William Ross (composer)

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William Ross
Birth name William Ross
Born 1948
Genres Film score
Occupation(s) Composer, orchestrator, conductor
Years active 1983–present

William Ross (born 1948) is an American composer, orchestrator, arranger, conductor and music director. He has worked with a large array of artists and musicians, from famous Hollywood composers John Williams, Alan Silvestri, John Powell, Michael Giacchino, Klaus Badelt, and Michael Kamen, to pop music icons and best-sellers such as Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Laura Pausini, Whitney Houston, Kenny G, Michael Jackson, David Foster, Quincy Jones, Babyface and Sting.

Ross has composed the soundtrack for films such as Tuck Everlasting, My Dog Skip and Ladder 49. He adapted and conducted John Williams's themes for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. In 2008, he scored the CGI-film The Tale of Despereaux, from Universal Studios.

Ross has been Music Director on many shows and for various artists, including on Barbra Streisand's 2006 US tour and 2007 European tour, as well as on the 79th, 83rd, 85th and 86th Academy Awards.

William Ross' most recent work is on the upcoming Universal Orlando theme park ride Skull Island: Reign of Kong

Ross is the recipient of three Primetime Emmy Awards (in 2007 and 2009), one Daytime Emmy Award (in 1991), and has been nominated for one Annie Award (in 2008).


Year Title Director(s) Notes
1983 The Hasty Heart Martin M. Speer TV film
1991 One Good Cop Heywood Gould
1993 Look Who's Talking Now Tom Ropelewski
1994 Thumbelina Don Bluth
Gary Goldman
Cops & Robbersons Michael Ritchie
The Little Rascals Penelope Spheeris
1995 The Amazing Panda Adventure Christopher Cain
1996 Black Sheep Penelope Spheeris
House Arrest (Lyrics) Harry Winer
Tin Cup Ron Shelton
My Fellow Americans Peter Segal
The Evening Star Robert Harling
1997 A Smile Like Yours Keith Samples
1998 T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous Brett Leonard
2000 My Dog Skip Jay Russell
2001 Her Majesty Mark J. Gordon
2002 Tuck Everlasting Jay Russell
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Chris Columbus Composed arrangements for John Williams' score
2003 Young Black Stallion Simon Wincer
2004 Ladder 49 Jay Russell
2005 The Game of Their Lives David Anspaugh
2006 Driftwood Tim Sullivan
2007 September Dawn Christopher Cain
2008 The Tale of Despereaux Sam Fell
Robert Stevenhagen
2009 The Mighty Macs Tim Chambers
2011 Balls to the Wall Penelope Spheeris
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas Todd Strauss-Schulson
2012 Touchback Don Handfield
Steel Magnolias Kenny Leon TV film
2013 Alone yet Not Alone Ray Bengston
George D. Escobar
with Bruce Broughton
2014 50 to 1 Jim Wilson
In My Dreams Kenny Leon TV film
One Christmas Eve Jay Russell TV film
2015 Away and Back Jeff Bleckner TV film

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