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Was 43-years-old when Jaws (his first iconic score) came out.


At an age when many people think that their hopes and dreams are over and it's time to make way for the next generation, his legend was just beginning. As did the film career of the late Alan Rickman when he landed his very first movie role as Hans Gruber at age 41. Hell, Harrison Ford was nearly 35 when Star Wars was released.

They say that your body's prime is over by age 36. But the best may yet be to come in your life. Truly an inspiring man.

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Good point, but he did still have a huge career before that and even had won an Oscar. But thats often the case with directors too, their biggest works start when theyre in their 40s+

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Well, if he died before ever working on Jaws, do you think many people would even remember him?

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That's true to an extent, although he did do the scores for The Reivers, The Cowboys, The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, The Sugarland Express and an Oscar for arranging Fiddler on the Roof, which meant he was very much on the map already. Even if he hadn't teamed up with Spielberg and Lucas and had the same lifespan I believe he still would have been very successful but to a lesser extent.

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