John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor and pianist. He’s regarded as among the best film composers ever. He’s had a long relationship with director Steven Spielberg, composing the music for all but one (“The Color Purple”) of Spielberg’s leading feature-length movies. Williams has also composed numerous ancient concerti, and he served as the Boston Pops Orchestra’s principal conductor from 1980 to 1993; he’s now the orchestra’s conductor laureate. With 49 Academy Award nominations, Williams is the 2nd most-nominated individual, after Walt Disney. Williams was honored together with the yearly Richard Kirk award in the 1999 BMI Film and TV Awards, recognizing his contribution to film and television music. Williams was inducted to the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2000, and was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004.