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Short Info

DiedJuly 26, 1925, Dayton, Tennessee, United States
FactInducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006.

Will Jennings is an American songwriter who has co-written some of the most popular songs in recent memory. He was born in Texas in 1957, and his parents were both musicians. His father was a country singer and his mother was a piano player. He has two brothers, one of whom is also a songwriter. He was educated at the University of Texas, where he studied music composition.

After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in songwriting. It was there that he met his future collaborator, Walter Afanasieff. The two men wrote several hits together, including “My Heart Will Go On” and “Un-Break My Heart. ” Jennings has also written songs for other artists, including Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion.

He has won multiple Grammy Awards and is one of the most successful songwriters of his generation. His net worth is estimated to be $40 million.

General Info

Full NameWill Jennings
DiedJuly 26, 1925, Dayton, Tennessee, United States
ProfessionLawyer, Public speaking, Statesman
EducationNorthwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Illinois College


ParentsSilas Bryan, Mariah Elizabeth Bryan
SiblingsCharles W. Bryan, Mary Bryan Allen


AwardsAcademy Award for Best Original Song, Grammy Award for Song of the Year, Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media, Satellite Award for Best Original Song, ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards for Most Performed Songs From Motion Pictures, BMI F...
NominationsCountry Music Association Award for Song of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Song of the Year
MoviesThe View from the Swing

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1Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006.




