William Ross
Also known asBill Ross
Born (1948-07-20) July 20, 1948 (age 75)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Occupation(s)Composer, conductor
Years active1983–present

William Ross (born July 20, 1948) is an American composer, orchestrator, arranger, conductor and music director. 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).[1][2] He has been nominated twice for the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s).[3]

Ross is the arranger for Andrea Bocelli's version of "Amazing Grace" performed during his concert Andrea Bocelli: Music for Hope - Live From Duomo di Milano, broadcast live on YouTube to over 25 million viewers on April 12, 2020.[4][5]


Ross has worked with artists and musicians ranging from Hollywood composers John Williams, Alan Silvestri, John Powell, Michael Giacchino, Klaus Badelt and Michael Kamen, to pop music artists including Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Laura Pausini, Whitney Houston, Kenny G, Michael Jackson, David Foster, Quincy Jones, Babyface and Sting.[6][7][8][9] He has arranged the music for multiple Olympic Games opening and closing ceremonies from 1998 to 2010.[10]

Ross composed the soundtrack for assorted films, including Tuck Everlasting, My Dog Skip, The Young Black Stallion and Ladder 49.[11][12][13][14] He adapted and conducted John Williams' themes for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. In 2008, he scored the CGI-film The Tale of Despereaux, from Universal Studios.[6][15]

Ross is the Music Director for many shows and artists,[16] including Barbra Streisand's 2006 US tour and 2007 European tour,[17] as well as the 79th, 83rd, 85th and 86th Academy Awards. Ross regularly arranges and conducts the Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre, overseeing all music cues throughout the broadcast.[18][19][20]

Ross is credited on the soundtrack of Star Wars: The Last Jedi as an additional conductor.[21][22][23][24] His work is featured on the Universal Orlando theme park ride Skull Island: Reign of Kong.[25] He also adapted Williams' iconic theme for the end credits of the Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi.


Feature films

Year Title Director(s) Composer Conductor Orchestrator Notes
1983 The Hasty Heart Martin M. Speer Yes No No
1987 Lethal Weapon Richard Donner No No Yes
The Return of Sherlock Holmes Kevin Connor Yes No No
1988 Beetlejuice Tim Burton No Yes No
Big Top Pee-wee Randal Kleiser No Yes No
Hot to Trot Michael Dinner No Yes No
Ernest Saves Christmas John Cherry No No Yes
1990 Catchfire Dennis Hopper No Yes Yes
Die Hard 2 Renny Harlin No No Yes
Madhouse Tom Ropelewski No No Yes
Ski Patrol Richard Correll No No Yes
1991 Defenseless Martin Campbell No No Yes
Dutch Peter Faiman No No Yes
Father of the Bride Charles Shyer No No Yes
If Looks Could Kill William Dear No Yes Yes
Nothing but Trouble Dan Aykroyd No No Yes
One Good Cop Heywood Gould Yes No Yes
Ricochet Russell Mulcahy No No Yes
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Kevin Reynolds No No Yes
Rover Dangerfield James L. George
Bob Seeley
No No Yes
1992 The Bodyguard Mick Jackson No No Yes
Death Becomes Her Robert Zemeckis No No Yes
FernGully: The Last Rainforest Bill Kroyer No No Yes
Jennifer 8 Bruce Robinson No Yes No
The Johnsons Rudolf van den Berg No No Yes
Lethal Weapon 3 Richard Donner No No Yes
Shining Through David Seltzer No No Yes
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot Roger Spottiswoode No No Yes
1993 Coneheads Steve Barron No No Yes
Cop and a Half Henry Winkler No No Yes
Grumpy Old Men Donald Petrie No No Yes
Last Action Hero John McTiernan No No Yes
Look Who's Talking Now Tom Ropelewski Yes No No
The Meteor Man Robert Townsend No No Yes
The Sandlot David Mickey Evans No No Yes
Super Mario Bros. Rocky Morton
Annabel Jankel
No No Yes
The Three Musketeers Stephen Herek No No Yes
Wilder Napalm Glenn Gordon Caron No No Yes
1994 Blown Away Stephen Hopkins No No Yes
Clean Slate Mick Jackson No No Yes
Cops & Robbersons Michael Ritchie Yes No No
The Flintstones Brian Levant No No Yes
Forrest Gump Robert Zemeckis No No Yes
The Little Rascals Penelope Spheeris Yes No Yes
Richie Rich Donald Petrie No No Yes
Star Trek Generations David Carson No No Yes
Terminal Velocity Deran Sarafian No No Yes
Thumbelina Don Bluth
Gary Goldman
Yes Yes Yes
1995 The Amazing Panda Adventure Christopher Cain Yes No No
Father of the Bride Part II Charles Shyer No No Yes
Grumpier Old Men Howard Deutch No No Yes
Judge Dredd Danny Cannon No No Yes
Operation Dumbo Drop Simon Wincer No No Yes
The Perez Family Mira Nair No No Yes
The Quick and the Dead Sam Raimi No No Yes
Waiting to Exhale Forest Whitaker No Yes Yes
1996 Black Sheep Penelope Spheeris Yes Yes Yes
The Evening Star Robert Harling Yes No No
My Fellow Americans Peter Segal Yes No No
Tin Cup Ron Shelton Yes No No
1997 A Smile Like Yours Keith Samples Yes No No
1998 T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous Brett Leonard Yes No No
2000 My Dog Skip Jay Russell Yes Yes Yes
2001 Her Majesty Mark J. Gordon Yes No No
Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Robert Allan Ackerman Yes No No
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Chris Columbus No Yes No also Score Adaptation
Tuck Everlasting Jay Russell Yes No No
2003 The Young Black Stallion Simon Wincer Yes No No
2004 Ladder 49 Jay Russell Yes No No
2005 The Game of Their Lives David Anspaugh Yes No No
2006 Driftwood Tim Sullivan Yes Yes No
2007 September Dawn Christopher Cain Yes No No
2008 The Tale of Despereaux Sam Fell
Robert Stevenhagen
Yes No No
2009 The Mighty Macs Tim Chambers Yes No No
2011 Balls to the Wall Penelope Spheeris Yes No No
Touchback Don Handfield Yes No Yes
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas Todd Strauss-Schulson Yes No No
2012 Steel Magnolias Kenny Leon Yes No No
2013 Alone yet Not Alone Ray Bengston
George D. Escobar
Yes No No also Producer
2014 50 to 1 Jim Wilson Yes No No
In My Dreams Kenny Leon Yes No No
2015 Away and Back Jeff Bleckner Yes No No
To Have and to Hold Yes No No
2016 I'll Be Home for Christmas Yes No No
2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming Jon Watts No No Yes
2018 Destination Wedding Victor Levin Yes No No


