John Williams Biography

John Williams Williams
February 23, 2018
First published on:February 23, 2018

Facts of John Williams Biography

Birth Nation: United States
Gender: Male

John Williams is one of the widely recognized personalities in the cinematic history. He is an American composer, conductor, and pianist who has won 24 Grammy Awards, five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, and seven British Academy Film Awards.

 

John Williams is married to his wife Samantha Winslow since 1980. Before Samantha, he was married to his ex-wife, Barbara Ruick.

John Williams Early Life and Education

John Towner Williams was born on February 8, 1932, in Floral Park, New York, to Johnny Williams and Esther Williams. His father was a jazz percussionist. He also has two brothers, Jerry, Donald and a sister Joan Williams.

[ CAPTION: John Williams ][ SOURCE: starwars.com ]

John Williams attended North Hollywood High School and graduated from there in 1950. Afterward, he joined the University of California where he studied privately with the Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Moreover, Williams also attended Los Angeles City College for almost one semester. Not only that, he also joined U.S Air Force in order to arrange music for the U.S Air Force Band as a part of his assignments.

After serving for U.S Air Force, Williams moved to New York in 1955 and joined Juilliard School. At Julliard, he learned piano with a professional pianist, Rosina Lhevinne

John Williams Career

John Williams came to the exposure after working as an orchestrator at film studios. During that time, he worked with several talented composers including Bernard Herrman, Alfred Newman, and Franz Waxman where he also recorded the film score's of 1959's Peter Gunn1962's Days of Wine and Roses, and 1963's Charade

Following his field of interest, later Williams started composing music for the films. His music became popular at a brief time. He composed music for movies such as Superman, StarWars, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Home Alone and so on. Besides, he also composed music for NBC news productions, Sunday Night Football, and The Nightly News.

John Williams has worked almost six decades as a composer, and pianist. Throughout that time, he has been nominated for 46 Academy Awards, 3 Emmy Awards, 21 Golden Globe Awards, and 44 Grammy Awards. In addition, he also received 7 British Academy Film awards. By 2000, he became the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. 

Youtube: John Williams wins Original Score 1978 Oscars;

John Williams Personal Life

The handsome and brilliant, Williams is a married man. He first married to an American singer and actress, Barbara Ruick in 1956. The couple together had three children including two sons, Joseph, Mark, and a daughter, Jennifer Williams. His son Joseph Williams is an American rock singer and Film score composer and Mark is a film score composer.

[ CAPTION: John Williams and his late wife, Barbara Ruick ][ SOURCE: Film Score Monthly ]

However, the tragic end came to their relationship after the death of Barbara Ruick. Later, Williams married to a photographer, Samantha Winslow in 1980. Since then, the couple has been living together. The couple does not share any children from their relationship. 

[ CAPTION: John Williams and his wife Samantha Winslow ][ SOURCE: Zimbio ]

John Williams Net worth

Six decades of hard work has really paid the composer, pianist, and conductor. As of 2018, his estimated net worth is of $100 million. The 86 years old talented artist is still strong enough. He attends various events along with his wife.

February 23, 2018
First published on:February 23, 2018
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