Bill Conti

Composer, Musician, Conductor
While Bill Conti may forever be associated with the rousing, infectious music he composed for the series of "Rocky" films, he has also proved the scores for countless TV programs and films. As a child in Rhode Island ... Read more »
Born: 04/13/1942 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Filmography

Music (198)

Primetime Live 1989 - 2015 (TV Show)

Theme Music

The Wedding Ringer 2015 (Movie)

("You're The Best") (Song)

America Celebrates July 4th at Ford's Theatre 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Music

The Perfect Game 2010 (Movie)

(Music)

The 80th Annual Academy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Music Supervisor

You Don't Mess With the Zohan 2008 (Movie)

("Gonna Fly Now") (Song)

An American Celebration at Ford's Theatre 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Performer

RevoLOUtion: The Transformation Of Lou Benedetti 2006 (Movie)

Music (Original Music)

Rocky Balboa 2006 (Movie)

(Composer)

The 78th Annual Academy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Music

An American Celebration at Ford's Theatre 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Music

G 2005 (Movie)

(Music)

The 77th Annual Academy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Music

Coast to Coast 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Music

My Baby's Daddy 2004 (Movie)

("Gonna Fly Now") (Song)

Soul Plane 2004 (Movie)

("Gonna Fly Now") (Music)

The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Music

American Tragedy 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Music

Antitrust 2001 (Movie)

("Cocktails") (Song Performer)

Oscar Countdown 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Music

The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Music

The Bubble Boy 2001 (Movie)

("Gonna Fly Now (theme from 'Rocky')") (Song)

Tortilla Soup 2001 (Movie)

(Music)

NewsStand: CNN and Time 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Man on the Moon 1999 (Movie)

("Going the Distance") (Song Performer)

Man on the Moon 1999 (Movie)

(Song)

NewsStand: CNN and Entertainment Weekly 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Theme Music

NewsStand: CNN and Fortune 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

Sunday at the Oscars 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Music

The 71st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Music

The Thomas Crown Affair 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

Spice World 1998 (Movie)

("Fanfare for Rocky") (Song Performer)

Spice World 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Music

The Real Macaw 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

Turning Point 1993 - 1998 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Wrongfully Accused 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

Napoleon 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Music

The Devil's Own 1997 (Movie)

("Gonna Fly Now (Theme from 'Rocky')") (Music)

American Gladiators 1989 - 1996 (TV Show)

Music

Baby, Oh Baby: The Six-Pack Is Back 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Deadly Game: The Mark and Delia Owens Story 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Lifestyles With Robin Leach and Shari Belafonte 1983 - 1996 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Rebirth: The Untold Stories of Oklahoma City 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Spy Hard 1996 (Movie)

music composer and conductor (Music)

Bushwhacked 1995 (Movie)

(Music)

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Music

Whiz Kids 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Music

8 Seconds 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

John Jakes' Heaven and Hell: North and South, Part III 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Original Score

Runaway With the Rich and Famous 1986 - 1994 (TV Show)

Theme Music

The 21st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Music

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Music

The Next Karate Kid 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

The Scout 1994 (Movie)

music composer (Composer)

A Captive in the Land 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Bound By Honor 1993 (Movie)

music composer and conductor (Music)

By the Sword 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Fatal Instinct 1993 (Movie)

("The Mighty Bruins") (Song)

Hot Shots! Part Deux 1993 (Movie)

("American Gladiators" theme) (Song)

Rookie of the Year 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

The 20th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Music

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Music

The Adventures of Huck Finn 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Maniac at Large 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Original Music

Nails 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Music

Niagara: Miracles, Myths and Magic 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Music

E.A.R.T.H. Force 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Theme Song

Necessary Roughness 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Music

Under Cover 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Music

Under Cover 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Music

Year of the Gun 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

Backstreet Dreams 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Falcon Crest 1981 - 1990 (TV Show)

Music

Ghost Dad 1990 (Movie)

("Neighbors" "Big Trouble") (Music)

New York City Marathon 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Music

Rocky V 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Sea World Summer Night Magic 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Music

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Music

The Fourth War 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

The Kentucky Derby 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Music

The Operation 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Music

Cohen and Tate 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Dolphin Cove 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Music

Dynasty 1980 - 1989 (TV Show)

Music

Grand Slam 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Music

HeartBeat 1987 - 1989 (TV Show)

Music

Lean on Me 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Lock Up 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

The Karate Kid Part III 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Betrayed 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Cagney & Lacey 1981 - 1988 (TV Show)

