Steven Spielberg


Director, Executive, Producer
Steven Spielberg

About

Also Known As
Steven Allan Spielberg
Birth Place
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Born
December 18, 1946

Biography

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 recogn...

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Family & Companions

Margot Kidder
Companion
Actor. Had realtionship in the early 1970s.
Sarah Miles
Companion
Actor. Had relationship in the early 1970s; Miles reportedly became pregnant and chose to have an abortion.
Amy Irving
Wife
Actor. Had on-again, off-again relationship from the late 1970s; married on November 27, 1985 in Santa Fe, New Mexico; divorced in 1989.
Holly Hunter
Companion
Actor. Had relation ship c. 1989.

Bibliography

"Steven Spielberg"
Elizabeth Ferber, Chelsea House Publishers (1997)
"Steven Spielberg: A Biography"
Joseph McBride, Simon & Schuster (1997)
"Steven Spielberg"
John Baxter, HarperCollins (1997)
"Spielberg: The Man, the Movies, the Mythology"
Frank Sanello (1996)

Biography

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.

Born in Cincinnati, OH on Dec. 18, 1946, Steven Allan Spielberg was the eldest child of Arnold and Leahanni Spielberg. Because of his father's job, the future film director spent much of his childhood in several places, as his family often moved. An awkward and lonely child growing up, Spielberg took solace in movies. The first film Spielberg ever saw, Cecil B. DeMille's "The Greatest Show on Earth" (1952), would have a lasting impact on the youngster's life and opened his mind to the magic of moviemaking. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Spielberg did not attend a major university film program and was thus, largely self-taught. At age 16, Spielberg fashioned his first film, "Firelight" - a two-hour science fiction movie that a local movie house in Phoenix, AZ consented to run for one evening. The $400 production was Spielberg's first real commercial success, earning him a profit of $100. When Spielberg's parents divorced in 1965 - an incident which deeply affected the sensitive youngster - he moved to Saratoga, CA where he attended Saratoga High School. After graduation, Spielberg applied to USC film school, but was rejected three separate times. Spielberg opted to attend Long Beach State instead, but ended up dropping out before he got his degree. In 1968, the 22-year-old got a job at Universal Studios as an intern, thus marking the beginnings of one of Hollywood's greatest careers. It was at Universal, that he made his first short film entitled "Amblin'" (1969). The 24-minute film sufficiently impressed executives at the television unit of Universal enough that Spielberg was offered a job as a TV director. In 1969, Spielberg made his directorial debut, helming the TV movie pilot for Rod Serling's "Night Gallery" (NBC, 1970-74). This led to more directing work on such weekly series as "Columbo" (NBC, 1971-78) and "Marcus Welby, M.D." (ABC, 1969-1973). One of his early made-for-TV movies, "Duel" (ABC, 1972), starring Dennis Weaver, was released theatrically in Europe, where it enjoyed both critical and commercial success.

Spielberg's first theatrical film, "The Sugarland Express" (1974), was an entertaining and poignant tale about a Texas woman and her escaped convict husband fighting to regain custody of their baby. Loosely based on a true story, "Sugarland" delved into the concept of the broken family - a theme deeply personal to Spielberg - and one that he would later revisit in subsequent films. Well made, but poorly marketed, the film was a failure at the box office. Spielberg's second film, however, the now-classic "Jaws" (1975), was a phenomenal success both critically and financially. Made for about $15 million, "Jaws" grossed an awe inspiring $260 million domestically, ushering in the modern age of the summer "blockbuster." Ironically, the very film, which propelled Spielberg to the A-list of Hollywood directors, came dangerously close to ending his career before it had even begun. A legendarily troubled production from the start, "Jaws" had a score of obstacles to overcome, among them a neophyte director, a disgruntled crew, a hostile writer and worst of all - a malfunctioning lead "actor." When the automated shark created for the movie - nicknamed "Bruce" by the Spielberg and the crew - failed to work properly, the young director was forced to rely heavily on mood and suspense to suggest, rather than show, the great white. Spielberg's desperate plan proved to be an inspired stroke of genius which not only kept audience members on the edge of their seat, but so frightened them with its air of underwater mystery, that beach-going dropped off sharply that summer.

His transcendent follow-up, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977), revealed the first flowering of his cinematic obsession with the magical world of childhood innocence, as well as the outside forces that inevitably threaten it. Though initially terrifying, as they were sight unseen, by the film's end, the alien creatures in this revisionist work resembled strange and wondrous children as they exited the mother ship, presenting a more benign representation than the monstrous conquerors of 1950s sci-fi films. These beings offered the promise of life beyond the restrictions of middle-class conventions - something the bachelor director felt strongly about at that time in his then childless existence. When Richard Dreyfuss - cast again in a Spielberg film after his performance as Matt Hooper in "Jaws" - boards the mother ship for unknown adventures, it is the film's final grandiloquent embrace of the possible. Released the same year as the effects-laden "Star Wars," "Close Encounters" was the more cerebral hit, and the iconic shot of the child, Barry Guiler (Cary Guffey), standing in the red-lit doorway before being snatched away, remained a classic cinematic shot. Riding high after two back-to-back blockbusters, Spielberg attempted a colossal big-budget comedy with "1941" (1979), a loud, sprawling and wildly uneven film about paranoia along California's West Coast in the wake of Pearl Harbor. Though it ultimately turned a profit, the film, which starred then red-hot comics John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, was perceived as a bloated, self-indulgent flop. Spielberg took the blunt of the criticism, with many reviewers wondering if the Hollywood wunderkind had been anointed too soon.

