John Williams is a music composer who has produced many film scores. He is also a pianist and his career span has exceeded over six decades. He is only the second person to have received 50 Academy nominations in his career. Williams has frequently collaborated with filmmaker Steven Speilberg. Some of the popular films, where has composed music includes, ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘Star Wars’ series, ‘Indiana Jones’ series,’ ‘E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial’, ‘Superman’, and Jaws.
He has also composed music for the Olympic Games, NBC News, and the TV series ‘Land of the Giants’ and ‘Lost in Space’. The estimated net worth of John Williams is $110 million US dollars. Williams has provided music in three ‘Harry Potter’ films, and two ‘Home Alone films.
John Towner Williams was born in Floral Park, New York on February 8, 1932. His parents were Johnny Williams and Esther Williams. His father was a jazz percussionist who used to play Raymond Scott Quintet. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1948. Williams went to North Hollywood High School and graduated in 1950. Following that, he went to University of California, Los Angeles and also used to study with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, the Italian composer.
He also went to Los Angeles City College for a semester. He was drafted in the United States Air Force in 1952. Williams used to arrange music in ‘The U.S. Air Force Band’. After, leaving Air Force, he went to Juilliard School in 1955. He used to work as a jazz pianist in various jazz clubs in New York City. He later moved to Los Angeles and used to compose music for several TV programmes in the 50s and 60s.
In 1956, John Williams married actress Barbara Ruick. They have three children together named Jennifer, Mark Towner Williams, and Joseph. Ruick died in 1974 and in 1980, he married photographer Samantha Winslow.
In 1967, John Williams composed music for the film ‘Valley of the Dolls’, for which he received his first Oscar nomination. He won his first Academy Award in 1971, for the film ‘Fiddler on the Roof’. In 1974, he composed music for the directorial debut of Steven Speilberg in ‘The Sugarland Express’.
A year later, they worked together again in ‘Jaws’. This was followed by the film ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ and the 1977 movie ‘Star Wars’. In the 1980s, Williams provided music for the films ‘Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back’, ‘Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark’, ‘E. T. the Extra-terrestrial’, ‘The Witches of Eastwick’, and ‘Empire of the Sun’.
In 1993, he worked for two of Speilberg’s film ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘Schindler’s List’. He has also written numerous concert pieces and has performed in many cities. He has provided music all kinds of movies. In 2005, he scored music for the films ‘Saving Private Ryan’, ‘Munich’, and ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’. In 2011, he collaborated with Speilberg again for ‘War Horse’. In 2016, he composed music for ‘The BFG’.
John Williams has won 5 Academy Awards out of 50 nominations. He has won 3 Emmys out of 6 nominations and 4 Golden Globe Awards out of 25 nominations. He has also won 23 Grammy Awards and has won 7 British Academy Film Awards. He has received several other awards and honors.
How much is John Williams Net Worth in 2017
John Williams has composed music for many films. He has also composed music for 1984, 1988, and 1996 Olympic Games. He has appeared in many concert pieces and has provided numerous television themes. John Williams’s net worth is an estimated $110 million US dollars as of 2017.
He has done celebration pieces for numerous occasions like the wedding of Crown Prince Naruhito in 1993, Thomas and The King in 1975, Liberty Fanfare in 1986, Michael Dukakis’ presidential campaign in 1988, and for visiting the Duke of Edinburgh in 1992. In television, he has provided scores for ‘The Tammy Grimes Show’, The Time Tunnel’, ‘Land of the Giants’, and ‘Checkmate’.
John Williams was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Music from Boston College and Harvard University. He has been inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame American Classical Music Hall of Fame. In 2003, he received the Olympic Order from the International Olympic Committee.