Music

For Keeps 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

I Love N.Y. 1988 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Mariah 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Music

Silent Whisper 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Music

The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Music

The Big Blue 1988 (Movie)

(original USA version) (Music)

A Prayer for the Dying 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

Baby Boom 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

Baby Boom 1987 (Movie)

("Everchanging Times") (Song)

Broadcast News 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

Happy New Year 1987 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Happy New Year 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

Masters of the Universe 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

Our World 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Music

The Colbys 1985 - 1987 (TV Show)

Music

45/85 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Music

F/X 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Nomads 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

The Boss' Wife 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

The Karate Kid Part II 1986 (Movie)

("Two Looking at One") (Song)

The Karate Kid Part II 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

50 Years of Action! 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

Beer 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

Big Trouble 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

Gotcha! 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

I Had Three Wives 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Music

Rocky IV 1985 (Movie)

("Rocky") (Theme Music)

The Coolangatta Gold 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

Weird Science 1985 (Movie)

("Theme From Rocky") (Song Performer)

Weird Science 1985 (Movie)

(Song)

Emerald Point, N.A.S. 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Music

Mass Appeal 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

The Bear 1984 (Movie)

("I'll Be Home Again") (Music)

The Karate Kid 1984 (Movie)

songs("The Moment of Truth" "Feel the Night" "You're the Best") (Song)

The Karate Kid 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

The Master 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Unfaithfully Yours 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

Bad Boys 1983 (Movie)

(Music)

The Right Stuff 1983 (Movie)

(Music)

I, the Jury 1982 (Movie)

(Music)

Rocky III 1982 (Movie)

("Pushin") (Song)

Rocky III 1982 (Movie)

(Music)

Split Image 1982 (Movie)

(Music)

Split Image 1982 (Movie)

original songs (Song)

That Championship Season 1982 (Movie)

(Music)

Carbon Copy 1981 (Movie)

(Music)

Carbon Copy 1981 (Movie)

("I'm Gonna Get Closer to You") (Song)

For Your Eyes Only 1981 (Movie)

(Music)

For Your Eyes Only 1981 (Movie)

("For Your Eyes Only") (Song)

Neighbors 1981 (Movie)

(Music)

Victory 1981 (Movie)

(Music)

Gloria 1980 (Movie)

(Music)

Private Benjamin 1980 (Movie)

(Music)

A Man, a Woman and a Bank 1979 (Movie)

("When You Smile at Me") (Song)

A Man, a Woman and a Bank 1979 (Movie)

(Music)

Goldengirl 1979 (Movie)

("Slow Down I'll Find You") (Song)

Goldengirl 1979 (Movie)

(Music)

Rocky II 1979 (Movie)

(Music)

The Formula 1979 (Movie)

(Music)

The Seduction of Joe Tynan 1979 (Movie)

(Music)

An Unmarried Woman 1978 (Movie)

(Music)

Dreamer 1978 (Movie)

("Reach For the Top") (Song)

Dreamer 1978 (Movie)

(Music)

F.I.S.T. 1978 (Movie)

(Music)

Five Days From Home 1978 (Movie)

(Music)

Paradise Alley 1978 (Movie)

(Music)

Paradise Alley 1978 (Movie)

("Too Close to Paradise") (Song)

Slow Dancing in the Big City 1978 (Movie)

(Music)

The Big Fix 1978 (Movie)

(Music)

Citizens Band 1977 (Movie)

(Music)

Citizens Band 1977 (Movie)

("You Heard the Song") (Song)

Executive Suite 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Music

The Andros Targets 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Music

There's Always Room 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Music

Uncle Joe Shannon 1977 (Movie)

(Music)

Next Stop, Greenwich Village 1976 (Movie)

(Music)

Rocky 1976 (Movie)

(Music)

Harry and Tonto 1974 (Movie)

(Music)

Blume in Love 1973 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)

Pacific Challenge 1972 (Movie)

(Music)

A Sensitive, Passionate Man (TV Show)

Music

Farrell For the People (TV Show)

Music

Judas (TV Show)

Music

Kill Me If You Can (TV Show)

Music

Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story (TV Show)

Theme Music

North and South (TV Show)

Music

North and South: Book II (TV Show)

Music

Ring of Passion (TV Show)

Music

Smash-Up on Interstate 5 (TV Show)

Music

Stark (TV Show)

Theme Music

Stark: Mirror Image (TV Show)