A humbled Spielberg chose his next project carefully by planning to work under the watchful eye of a tough producer and one of his closest friends, George Lucas, on what would turn out to be one of his signature films: "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981). The movie introduced the world to Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), the fedora-sporting archaeologist and intrepid adventurer that became the most popular screen hero since James Bond. Paying an obvious homage to the classic cliffhanger serials of their youth, Lucas recalled that Spielberg was highly stressed throughout the filming of "Raiders," convinced that it would be his last chance to redeem himself after the failure of "1941." Spielberg's fears proved unfounded. "Raiders" became the biggest moneymaker of 1981 and earned a score of Oscar nominations, including one for Spielberg for Best Director. As if that were not enough, "Raiders," in a way, inspired the penultimate Spielberg film, which would follow soon after. During his "Raiders" shoot, Spielberg was so wearied by the rigors of location shooting in Tunisia and Peru, that he would relax by concocting a story - a little personal tale featuring a couple of kids and a lost alien. In doing so, Spielberg set the stage for his next project, "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982). "E.T." captured the hearts and minds of moviegoers of all ages and went on to become the highest-grossing film of all time until it was beaten by one of Spielberg's own films, "Jurassic Park" in 1993. The film so wove its way into the fabric of pop culture, the phrase "E.T. phone home" became a classic line and the sale of Reeses Pieces peanut butter candies went through the roof.

In 1984, Spielberg directed his first sequel, the much anticipated "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom." Exceedingly violent and somewhat racist - specifically, in its depiction of Indian culture - the film inspired the MPAA to create the new PG-13 rating the following year. Bad blood abounded, as Spielberg and Lucas recoiled from the uproar of angry parents who thought they were taking their children to see a B-movie adventure, but instead watched along with their children as a live man's heart was ripped from his chest. Despite the bad aftertaste, the film was nevertheless highly successful, both financially - and for Spielberg - personally, as well. It was while shooting the film that Spielberg met and fell in love with future wife, Kate Capshaw, who was cast as Indiana Jones' love interest, nightclub singer Willie Scott. Unfortunately, at the time, Spielberg was already married to actress Amy Irving with whom he had a son, Max. The two eventually divorced in 1989, but not before Spielberg had to pay Irving a whopping $100 million settlement - one of the largest in U.S. history. The eighties also marked a shift in Spielberg's artistic and commercial concerns, as he began devoting more time to producing films and television programs. After scoring critical acclaim for directing the big screen adaptation of Alice Walker's "The Color Purple" (1985) and his World War II drama "Empire of the Sun" (1987), Spielberg oversaw the production of a series of popular escapist fantasies. Through his production company, Amblin Entertainment, Spielberg also produced several animated features and conventional genre films. He even diversified into TV with the fantasy anthology series, "Amazing Stories" (NBC, 1985-87), which he executive produced.

In the early 1990s, Spielberg reshifted his duties, once again making directing his main priority. Lending his name to various Amblin productions (while leaving the actual producing chores to others), Spielberg returned to the big screen with the crowd-pleasing fantasy "Hook" (1991), an expensive, quirky update of the classic J.M. Barrie Peter Pan story. Budgeted at over $60 million, the film earned impressive box office, but due to an unprecedented deal brokered by Creative Artists Agency, wherein Spielberg and stars Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams and Julia Roberts split a huge cut of worldwide revenues, it failed to make much money for its studio. Despite mixed reviews, "Hook" was nevertheless notable for showing a newly emerging "grown-up" Spielberg, which revealed itself in his handling of such themes as parenthood, responsibility and old age. Spielberg's next project, the $70 million CGI extravaganza "Jurassic Park," represented a return to the kind of muscle-bound adventures that served Spielberg so well in the past. Though the cast of characters was relatively shallow, the film was a landmark in visual effects - bringing dinosaurs back to life! - and forever changed how action films were made. The film, which spawned two sequels, grossed an unprecedented $914 million worldwide and reestablished Spielberg as Hollywood's golden boy.

Nonetheless, as Spielberg grew closer to middle age, so too did his need to be taken seriously. Long since dismissed as a maker of commercial entertainment for the masses, Spielberg now yearned for artistic legitimacy more than ever. In response, the filmmaker tackled a subject matter of deadly importance for his next project in his unforgettable Holocaust drama, "Schindler's List" (1993). Filmed in black-and-white with few stars and even fewer stylistic indulgences, this bleak version of Thomas Keneally's Booker Prize-winning novel marked a dramatic change-of-pace for this purveyor of warm WASPy visions. For once, he went against his instincts and made an impressively restrained, documentarian drama of Jewish suffering that built to a shattering, yet life-affirming conclusion. The resulting film earned Spielberg the most respectful notices of his career. That the film, which earned seven Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director, also grossed over $100 million domestically did not hurt either.

