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Williams, John (I) Biography




biography of Williams, John (I)

Williams, John Towner
8 February 1932, Flushing, Queens, New York City, New York, USA
5' 11 1/2"
As one of the best known, awarded, and financially successful composers in US history, John Williams is as easy to recall as 'John Philip Sousa (I)' (qv), 'Aaron Copland' (qv) or 'Leonard Bernstein' (qv), illustrating why he is "America's composer" time and again. With a massive list of awards that includes over 41 Oscar nominations (five wins), twenty-odd Gold and Platinum Records, and a slew of Emmy (two wins), Golden Globe (three wins), Grammy (18 wins), National Board of Review (including a Career Achievement Award), Saturn (six wins), and BAFTA (seven wins) citations, along with honorary doctorate degrees numbering in the teens, Williams is undoubtedly one of the most respected composers for Cinema. He's led countless national and international orchestras, most notably as the nineteenth conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra from 1980-1993, helming three Pops tours of the US and Japan during his tenure. He currently serves as the Pop's Conductor Laureate. Also to his credit is a parallel career as an author of serious, and some not-so-serious, concert works - performed by the likes of 'Mstislav Rostropovich' (qv), 'André Previn' (qv), 'Itzhak Perlman' (qv), 'Yo-Yo Ma' (qv), 'Gil Shaham' (qv), 'Leonard Slatkin' (qv), 'James Ingram (I)' (qv), Dale Clevenger, and 'Joshua Bell (I)' (qv). Of particular interests are his Essay for Strings, a jazzy Prelude & Fugue, the multimedia presentation American Journey (aka The Unfinished Journey (1999)), a Sinfonietta for Winds, a song cycle featuring poems by 'Rita Dove' (qv), concerti for flute, violin, clarinet, trumpet, tuba, cello, bassoon and horn, fanfares for the 1984, 1988 and 1996 Summer Olympics, the 2002 Winter Olympics, and a song co-written with 'Alan Bergman' (qv) and 'Marilyn Bergman' (qv) for the Special Olympics! But such a list probably warrants a more detailed background... Born in Long Island, New York on February 8, 1932, John Towner Williams discovered music almost immediately, due in no small measure to being the son of a percussionist for CBS Radio and the Raymond Scott Quintet. After moving to Los Angeles in 1948, the young pianist and leader of his own jazz band started experimenting with arranging tunes; at age 15, he determined he was going to become a concert pianist; at 19, he premiered his first original composition, a piano sonata. He attended both UCLA and the Los Angeles City College, studying orchestration under MGM musical associate 'Robert Van Eps' (qv) and being privately tutored by composer 'Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco' (qv), until conducting for the first time during three years with the U.S. Air Force. His return to the states brought him to Julliard, where renowned piano pedagogue Madame Rosina Lhevinne helped Williams hone his performance skills. He played in jazz clubs to pay his way; still, she encouraged him to focus on composing. So it was back to L.A., with the future maestro ready to break into the Hollywood scene. Williams found work with the Hollywood studios as a piano player, eventually accompanying such fare such as the TV series _"Peter Gunn" (1958)_ (qv), _South Pacific (1958)_ (qv), _Some Like It Hot (1959)_ (qv), _The Apartment (1960)_ (qv), and _To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)_ (qv), as well as forming a surprising friendship with 'Bernard Herrmann (I)' (qv). At age 24, "Johnny Williams" became a staff arranger at Columbia and then at 20th Century-Fox, orchestrating for 'Alfred Newman' (qv) and 'Lionel Newman' (qv), 'Dimitri Tiomkin' (qv), 'Franz Waxman' (qv), and other Golden Age notables. In the field of popular music, he performed and arranged for the likes of 'Vic Damone' (qv), 'Doris Day (I)' (qv), and 'Mahalia Jackson' (qv)... all while courting actress/singer 'Barbara Ruick' (qv), who became his wife until her death in 1974. John & Barbara had three children; their daughter is now a doctor, and their two sons, 'Joseph Williams (I)' (qv) and Mark Towner Williams, are rock musicians. The orchestrating gigs led to serious composing jobs for television, notably _"Alcoa Premiere" (1961)_ (qv), _"Checkmate" (1960)_ (qv), _"Gilligan's Island" (1964)_ (qv), _"Lost in Space" (1965)_ (qv), _"Land of the Giants" (1968)_ (qv), and his Emmy-winning scores for _Heidi (1968) (TV)_ (qv) and _Jane Eyre (1970) (TV)_ (qv). _Daddy-O (1958)_ (qv) and _Because They're Young (1960)_ (qv) brought his original music to the big theatres, but he was soon typecast doing comedies. His efforts in the genre helped guarantee his work on 'William Wyler' (qv)'s _How to Steal a Million (1966)_ (qv), however, a major picture that immediately led to larger projects. Of course, his arrangements continued to garner attention, and he won his first Oscar for adapting _Fiddler on the Roof (1971)_ (qv). During the '70s, he was King of Disaster Scores with _The Poseidon Adventure (1972)_ (qv), _Earthquake (1974)_ (qv) and _The Towering Inferno (1974)_ (qv). His psychological score for _Images (1972)_ (qv) remains one of the most innovative works in soundtrack history. But his Americana - particularly _The Reivers (1969)_ (qv) - is what caught the ear of director 'Steven Spielberg' (qv), then preparing for his first feature, _The Sugarland Express (1974)_ (qv). When Spielberg reunited with Williams on _Jaws (1975)_ (qv), they established themselves as a blockbuster team, the composer gained his first Academy Award for Original Score, and Spielberg promptly recommended Williams to a friend, 'George Lucas (I)' (qv). In 1977, John Williams re-popularized the epic cinema sound of 'Erich Wolfgang Korngold' (qv), 'Franz Waxman' (qv) and other composers from the Hollywood Golden Age: _Star Wars (1977)_ (qv) became the best selling score-only soundtrack of all time, and spawned countless musical imitators. For the next five years, though the music in Hollywood changed, John Williams wrote big, brassy scores for big, brassy films - _The Fury (1978)_ (qv), _Superman (1978)_ (qv), _1941 (1979)_ (qv), _Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)_ (qv) ... An experiment during this period, _Heartbeeps (1981)_ (qv), flopped. There was a long-term change of pace, nonetheless, as Williams fell in love with an interior designer and married once more. _E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)_ (qv) brought about his third Oscar, and _The River (1984)_ (qv), _Empire of the Sun (1987)_ (qv), _The Accidental Tourist (1988)_ (qv) and _Born on the Fourth of July (1989)_ (qv) added variety to the 1980s, as he returned to television with work on _"Amazing Stories" (1985)_ (qv) and themes for NBC, including _"NBC Nightly News" (1970)_ (qv). The '80s also brought the only exceptions to the composer's collaboration with 'Steven Spielberg' (qv) - others scored both Spielberg's segment of _Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)_ (qv) and _The Color Purple (1985)_ (qv). Intending to retire, the composer's output became sporadic during the 1990s, particularly after the exciting _Jurassic Park (1993)_ (qv) and the masterful, Oscar-winning _Schindler's List (1993)_ (qv). This lighter workload, coupled with a number of hilarious references on _"The Simpsons" (1989)_ (qv) actually seemed to renew interest in his music. Two Home Alone films (1990, 1992), _JFK (1991)_ (qv), _Nixon (1995)_ (qv), _Sleepers (1996)_ (qv), _Seven Years in Tibet (1997)_ (qv), _Saving Private Ryan (1998)_ (qv), _Angela's Ashes (1999)_ (qv), and a return to familiar territory with _Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)_ (qv) recalled his creative diversity of the '70s. In this millennium, the artist shows no interest in slowing down. His relationships with Spielberg and Lucas continue in _Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001)_ (qv), the remaining Star Wars prequels (2002, 2005), _Minority Report (2002)_ (qv), _Catch Me If You Can (2002)_ (qv), and a promised fourth Indiana Jones film. There is a more focused effort on concert works, as well, including a theme for the new 'Walt Disney' (qv) Concert Hall and a rumored light opera. But one certain highlight is his musical magic for the world of Harry Potter (2001, 2002, 2004, etc.), which he also arranged into a concert suite geared toward teaching children about the symphony orchestra. His music remains on the whistling lips of people around the globe, in the concert halls, on the promenades, in album collections, sports arenas, and parades, and, this writer hopes, touching some place in ourselves. So keep those ears ready wherever you go, 'cause you will likely hear a bit of John Williams on your way.
Jeffrey Wheeler (webmaster@jeffreywheeler.cjb.net)



