Legendary composer John Williams is celebrating his 90th birthday today!
John Towner Williams was born in Floral Park, New York, on February 8, 1932. The prolific is composer, conductor, and pianist studied at Juilliard and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
His career has spanned decades. He has won 25 Grammy Awards, 7 British Academy Film Awards, 5 Academy Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards. He has 52 Academy Award nominations, which makes him the second-most nominated individual in history behind Walt Disney.
John Williams: The Composer Behind ‘Star Wars’, ‘Indiana Jones’ & Many More!
Although he is best known for composing music for the “Star Wars” Skywaker Saga, Williams has also composed multiple scores for “Jaws,” “Schindler’s List,” “Superman,” the “Indiana Jones” franchise, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” the first two “Home Alone” films, the first two “Jurassic Park” films, and the first three “Harry Potter” films. Williams has also composed the scores for nine of the top 25 highest-grossing films at the U.S. box office, adjusted for inflation.
In 2000, Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl’s Hall of Fame. In 2004, he received a Kennedy Center Honor for his work.
In 2005, the American Film Institute selected his score for 1977’s “A New Hope” as the greatest film score of all time. The Library of Congress also entered the “Star Wars” soundtrack into the National Recording Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” In 2016, he received the AFI Life Achievement Award, making him the first to be presented the award outside the field of acting and directing.
Many fans took to social media to wish John Williams a happy 90th birthday. Take a look!
Social Media Wishes John Williams A Very Happy Birthday!
— Star Wars (@starwars) February 8, 2022
Happy birthday to the legendary, John Williams!
Star Wars just wouldn’t be the same without you 💕 pic.twitter.com/Jp40NpBj7b
— Star Wars Stuff (@starwarstuff2) February 8, 2022
Happy 90th Birthday to the Living Legend John Williams!
— Star Wars Archival (@SWArchival) February 8, 2022
Happy 90th birthday to John Williams! May the Force be with you, always. pic.twitter.com/DpnX0gDOcH
— Star Wars Holocron (@sw_holocron) February 8, 2022
Happy 90th birthday to the GOAT John Williams! 🥳 pic.twitter.com/BLSYTs9JgS
— Star Wars Explained (@StarWarsExplain) February 8, 2022
— Drew Struzan (@DrewStruzan) February 8, 2022
‘His Music Is As Iconic As Anything You See On Screen’
Happy Birthday, JOHN WILLIAMS (b. Feb 8, 1932) 🎂
Would STAR WARS, JURASSIC PARK, INDIANA JONES, SUPERMAN, JAWS, and dozens of other films and film franchises be what they are without John Williams scores?
His music is as iconic as anything you see on screen. pic.twitter.com/5s4eVvOUcV
— Alex Vorkov (@AlexVorkov) February 8, 2022
A great composer and creator is 90. Happy birthday John Williams. pic.twitter.com/TKUHX4qsLH
— Classic FM (@ClassicFM) February 8, 2022
“Without John Williams, bikes don’t fly, nor do men in red capes. There is no Force. Dinosaurs do not walk the earth. We do not wonder, we do not weep, we do not believe.” – Steven Spielberg
Happy 90th birthday, John Williams! pic.twitter.com/xFw7InFhJ6
— cinesthetic (@TheCinesthetic) February 8, 2022
‘A Very Happy 90th To Composer John Williams’
A very happy 90th to composer John Williams!
“Music is there for everybody. It’s a river we can all put our cups into and drink it and be sustained by it.”
“To continue to work, to continue to love what you do, is certainly a contributing element to one’s longevity and health.” pic.twitter.com/O6pnA2dpR7
— Steven Isserlis (@StevenIsserlis) February 8, 2022
Happy 90th Birthday to the composer, John Williams 🎂
He has composed soundtracks for at least 119 films in his career, including:
Star Wars, Jurassic Park, ET, Jaws, Schindler’s List.
He also has:
🏆 25 Grammys
🏆 7 BAFTAS
🏆 5 Oscars
🏆 4 Golden Globes
Genius and legend. pic.twitter.com/MGncBuTl2r
— LADbible (@ladbible) February 8, 2022
Wishing a very happy birthday to movie music maestro, John Williams, who turns 90 today ✨💙 pic.twitter.com/Ve2htrHMsv
— Lost In Film (@LostInFilm) February 8, 2022
Today is John Williams’ 90th birthday.
Having composed iconic scores from E.T. and Jaws, to Harry Potter and Star Wars, it is undeniable that he is one of the greatest composers of all time! pic.twitter.com/6AqBLjkAFe
— Scala Radio (@ScalaRadio) February 8, 2022