Silvestri in 2009
|Birth name||Alan Anthony Silvestri|
|Born||March 26, 1950|
New York City, New York
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.
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 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 .
Silvestri and his wife Sandra own a vineyard, Silvestri Vineyards, located in Carmel Valley, California.He has a daughter and two sons and has a license to fly his own jet plane.
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.
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 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|
|1983||Tiger Man||Credited as Alan Sylvestri|
|1984||Romancing the Stone|
|Par où t'es rentré ? On t'a pas vu sortir|
|Back to the Future|
|1986||The Clan of the Cave Bear|
|The Delta Force|
|Flight of the Navigator|
|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|
|Back to the Future Part III|
|Young Guns II||Themes by Anthony Marinelli and Brian Banks|
|Predator 2||First collaboration with Stephen Hopkins |
|Back to the Future: The Ride||Film in simulator ride|
|Father of the Bride||Won - BMI Film Music Award|
|Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot|
|FernGully: The Last Rainforest|
|Death Becomes Her||Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Music|
|The Bodyguard||Won - BMI Film Music Award|
|1993||In Search of the Obelisk||IMAX film|
|Cop and a Half|
|Super Mario Bros.||Replaced Jerry Goldsmith|
|Judgment Night||Second collaboration with Stephen Hopkins |
|Grumpy Old Men||Won - BMI Film Music Award|
|Blown Away||Third collaboration with Stephen Hopkins |
|1995||The Quick and the Dead|
|The Perez Family|
|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|
|Mouse Hunt||Gore Verbinski|
|1998||The Odd Couple II||Also conductor|
|The Parent Trap|
|1999||Siegfried & Roy: The Magic Box|
|2000||Reindeer Games||Also conductor|
|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|
|2002||Showtime||Also conductor and orchestrator|
|Lilo & Stitch|
|Stuart Little 2||Also conductor|
|Maid in Manhattan|
|Stitch! The Movie||Themes only. Score composed by Michael Tavera|
|Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life|
|The Polar Express|
|2006||The Wild||Also conductor|
|Night at the Museum|
|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|
|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|
|2018||Ready Player One|
|Avengers: Infinity War||Score composer only. Score orchestrated and conducted by Mark Graham|
|Welcome to Marwen||Also conductor|
Score conducted with Mark Graham
|1978–1979||Starsky & Hutch|
|T. J. Hooker||Episode: "A Child Is Missing"|
|1986||Amazing Stories||Episode: "Go to the Head of Class"|
|1989–1995||Tales from the Crypt|
|2014||Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey|
|2020||Cosmos: Possible Worlds|
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