Year Title Creator(s) Composer Conductor Orchestrator
1989 Beauty and the Beast Ron Koslow Yes No No
1990 MacGyver Lee David Zlotoff Yes No No
Matlock Dean Hargrove Yes No No
Tiny Toon Adventures Tom Ruegger Yes No No
1994 Golden Fiddles Claude Fournier
Sheila Sibley
Yes No No
2014 Operation Change Yes No No


Year Title Artist(s) Role
1990 If There Was a Way Dwight Yoakum Arranger
1991 Lara Fabian Lara Fabian
Rechordings David Foster
1992 Breathless Kenny G
Wynonna Wynonna Judd
1993 Back to Broadway Barbra Streisand
The Colour of My Love Celine Dion
1994 All-4-One All-4-One
The Concert Barbra Streisand
Crazy Julio Iglesias
Miracles: The Holiday Album Kenny G
Permiso de volar Alejandro Lerner
Timepiece Kenny Rogers
Through the Fire Peabo Bryson
Read My Mind Reba McEntire
1995 Moving On Oleta Adams
HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I Michael Jackson
3 Alejandro Sanz
Universal Nubian Voices U.N.V.


Year Title Artist(s) Album Role
1992 "Me" Meryl Streep Death Becomes Her soundtrack Arranger
"Run to You" Whitney Houston The Bodyguard soundtrack
1993 Theme to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Dennis McCarthy
1994 "Dream Away" Babyface
Lisa Stansfield
The Pagemaster soundtrack
1995 "Why Does It Hurt So Bad" Whitney Houston Waiting to Exhale soundtrack


Emmy Awards

Year Nominated work Category Result
2015 Away and Back Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie or a Special (Original Dramatic Score) Nominated
2014 Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn Outstanding Music Direction Nominated
86th Academy Awards Nominated
2013 85th Academy Awards Nominated
2011 83rd Annual Academy Awards Nominated
2009 81st Academy Awards: Hugh Jackman Opening Number Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Won
Streisand: The Concert Outstanding Music Direction Won
2007 79th Academy Awards Won
1991 Tiny Toon Adventures: "Fields of Honey" Outstanding Music Direction and Composition Won

Grammy Awards

Year Title Artist Category Result
2012 "The Windmills of Your Mind" Sting Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) Nominated
2000 "The Prayer" Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli Nominated

BMI Film & TV Awards

Year Nominated work Category Result
2005 Ladder 49 BMI Film Music Award Won
1995 The Little Rascals Won

Online Film & Television Association Awards

Year Nominated work Category Result
2014 86th Academy Awards Best Music in a Non-Series Nominated
2001 Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Best Music in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Nominated
Best New Theme Song in a Motion Picture of Miniseries Nominated

International Film Music Critics Awards

Ross was nominated in 2012 for "Best Original Score for a Comedy Film" at the IFMCA Awards for his scoring work on A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.[26]

Annie Awards

Ross was nominated in 2009 for "Best Music in an Animated Feature Production" at the Annie Awards for his scoring work on The Tale of Despereaux.[2]

Gemini Awards

Ross was nominated in 1993 for "Best Original Music Score for a Program or Mini-Series" at the Gemini Awards for his scoring work on Golden Fiddles.[27]


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