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John Williams Overview:

Character actor, John Williams, was born John Towner Williams on Apr 15, 1903 in Chalfont, England. Williams died at the age of 80 on May 5, 1983 in La Jolla, CA and was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea off the coast of La Jolla, CA.


Tall, stately, and mustachioed John Williams was a British actor who never lost his essential Englishness despite living almost entirely in America from 1924. His film appearances are minor apart from his famous running role as inspector Hubbard in Dial M for Murder", which he played on stage, in film, and on television.  He began on stage as a boy of 13, playing John in "Peter Pan". During World War II, he served with the RAF and made a couple of movies in England. The John Williams who appears in 1935's Emil and the Detectives is not the same actor. 

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



John Williams was nominated for 30 Academy Awards, winning three for Best Music - Scoring for Fiddler on the Roof, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Schindler's List in 1971, 1982 and 1993 respectively.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1967Best Music - ScoringValley of the Dolls (1967)N/ANominated
1969Best Music - ScoringThe Reivers (1969)N/ANominated
1971Best Music - ScoringFiddler on the Roof (1971)N/AWon
1973Best Music - ScoringCinderella Liberty (1973)N/ANominated
1973Best Music - SongCinderella Liberty (1973)N/ANominated
1974Best Music - ScoringThe Towering Inferno (1974)N/ANominated
1977Best Music - ScoringClose Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)N/ANominated
1978Best Music - ScoringSuperman (1978)N/ANominated
1980Best Music - ScoringThe Empire Strikes BackN/ANominated
1981Best Music - ScoringRaiders of the Lost Ark (1981)N/ANominated
1982Best Music - ScoringE.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)N/AWon
1983Best Music - ScoringReturn of the JediN/ANominated
1984Best Music - ScoringIndiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)N/ANominated
1987Best Music - ScoringEmpire of the Sun (1987)N/ANominated
1988Best Music - ScoringThe Accidental Tourist (1988)N/ANominated
1989Best Music - ScoringBorn on the Fourth of July (1989)N/ANominated
1990Best Music - ScoringHome Alone (1990)N/ANominated
1991Best Music - ScoringJFK (1991)N/ANominated
1993Best Music - ScoringSchindler's List (1993)N/AWon
1995Best Music - ScoringNixon (1995)N/ANominated
1996Best Music - ScoringSleepers (1996)N/ANominated
1997Best Music - ScoringAmistad (1997)N/ANominated
1998Best Music - ScoringSaving Private Ryan (1998)N/ANominated
1999Best Music - ScoringAngela's Ashes (1999)N/ANominated
2000Best Music - ScoringThe PatriotN/ANominated
2001Best Music - ScoringA.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)N/ANominated
2002Best Music - ScoringCatch Me If You CanN/ANominated
2004Best Music - ScoringHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)N/ANominated
2005Best Music - ScoringMemoirs of a Geisha (2005)N/ANominated
2011Best Music - ScoringThe Adventures of TintinN/ANominated

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By Alyson on Mar 22, 2018 From The Best Picture Project

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have a once in a lifetime experience that any film fan or music nerd would kill for. I got to see conducting some of his most iconic film music, live with my hometown orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. I don?t want to exaggerate, but ... Read full article

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John Williams Quotes:

[Tony Preston calls late at night]
Inspector Byrnes: No, not at all, Mr. Preston. We're here to be disturbed.

Tony Wendice: What makes you think he came in by this door?
Chief Insp. Hubbard: His shoes.
Tony Wendice: His shoes?
Chief Insp. Hubbard: The ground was soaking wet last night. If he'd come in by the garden, he'd have left mud all over the carpet. As it is, he didn't leave any marks at all, because he wiped his shoes on the front doormat.
Tony Wendice: How can you tell?
Chief Insp. Hubbard: It's a fairly new mat, and some of its fibers came off on his shoes.
Tony Wendice: Oh, but surely...
Chief Insp. Hubbard: And there was a small tar stain on the mat, and some of the fibers show that as well. There is no question about it.

Chief Insp. Hubbard: So yesterday afternoon, I went to the prison and asked to see your handbag. While I was doing this, I managed to lift your latchkey. Highly irregular, of course, but my blood was up.

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

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

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