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Alan Silvestri
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Silvestri in 2009
Background information
Birth name Alan Anthony Silvestri
Born (1950-03-26) March 26, 1950 (age 73)
New York City, U.S.
Genres Film score, contemporary classical, jazz, ambient
Occupation(s) Composer, conductor
Years active 1972–present

Alan Anthony Silvestri (born March 26, 1950) is an American composer and conductor of film and television scores. He has been associated with director Robert Zemeckis since 1984, composing music for all of his feature films including the Back to the Future film series, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Forrest Gump, Cast Away and The Polar Express. Silvestri also composed many other popular movies, including Predator, The Abyss, Father of the Bride, The Bodyguard, The Parent Trap, Stuart Little, The Mummy Returns, Lilo & Stitch, Night at the Museum, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Ready Player One and several Marvel Cinematic Universe films, including the Avengers films.

He is a two-time Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee, and a three-time Saturn Award and two-time Primetime Emmy Award recipient.

Early life and education

Silvestri's grandparents emigrated in 1909 from the Italian town of Castell'Alfero, and settled in Teaneck, New Jersey. He grew up in Teaneck, and graduated in 1968 from Teaneck High School. He attended Berklee College of Music for two years. He was a drummer for a short time in 1966 with Teaneck-based rock band The Wildcats.

Career

Silvestri moved to Los Angeles in 1970. "I came to Hollywood in 1970 broke...I didn't even have any goals or plans. I didn't even go to movies. And I knew nothing about composers or composing," he said. In 1972, while he was working intermittently as a session guitarist, the producer of the low-budget action film The Doberman Gang asked him to score the picture. Silvestri agreed, despite a lack of experience: "I went out and bought a how-to-compose book by Earl Hagen... At one point I was using beer cans for percussion."

From 1978 to 1983, Silvestri was the main composer for the television series CHiPs, writing music for 95 of the show's 139 episodes.

Silvestri met film director Robert Zemeckis when they worked together on Zemeckis's film Romancing the Stone (1984). Since then, he has composed the music for all of Zemeckis's movies, including the Back to the Future trilogy (1985–1990), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Death Becomes Her (1992), Forrest Gump (1994), Contact (1997), Cast Away (2000), The Polar Express (2004), Beowulf (2007), A Christmas Carol (2009), Flight (2012) and The Walk (2015).

In 1989, Silvestri composed the score for the James Cameron-directed film The Abyss. Since 2001, he has also collaborated regularly with director Stephen Sommers, scoring the films The Mummy Returns (2001), Van Helsing (2004) and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009).

Silvestri has composed the scores for four Marvel Cinematic Universe films: Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), The Avengers (2012), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019). His themes and motifs from those films have been referenced and reprised by other composers in multiple other MCU films.

Silvestri has also composed music for television series, including T. J. Hooker (one episode), Starsky & Hutch (three episodes), Tales from the Crypt (seven episodes). In 2014, he composed the award-winning music for the science documentary series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. He wrote new songs with Glen Ballard for the live-action film adaptation of Disney's Pinocchio.

Personal life

Silvestri and his wife Sandra own a vineyard, Silvestri Vineyards, in Carmel Valley, California. He also has a wine tasting room for his vineyards on the ground floor of the Enchanted Oaks Building. He has a daughter and two sons. A licensed pilot, he flies his own jet aircraft.

Awards

Silvestri has received two Academy Award nominations: Best Original Score for Forrest Gump (1994); and Best Original Song for "Believe" on The Polar Express soundtrack. He also received two Golden Globe nominations: Best Score for Forrest Gump and Best Song for The Polar Express.

Silvestri received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music in 1995.

He has also received nine Grammy Award nominations, winning two awards: Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media for "Believe" from The Polar Express in 2004; and Best Instrumental Composition for "Cast Away End Credits" from Cast Away in 2002. His other nominations were for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special and Best Instrumental Composition, for Back to the Future in 1985, Best Album of Original Instrumental Background Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television, for Who Framed Roger Rabbit in 1988, Best Instrumental Composition, for "Who Framed Roger Rabbit Suite" in 1989, Best Pop Instrumental Performance, for "I'm Forrest...Forrest Gump (The Feather Theme)" in 1994, Best Instrumental Composition, for Avengers: Infinity War in 2018 and Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media, for Avengers: Endgame in 2019. During the 2005 Grammy Awards, Josh Groban performed "Believe".

He has won two Emmys, both for Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey – Outstanding Main Title Theme Music and Outstanding Music Composition for a Series for the episode "Standing Up in the Milky Way".

He has won the Saturn Award for Best Music three times, for his scores for Predator (1987), Back to the Future Part III (1989/90) and Van Helsing (2004).

On September 23, 2011, he received the Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award from the City of Vienna the yearly film-music gala concert Hollywood in Vienna.