Els dies clau2015TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Tu cara me suena - Argentina2013-2015TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Lead with Your Heart2015TV Movie writer: "Up Where We Belong"
Late Night with Seth Meyers2015TV Series 1 episode
The Voice2015TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Klippans karaokecup2015TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
The 87th Annual Academy Awards2015TV Special lyrics: "Up Where We Belong"
The Official Top 50 Best-Selling Singles of the 90s and 00s2015TV Movie writer: "My Heart Will Go On"
The Wedding Ringer2015writer: "My Heart Will Go On"
Rude Tube2014TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Please Like Me2014TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Altman2014Documentary writer: "While You See a Chance"
Ray Donovan2014TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The Block2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Muppets Most Wanted2014writer: "My Heart Will Go On"
Supernatural2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rugby League World Cup2013TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Hello Ladies2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
The X FactorTV Series 1 episode, 2008 lyrics - 3 episodes, 2007 - 2013 writer - 3 episodes, 2006 - 2012 music - 1 episode, 2007
Grand Theft Auto V2013Video Game writer: "Higher Love", "Street Life"
Glee2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tu cara me suena2013TV Series 1 episode
Twenty Feet from Stardom2013Documentary writer: "Up Where We Belong"
Dancing with the StarsTV Series writer - 1 episode, 2012 lyrics - 1 episode, 2009
Soul Shadows2012Video short writer: "Soul Shadows"
Duets2012TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
American Idol2003-2012TV Series writer - 9 episodes
Dancing Stars2012TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
B.B. King: The Life of Riley2012Documentary writer: "Hold On I Fell Our Love is Changing"
The Voice UK2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
No me la puc treure del cap2010-2012TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Em dónes vida. El llibre i el disc de La Marató2011TV Movie documentary writer: "La clau de tot ets tu"
Generació D2011TV Movie documentary writer: "Tears in Heaven"
The Choir: Unsung Town Revisited2011TV Movie documentary lyrics: "Tears in Heaven" - uncredited / music: "Tears in Heaven" - uncredited
Jack and Jill2011/Iwriter: "Somewhere in the Night"
House M.D.2011TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Late Show with David Letterman2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Funny or Die Beats Weird Al at Twitter2011Video short writer: "Back In the High Life Again"
Hall Pass2011writer: "Always Asking For You"
CMT: 40 Greatest Love Songs2011TV Movie writer: "Please Remember Me"
The Hooker with a Heart of Gold2010writer: "Street Life"
Gent de paraula2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
X Factor2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Him & Her2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing on Ice2010TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Cleveland Show2010TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Live from Studio Five2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cesko slovenská superstarTV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Miranda2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Todd's Pop Song Reviews2009TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Choir: Unsung TownTV Mini-Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2009 music - 1 episode, 2009
Brüno2009writer: "My Heart Will Go On"
The Time that Remains2009"My Heart Will Go On"
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian2009writer: "My Heart Will Go On"
Fighting2009writer: "Street Life"
Especial Nochevieja 2008: ¡Feliz 2009!2008TV Movie writer: "Tears in Heaven"
DR's store juleshow2008TV Special documentary writer: "Up Where We Belong"
Nobel Peace Prize Concert2008TV Special documentary lyrics: "If We Hold On Together" / music: "If We Hold On Together"
Idols2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Céline2008TV Movie writer: "My Heart Will Go On"
Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore2008Video Game writer: "My Heart Will Go On"
Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of CrispsTV Series 1 episode, 2005 writer - 1 episode, 2008
Música des del cor2007TV Movie writer: "My Heart Will Go On", "Segueix bategant"
Idols2005-2007TV Series writer - 2 episodes
20 to 12006-2007TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
Patinando por un sueño2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
It Takes Two2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
La tele de tu vida2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
So You Wanna Be a Popstar2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Deutschland sucht den Superstar2003-2007TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Gilmore Girls2001-2007TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Freedom Writers2007"Papa'z Song"
Clatterford2006TV Series 1 episode
Saturday Night Live1986-2006TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Cesko hledá SuperStar2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Till I Met You2006writer: "One Day I'll Fly Away"
Canadian Idol2003-2006TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Torvill & Dean's Dancing on Ice2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Paris, je t'aime2006"La Même Histoire" main theme, "We're All in the Dance"
Türkisch für Anfänger2006TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Soy tu fan2006TV Mini-Series 1 episode
Yours, Mine & Ours2005writer: "Up Where We Belong"
Everybody Hates Chris2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
William Eggleston in the Real World2005Documentary writer: "In the Real World"
South ParkTV Series writer - 1 episode, 2005 lyrics - 1 episode, 1998 music - 1 episode, 1998
Idol - Jakten på en superstjerne2004-2005TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Slovensko hladá SuperStar2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idool 20042004TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idol2004TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Last Shot2004writer: "Looks Like We Made It" 1976
Australian Idol2003-2004TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Malaysian Idol2004TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The WB's Superstar USA2004TV Series "My Heart Will Go on"
New Zealand Idol2004TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast2003TV Series music - 1 episode
Ídolos2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idol2003TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Idols2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Pop Idol2001-2003TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The Lizzie McGuire Movie2003writer: "Up Where We Belong" - as Wilbur Jennings
Crossing Jordan2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days2003"My Heart Will Go On"
Idols!2002TV Series writer - 1 episode
Operación triunfoTV Series writer - 4 episodes, 2002 lyrics - 1 episode, 2001
Eric Clapton: One More Car, One More Rider - Live on Tour 20012002Video documentary writer: "Tears in Heaven"
Hundtricket - The Movie2002writer: "Up Where We Belong"
Great Pretenders2001TV Series writer - 1 episode
A Beautiful Mind2001"All Love Can Be"
Family GuyTV Series 1 episode, 2001 lyrics - 1 episode, 2001
Bring It On2001TV Series documentary 1 episode
Moulin Rouge!2001writer: "One Day I'll Fly Away", "Elephant Love Medley", "Musical score features parts of:"
How the Grinch Stole Christmas2000lyrics: "Christmas, Why Can't I Find You?" / writer: "Where Are You, Christmas?"
Tillsammans2000writer: "Caddo Queen" - as W. Jennings
Bicentennial Man1999lyrics: "Then You Look at Me"
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch1999TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Eric Clapton & Friends in Concert: A Benefit for the Crossroads Centre at Antigua1999TV Movie documentary writer: "Tears in Heaven"
Zwei Männer am Herd1999TV Series writer - 1 episode
Zwei Männer am Herd1999TV Movie writer: "Street Life" - uncredited
Stars in Their Eyes1995-1999TV Series writer - 5 episodes
Australian Story1999TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Esrim plus1999TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Regine: R2K1999Video documentary writer: "I'll Never Love This Way Again"
Mighty Joe Young1998writer: "Windsong"
The Mask of Zorro1998lyrics: "I Want To Spend My Lifetime Loving You"
Essence Awards1998TV Special writer: "Up Where We Belong" - uncredited
Top of the PopsTV Series writer - 3 episodes, 1979 - 1998 lyrics - 1 episode, 1998
The 70th Annual Academy Awards1998TV Special writer: "My Heart Will Go On"
Jackie Brown1997writer: "Street Life" 1981
Titanic1997"My Heart Will Go On"
The End of Violence1997writer: "You May Feel Me Crying"
Mystery Science Theater 30001994-1997TV Series writer - 3 episodes
FriendsTV Series 1 episode, 1996 writer - 1 episode, 1996
Sgt. Bilko1996writer: "Roll With It"
Ladybird Ladybird1994writer: "Up Where We Belong"
The Thing Called Love1993writer: "WHAT KIND OF LOVE"
Once Upon a Forest1993lyrics: "Please Wake Up", "Once Upon A Time With Me"
Unplugged1992TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Perigosas Peruas1992TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rush1991writer: "Tears in Heaven", "Help Me Up"
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West1991writer: "Way Out West", "Dreams to Dream", "The Girl I Left Behind"
Thelma & Louise1991writer: "Better Not Look Down"
Short Time1990writer: "Roll With It"
Nuns on the Run1990writer: "ROLL WITH IT"
Black Rain1989"I'LL BE HOLDING ON"
Listen to Me1989writer: "Listen To Me"
The 61st Annual Academy Awards1989TV Special writer: "Up Where We Belong"
The Land Before Time1988lyrics: "If We Hold On Together" / music: "If We Hold On Together"
Big Business1988writer: "Higher Love"
Dolly1988TV Series writer - 1 episode
Date with an Angel1987writer: "The Finer Things"
Stakeout1987writer: "Higher Love"
Harry and the Hendersons1987lyrics: "Love Lives On"
Summer Heat1987lyrics: "The Heart Must Have a Home"
Miami Vice1986-1987TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Flight of the Navigator1986writer: "Walk While In My Blues"
The American Way1986producer: "Send Jesus Some", "Fur Fly", "Stand By Your Man" / writer: "Send Jesus Some", "Fur Fly"
Short Circuit1986writer: "Come And Follow Me"
Violets Are Blue...1986writer: "One Day"
Doctor Duck's Super Secret All-Purpose Sauce1986Video music: "La Vie Dansante" / writer: "La Vie Dansante"
Summer Rental1985writer: "Turning Around"
Insignificance1985lyrics: "When Your Heart Runs Out of Time", "Wild Hearts", "Life Goes On" / music: "When Your Heart Runs Out of Time", "Wild Hearts" / performer: "When Your Heart Runs Out of Time"
The Slugger's Wife1985writer: "RAGTOP DAY"
The Two Ronnies1985TV Series writer - 1 episode
Swing Shift1984lyrics: "Someone Waits For You"
Splash1984writer: "Love Came For Me"
Fame1984TV Series 1 episode
The Buddy System1984lyrics: "Here's That Sunny Day"
All the Right Moves1983lyrics: "Blue Skies Forever"
The 55th Annual Academy Awards1983TV Special writer: "Up Where We Belong"
Austin City Limits1983TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
An Officer and a Gentleman1982"Up Where We Belong" 1982
Some Kind of Hero1982lyrics: "Some Kind of Hero"
Sharky's Machine1981as W. Jennings, "Street Life"
The 53rd Annual Academy Awards1981TV Special writer: "People Alone"
Sanford1981TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Competition1980lyrics: "Love Theme - The Competition People Alone"
Roller Revolution1980TV Movie writer: "Street Life"
Portrait of a Hitman1979lyrics: "Everybody Knows the Game"
Hot Stuff1979lyrics: "Keep It Loose"
Casey's Shadow1978lyrics: "JUST LET ME GO TILL I'M GONE"
The Jim Nabors Show1978TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1977TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mother, Jugs & Speed1976lyrics: "No Love Today"
In My Life... Zsa Zsa LiveVideo documentary writer: "Celine Dion Medley"
Strictly Come Dancing2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Who's Doing the Dishes?2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bridget Jones's Baby2016writer: "Up Where We Belong"
History of the Euros2016TV Movie documentary writer: "Call on Me" - uncredited
Marcella2016TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Greatest 90s Movies2016TV Movie "My Heart Will Go On", uncredited
Britain's Got Talent2011-2016TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Captain Fantastic2016Love Theme from tt0120338", writer: "My Heart Will Go On
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonTV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2015


