Alan Silvestri was born on March 26, 1950 in New York City, New York. He attended Teaneck High School and Berklee College of Music. He is an American composer and conductor known for his film and television scores.
Silvestri began his film/television composing career in 1972 with the score for an action film The Doberman Gang. He then teamed up with film director Robert Zemeckis and composed 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). He then went on to score for films like The Abyss, Predator (1987), Predator 2 (1990), The Mummy Returns (2001), Van Helsing (2004), and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009). He embraced stardom with the successful composition for films like The Avengers (2012), The Croods (2013), Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019). He received two Academy Award and two Golden Globe Award nominations. He has been the recipient of two Grammy Awards for 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. He has received 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 been the recipient of 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).
Some of his notable scores include films like:
The Quick and the Dead
Mac and Me
Lilo & Stitch
Silvestri is married to Sandra, with whom he has a daughter and two sons. The couple owns a vineyard, Silvestri Vineyards, which is located in Carmel Valley, California. Silvestri also own a jet plane and has a license to fly the same. Silvestri was honoured with an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music in 1995 and the Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award by the City of Vienna in 2011.