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Also Known As: Steven Allan Spielberg Died:
Born: December 18, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA Profession: producer, executive, director, screenwriter, restaurateur

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Perhaps the world's most famous filmmaker, Steven Spielberg succeeded in combining the intimacy of personal vision with the requirements of the modern commercial blockbuster. Though his astonishing success delayed his acceptance as a serious artist for decades, few denied that Spielberg's work decisively influenced 20th century filmmaking through his potent imagery and universally recognizable emotion. With "Jaws" (1975), he made the first movie to cross the $100 million mark at the box office and ushered in an era of summer blockbusters that remained the status quo for decades. Over the next three decades, Spielberg directed some of cinema's most successful movies - "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977), "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981), "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982), "Jurassic Park" (1993) and "Minority Report" (2002) were all major financial successes as well as highly entertaining films. If nothing else, Spielberg's films were landmarks in special effects, both in their visual and aural aspects, as well as in the audience response they elicited. His most poignant films - "The Color Purple" (1985), "Schindler's List" (1993), "Saving Private Ryan" (1998) and "Munich" (2005) - earned...

Perhaps the world's most famous filmmaker, Steven Spielberg succeeded in combining the intimacy of personal vision with the requirements of the modern commercial blockbuster. Though his astonishing success delayed his acceptance as a serious artist for decades, few denied that Spielberg's work decisively influenced 20th century filmmaking through his potent imagery and universally recognizable emotion. With "Jaws" (1975), he made the first movie to cross the $100 million mark at the box office and ushered in an era of summer blockbusters that remained the status quo for decades. Over the next three decades, Spielberg directed some of cinema's most successful movies - "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977), "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981), "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982), "Jurassic Park" (1993) and "Minority Report" (2002) were all major financial successes as well as highly entertaining films. If nothing else, Spielberg's films were landmarks in special effects, both in their visual and aural aspects, as well as in the audience response they elicited. His most poignant films - "The Color Purple" (1985), "Schindler's List" (1993), "Saving Private Ryan" (1998) and "Munich" (2005) - earned Academy Award consideration and cemented his place as one of Hollywood's greatest directors. Spielberg turned creative mogul when he formed DreamWorks studios with Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen in 1994, and still managed to pursue numerous philanthropic and cultural projects, most notably serving as chairman for the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, all the while continuing to deliver beloved films that resonated with moviegoers the world over.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Lincoln (2012)
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  War Horse (2011)
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  War of the Worlds (2005) Director
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  Terminal, The (2004) Director
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  Catch Me If You Can (2002) Director
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  Minority Report (2002) Director
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CAST: (feature film)

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 Milius (2013)
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 Paul (2011)
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 Double Dare (2003) Himself
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 Vanilla Sky (2001) Himself
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Milestones close milestones

