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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 ... producer executive director screenwriter restaurateur|
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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