As an encore, Spielberg returned to familiar ground with the inevitable sequel "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" (1997), which merely rehashed the story of the far superior original. Although it made money, it was a forgettable film and largely derided by fans and critics alike. Spielberg then tackled the tricky historical drama "Amistad" (1997), based on a true story of a mutiny on a slave ship that spawned a legal battle in the U.S. Meticulously staged, the film was noted for its depiction of the Middle Passage, a harrowing portrayal of the conditions of slavery. Overly long and heavy on sentimentality, however, critical response to "Amistad" was only lukewarm. Undaunted, Spielberg returned to the battlefields of WWII the following year for his next, and arguably, most acclaimed film, "Saving Private Ryan" (1998), a three-hour fictionalized look at a heroic military rescue mission and the effect it had on those involved. Praised for its no-holds-barred depiction of war, the film was quickly anointed as one of the year's best by critics. In total, "Saving Private Ryan" earned over $200 million at the box office and 11 Academy Award nominations. Although it was heavily favored to take home the Best Picture award that year, the film ended up shockingly losing out to "Shakespeare in Love" (1998). For his effort, however, the Academy nevertheless reaffirmed their respect for Spielberg by awarding him his second Oscar for Best Director.

In the fall of 1994, Spielberg, recording mogul David Geffen, and former Disney production head Jeffrey Katzenberg, formed a new multimedia entertainment company. Christened DreamWorks SKG, the company produced live-action and animated features, TV programs, recordings and interactive computer software in a relatively cost efficient manner. According to Spielberg, DreamWorks would grant its filmmakers "moral rights" to protect the original versions of their films after release. The studio also decided to give its animators and screenwriters contracts that guaranteed them a share of a given film's success in defiance of the standard creative bookkeeping for the industry. Spielberg was slated to oversee the design of the studio's planned physical plant, laid out like a college campus on the old Howard Hughes aircraft site near the wetlands of Playa Vista, CA. However, after much back-and-forth debating, the Playa Vista site was scrapped and DreamWorks ended up being housed on the Universal lot, c xisting with Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment facilities. After a slow start, the mini-studio eventually came into its own with such hits as "American Beauty" (1999), "Gladiator" (2000), "Shrek" (2001), "A Beautiful Mind" (2001) and "Minority Report" (2002) - all of which were either produced or co-produced by DreamWorks.

Still, directing continued to remain Spielberg's primary passion and he continued to explore the boundaries of his talents within a commercial context. Hoping to integrate his trademark crowd-pleasing sensibilities with bleaker, more philosophical views, Spielberg elected to make "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence" (2001), a $90 million sci-fi fable about a Pinocchio-like android boy. The film, which had long been attached to one of Spielberg's idols, Stanley Kubrick, boasted eye-popping visuals and fine performances from stars Haley Joel Osment and Jude Law. Even so, when all was said and done, "A.I." was considered a noble failure, earning only $78 million in its domestic release. Fortunately, Spielberg returned to top blockbuster form the following year when he adapted Phillip K. Dick's sci-fi novella, "Minority Report," a fast-paced, sci-fi thriller starring Tom Cruise. The leanest, meanest Spielberg film in years, "Minority Report" proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the aging director still had what it took to stand toe-to-toe with Hollywood's new generation of video game-inspired action directors.

Spielberg cannily chose to follow-up that artistic and commercial triumph by helming a refreshingly more down-to-earth affair in the form of the light-hearted drama, "Catch Me If You Can" (2003). Based on the true-life story of con man Frank Abagnale, Jr., the film starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, respectively, as Abagnale and the F.B.I. agent assigned to capture him. Not only did Spielberg succeed in flawlessly recreating the nostalgic innocence of the early 1960's setting, he also managed to coax out DiCaprio's most charming and mature performance to date. The director reteamed with Tom Hanks a third time for a seemingly unlikely project, "The Terminal" (2004) - the tale of an Eastern European immigrant (Hanks) who, due to a political regime change and passport snafu, is forced to reside in a New York City airport terminal. Although the film had its share of wonderful moments, overall, it was regarded one of Spielberg's more artificial-feeling efforts.

Much more effective was Spielberg's riveting remake of the H.G. Wells sci-fi classic, "War of the Worlds" (2005). Adding a contemporary spin on the familiar tale, Spielberg cast Tom Cruise as a working class father who must step up and protect his two children during a horrific alien invasion. By year's end, Spielberg - who had begun favoring a fast-paced production schedule for his projects - launched into another of his long-gestating passion projects. The result was "Munich" (2005), a tense chronicle of revenge and retribution following the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre. Working closely with two of the film's primary screenwriters, Eric Roth and, later, Tony Kushner, Spielberg took pains to craft a story that would offer a balanced look at the politically charged incident. Despite external criticisms over its politics and psychology, "Munich" succeeded as one of Spielberg's masterworks, utilizing all of his talents as a cinematic storyteller to dizzying effect. As the year came to a close, Spielberg seemed poised to open a new chapter in his career. Having reached the end of his run as a movie executive/businessman, Spielberg oversaw the sale of DreamWorks SKG to Paramount Pictures. The former, having failed to fully flower as a full-fledged movie studio, nevertheless made Spielberg, along with his partners, Katzenberg and Geffen, a tidy profit and freed him to once again focus on directing fulltime.