Theme Music

Stunt Seven (TV Show)

Music

Supercarrier (TV Show)

Theme Music

The Real Rocky (TV Show)

Music

The Terry Fox Story (TV Show)

Music

Winchell (TV Show)

Music
Actor (5)

An American Celebration at Ford's Theatre 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

An American Celebration at Ford's Theatre 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Sea World Summer Night Magic 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Slow Dancing in the Big City 1978 (Movie)

Rehearsal Pianist (Actor)

Biography

While Bill Conti may forever be associated with the rousing, infectious music he composed for the series of "Rocky" films, he has also proved the scores for countless TV programs and films. As a child in Rhode Island, he learned to play the piano from his father. By the time the family relocated to Miami, Conti was the front man for his own jazz band. After receiving degrees in music from Louisiana State and Juilliard, he moved to Italy to study opera composition. During his stay in Rome, he began to provide music for films such as "Candidate per un Assassino/Candidate for a Killing". At the 1971 Venice Film Festival, Conti met director Paul Mazursky who hired the musician to supervise the score of "Blume in Love" (1973). The two collaborated further on "Harry and Tonto" (1974) and "Next Stop, Greenwich Village" (1975). But it was his music for the Oscar-winning sleeper hit "Rocky" (1976), especially the Academy Award-nominated theme "Gonna Fly Now", that established Conti as an in-demand composer. He went on to score several films directed and/or starring Sylvester Stallone (including the "Rocky" sequels) as well as several for "Rocky" director John G Avildsen (most notably "The Karate Kid" films).

Relationships

William Conti

Father

Lucretta Conti

Mother

Nicola Shelby Conti

Daughter

Rachela Conti

Daughter

Shelby Conti

Wife

EDUCATION

Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge , Louisiana 1985

Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge , Louisiana 1964
attended on scholarship(Music)

The Juilliard School

New York , New York 1967
(Music)

studied opera composition in Rome, Italy

Milestones

1998

Returned for a record 12th time as musical director of the Academy Awards telecast

1997

Scored Alan J Pakula's "The Devil's Own"

1994

Composed the underscore for the ABC miniseries "John Jakes' Heaven and Hell: North and South, Part III"

1994

Wrote the theme to the ABC newsmagazine "Turning Point"

1991

Became principal Pops conductor of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra

1990

Served as musical director for the annual telecasts of the Academy Awards

1989

Wrote the theme to the ABC newsmagazine "Primetime Live"

1988

Again contributed music to ABC's presentation of the Olympics

1987

Scored James L Brooks' Oscar-nominated "Broadcast News"

1986

Provided the music for the miniseries sequel "North and South: Book II" (ABC)

1985

Scored the ABC miniseries "North and South"

1984

Reteamed with John G Avildsen to provide the music for "The Karate Kid"; also scored its three sequels

1984

Contributed music to ABC presentation of the Olympics

1983

Won Oscar for scoring "The Right Stuff"

1982

Wrote theme and composed musical score for "Rocky III"

1981

Provided the theme music for the CBS primetime soap "Falcon Crest"

1981

Wrote the theme music for the hit ABC series "Dynasty"

1981

Received second Best Original Song Academy Award nomination for the theme to the James Bond film "For Your Eyes Only"

1979

Reteamed with Stallone to provide the music for "Rocky II"

1978

Appeared onscreen as a rehearsal pianist in the film "Slow Dancing in the Big City"; also composed the score

1978

Scored Sylvester Stallone's directorial debut, "Paradise Alley"

1978

Wrote the underscore for Mazursky's "An Unmarried Woman"

1977

Initial participation as musical director at the annual telecast of the Academy Awards

1976

Composed the theme to the TV series "Executive Suite" (CBS)

1976

Scored the hit film "Rocky", directed by John G Avildsen; earned an Academy Award nomination for the theme song "Gonna Fly Now"

1974

Wrote the score for Mazursky's "Harry and Tonto"

1973

Acted as music supervisor, "Blume In Love", directed by Mazursky

1970

Met Paul Mazursky at the Venice Film Festival

1967

Moved to Rome, Italy to study opera composition scored first film, "Candidate for a Killing"

1950

Taught to play piano by his father (date approximate)

Moved to Miami, Florida with family while a teenager

Formed first band at age 15

While attending Juilliard, formed a jazz trio

Returned to the USA to live

Born in Providence, Rhode Island

Bonus Trivia

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Conti's soundtrack album from "Rocky" went platinum in 1976.

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