-   'Samantha Winslow' (21 July 1980 - present)

-   'Barbara Ruick' (qv) (15 April 1956 - 3 March 1974) (her death); 3 children


-   Thundering theme pieces for major science fiction and fantasy films

-   Extensive use of leitmotifs in scores

-   Often scores the films of 'Steven Spielberg' (qv)

-   Known as the composer of some of the most recognizable themes in the history of film


-   Conductor of the Boston Pops for 12 years.

-   Composed for all but two of 'Steven Spielberg' (qv)'s feature films.

-   Composed his first symphony at the urging of fellow film composer 'Bernard Herrmann (I)' (qv).

-   Performed the famous piano riff on the original recording of 'Henry Mancini' (qv)'s theme to _"Peter Gunn" (1958)_ (qv).

-   Father of composer and former 'Toto (XXIII)' (qv) lead singer, 'Joseph Williams (I)' (qv). The two worked together on _Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)_ (qv), collaborating on the song performed by the alien band in Jabba's Palace. However, the song was replaced for the Special Edition.

-   Worked extensively with the London Symphony Orchestra

-   Son of jazz musician 'Johnny Williams (II)' (qv), who was best known as the drummer in The 'Raymond Scott (I)' (qv) Quintette.

-   2002 distinguished him as the most Oscar-nominated living individual, with an astounding 41 nominations. In 2003 his total increased to 42, after receiving a nomination for _Catch Me If You Can (2002)_ (qv). In 2004, he received his 43rd nomination, for _Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)_ (qv).

-   In 2006, he tied 'Alfred Newman' (qv) for the most number of Oscar nominations (45) received by a composer-conductor, when he was nominated for "Memoirs of a Geisha" and "Munich".

-   Son-in-law of actors 'Mel Ruick' (qv) and 'Lurene Tuttle' (qv)

-   Is a recipient of the prestigious Connor Award given by the Phi Alpha Tau brotherhood of Emerson College located in Boston, Massachusetts.