Filmography

Film - 1970s and 1980s

Year Title Notes
1972 The Doberman Gang With Bradford Craig
1975 Las Vegas Lady
1976 The Amazing Dobermans
1978 The Fifth Floor
1983 Tiger Man Credited as Alan Sylvestri
1984 Romancing the Stone
Par où t'es rentré ? On t'a pas vu sortir
1985 Fandango
Cat's Eye
Back to the Future
  • Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Music
  • Nominated — Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Summer Rental
1986 The Clan of the Cave Bear
The Delta Force
American Anthem
Flight of the Navigator
No Mercy
1987 Critical Condition
Outrageous Fortune Won - BMI Film Music Award
Predator
  • Won - Saturn Award for Best Music
  • Won - BMI Film Music Award
Overboard
1988 Mac and Me
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • Also conductor
  • Won - BMI Film Music Award
  • Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Music
  • Nominated — Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
My Stepmother Is an Alien
1989 She's Out of Control
The Abyss Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Music
Back to the Future Part II Won - BMI Film Music Award

Film - 1990s

Year Title Notes
1990 Downtown
Back to the Future Part III
  • Won - Saturn Award for Best Music
  • Won - BMI Film Music Award
Young Guns II Themes by Anthony Marinelli and Brian Banks
Predator 2 Also conductor.
1991 Shattered
Back to the Future: The Ride Film in simulator ride
Soapdish Also orchestrator
Dutch Also pianist
Ricochet Also conductor
Father of the Bride Won - BMI Film Music Award
1992 Two-Fisted Tales
Segment: Yellow
  • Segment was extracted to become an individual episode of Tales from the Crypt
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
FernGully: The Last Rainforest Silvestri's first score for an animated film
Death Becomes Her Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Music
Diner Short film
The Bodyguard Won - BMI Film Music Award
Sidekicks
1993 In Search of the Obelisk IMAX film
Cop and a Half
Super Mario Bros. Replaced Jerry Goldsmith
Judgment Night Also conductor
Grumpy Old Men Won - BMI Film Music Award
1994 Clean Slate
Forrest Gump
Blown Away Also conductor
Richie Rich
1995 The Quick and the Dead
The Perez Family
Judge Dredd
Father of the Bride Part II Won - BMI Film Music Award
Grumpier Old Men
1996 Sgt. Bilko Also conductor
Eraser
  • Won - BMI Film Music Award
  • Also conductor
The Long Kiss Goodnight Also conductor
1997 Fools Rush In
Volcano Also conductor
Contact
Mouse Hunt
1998 The Odd Couple II Also conductor
The Parent Trap
Holy Man
Practical Magic
1999 Siegfried & Roy: The Magic Box
Stuart Little

Film - 2000s

Year Title Notes
2000 Reindeer Games Also conductor
Cast Away
What Lies Beneath
What Women Want Also conductor and orchestrator
2001 The Mexican Also conductor and orchestrator
The Mummy Returns
Serendipity Also conductor
2002 Showtime Also conductor and orchestrator
Lilo & Stitch
Stuart Little 2 Also conductor
Maid in Manhattan
2003 Identity
Stitch! The Movie Themes only. Score composed by Michael Tavera
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life
  • Also conductor
  • Replaced Craig Armstrong and Graeme Revell
Two Soldiers
  • Short film
  • Also conductor
2004 Van Helsing
The Polar Express
  • Also conductor
  • Won - ASCAP Award for Top Box Office Films
  • Nominated — Academy Award for Best Original Song
  • Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Music
  • Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song
  • Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Original Song
  • Nominated — World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film
2006 The Wild Also conductor
Leroy & Stitch Themes only. Score composed by J. A. C. Redford
Night at the Museum
2007 Beowulf
  • Also conductor and orchestrator
  • Nominated — World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Also conductor
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Also conductor and orchestrator
G.I. Joe: The Invasion of Cobra Island
A Christmas Carol Also lyricist, conductor and orchestrator

Film - 2010s

Year Title Notes
2010 The A-Team
  • Also conductor and orchestrator
  • Themes by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Also conductor and orchestrator
  • "Star Spangled Man" by Alan Menken with lyrics by David Zippel
  • Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Music
  • BMI Film Music Award
2012 The Avengers Also conductor and orchestrator
Flight
2013 The Croods Also conductor and orchestrator
RED 2 Themes by Christophe Beck
2014 Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Themes only. Score composed by Brian Tyler and Danny Elfman
The Walk
Doc Brown Saves the World Back To the Future series
2016 Allied
2018 Ready Player One Replaced John Williams
Avengers: Infinity War Score composer only. Score orchestrated and conducted by Mark Graham
"Black Panther Theme" by Ludwig Göransson
Welcome to Marwen Also conductor
2019 Avengers: Endgame Score conducted with Mark Graham
"Ant-Man Theme" by Christophe Beck
"Doctor Strange Theme" by Michael Giacchino
"Captain Marvel Theme" by Pinar Toprak
Nominated — Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

Film - 2020s

Year Title Notes
2020 The Witches Also conductor
2022 Pinocchio Also lyricist, conductor and orchestrator

Television series

Year Title Notes
1978–1979 Starsky & Hutch
  • Episodes:
  • "Deckwatch"
  • "Starsky's Brother"
  • "Sweet Revenge"
1978–1983 CHiPs 95 episodes
1983 Manimal
  • Episodes:
  • "Night of the Beast"
  • "Breath of the Dragon"
  • "Scrimshaw"
  • "High Stakes"
  • "Female of the Species"
T. J. Hooker Episode: "A Child Is Missing"
1986 Amazing Stories Episode: "Go to the Head of Class"
1989–1995 Tales from the Crypt
  • Episodes:
  • "And All Through the House"
  • "Abra Cadaver"
  • "Yellow"
  • "Beauty Rest"
  • "House of Horror"
  • "Till Death Do We Part"
  • "You, Murderer"
2014 Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music
2020 Cosmos: Possible Worlds

See also

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