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Made first 8mm (3 1/2 min.) film while in grade school; set up a tree-planting business to pay for film and equipment while in teens
1960:
Won first contest with 40-minute war film, "Escape to Nowhere" at age 13
1962:
Made first amateur 8mm feature film, "Firelight" at age 16; father hired local theater to screen film
1968:
Professional debut with 24-minute short, "Amblin" (shown at Atlanta Film Festival)
1968:
Signed to seven-year contract as TV director with Universal-MCA
1969:
TV directing debut with the "Eyes" episode of the anthology series "Night Gallery"; segment starred Joan Crawford (NBC)
1971:
First feature-length film for TV, "Duel" (ABC)
1973:
Wrote story for feature film "Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies"
1974:
Feature directorial debut, "The Sugarland Express"
1975:
Breakthrough feature film, the summer blockbuster "Jaws"; also first collaboration with actor Richard Dreyfuss; film brought in 100 days over schedule (and comparably over budget); reportedly the first director to do so
1977:
Reteamed with Dreyfuss on the sci-fi classic "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"; received first Best Director Oscar nomination
1978:
First feature as executive producer, Robert Zemeckis's "I Wanna Hold Your Hand"
1979:
Witnessed rare film flop with the large-scale comedy "1941"
1980:
Made a cameo appearance as the Cook County Clerk at the end of John Landis's "The Blues Brothers"
1981:
First collaboration with executive producer George Lucas and first collaboration with actor Harrison Ford, "Raiders of the Lost Ark"; garnered second Best Director Academy Award nomination
1982:
First film as producer, "Poltergeist," helmed by Tobe Hooper
1982:
Helmed the blockbuster "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial"; also served as one of the producers; became the top-grossing movie of all time pulling in $399 million in its initial release; earned third Best Director Oscar nomination as well as a Best Picture nod; re-released on 20th anniversary in March 2002 with minor changes and enhanced digital effects
1983:
Helmed the "Kick the Can" segment of "Twilight Zone ¿ The Movie"
1984:
Directed the sequel "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"
1984:
Formed production company Amblin Entertainment
1985:
First TV series as executive producer, "Amazing Stories" (NBC)
1985:
Produced and directed "The Color Purple," adapted from Alice Walker's novel; movie received 11 Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, but not one for Best Director
1986:
Executive produced first animated feature "An American Tail"
1987:
Made the underrated WWII drama "Empire of the Sun," which featured a young Christian Bale in his acting debut
1989:
TV acting debut as himself in a segment of "The Tracey Ullman Show" (Fox)
1989:
Served as a founding member and VP of the Artists Rights Foundation
1989:
Directed the second sequel "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"
1989:
Helmed the less successful "Always," a remake of the 1943 feature "A Guy Named Joe"; third film with Richard Dreyfuss
1991:
Helmed the lavish "Peter Pan" update "Hook" starring Robin Williams as a grown-up Peter and Dustin Hoffman as the title character
1992:
With wife Kate Capshaw, co-hosted "Shattered Lullabies" ¿ a documentary on high infant mortality rates in America; broadcast on Lifetime as an episode of "Your Family Matters"
1992:
Signed a one-year deal to produce "seaQuest DSV" a 22-episode series, a joint effort between Universal and Amblin Entertainment
1993:
Directed his most commercially successful feature "Jurassic Park"; film outgrossed "E.T." to become the top movie of all time
1993:
Co-produced and directed his most critically acclaimed feature "Schindler's List"; first feature shot in black-and-white
1994:
Formed the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation to videotape the testimonies of Holocaust survivors
1994:
Invested in a CD-ROM company Knowledge Adventure; participated in the creation of five titles
1994:
Along with mogul David Geffen and former Disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg, formed DreamWorks SKG, a multimedia entertainment company for the production of live-action and animated features, TV programming, music and interactive software
1995:
Announced that DreamWorks SKG would grant their filmmakers "moral rights" to protect the original versions of their films after release
1996:
"Champs", an ABC sitcom from executive producer Gary David Goldberg, became the first DreamWorks TV series (only lasted for a month)
1996:
Received story credit on the premiere episode of "High Incident," an ABC cop drama; the first hour-long dramatic series from DreamWorks; was reportedly involved with production, casting and operating a camera during portions of the pilot
1997:
Helmed the sequel "The Lost World: Jurassic Park"
1997:
Helmed "Amistad," a film based on a real-life 19th-century legal case involving slaves who staged a mutiny on the ship carrying them to North America; author Barbara Chase-Riboud claimed that the film's script was based in part on her book; subsequent threats of lawsuits and articles tainted film's release
1998:
Bounced back with the acclaimed WWII story "Saving Private Ryan," starring Tom Hanks; earned second Best Director Academy Award
2001:
Returned to filmmaking with "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," based on a story by the late Stanley Kubrick; also wrote screenplay
2001:
With Hanks, produced the HBO WWII miniseries "Band of Brothers"
2002:
With the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, served as presenter of "Broken Silence," a series of five documentaries about Holocaust survivors; aired on Cinemax
2002:
Served as a co-executive producer on Woody Allen's "Hollywood Ending"
2002:
Directed the sci-fi thriller "Minority Report," starring Tom Cruise and Colin Farrell
2002:
Executive produced the hit Sci-Fi Channel miniseries "Taken"
2002:
Reunited with Tom Hanks, who co-starred as an FBI agent pursuing the first teenager ever to make the Ten Most Wanted list (Leonardo DiCaprio) in "Catch Me If You Can"
2003:
Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
2004:
Again paired with Tom Hanks for "The Terminal"; also starred Catherine Zeta-Jones
2005:
Executive produced "Into the West," (TNT) a saga spanning 65 years of U.S. history from 1825 to 1890; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Miniseries
2005:
Once again collaborated with Tom Cruise for "War of the Worlds," a remake of the 1953 film, which chronicles a Martian invasion of Earth
2005:
Helmed "Munich," a film based on the book <i>Vengeance</i>; detailed the tragic aftermath of the 1972 Munich Olympics; received Academy nominations for Directing and Best Picture and a Golden Globe nomination for Directing; was also nominated by the Directors Guild of America
2006:
Produced the Clint Eastwood directed WWII dramas, "Flags of Our Fathers" and the companion piece "Letters from Iwo Jima"; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture as the producer of "Iwo Jima"
2007:
Teamed with Mark Burnett for "On the Lot," an "American Idol"-meets- "The Apprentice" Fox reality series
2007:
Executive produced "Transformers," the live action film based on the franchise and toy line
2008:
Returned to direct the fourth installment of the adventure series "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," starring Harrison Ford in the title role
2009:
Re-teamed with Michael Bay (who directed) to produce the sequel "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"
2010:
Re-teamed with Tom Hanks to executive produce HBO's 10-part miniseries "The Pacific," which earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Miniseries
2011:
Co-produced the J. J. Abrams directed thriller "Super 8"
2011:
Re-teamed with Michael Bay (who directed) to produce "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"
2011:
Directed and produced "The Adventures of Tintin"
2011:
Directed the WWI-set drama "War Horse," based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo and the 2007 stage adaptation of the same name
2012:
Produced and directed "Lincoln" about the 16th U.S. President, starring Daniel Day-Lewis
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Education

