We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

How Will Composer John Williams Conclude His Illustrious Film Career?

Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGEEK is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGEEK, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

John Williams is among the most influential and recognizable film composers of all time. His career has spanned seven decades, during which he has composed some of the world’s most iconic film music, including the scores to Star Wars (which the American Film Institute named the greatest score of all time in 2005), Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, and Harry Potter. The list just goes on and on.

Williams has been awarded with five Oscars (though nominated 52 times), four Golden Globes, 25 Grammys, and seven British Academy Film Awards. It's hard to overstate his influence on pop culture over the years, but all good things must come to an end. Williams, who turned 90 in February, has strongly suggested that he will retire from film score composing after the fifth Indiana Jones film, which is set to hit theaters in June 2023.

However, there's good news – after his retirement from such an incredible movie career, John Williams has no intention of throwing in the towel completely. He plans to focus on composing independent symphony and orchestra pieces.

Even though he will step away from the world of film composing, Williams maintains that he will always be enchanted by cinema, which he believes has a tremendous future. “I’d love to be around in 100 years to see what people are doing with film and sound,” he told the Associated Press. “I’d love to come back and see and hear it all.”

The king of Hollywood music:

  • Of the top 25 highest-grossing films of all time in the United States, John Williams composed the score for nine of them.

  • The 1967 film Valley of the Dolls earned John Williams his first Academy Award nomination for scoring. In 1971, he won his first Academy Award for his score adaptation for the film Fiddler on the Roof.

  • Steven Spielberg and John Williams enjoyed decades of successful collaboration together. Spielberg was responsible for recommending Williams to George Lucas to compose the music for Star Wars.

WiseGEEK is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Discussion Comments

WiseGEEK, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGEEK, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.