Alan Silvestri

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Alan Silvestri
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Silvestri in 2009
Background information
Birth nameAlan Anthony Silvestri
Born (1950-03-26) March 26, 1950 (age 69)
New York City, New York
Genres Film score
Occupation(s) Composer, conductor
Instruments Drums
Years active1972–present
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Alan Anthony Silvestri (born March 26, 1950) is an American composer and conductor known for his film and television scores.


He has frequently collaborated with director Robert Zemeckis, scoring such films as the Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit , Cast Away , and Forrest Gump . He is a two-time Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee, and a three-time Saturn Award and 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. [1] He grew up in Teaneck, [2] and graduated in 1968 from Teaneck High School. [3] He went to Berklee College of Music for two years. Silvestri was a drummer for a short time in 1966 with Teaneck-based rock band The Herd.


Silvestri started his film/television composing career in 1972 at age 21 composing the score for the low-budget action film The Doberman Gang .

From 1977 to 1983, Silvestri served as the main composer for the television series CHiPs , writing music for 95 of the series' 139 episodes.

Silvestri met film director Robert Zemeckis when the two worked together on Zemeckis's film Romancing the Stone (1984). Since then, Silvestri has composed the music for all of Zemeckis' 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, Silvestri 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 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 .

Personal life

Silvestri and his wife Sandra own a vineyard, Silvestri Vineyards, located in Carmel Valley, California. [4] He has a daughter and two sons and has a license to fly his own jet plane. [5]


Silvestri has received two Academy Award nominations, one for Best Original Score for Forrest Gump (1994) and one for 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 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music in 1995. [6]

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. [7] 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 was awarded with the Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award by the City of Vienna at the yearly film music gala concert Hollywood in Vienna.


1972 The Doberman Gang With Bradford Craig
1975 Las Vegas Lady
1976 The Amazing Dobermans
1978 The Fifth Floor
1983Tiger ManCredited 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
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
1988 Mac and Me
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
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
1990 Downtown
Back to the Future Part III
Young Guns II Themes by Anthony Marinelli and Brian Banks
Predator 2 First collaboration with Stephen Hopkins
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
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
FernGully: The Last Rainforest
Death Becomes Her Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Music
DinerShort film
The Bodyguard Won - BMI Film Music Award
1993In Search of the ObeliskIMAX film
Cop and a Half
Super Mario Bros. Replaced Jerry Goldsmith
Judgment Night Second collaboration with Stephen Hopkins
Also conductor
Grumpy Old Men Won - BMI Film Music Award
1994 Clean Slate
Forrest Gump
Blown Away Third collaboration with Stephen Hopkins
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
The Long Kiss Goodnight Also conductor
1997 Fools Rush In
Volcano Also conductor
Mouse Hunt Gore Verbinski
1998 The Odd Couple II Also conductor
The Parent Trap
Holy Man
Practical Magic
1999 Siegfried & Roy: The Magic Box
Stuart Little
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 Won - ASCAP Award for Top Box Office Films
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
Two Soldiers
  • Short film
  • Also conductor
2004 Van Helsing
The Polar Express
2006 The Wild Also conductor
Night at the Museum
2007 Beowulf
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
2010 The A-Team
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger
2012 The Avengers Also conductor and orchestrator
2013 The Croods Also conductor and orchestrator
RED 2 Themes by Christophe Beck
2014 Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
2015 The Walk
2016 Allied
2018 Ready Player One
Avengers: Infinity War Score composer only. Score orchestrated and conducted by Mark Graham
Welcome to Marwen Also conductor
2019 Avengers: Endgame
Score conducted with Mark Graham
2020 The Witches

Television series

1978–1979 Starsky & Hutch
  • Episodes:
  • "Deckwatch"
  • "Starsky's Brother"
  • "Sweet Revenge"
1978–1983 CHiPs 95 episodes
1983 Manimal
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
2020 Cosmos: Possible Worlds

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