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Steven Spielberg to present John Williams with the AFI Life Achievement Award

By Karen Butler
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Steven Spielberg to present John Williams with the AFI Life Achievement Award
John Williams leads the National Sympathy Orchestra during a rehearsal for "A Capitol Fourth" concert on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on July 3, 2012. The AFI is to honor Williams with a lifetime achievement award. File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, May 11 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg is set to present renowned composer John Williams with the American Film Institute's 44th Life Achievement Award.

This will mark the first time in AFI history that the honor will be bestowed on a composer.

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Williams' career will be celebrated at the private gala tribute on June 9 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. A televised special called AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Williams will air on TNT on June 15.

Spielberg, 69, received the 23rd AFI Life Achievement Award in 1995.

Together, he and Williams -- now 84 -- have collaborated on more than 25 projects including Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, Lincoln and the upcoming The BFG. The five-time Oscar-winner also created the music for the Star Wars franchise, as well as the early Superman and Harry Potter movies.

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