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Composer John Williams, left, mingles with filmmaker Steven Spielberg on the red carpet at the 2016 AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Williams at the Dolby Theatre on Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Los Angeles.

SALT LAKE CITY — Award-winning American composer John Williams was born on Feb. 8, 1932, in Queens. According to Forbes, Williams holds more Academy Award nominations "than any other living person" with 50 nominations (five wins), just under Walt Disney's 59 nominations.

According to the John Williams' website, Williams has 20 Grammy Awards with 64 Grammy Award nominations and four Golden Globe Awards with 22 Golden Globe Award nominations. He holds 22 honorary degrees from various colleges and universities, including The Juilliard School and Harvard University.

Forbes said the Steven Spielberg and Williams duo has remained for all of Spielberg's films except two, "Bridge of Spies" and "The Color Purple." According to IMDb, it was Spielberg who recommended Williams to George Lucas.

In addition to Williams' impressive collection on awards and nominations, he is known for writing the themes for "NBC Nightly News," NBC's "Sunday Night Football" and the Olympic Games, according to Forbes.

The following are some of Williams most popular and award-winning film scores:

  • "Jaws" (1975) — Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score; Academy Award for Original Score; Grammy Award for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BX3bN5YeiQs

  • "Star Wars" (1977) — Academy Award for Original Score; Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score; Grammy Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture; the "Main Title" from "Star Wars" received a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2J5Oifxp7w&index=2&list=PLeigbpMXUkYlKcypDJRIUDuyz2HtGGEk0

  • "E.T." (1982) — Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score; Academy Award for Original Score; Grammy Award for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture; "Flying," the theme from "E.T.," received Grammy Awards for Best Instrumental Composition and Best Arrangement on an Instrumental Recording.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O15x-B8PgeE

  • "Fiddler on the Roof" (1971) — Academy Award for Scoring: Adaptation and Original Song Score

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXE1z2T8pvQ

  • "Schindler’s List" (1993) — Academy Award for Original Score; Grammy Award for Instrumental Composition for a Motion Picture or Television

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNSsv86lsok

  • "Superman" (1979) — Grammy Award for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture; "Main Title Theme" from "Superman" won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9vrfEoc8\_g

  • "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) — Grammy Awards for Best Instrumental Composition and Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCzGXiAWuoI&index=2&list=PLeigbpMXUkYm9yh32UAjGL-ozEVn0fQNi

  • "Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) — Grammy Award for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgncJgSbbck

  • "Saving Private Ryan" (1998) — Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture Or For Television

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-lyqc0ZDCA

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Williams is also known for his work on the first three films in the "Harry Potter" series. He received Academy Award nominations for Original Score for "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (2001) and "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (2004).

He received Grammy Award nominations for Best Instrumental Composition for "Hedwig's Theme" from "Harry Potter and the Sorcerers' Stone" and Best Score Soundtrack Album For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media for all first three "Harry Potter" movies.