-   Composer of the biggest-selling instrumental single of all-time, and the only one to be officially awarded Platinum status - 2 million units by the RIAA, Meco's recording of "Star Wars Theme and Cantina Band". And, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, Meco's "Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk" album also outsold Williams' soundtrack by 300,000 units.

-   (2004) Grand marshal, Tournament of Roses parade

-   Recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004, along with 'Elton John' (qv), 'Joan Sutherland (I)' (qv), 'Warren Beatty (I)' (qv), and 'Ossie Davis' (qv) and 'Ruby Dee (I)' (qv).

-   Attended UCLA, Los Angeles City College & Juilliard

-   Composed the score to 'Alfred Hitchcock (I)' (qv)'s final film.

-   Honorary Member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honrary Band Fraternity. Member of Boston University Chapter Theta Beta, Brother # 93, Nickname: "Pops"

-   Passed on scoring _Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)_ (qv), in favor of _Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)_ (qv).

-   Frequently works with 'Steven Spielberg' (qv), 'George Lucas (I)' (qv) and 'Chris Columbus' (qv).

-   Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1998.

-   During a live orchestral concert of film music in late 2004, Williams presented a tribute to the late 'Jerry Goldsmith' (qv), 'David Raksin' (qv), and 'Elmer Bernstein' (qv), explaining how he played piano on some of their scores at the beginning of his career. He joked "They were my former employers - I must have been something like 12 when I played for them.".

-   In 2005, his scores for _Star Wars (1977)_ (qv), _Jaws (1975)_ (qv), and _E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)_ (qv) were respectively ranked #1, #6, and #14 on the AFI's list of the Top 25 Film Scores in the past 100 years.

-   Composed the "Olympic Fanfare and Theme" for the 1984 Olympic Games, which were held in Los Angeles and was awarded a Grammy in 1985.

-   He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts on February 25, 2010 at the White House in Washington D.C. for his services and contributions to music.

-   He's an admirer of Japanese animation composer 'Yôko Kanno' (qv).

-   Was nominated for Film Composer of the Year in 2004 and 2011 by the International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA). He won in 2011.

-   In 2012, he surpassed 'Alfred Newman' (qv) as the most nominated composer in Oscar history with 42 nominations for Best Original Score when his scores for _The Adventures of Tintin (2011)_ (qv) and _War Horse (2011)_ (qv) were nominated for the award.


-   Composer and conductor of the theme "Summon the Heroes" for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, GA. Performed during the opening ceremony.

-   Director of the Boston Pops Orchestra from January 1980 to 1995.

-   Composed music for tag of DreamWorks SKG, co-founded by frequent collaborator 'Steven Spielberg' (qv).

-   Composed "Olympic Fanfare and Theme" for the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics.

-   Composed "The Olympic Spirit" especially for NBC Sports in celebration of the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics.

-   Composed "Call of the Champions" for the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics.

-   Composed extra music for the 20th Anniversary of _E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)_ (qv) and conducted a live orchestra for the premiere.

-   He composed special music for the E.T. ride, called "E.T. Adventure", at Universal Studios.

-   Wrote the foreword for "Greetings, Gate!: The Story of Professor Jerry Colonna" by Bob Colonna.


-   [about his friend, 'Jerry Goldsmith' (qv)] His chameleon adaptability was a prerequisite to longevity and success in Hollywood. We used to call him Gorgeous. He was the golden boy, a beautiful presence. His music had a freshness, and he had a freshness.


-   _Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)_ (qv) -> $100,000


-   "Dreamwatch" (USA), December 2002, Iss. 99, pg. 54-57, by: Marcel Anders, "Icon Interview: John Williams"

-   "Empire" (UK), August 1999, Iss. 122, pg. 81, by: Ian Freer

-   "Star Wars Insider" (USA), June 1999, Iss. 44, pg. 54-58, by: Scott Chernoff, "Score of Force"

-   "Total Film" (UK), September 1997, Iss. 8, pg. 74-79, by: David Thomas


-   "The New York Times" (USA), 24 January 2009, Vol. 158, Iss. 54,565, pg. C3, by: Daniel J. Wakin, "Actually Live Debut Set for Inaugural Composition"

-   "The New York Times" (Iceland), 23 January 2009, Vol. 158, Iss. 54,564, pg. A1 & A17, by: Daniel J. Wakin, "Frigid Fingers Played It Live; Sound on the Mall? Recorded"

-   "The Washington Post" (USA), 5 December 2004, Vol. 127, Iss. 366, pg. N4, by: William Booth, "Shark Attack?! John Williams Liked the Sound of That"

