One of cinema's all-time greatest composers who wrote the theme music for Star Wars, Superman, and Indiana Jones. He also composed one of the most recognized theme songs in history, for Jaws, which won the 1975 Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic Score.
He was drafted into the U.S. Air Force in 1952, during which time he arranged and conducted for The U.S. Air Force Band.
He also composed theme music for Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, the first three Harry Potter films, Catch Me If You Can, Memoirs of a Geisha, War Horse, Lincoln, and Family Plot, Alfred Hitchcock's last film.
He fathered three children with first wife, actress Barbara Ruick, and married second wife, Samantha Winslow, in 1980.
His lengthy collaboration with Steven Spielberg began in 1974 with The Sugarland Express, Spielberg's feature film debut.