Silvestri in 2009
|Birth name||Alan Anthony Silvestri|
March 26, 1950|
New York City, New York
He is best known for his frequent collaboration with Robert Zemeckis, composing for such major hit films as the Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Cast Away, and Forrest Gump, as well as the superhero films Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, and Avengers: Infinity War. His other film scores include The Delta Force, Predator and its sequel Predator 2, The Abyss, Stuart Little, The Mummy Returns, Lilo & Stitch, Night at the Museum and Ready Player One. 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. He grew up in Teaneck, and attended Teaneck High School. He went to Berklee College of Music for two years. Alan 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 producer 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'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 blockbuster The Abyss, and is also known for his work on the films Predator (1987) and Predator 2 (1990), both of which are considered preeminent examples of action/science fiction film scores. 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). His most recent work includes The Avengers (2012), The Croods (2013), Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
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.
On January 31, 2014, it was announced that a stage musical adaptation of Back to the Future was in production. The show, which is being co-written by original writers Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, was expected to be performed in 2015, on the 30th anniversary year of the film. Silvestri will team up with Glen Ballard to compose a new score, with the addition of original songs from the film, including "The Power of Love", "Johnny B. Goode", "Earth Angel" and "Mr. Sandman".
Silvestri and his wife Sandra own a vineyard, Silvestri Vineyards, located in Carmel Valley, California.
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 four 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 nomination was for Best Soundtrack Album, for Back to the Future. During the 2005 Grammy Awards, Josh Groban performed "Believe".<ref>
|1972||The Doberman Gang||Byron Chudnow||Dimension Pictures||With Bradford Craig|
|1975||Las Vegas Lady||Noel Nosseck||Crown International Pictures||N/A|
|1976||The Amazing Dobermans||Byron Ross Chudnow||Golden Films||N/A|
|1978||The Fifth Floor||Howard Avedis||Film Ventures International||N/A|
|1978–1979||Starsky & Hutch||Episodes: "Deckwatch"|
|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"|
"House of Horror"
"Till Death Do We Part"
|2014||Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music|
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series
- Meredith May, "Alan Silvestri pairs music with wine", SFGate (June 7, 2013).
- ASCAP Henry Mancini Award, ASCAP. Accessed October 21, 2008. Mannhattan-born and Teaneck, New Jersey-bred, Silvestri attended Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music before joining a Las Vegas band as a guitarist."
- Coutros, Evonne. "THE DRUMMER WHOM `GUMP' MARCHES TO", The Record (Bergen County), March 26, 1995. Accessed October 21, 2008. "Nearly three decades after Alan Silvestri drummed out beats for the Teaneck High School band, he's hoping to march to the podium Monday night to collect an Oscar."
- "Back to the Future musical announced". BBC News. January 31, 2014. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
- "Back to the Future: 80s movie gets musical makeover". theguardian.com. The Guardian. January 31, 2014. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
- "'Great Scott!' Musical version of Back To The Future set to open in London's West End in 2015". dailymail.co.uk. Daily Mail. January 31, 2014. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
- "Back to the Future musical set for West End in 2015". whatsonstage.com. Whats On Stage. January 31, 2014. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
- "Home". Archived from the original on February 20, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2009.. Silvestrivineyards.com. Retrieved on May 2, 2012.