Soul Shadows2012Video short music by
The KT Diaries2006TV Series

Music Department

Gintberg på kanten2011TV Series documentary music - 1 episode
Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night1987original songs


I Origins2014special thanks
William Eggleston in the Real World2005Documentary thanks


The Music of 'An Officer and a Gentleman'2007Video documentary shortHimself - Lyricist
The Score2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
In Dreams: The Roy Orbison Story1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Original Song
The 55th Annual Academy Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Original Song


Won Awards

2002Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Original SongA Beautiful Mind (2001)
1999ASCAP AwardASCAP Film and Television Music AwardsMost Performed Songs from Motion PicturesTitanic (1997)
1999GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for TelevisionTitanic (1997)
1999GrammyGrammy AwardsSong of the YearTitanic (1997)
1998OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Music, Original SongTitanic (1997)
1998Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Original Song - Motion PictureTitanic (1997)
1998Most Performed Song from a FilmBMI Film & TV AwardsTitanic (1997)
1998Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original SongTitanic (1997)
1998OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music, Original SongTitanic (1997)
1998Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Original SongTitanic (1997)
1993GrammyGrammy AwardsSong of the YearRush (1991)
1984BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Original SongAn Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
1983OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Music, Original SongAn Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
1983Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Original Song - Motion PictureAn Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

Nominated Awards

2002OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music, Adapted SongMoulin Rouge! (2001)
1993GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for TelevisionRush (1991)
1992Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Original Song - Motion PictureAn American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991)
1992Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Original Song - Motion PictureRush (1991)
1988GrammyGrammy AwardsSong of the Year
1981OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Music, Original SongThe Competition (1980)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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