williams once said, “so much of what we do is ephemeral and quickly forgotten, even by ourselves, so it is gratifying to have something you have done linger in peoples memories.”
Fans of Williams will continue to celebrate him for different films and may debate his greatest score forever. However, there can be no debate that his scores will continue to “linger” in our minds.
Happy 90th birthday to John Williams.
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