In 2007, industry trades announced Spielberg's next project would be a fourth installment of the much loved Indiana Jones series. Eighteen years after "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989), the new film re-teamed Spielberg with producer George Lucas and star Harrison Ford. Along for the ride were Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett as a new villain and Shia LeBeouf as Indy's son. Filming began in June 2007 for a 2008 release - much to the pent-up anticipation of fans for almost two decades. When "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" finally premiered in May, fans turned out en masse, making it one of the biggest moneymakers of the year, despite less than stellar critical reviews. Meanwhile, Spielberg received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2009 Golden Globe Awards after he was originally slated for the honor the year before, only to have the ceremony pushed back due to the Writers Guild of America strike in 2007.

After working once again with director Michael Bay to produce "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (2009), Spielberg reunited with Tom Hanks to serve as executive producer on "The Pacific" (HBO, 2010), an epic 10-part miniseries chronicling the bloody battles of Guadalcanal, Iwo Jim and Okinawa, as seen through the eyes of three U.S. Marines (Joseph Mazzello, James Badge Dale and Jon Seda). "The Pacific" was hailed by critics on its way to earning 24 Emmy Award nominations, including one for Outstanding Miniseries in 2010. The following year, he visibly served as a producer on the J.J. Abrams thriller "Super 8" (2011), which many critics saw as the younger director's personal ode to Spielberg. He also reunited with Bay to produce "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" (2011) and collaborated with producer Peter Jackson on "The Adventures of Tintin" (2011), a motion-capture 3-D adventure that was the first installment of a proposed trilogy. Meanwhile, Spielberg returned to Academy Award contention with "War Horse" (2011), a sweeping historical epic about a young British lad (Jeremy Irvine) whose beloved horse is sold to the cavalry in France during World War I, sparking a long and extraordinary odyssey that tests the boundaries of loyalty and friendship.

Though nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, "War Horse" Spielberg went home empty handed. But such was not expected to be the case with his next film, "Lincoln" (2012), his long-awaited biography about the last months of the life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis). Hailed for both its epic scope and a mesmerizing performance by Day-Lewis, the film entered awards season as an odds-on favorite. Spielberg first conceived of doing a film about Lincoln as far back as 1999, when historian Doris Kearns Goodwin told him about writing a biography on the 16th president. After snapping up the rights to the novel before it was published, Spielberg spent years developing on unsatisfactory draft of a script. Finally, while promoting "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," he announced that he was set to shoot in 2009, though the actual production was stalled for another two years. But his determination paid off as "Lincoln" earned universal praise from critics, with some going as far as to say it was one of the best biographies ever to be put to film. Not surprisingly, by year's end, Spielberg earned Golden Globe and Oscar nods for Best Director, while the film itself received Best Picture nominations. The director's next work was the Cold War espionage drama "Bridge of Spies" (2015), starring Tom Hanks and based on the real-life 1960 incident in which U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down over the USSR.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

West Side Story (Remake) (2020)
Director
Ready Player One (2018)
Director
The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara (2017)
Director
The Post (2017)
Director
The BFG (2016)
Director
Bridge of Spies (2015)
Director
Lincoln (2012)
Director
War Horse (2011)
Director
The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
Director
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Director
War of the Worlds (2005)
Director
The Terminal (2004)
Director
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Director
Minority Report (2002)
Director
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Director
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Director
Amistad (1997)
Director
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Director
Schindler's List (1993)
Director
Jurassic Park (1993)
Director
Hook (1991)
Director
Always (1989)
Director
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Director
Empire Of The Sun (1987)
Director
The Color Purple (1985)
Director
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Director
Twilight Zone--The Movie (1983)
Director
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Director
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Director
1941 (1979)
Director
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Director
Jaws (1975)
Director
The Sugarland Express (1974)
Director
Savage (1973)
Director
Something Evil (1972)
Director
Duel (1971)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Spielberg (2017)
Himself
Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014)
Himself
Drew: The Man Behind the Poster (2013)
Himself
Milius (2013)
Himself
Paul (2011)
Himself
Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis (2011)
Himself
Jaws: The Inside Story (2010)
Himself
Fog City Mavericks (2007)
Searching for Orson (2006)
Double Dare (2003)
Himself
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 20th Anniversary Special (2002)
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
Vanilla Sky (2001)
Himself
Forever Hollywood (1999)
Himself
AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (1998)
A Century Of Cinema (1994)
The Magical World of Chuck Jones (1992)
Himself
Here's Looking at You, Warner Bros. (1991)
Host
Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones (1990)
Himself
Room 666 (1984)
Himself
The Blues Brothers (1980)
Something Evil (1972)