Saratoga High School: Saratoga , California -
California State College: Long Beach , California - 1970

Notes

During a routine physical in February 2000, Spielberg's doctor discovered "an irregularity" that resulted in the director having to undergo surgery to remove one of his kidneys.

He was the owner of a sandwich shop in L.A. called Dive! While that outlet closed in 1999, a branch is Las Vegas remained open.

"I never felt comfortable with myself, because I was never part of the majority," Steven Spielberg said. "I always felt awkward and shy and on the outside of the momentum of my friends' lives. I was never on the inside of that. I was always on the outside.

"I felt like an alien. I always felt like I never belonged to any group that I wanted to belong to. Unlike Woody Allen, you know, I WANTED to become a member of the country club." --From "We Can't Just Sit Back And Hope" by Dotson Rader, Parade Magazine, March 27, 1994.

Received an honorary doctorate from USC May 6, 1994.

"Spielbergian images suffuse the planet's collective consciousness." --Nancy Griffin in her article "Manchild in the Promised Land" in Premiere, June 1989.

"Along with Scorsese, Spielberg shepherded the restoration of the Columbia Pictures classic (David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia" 1962). Shortly after Dawn Steel inherited the top job at the studio from David Puttnam, Spielberg says, he marched into her office and said, 'You have to do this or I'll never make a picture for Columbia again.' When he viewed 'Lawrence' in all its original glory, it 'made me feel like going back to film school. One of the most intimidating things for anybody who takes himself seriously as a filmmaker is to sit in that theater and realize that so many of us have so far to go before we're able to recreate seven moments in a masterwork like that.'" --From "Manchild in the Promised Land" by Nancy Griffin in Premiere, June 1989.

"[Director Sidney] Lumet says, 'I just feel he is the most brilliant purely cinematic talent that I have seen. He is a thrilling, thrilling moviemaker.' He scoffs at Spielberg's detractors' judgment that he can't cut it with grown-up material. 'I'm sorry. That's bullshit,' says Lumet. 'Spielberg's talent is so rich, it's going to take him a lifetime to explore; he could go in so many directions.'" --From "Manchild in the Promised Land" by Nancy Griffin in Premiere, June 1989.

"After the final crescendo, when the last galloping rider has disappeared from the screen, he says softly, 'I'm going to miss looking into Harrison's eyes through the shadow of his fedora.'" --Spielberg remarking at the end of the scoring for "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" in "Manchild in the Promised Land" by Nancy Griffin in Premiere, June 1989.

"'Schindler's List' brings a preeminent pop mastermind together with a story that demands the deepest reserves of courage and passion. Rising brilliantly to the challenge of this material and displaying an electrifying creative intelligence, Mr. Spielberg has made sure that neither he nor the Holocaust will ever be thought of in the same way again. With every frame, he demonstrates the power of the film maker to distill complex events into into fiercely indelible images." --Janet Maslin, "Imagining the Holocaust to Remember It" in The New York Times, December 15, 1993.

"Its one identifiable Spielberg trademark is its total command of cinema; what's new is a seriousness of purpose and level of filmmaking fury not seen since the director's early works." --Mike Clark, "'Schindler's List' is Spielberg's Triumph" from USA Today, December 15, 1993.

