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Alan Silvestri

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In a career that has spanned more than three decades, Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated composer Alan Silvestri’s music has provided the distinctively melodic voice for some of Hollywood's most popular films. From comedies such as the Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Father of the Bride, Stuart Little and What Women Want to dramas such as The Bodyguard, the Best Picture Oscar-winning Forrest Gump, Cast Away and The Mummy Returns, Silvestri’s stylistic reach seemingly knows no bounds. In fact, he has written more than 70 scores to prove it.

Manhattan-born and Teaneck, New Jersey-bred, Silvestri attended Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music before joining a Las Vegas band as a guitarist. His performing and arranging skills later landed him in Los Angeles where he got a job writing the music for more than 100 episodes of television’s "CHiPs." That experience led to Silvestri’s first major film scoring project, 1984’s Romancing the Stone, directed by Robert Zemeckis.

Since then, Silvestri and Zemeckis have worked together on nine more films, including the Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Death Becomes Her, Forrest Gump, Contact, What Lies Beneath and Cast Away. Their collaboration has spanned 17 years and, next to that of Steven Spielberg and John Williams, is the longest-running and most successful director-composer relationship in Hollywood.

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