Writer (Feature Film)

Poltergeist (2015)
Source Material
Jurassic Park III (2001)
Story By
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Screenplay
The Goonies (1985)
Story By
The Goonies (1985)
From Story
Poltergeist (1982)
From Story
Poltergeist (1982)
Screenplay
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Story By
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Screenplay
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
From Story
The Sugarland Express (1974)
From Story
The Sugarland Express (1974)
Story By
Ace Eli And Rodger Of The Skies (1973)
Story By
Ace Eli And Rodger Of The Skies (1973)
From Story

Producer (Feature Film)

West Side Story (Remake) (2020)
Producer
The Turning (2020)
Executive Producer
1917 (2019)
Executive Producer
Men in Black: International (2019)
Executive Producer
Cats (2019)
Executive Producer
Ready Player One (2018)
Producer
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
Executive Producer
First Man (2018)
Executive Producer
Bumblebee (2018)
Executive Producer
Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
Executive Producer
The Post (2017)
Producer
The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara (2017)
Producer
All the Way (2016)
Executive Producer
The BFG (2016)
Producer
Jurassic World (2015)
Executive Producer
Bridge of Spies (2015)
Producer
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
Producer
Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)
Executive Producer
Men in Black III (2012)
Executive Producer
Lincoln (2012)
Producer
The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
Producer
Super 8 (2011)
Producer
Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
Executive Producer
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
Executive Producer
Real Steel (2011)
Executive Producer
War Horse (2011)
Producer
True Grit (2010)
Executive Producer
Hereafter (2010)
Executive Producer
The Lovely Bones (2009)
Executive Producer
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Executive Producer
Eagle Eye (2008)
Executive Producer
Transformers (2007)
Executive Producer
Bee Movie (2007)
Producer
Volevo Solo Vivere (2006)
Executive Producer
Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
Producer
Monster House (2006)
Executive Producer
The Legend of Zorro (2005)
Executive Producer
Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
Producer
Wicked Ways (2004)
Producer
The Terminal (2004)
Producer
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Producer
Transformers: First Encounter (2002)
Executive Producer
Men in Black II (2002)
Executive Producer
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Producer
Jurassic Park III (2001)
Executive Producer
A Holocaust Szemei (2000)
Producer ("Presents")
Wakko's Wish (1999)
Executive Producer
The Mask of Zorro (1998)
Executive Producer
Deep Impact (1998)
Executive Producer
The Last Days (1998)
Executive Producer
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Producer
Men in Black (1997)
Executive Producer
Amistad (1997)
Producer
Twister (1996)
Executive Producer
Casper (1995)
Executive Producer
Balto (1995)
Executive Producer
I'm Mad (1994)
Executive Producer
We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993)
Executive Producer
Class of '61 (1993)
Executive Producer
Schindler's List (1993)
Producer
Trail Mix-Up (1993)
Executive Producer
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991)
Producer
Rollercoaster Rabbit (1990)
Executive Producer
Back To The Future (Part 3) (1990)
Executive Producer
Arachnophobia (1990)
Executive Producer
Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
Executive Producer
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
Executive Producer
Tummy Trouble (1989)
Executive Producer
Dad (1989)
Executive Producer
Always (1989)
Producer
Back To The Future (Part 2) (1989)
Executive Producer
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Executive Producer
The Land Before Time (1988)
Executive Producer
Innerspace (1987)
Executive Producer
*batteries not included (1987)
Executive Producer
Empire Of The Sun (1987)
Producer
An American Tail (1986)
Executive Producer
The Money Pit (1986)
Executive Producer
The Color Purple (1985)
Producer
The Goonies (1985)
Executive Producer
Back To The Future (1985)
Executive Producer
Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)
Executive Producer
Gremlins (1984)
Executive Producer
Twilight Zone--The Movie (1983)
Executive Producer
Poltergeist (1982)
Producer
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Producer
Continental Divide (1981)
Executive Producer
Used Cars (1980)
Executive Producer
I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978)
Executive Producer

Visual Effects (Feature Film)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Visual Effects

Special Thanks (Feature Film)

Lost Souls (2000)
Special Thanks To
The Long Way Home (1997)
Special Thanks To

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Cats (2019)
Executive Producer (Uncredited)
Mifune: The Last Samurai (2015)
Interviewee
The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
Consultant
Paul (2011)
Other
Double Dare (2003)
Other
Vanilla Sky (2001)
Other
Forever Hollywood (1999)
Other
The Magical World of Chuck Jones (1992)
Other
Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones (1990)
Other
Ground Zero (1988)
Other
U2 Rattle and Hum (1988)
Assistance
Rain Man (1988)
Other
The Puppetoon Movie (1987)
Assistant
Heaven (1987)
Assistance
The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1985)
Assistant
Terror in the Aisles (1984)
Other
Room 666 (1984)
Other
The Making of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981)
Other