"Schindler is also a touchingly obvious projection of Spielberg's own dreams of posterity, a man remembered above all for being a good boss, for being truly loved by his employees (the film is dedicated to Steve Ross, the late Time Warner chairman who was Spielberg's mentor). As Schindler says, he is a man who has made more money than anyone could spend in a lifetime, yet in making that money he has touched people's lives in a meaningful way--Schindler by drawing up his list, Spielberg by filming it. In Spielberg's happily capitalist world, profit motive is not the enemy of humanism but its spur." --Dave Kehr, "A Spielberg Check-'List'" (review of "Schindler's List"), Daily News, December 15, 1993.

"Spielberg was far more collaborative than I ever imagined he would be. He really wanted ideas and encouraged people to give their input. Everyone had told me he shoots fast and that was so true - it makes your head spin. I had also been told he is very technical, which I didn't find at all. He was far more of an actor's director." --Jude Law to The Daily Telegraph, February 17, 2001.

Awarded The Order of the Smile in 1993 by the older children of Poland for being a role model and hero; previous recipient was the Pope.

The Righteous Persons Foundation was established with Spielberg's earnings from "Schindler's List" to fund projects which impact on modern Jewish life (e.g. "to engage Jewish youth, to support the arts, to promote tolerance and to strengthen the commitment to social justice"). As of fall 1995, the foundation had made 30 grants totaling nearly $10 million. The organization projected to distribute more than $40 million over its first decade of existence.

Received an honorary doctorate from New York University in 1996.

Anonymously purchased Clark Gable's 1934 Oscar for a record $550,000 then donated it to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

In April 1999, he donated $500,000 to USC's Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts.

Spielberg received the Defense Department Public Service Award on August 11, 1999

In January 2001, he recevied an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his extraordinary contributions to the entertainment industry.

"I don't think that 'Jaws' would do as well today as it did in 1975, because people would not wait so long to see the shark. Or they'd say there's too much time between the first attack and the second attack. Which is too bad. We have an audience now that isn't patient with us. They've been tought, by people like me, to be impatient with people like me." --Spielberg to The New York Times, June, 16, 2002.

Received an honorary doctrate degree from Yale University in 2002

"According to my mom, I'm such a big shot that she's threatening to have her uterus bronzed."---Spielberg People March 21, 1994

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companion:
Margot Kidder. Actor. Had realtionship in the early 1970s.
companion:
Sarah Miles. Actor. Had relationship in the early 1970s; Miles reportedly became pregnant and chose to have an abortion.
wife:
Amy Irving. Actor. Had on-again, off-again relationship from the late 1970s; married on November 27, 1985 in Santa Fe, New Mexico; divorced in 1989.
companion:
Holly Hunter. Actor. Had relation ship c. 1989.
wife:
Kate Capshaw. Actor. Married on October 12, 1991 at Spielberg's East Hampton, Long Island, New York estate; converted from Episcopalianism to Judaism c. 1993 after more than a year of study with an Orthodox rabbi.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Arnold Spielberg. Electrical engineer. Lost relatives in the Holocaust; involved in the early development of computers; born c. 1918; divorced from Spielberg's mother; remarried on April 6, 1997.
mother:
Leah Adler. Former concert pianist; restaurateur. Had four children with Arnold (Steven the youngest); married to second husband, Bernie Adler; they own a kosher dairy restaurant called The Milky Way on Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles.
step-father:
Bernie Adler. Restaurateur. Married to Spielberg's mother.
step-mother:
Bernice Colner. Married Arnold Spielberg on April 6, 1997.
sister:
Anne Spielberg. Screenwriter, producer. Born on December 25, 1949; co-wrote and co-produced "Big" (1988).
sister:
Sue Spielberg. Born in 1953.
sister:
Nancy Spielberg. Born in 1956.
step-daughter:
Jessica Capshaw. Actor. Born in 1976; Kate Capshaw's daughter by a previous marriage.
son:
Max Spielberg. Born in June 1985; mother, Amy Irving; Spielberg and Irving share custody.
son:
Theo Spielberg. Born c. 1988; African-American; adopted by Capshaw before her marriage to Spielberg; adopted by Spielberg.
daughter:
Sasha Spielberg. Born in June 1990; mother, Kate Capshaw.
son:
Sawyer Spielberg. Born on March 10, 1992; mother, Kate Capshaw.
daughter:
Mikaela George Spielberg. Born on Feb. 28, 1996; adopted with Capshaw.
daughter:
Destry Allyn Spielberg. Born on Dec. 1, 1996; mother, Kate Capshaw.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Spielberg: The Man, the Movies, the Mythology"
"Steven Spielberg" Chelsea House Publishers
"Steven Spielberg: A Biography" Simon & Schuster
"Steven Spielberg" HarperCollins
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