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Alan Silvestri

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Alan Anthony Silvestri (born March 26, 1950) is an American and conductor who works primarily in film and television. He is best known for his frequent collaboration with director Robert Zemeckis, including composing major hit films such as the Back to the Future trilogy and Forrest Gump, as well as the superhero films Captain America: The First Avenger and Marvel’s The Avengers.

Silvestri grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey and attended Teaneck High School. He went to Berklee College of Music for 2 years and is of Italian descent.

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 TV show CHiPs, writing music for 109 of the show’s 139 episodes.

Silvestri met director Robert Zemeckis when the two worked together on Zemeckis’s 1984 film Romancing the Stone. Since then, Silvestri has composed the music for all of Zemeckis’s movies, including the Back to the Future trilogy (1985, 1989, 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), and Flight (2012).

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