Director (Special)

America's Millennium (1999)
Segment Director

Cast (Special)

And the Oscar Goes To... (2014)
Himself
AFI's Master Class - The Art of Collaboration: Spielberg-Williams (2011)
Himself
A Night at the Movies: The Gigantic World of Epics (2009)
Himself
Spielberg on Spielberg (2007)
Himself
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters (2006)
ER 200: A Dateline Special (2003)
The AMC Project: Hollywood and the Holocaust (2003)
Interviewee
Great Performances: Walt Disney Concert Hall (2003)
Co-Host
Inside Steven Spielberg Presents: Taken (2002)
George Lucas: Creating an Empire (2002)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills (2001)
Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001)
The American Film Institute Salute to Harrison Ford (2000)
Presenter
Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens -- A Life in Animation (2000)
The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2000)
Presenter
72nd Annual Academy Awards Presentation (2000)
Presenter
Intimate Portrait: Holly Hunter (2000)
The 31st Annual NAACP Image Awards (2000)
Performer
Last Stand -- The Struggle For the Ballona Wetlands (2000)
Inside Hollywood: The Pictures, the People, the Academy Awards (1999)
Biography of the Millennium: 100 People... 1000 Years (1999)
From Star Wars to Star Wars (1999)
Norman Rockwell: Painting America (1999)
A Home for the Holidays (1999)
The Director's Vision: Hollywood's Best Discuss Their Craft (1998)
To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th (1998)
Artists & Entertainers: People of the Century: CBS News/Time 100 (1998)
Ineterviewee
The 25th Daytime Emmy Awards (1998)
Performer
Intimate Portrait: Debbie Allen (1997)
Interviewee
The Universal Story (1996)
Himself
Survivors of the Holocaust (1996)
Himself
American Film Institute Salute to Clint Eastwood (1996)
Performer
The Siskel & Ebert Interviews (1996)
Interviewee
The 68th Annual Academy Awards (1996)
Presenter
The 67th Annual Academy Awards (1995)
Presenter
The American Film Institute Salute to Steven Spielberg (1995)
Performer
1994 People's Choice Awards (1994)
Performer
Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 1994 (1994)
Rolling Stone '93: The Year in Review (1993)
George Lucas: Heroes, Myths and Magic (1993)
Shattered Lullabies (1992)
The 64th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1992)
Presenter
David Lean: A Life in Film (1991)
The Movie Awards (1991)
Performer
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1990)
Presenter
Siskel & Ebert: The Future of the Movies With Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Martin Scorsese (1990)
The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson (1990)
The 18th Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award: A Salute to Sir David Lean (1990)
Performer
Martin Scorsese Directs (1990)
Premiere: Inside the Summer Blockbusters (1989)
Roger Rabbit and the Secrets of Toontown (1988)
China Odyssey: Empire of the Sun (1987)
Funny, You Don't Look 200 (1987)
The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1987)
Performer

Producer (Special)

Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking: The Story of Richard D. Zanuck (2013)
Executive Producer
We Stand Alone Together: The Men of Easy Company (2001)
Executive Producer
Shooting War (2000)
Executive Producer
Survivors of the Holocaust (1996)
Executive Producer

Misc. Crew (Special)

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1994)
Archival Footage

Director (Short)

Amblin' (1969)
Director
Escape to Nowhere (1962)
Director

Cast (Short)

Great Bolshi Yarblockos! Making A Clockwork Orange (2007)
Himself
Poltergeist (Featurette) (1982)
Himself

Cinematography (Short)

Amblin' (1969)
Cinematographer
Escape to Nowhere (1962)
Director Of Photography

Writer (Short)

Escape to Nowhere (1962)
Screenwriter

Editing (Short)

Amblin' (1969)
Editor

Producer (TV Mini-Series)

The Pacific (2010)
Executive Producer
Into the West (2005)
Executive Producer
Steven Spielberg Presents: Taken (2002)
Executive Producer
Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toons Adventures Spring Break Special (1994)
Executive Producer
Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Summer Vacation (1993)
Executive Producer
Tiny Toon Adventures: The Looney Beginning (1990)
Executive Producer

Life Events

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

Signed to seven-year contract as TV director with Universal-MCA

1968

Made professional debut with 24-minute short, "Amblin" (shown at Atlanta Film Festival)

1969

Made TV directing debut with the "Eyes" episode of the anthology series "Night Gallery"; segment starred Joan Crawford (NBC)

1971

Made first feature-length film for TV, "Duel" (ABC)

1973

Wrote story for feature film "Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies"

1974

Made feature directorial debut, "The Sugarland Express," starring Goldie Hawn

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)

1977

Reteamed with Dreyfuss on the sci-fi classic "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"

1978

First feature as executive producer, Robert Zemeckis's "I Wanna Hold Your Hand"

1979

Flopped 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

Filmed first collaboration with executive producer George Lucas and first collaboration with actor Harrison Ford, "Raiders of the Lost Ark"

1982

Made 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

1983

Helmed the "Kick the Can" segment of "Twilight Zone - The Movie"