-   "Vox" (Hungary), June 1999, Iss. 26, pg. 86, by: Gábor Szilágyi

-   "Vox" (Hungary), May 1999, Iss. 25, pg. 82, by: Gábor Szilágyi

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Acting in movies

  1. 1M1: Hollywood Horns of the Golden Years (2013)
  2. 57th Annual Young Musicians Foundation Gala (2012)
  3. The 84th Annual Academy Awards (2012) (TV)
  4. Return to Jurassic Park: The Next Step in Evolution (2011) (V)
  5. "AFI's Master Class: The Art of Collaboration" (2011) {Steven Spielberg and John Williams (#1.1)}
  6. Conversations on Alex North's Spartacus: The Celebration of a Masterpiece (2010)
  7. Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 4: Sound and Music (2010)
  8. Deconstructing Dad: The Music, Machines and Mystery of Raymond Scott (2010)
  9. Dudamel: Let the Children Play (2010)
  10. Jaws: The Inside Story (2010) (TV)
  11. Music (2010)
  12. André Previn: All the Right Notes (2009) (TV)
  13. Bienvenido Gustavo (2009) (V)
  14. Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 1: The Magic Begins (2009) (V)
  15. Der Klang Hollywoods - Max Steiner & seine Erben (2009) (TV)
  16. Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me (2009) (TV)
  17. The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009)
  18. Adventures in Post Production (2008) (V)
  19. Closing: Team Indy (2008) (V)
  20. No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos (2008)
  21. John Williams: Creating a Musical Tradition (2007) (V)
  22. Movies Rock (2007) (TV)
  23. The Shark Is Still Working (2007)
  24. Behind the Tunes: Twilight in Tunes - The Music of Raymond Scott (2006) (V)
  25. Frankie Laine: An American Dreamer (2006) (V)
  26. Heart of a Hero: A Tribute to Christopher Reeve (2006) (V)
  27. Munich: Editing, Sound and Music (2006) (V)
  28. Munich: The Experience (2006) (V)
  29. The 78th Annual Academy Awards (2006) (TV)
  30. The Making of 'Home Alone' (2006) (V)
  31. The Music of 'Memoirs' (2006) (V)
  32. You Will Believe: The Cinematic Saga of Superman (2006) (V)
  33. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) {(#14.24)}
  34. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to George Lucas (2005) (TV)
  35. Scoring 'War of the Worlds' (2005) (V)
  36. The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) (TV)
  37. Within a Minute: The Making of 'Episode III' (2005) (V)
  38. "Parkinson" (1971) {(2005-12-24)}
  39. "Today" (1952) {(2005-05-05)}
  40. 'Saving Private Ryan': Music and Sound (2004) (V)
  41. 115th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade (2004) (TV)
  42. Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy (2004) (TV)
  43. In Flight Service: The Music of 'The Terminal' (2004) (V)
  44. Inside 'The Terminal' (2004) (TV)
  45. Landing: Airport Stories (2004) (V)
  46. The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (2004) (TV)
  47. The Revamping of Dracula (2004) (V)
  48. When Star Wars Ruled the World (2004) (TV)
  49. "Evening at Pops" (1970) {John Williams (#35.4)}
  50. "HBO First Look" (1992) {Inside 'The Terminal' (#11.14)}
  51. A Capitol Fourth (2003) (TV)
  52. Build a Scene (2003) (V)
  53. Scoring 'Catch Me If You Can' (2003) (V)
  54. The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) (TV)
  55. The Music of 'Indiana Jones' (2003) (V)
  56. A Centennial Toast to Symphony Hall (2002) (TV)
  57. Deconstructing the Spyder Sequence (2002) (V)
  58. Live at the Shrine! John Williams and the World Premiere of 'E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial': The 20th Anniversary (2002) (V)
  59. The 74th Annual Academy Awards (2002) (TV)
  60. The Music of 'A.I.' (2002) (V)
  61. The World of 'Minority Report': An Introduction (2002) (V)
  62. XIX Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony (2002) (TV)
  63. "E! True Hollywood Story" (1996) {Jaws}
  64. "Great Performances" (1970) {Josh Groban in Concert (#31.4)}
  65. "HBO First Look" (1992) {Catch Me If You Can (#9.22)}
  66. AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies (2001) (TV)
  67. Fiddler on the Roof: 30 Years of Tradition (2001) (TV)
  68. John Williams: The Music of 'Jaws 2' (2001) (V)
  69. Making 'Superman': Filming the Legend (2001) (V)
  70. Plotting 'Family Plot' (2001) (V)
  71. Sensurround: The Sounds of Midway (2001) (V)
  72. Taking Flight: The Development of 'Superman' (2001) (V)
  73. The Beginning: Making 'Episode I' (2001) (V)
  74. The Making of 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' (2001) (V)
  75. "CNN World Beat" (1998) {John Williams}
  76. The 41st Annual Grammy Awards (1999) (TV)
  77. The Stars of 'Star Wars': Interviews from the Cast (1999) (V)
  78. "Biography" (1987) {Steven Spielberg: An Empire of Dreams}
  79. In the Teeth of Jaws (1997) (TV)
  80. Making the 'Lost World' (1997) (V)
  81. The 69th Annual Academy Awards (1997) (TV)
  82. "The Charlie Rose Show" (1991) {(1997-08-08)}
  83. The American Film Institute Salute to Steven Spielberg (1996) (TV)
  84. The Making of '1941' (1996) (V)
  85. The Making of 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial' (1996) (V)
  86. The Making of Steven Spielberg's 'Jaws' (1995) (V)
  87. The 66th Annual Academy Awards (1994) (TV)
  88. John Williams Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1993) (TV)
  89. The Secret Policeman's Biggest Ball (1989) (TV)
  90. "Evening at Pops" (1970) {Carol Channing}
  91. "Evening at Pops" (1970) {Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle}
  92. Season's Greetings: An Evening with John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra (1988) (TV)
  93. Liberty Weekend (1986) (TV)
  94. From 'Star Wars' to 'Jedi': The Making of a Saga (1983) (TV)
  95. The 55th Annual Academy Awards (1983) (TV)
  96. Pavarotti & Friends (1982) (TV)
  97. The 23rd Annual Grammy Awards (1981) (TV)
  98. SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) (TV)
  99. Star Wars: Music by John Williams (1980) (TV)
  100. "Today" (1952) {(1980-01-23)}
  101. Science Fiction Film Awards (1978) (TV)
  102. The 20th Annual Grammy Awards (1978) (TV)
  103. The 50th Annual Academy Awards (1978) (TV)
  104. The Stars Salute Israel at 30 (1978) (TV)
  105. "Previn and the Pittsburgh" (1977) {The Music That Made the Movies}
  106. The 48th Annual Academy Awards (1976) (TV)
  107. The 44th Annual Academy Awards (1972) (TV)
  108. "Evening at Pops" (1970)
  109. "Johnny Staccato" (1959) {The Naked Truth (#1.1)}
  110. "Johnny Staccato" (1959) {The Shop of the Four Winds (#1.4)}

