Composer John Williams is 92 & May Never Retire

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Composer John Williams is responsible for some of the greatest movie scores of all time including Jaws, Jurassic Park, and Star Wars. Now, at 92 years old, he is enjoying some downtime but admitted that he doesn’t think he will ever be able to retire fully. His most recent work was composing music for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny and at the time, admitted that it may be his last film.

However, he revealed that there is one person that he will never say no to if they ask him to do some work. That person is the iconic Steven Spielberg. The pair have worked together in many films and Williams shared, “Well, Steven is a lot of things. He’s a director, he’s a producer, he’s a studio head, he’s a writer, he’s a philanthropist, he’s an educator. One thing he isn’t is a man you can say no to.”

Honoree John Williams and director Steven Spielberg arrive at the American Film Institutes 44th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to John Williams at Dolby Theatre on June 9, 2016 in Hollywood, California

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He added that he doesn’t like to live in extremes or confirm that he is working versus retiring. Of course, things in life always change. Williams continued, “If a film came along that I was greatly interested in, with a schedule that I could cope with, then I wouldn’t want to rule anything out. Everything is possible. All is before us. Only our limitations are holding us back. Or, to put it more simply: I like to keep an open mind.” Now, that is truly some great advice for anyone!

Honoree composer John Williams arrives at the 27th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, December 5, 2004 in Washington, D.C.

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You can watch his latest work in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny now on Disney+ and find out if the score he created for the film will be nominated for an Oscar on January 23, 2024. Tell us, what is your favorite score that he created? Check out a few of them in the video below and share your thoughts with us in the comments!

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