1984

Directed the sequel "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"

1985

Created first TV series as executive producer, "Amazing Stories" (NBC)

1985

Produced and directed "The Color Purple," adapted from Alice Walker's novel

1986

Executive produced first animated feature "An American Tail"

1987

Made WWII drama "Empire of the Sun," which featured a young Christian Bale in his acting debut

1989

Helmed "Always," a remake of the 1943 feature "A Guy Named Joe"; third film with Richard Dreyfuss

1989

Made 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"

1991

Helmed the lavish "Peter Pan" update "Hook" starring Robin Williams as a grown-up Peter and Dustin Hoffman as the title character

1992

Signed a one-year deal to produce "seaQuest DSV" a 22-episode series, a joint effort between Universal and Amblin Entertainment

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"

1993

Co-produced and directed his most critically acclaimed feature "Schindler's List"; first feature shot in black-and-white

1993

Directed his most commercially successful feature "Jurassic Park"; film outgrossed "E.T." to become the top movie of all time

1994

Formed the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation to videotape the testimonies of Holocaust survivors

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

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

Directed acclaimed WWII story "Saving Private Ryan," starring Tom Hanks

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

Executive produced the hit Sci-Fi Channel miniseries "Taken"

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

Directed the sci-fi thriller "Minority Report," starring Tom Cruise and Colin Farrell

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"

2002

Served as a co-executive producer on Woody Allen's "Hollywood Ending"

2003

Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

2004

Again paired with Tom Hanks for "The Terminal"; also starred Catherine Zeta-Jones

2005

Helmed "Munich," a film based on the book <i>Vengeance</i>; detailed the tragic aftermath of the 1972 Munich Olympics

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

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

2006

Produced the Clint Eastwood directed WWII dramas, "Flags of Our Fathers" and the companion piece "Letters from 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

2015

Directed espionage drama "Bridge of Spies," starring Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance

2016

Directed Disney fantasy adaptation "The BFG," starring Mark Rylance in the title role

2017

Was the subject of the HBO retrospective documentary "Spielberg"

2017

Directed newspaper drama "The Post," starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep

2018

Returned to family friendly fare with the video-game-nostalgia thrill ride "Ready Player One"

Photo Collections

Jaws - Movie Poster
Here is the American One-Sheet Movie Poster for Steven Spielberg's Jaws (1975). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). This set is from the 1980 reissue (The Special Edition). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977) - Can You Tell Me Where Cornbread Is? On the first night of blackouts sweeping across Indiana, lineman Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) encounters director Steven Spielberg’s gimmick with the headlights, and a famous sequence from special effects expert Douglas Trumbull, in Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, 1977.
Poltergeist (1982) - The TV People? Now clear strange doings in the housing development, mom JoBeth Williams with the construction crew and the dog, and rightly alarmed by young Carol Anne, who’s being visited by something coming through the TV, Craig T. Nelson the real-estate agent dad, in Poltergeist, 1982.
Poltergeist (1982) - They're Here The younger kids (Oliver Robins, Heather O’Rourke), frightened by thunder, have wound up in bed with their parents (Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams) when young Carol Anne, watching the TV sign-off again, has her most tangible contact yet with the visitors, in the Steven Spielberg-produced Poltergeist, 1982.
Always (1989) - I Was Rusty On Panic Sort of a Maguffin opening, highly dramatic, from director Steven Spielberg, in the picture he said was inspired-by, rather than a remake-of A Guy Named Joe, 1944, introducing Richard Dreyfuss and Holly Hunter, John Goodman supporting, in Always, 1989, co-starring Audrey Hepburn.
Always (1989) - Time Is Funny Stuff Firefighter pilot Pete (Richard Dreyfuss) doesn’t realized he’s just crashed his plane and died, but things are explained to him by “Hap” (Audrey Hepburn, her first appearance, having come out of retirement, for what would be her final film), in Steven Spielberg’s Always, 1989.
Sugarland Express, The (1974) - I Come With The Bad News Earlier in the credits we watched Lou Jean (Goldie Hawn) arrive on the bus to the Texas prison pre-release center, braced by the (un-credited) desk man, then presenting the problem to her inmate husband Clovis (William Atherton), opening Steven Spielberg's fact-based debut feature, The Sugarland Express, 1974.
Sugarland Express, The (1974) - I Never Shot A Man After a comical east Texas chase, it seems Lou Jean (Goldie Hawn) and husband Clovis (William Atherton), whom she's sprung from prison, have crashed their stolen car, their pursuer deputy Slide (Michael Sacks) trying to follow procedure, in Steven Spielberg's The Sugarland Express, 1974.
Jaws (1975) - I'll Catch This Bird Civic panic in "Amity" (in fact, Martha's Vineyard), as Mayor Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) chairs, Chief Brody (Roy Scheider) comments, and crusty shark-hunter Quint (Robert Shaw) takes over, in Steven Spielberg's Jaws, 1975.
Jaws (1975) - That's Some Bad Hat Famous scene from director Steven Spielberg with advanced shooting and editing, Chief Brody (Roy Scheider) scanning the beach which the city fathers refused to close, Lorraine Gary his wife, Wally Hooper Jr. the geriatric swimmer, in Jaws, 1975.
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977) - Where Did The Sounds Come From? Documentarian Lacombe (Francois Truffaut) and crew arrive in India, where UFO activity has been observed, then presents his musical findings at a conference, in Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, 1977.
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977) - Are We The First? Joining director Steven Spielberg’s opening, no explanation as Bob Balaban (as “Laughlin”) leads us through a mystifying sand storm in Mexico, and meets Francois Truffaut, the great French director, playing scientist Lacombe, in Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, 1977.
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977) - You're Not Even Dressed Developing skill in suggesting he's not the one acting crazy, Roy (Richard Dreyfuss) tears up the neighborhood and drives the wife (Teri Garr) and kids away, in Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, 1977.