Composed music

  1. Lincoln (2012)
  2. The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
  3. War Horse (2011)
  4. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (2010)
  5. The Dream (2010/II)
  6. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
  7. A Timeless Call (2008)
  8. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  9. Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
  10. Munich (2005)
  11. War of the Worlds (2005)
  12. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
  13. The Terminal (2004)
  14. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
  15. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
  16. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
  17. Minority Report (2002)
  18. Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001)
  19. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
  20. The Patriot (2000)
  21. Angela's Ashes (1999)
  22. America's Millennium (1999) (TV)
  23. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
  24. The Unfinished Journey (1999)
  25. Stepmom (1998)
  26. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  27. Amistad (1997)
  28. Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
  29. Rosewood (1997)
  30. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
  31. Sleepers (1996)
  32. Nixon (1995)
  33. Sabrina (1995)
  34. Schindler's List (1993)
  35. Jurassic Park (1993)
  36. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
  37. Far and Away (1992)
  38. Hook (1991)
  39. JFK (1991)
  40. Home Alone (1990)
  41. Presumed Innocent (1990)
  42. Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
  43. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
  44. Always (1989)
  45. Stanley & Iris (1989)
  46. The Accidental Tourist (1988)
  47. Empire of the Sun (1987)
  48. The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
  49. SpaceCamp (1986)
  50. "Amazing Stories" (1985) {Ghost Train (#1.1)}
  51. "Amazing Stories" (1985) {The Mission (#1.5)}
  52. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
  53. The River (1984)
  54. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
  55. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  56. Monsignor (1982)
  57. Heartbeeps (1981)
  58. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  59. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  60. Dracula (1979)
  61. 1941 (1979)
  62. Jaws 2 (1978)
  63. Superman (1978)
  64. The Fury (1978)
  65. Black Sunday (1977)
  66. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
  67. Star Wars (1977)
  68. Family Plot (1976)
  69. The Missouri Breaks (1976)
  70. Midway (1976)
  71. Jaws (1975)
  72. The Eiger Sanction (1975)
  73. "The Cowboys" (1974)
  74. Conrack (1974)
  75. Earthquake (1974)
  76. The Sugarland Express (1974)
  77. The Towering Inferno (1974)
  78. Cinderella Liberty (1973)
  79. The Paper Chase (1973)
  80. The Long Goodbye (1973)
  81. The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973)
  82. Tom Sawyer (1973)
  83. Images (1972)
  84. The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
  85. The Cowboys (1972)
  86. Pete 'n' Tillie (1972) (as John T. Williams)
  87. The Screaming Woman (1972) (TV)
  88. Fiddler on the Roof (1971) (score)
  89. Jane Eyre (1970) (TV)
  90. Storia di una donna (1970)
  91. Daddy's Gone A-Hunting (1969)
  92. Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969) (uncredited)
  93. The Reivers (1969)
  94. Heidi (1968) (TV)
  95. Sergeant Ryker (1968)
  96. "CBS Playhouse" (1967) {Saturday Adoption (#2.2)}
  97. "Land of the Giants" (1968) {The Crash (#1.1)}
  98. Fitzwilly (1967) (as Johnny Williams)
  99. A Guide for the Married Man (1967) (as Johnny Williams)
  100. Ghostbreakers (1967) (TV)
  101. "Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre" (1963) {The Lady Is My Wife (#4.17)}
  102. "Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre" (1963) {Verdict for Terror (#4.20)}
  103. "The Kraft Summer Music Hall" (1966)
  104. How to Steal a Million (1966) (as Johnny Williams)
  105. The Plainsman (1966) (as Johnny Williams)
  106. The Rare Breed (1966) (as Johnny Williams)
  107. Not with My Wife, You Don't! (1966) (as Johnny Williams)
  108. Penelope (1966) (as Johnny Williams)
  109. "Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre" (1963) {Dear Deductible (#4.7)} (as Johnny Williams)
  110. "Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre" (1963) {The Sister and the Savage (#3.17)}
  111. "The Time Tunnel" (1966) {Rendezvous with Yesterday (#1.1)} (as Johnny Williams)