Trailer

Close Encounters of the Third Kind - (Special Edition Trailer) This is the theatrical trailer for the "Special Edition" of Steven Spielberg's 1977 sci-fi classic starring Richard Dreyfuss and Melinda Dillon.
Sugarland Express, The - (Original Trailer) Steven Spielberg's first theatrical feature stars Goldie Hawn in a rare dramatic outing, The Sugarland Express (1974).
Back To The Future - (Teaser Trailer) A young man (Michael J. Fox) travels into the past and almost keeps his parents from getting married in Back To The Future (1985).
Amistad - (Original Trailer) Steven Spielberg's Amistad (1997), the true story of a rebellion on a slave ship that inflamed 1840's America.
Jaws - (Original Trailer) Steven Spielberg's first "monster" hit was Jaws (1975) about a great white shark terrorizing a beach community.
1941 - (Original Trailer) Panic sweeps Hollywood when a Japanese invasion is suspected in Steven Spielberg's gigantic farce 1941 (1979).
Minority Report - (Original Trailer) An enforcer (Tom Cruise) who catches people before they can commit crimes is framed for murder in Minority Report (2002).
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence - (Original Trailer) A robot child dreams of becoming a real boy in Steven Spielberg's A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001), a movie conceived by Stanley Kubrick.
Hook - (Original Trailer) A grown up Peter Pan tries to prevent the return of the evil Captain Hook in Steven Spielberg's 1991 fantasy Hook starring Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman and Julia Roberts.
Color Purple, The - (Original Trailer) Eleven Oscar nominations went to Steven Spielberg's film adaptation of the Alice Walker novel The Color Purple (1985).
Poltergeist -- (Original Trailer) Evil spirits abduct a little girl, causing chaos and terror for her family in Poltergeist (1982), Tobe Hooper's supernatural thriller.
Saving Private Ryan - (Original Trailer) After the Normandy Invasion, a special detachment gets the mission of Saving Private Ryan (1998) starring Tom Hanks and Matt Damon, directed by Steven Spielberg.

Promo

Family

Arnold Spielberg
Father
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.
Leah Adler
Mother
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.
Bernie Adler
Step-Father
Restaurateur. Married to Spielberg's mother.
Bernice Colner
Step-Mother
Married Arnold Spielberg on April 6, 1997.
Anne Spielberg
Sister
Screenwriter, producer. Born on December 25, 1949; co-wrote and co-produced "Big" (1988).
Sue Spielberg
Sister
Born in 1953.
Nancy Spielberg
Sister
Born in 1956.
Jessica Capshaw
Step-Daughter
Actor. Born in 1976; Kate Capshaw's daughter by a previous marriage.
Max Spielberg
Son
Born in June 1985; mother, Amy Irving; Spielberg and Irving share custody.
Theo Spielberg
Son
Born c. 1988; African-American; adopted by Capshaw before her marriage to Spielberg; adopted by Spielberg.
Sasha Spielberg
Daughter
Born in June 1990; mother, Kate Capshaw.
Sawyer Spielberg
Son
Born on March 10, 1992; mother, Kate Capshaw.
Mikaela George Spielberg
Daughter
Born on Feb. 28, 1996; adopted with Capshaw.
Destry Allyn Spielberg
Daughter
Born on Dec. 1, 1996; mother, Kate Capshaw.

Companions

Margot Kidder
Companion
Actor. Had realtionship in the early 1970s.
Sarah Miles
Companion
Actor. Had relationship in the early 1970s; Miles reportedly became pregnant and chose to have an abortion.
Amy Irving
Wife
Actor. Had on-again, off-again relationship from the late 1970s; married on November 27, 1985 in Santa Fe, New Mexico; divorced in 1989.
Holly Hunter
Companion
Actor. Had relation ship c. 1989.
Kate Capshaw
Wife
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.

Bibliography

"Steven Spielberg"
Elizabeth Ferber, Chelsea House Publishers (1997)
"Steven Spielberg: A Biography"
Joseph McBride, Simon & Schuster (1997)
"Steven Spielberg"
John Baxter, HarperCollins (1997)
"Spielberg: The Man, the Movies, the Mythology"
Frank Sanello (1996)