  112. John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! (1965) (as Johnny Williams)
  113. None But the Brave (1965) (as Johnny Williams)
  114. The Katherine Reed Story (1965)
  115. "Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre" (1963) {The Crime (#3.2)}
  116. "Gilligan's Island" (1964) {They're Off and Running (#1.28)}
  117. "Lost in Space" (1965) {Island in the Sky (#1.3)} (as Johnny Williams)
  118. "Gilligan's Island" (1964) {Three to Get Ready (#1.29)}
  119. "Gilligan's Island" (1964) {Water, Water Everywhere (#1.14)}
  120. "Kraft Suspense Theatre" (1963) {Four into Zero (#2.15)} (as Johnny Williams)
  121. "Gilligan's Island" (1964) {Big Man on a Little Stick (#1.21)}
  122. "Gilligan's Island" (1964) {Diamonds Are an Ape's Best Friend (#1.22)}
  123. "Gilligan's Island" (1964) {Little Island, Big Gun (#1.17)}
  124. "Gilligan's Island" (1964) {Plant You Now, Dig You Later (#1.16)}
  125. "Gilligan's Island" (1964) {St. Gilligan and the Dragon (#1.20)}
  126. "Gilligan's Island" (1964) {The Matchmaker (#1.25)}
  127. "Gilligan's Island" (1964) {The Return of Wrongway Feldman (#1.24)}
  128. "Wayne and Shuster Take an Affectionate Look At..." (1965) {Jack Benny} (as Johnny Williams)
  129. "Wayne and Shuster Take an Affectionate Look At..." (1965) {The Marx Brothers} (as Johnny Williams)
  130. "Wayne and Shuster Take an Affectionate Look At..." (1965) {The Monsters} (as Johnny Williams)
  131. "Lost in Space" (1965) {My Friend, Mr. Nobody (#1.7)} (as Johnny Williams)
  132. "Wayne and Shuster Take an Affectionate Look At..." (1965) {The Westerns} (as Johnny Williams)
  133. "Lost in Space" (1965) {The Hungry Sea (#1.5)} (as Johnny Williams)
  134. "Wayne and Shuster Take an Affectionate Look At..." (1965) {W.C. Fields} (as Johnny Williams)
  135. "Lost in Space" (1965) {The Reluctant Stowaway (#1.1)} (as Johnny Williams)
  136. "Wayne and Shuster Take an Affectionate Look At..." (1965) {Bob Hope & Bing Crosby} (as Johnny Williams)
  137. Nightmare in Chicago (1964) (TV)
  138. The Killers (1964) (as Johnny Williams)
  139. "Gilligan's Island" (1964) {Three Million Dollars More or Less (#1.13)}
  140. "Gilligan's Island" (1964) {Voodoo Something to Me (#1.3)}
  141. "Gilligan's Island" (1964) {Waiting for Watubi (#1.10)}
  142. "Gilligan's Island" (1964) {Wrongway Feldman (#1.5)}
  143. "Kraft Suspense Theatre" (1963) {Knight's Gambit (#1.20)} (as Johnny Williams)
  144. "Kraft Suspense Theatre" (1963) {Leviathan Five (#1.14)} (as Johnny Williams)
  145. "Kraft Suspense Theatre" (1963) {Once Upon a Savage Night (#1.21)} (as Johnny Williams)
  146. "Gilligan's Island" (1964) {Angel on the Island (#1.11)}
  147. "Kraft Suspense Theatre" (1963) {The Action of the Tiger (#1.16)} (as Johnny Williams)
  148. "Gilligan's Island" (1964) {Birds Gotta Fly, Fish Gotta Talk (#1.12)}
  149. "Gilligan's Island" (1964) {Goodbye Island (#1.8)}
  150. "Kraft Suspense Theatre" (1963) {The Deep End (#1.11)} (as Johnny Williams)
  151. "Gilligan's Island" (1964) {Marooned (#1.0)} (as Johnny Williams)
  152. "Gilligan's Island" (1964) {The Big Gold Strike (#1.9)}
  153. "Kraft Suspense Theatre" (1963) {The Robrioz Ring (#1.27)} (as Johnny Williams)
  154. "Kraft Suspense Theatre" (1963) {The Threatening Eye (#1.18)} (as Johnny Williams)
  155. "Gilligan's Island" (1964) {The Sound of Quacking (#1.7)}
  156. "Kraft Suspense Theatre" (1963) {The World I Want (#2.1)} (as Johnny Williams)
  157. Diamond Head (1963) (as Johnny Williams)
  158. Gidget Goes to Rome (1963) (as Johnny Williams)
  159. "Kraft Suspense Theatre" (1963) {A Hero for Our Times (#1.4)} (as Johnny Williams)
  160. "Kraft Suspense Theatre" (1963) {One Step Down (#1.6)} (as Johnny Williams)
  161. "Kraft Suspense Theatre" (1963) {The Case Against Paul Ryker: Part 1 (#1.1)}
  162. "Kraft Suspense Theatre" (1963) {The Case Against Paul Ryker: Part 2 (#1.2)}
  163. "Kraft Suspense Theatre" (1963) {The End of the World, Baby (#1.3)} (as Johnny Williams)
  164. "Kraft Suspense Theatre" (1963) {The Hunt (#1.9)} (as Johnny Williams)
  165. "Kraft Suspense Theatre" (1963) {The Long, Lost Life of Edward Smalley (#1.8)} (as Johnny Williams)
  166. "Kraft Suspense Theatre" (1963) {The Machine That Played God (#1.7)} (as Johnny Williams)
  167. "Kraft Suspense Theatre" (1963) {The Name of the Game (#1.10)} (as Johnny Williams)
  168. "Wagon Train" (1957) {The Kitty Pryer Story (#7.10)} (as Johnny Williams)
  169. "Empire" (1962)
  170. Bachelor Flat (1962)
  171. "Alcoa Premiere" (1961) {Flashing Spikes (#2.1)}
  172. "Alcoa Premiere" (1961) {Second Chance (#1.18)} (as Johnny Williams)
  173. "Checkmate" (1960) {Death Beyond Recall (#2.17)} (uncredited)
  174. The Secret Ways (1961) (as Johnny Williams)
  175. "Alcoa Premiere" (1961) {Moment of Decision (#1.4)} (as Johnny Williams)
  176. "Checkmate" (1960) {The Deadly Silence (#1.27)} (as Johnny Williams)
  177. "Checkmate" (1960) {The Gift (#1.23)} (as Johnny Williams)
  178. "Checkmate" (1960) {The Heat of Passion (#2.3)} (as Johnny Williams)
  179. "Checkmate" (1960) {Death by Design (#1.32)} (as Johnny Williams)
  180. "Checkmate" (1960) {The Human Touch (#1.15)} (as Johnny Williams)
  181. "Checkmate" (1960) {Don't Believe a Word She Says (#1.17)} (as Johnny Williams)
  182. "Checkmate" (1960) {Goodbye, Griff (#1.28)} (as Johnny Williams)
  183. "Checkmate" (1960) {Hot Wind on a Cold Town (#1.34)} (as Johnny Williams)
  184. "Checkmate" (1960) {Hour of Execution (#1.16)} (as Johnny Williams)
  185. "Checkmate" (1960) {Jungle Castle (#1.26)} (as Johnny Williams)
  186. "Checkmate" (1960) {Kill the Sound (#2.7)} (as Johnny Williams)
  187. "Checkmate" (1960) {Laugh Till I Die (#1.18)} (as Johnny Williams)
  188. "Checkmate" (1960) {Melody for Murder (#1.21)} (as Johnny Williams)
  189. "Checkmate" (1960) {One for the Book (#1.24)} (as Johnny Williams)
  190. "Checkmate" (1960) {Phantom Lover (#1.22)} (as Johnny Williams)
  191. "Checkmate" (1960) {State of Shock (#1.36)} (as Johnny Williams)
  192. "Checkmate" (1960) {Terror from the East (#1.14)} (as Johnny Williams)
  193. "Checkmate" (1960) {A Matter of Conscience (#1.20)} (as Johnny Williams)
  194. "Checkmate" (1960) {The Crimson Pool (#2.8)} (as Johnny Williams)
  195. "Checkmate" (1960) {A Slight Touch of Venom (#1.35)} (as Johnny Williams)
  196. "Checkmate" (1960) {Between Two Guns (#1.19)} (as Johnny Williams)
  197. "Checkmate" (1960) {Dance of Death (#1.29)} (as Johnny Williams)
  198. "Checkmate" (1960) {The Paper Killer (#1.25)} (as Johnny Williams)
  199. "Checkmate" (1960) {The Thrill Seeker (#1.33)} (as Johnny Williams)
  200. "Checkmate" (1960) {The Two of Us (#2.9)} (as Johnny Williams)
  201. "Checkmate" (1960) {Tight as a Drum (#1.31)} (as Johnny Williams)
  202. "Checkmate" (1960) {Voyage Into Fear (#1.30)} (as Johnny Williams)
  203. "Kraft Mystery Theater" (1960) (as Johnny Williams)
  204. Because They're Young (1960) (as Johnny Williams)
  205. I Passed for White (1960)
  206. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Bentley: The Gentleman Farmer (#3.17)} (as Johnny Williams)
  207. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Bentley and the Bartered Bride (#3.19)} (as Johnny Williams)
  208. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Kelly and the College Man (#3.25)} (as Johnny Williams)
  209. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Bentley and the Beach Bum (#3.35)} (as Johnny Williams)
  210. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Bentley and the Blood Bank (#3.33)} (as Johnny Williams)
  211. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Bentley and the Combo (#3.18)} (as Johnny Williams)
  212. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Bentley and the Majorette (#3.21)} (as Johnny Williams)
  213. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Bentley and the Travel Agent (#3.31)} (as Johnny Williams)
  214. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Bentley Meets the Perfect Woman (#3.30)} (as Johnny Williams)
  215. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Bentley's Birthday Gift (#3.37)} (as Johnny Williams)
  216. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Bentley's New House (#3.27)} (as Johnny Williams)
  217. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Bentley, the Model Citizen (#3.22)} (as Johnny Williams)
  218. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {A Man of Importance (#3.34)} (as Johnny Williams)
  219. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Bentley, the Stage Mother (#3.28)} (as Johnny Williams)
  220. "Checkmate" (1960) {Deadly Shadow (#1.8)} (as Johnny Williams)
  221. "Checkmate" (1960) {Death Runs Wild (#1.1)} (as Johnny Williams)
  222. "Checkmate" (1960) {Face in the Window (#1.5)} (as Johnny Williams)
  223. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Kelly: The Career Woman (#3.26)} (as Johnny Williams)
  224. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {The Blonde Issue (#3.20)} (as Johnny Williams)
  225. "Checkmate" (1960) {Interrupted Honeymoon (#1.2)} (as Johnny Williams)
  226. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {The Fishing Trip (#3.23)} (as Johnny Williams)
  227. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {The Fortune Cookie Caper (#3.24)} (as Johnny Williams)
  228. "Checkmate" (1960) {Lady on the Brink (#1.4)} (as Johnny Williams)
  229. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {The Very Friendly Witness (#3.32)} (as Johnny Williams)
  230. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {The Woman's Angle (#3.29)} (as Johnny Williams)
  231. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Where There's a Will (#3.36)} (as Johnny Williams)
  232. "Checkmate" (1960) {Moment of Truth (#1.10)} (as Johnny Williams)
  233. "Checkmate" (1960) {Runaway (#1.6)} (as Johnny Williams)
  234. "Checkmate" (1960) {Target: Tycoon (#1.7)} (as Johnny Williams)
  235. "Checkmate" (1960) {The Cyanide Touch (#1.3)} (as Johnny Williams)
  236. "Checkmate" (1960) {The Dark Divide (#1.9)} (as Johnny Williams)
  237. "Checkmate" (1960) {The Mask of Vengeance (#1.11)} (as Johnny Williams)
  238. "Checkmate" (1960) {The Murder Game (#1.12)} (as Johnny Williams)
  239. "Checkmate" (1960) {The Princess in the Tower (#1.13)} (as Johnny Williams)
  240. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Bentley and Grandpa Ling (#3.7)} (as Johnny Williams)
  241. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {East Meets West (#3.6)} (as Johnny Williams)
  242. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Kelly's Idol (#3.5)} (as Johnny Williams)
  243. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Bentley and the Beauty Contest (#2.19)} (as Johnny Williams)
  244. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Kelly's Secret (#3.14)} (as Johnny Williams)
  245. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Bentley and the Brainy Beauty (#3.12)} (as Johnny Williams)
  246. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Bentley and the Dog Trainer (#3.2)} (as Johnny Williams)
  247. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Bentley and the Gullible Guitarist (#3.4)} (as Johnny Williams)
  248. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Bentley and the Kleptomaniac (#2.11)} (as Johnny Williams)
  249. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Bentley and the Motorcycle (#2.17)} (as Johnny Williams)
  250. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Bentley Goes to Washington (#3.15)} (as Johnny Williams)
  251. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Bentley Plays Cupid (#3.13)} (as Johnny Williams)
  252. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Bentley the Proud Father (#2.14)} (as Johnny Williams)
  253. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Bentley's Double Play (#3.11)} (as Johnny Williams)
  254. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Bentley, Man of Steel (#2.16)} (as Johnny Williams)
  255. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Bentley, the Hero (#2.20)} (as Johnny Williams)
  256. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {A Key for Kelly (#3.10)} (as Johnny Williams)
  257. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Bentley, the Organizer (#2.18)} (as Johnny Williams)
  258. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {A Phone for Kelly (#2.12)} (as Johnny Williams)
  259. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Kelly, the Politician (#3.16)} (as Johnny Williams)
  260. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Kelly: The Golddigger (#3.8)} (as Johnny Williams)
  261. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {Peter Meets His Match (#3.1)} (as Johnny Williams)
  262. "Bachelor Father" (1957) {The Rescue of Rufus (#3.9)} (as Johnny Williams)
  263. "M Squad" (1957) {Death Is a Clock (#2.40)} (as Johnny Williams)
  264. "M Squad" (1957) {One Man's Life (#2.17)} (as Johnny Williams)
  265. "M Squad" (1957) {The Harpies (#2.25)} (as Johnny Williams)
  266. "M Squad" (1957) {The Star Witness (#2.21)} (as Johnny Williams)
  267. "M Squad" (1957) {The Teacher (#2.15)} (as Johnny Williams)
  268. "Wagon Train" (1957) {The Jenny Tannen Story (#2.38)} (as Johnny Williams)
  269. "Wagon Train" (1957) {The Kitty Angel Story (#2.14)} (as Johnny Williams)
  270. "Wagon Train" (1957) {The Swift Cloud Story (#2.27)} (as Johnny Williams)
  271. Daddy-O (1958)
  272. "M Squad" (1957) {Force of Habit (#2.6)} (as John T. Williams Jr.)
  273. "M Squad" (1957) {The Executioner (#2.11)} (as Johnny Williams)
  274. "M Squad" (1957) {The Trap (#2.5)} (as John T. Williams Jr.)
  275. "Wagon Train" (1957) {The Beauty Jamison Story (#2.11)} (as Johnny Williams)
  276. "Tales of Wells Fargo" (1957)
  277. "Playhouse 90" (1956)
  278. "Today" (1952) (1985-????)
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