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Steven Spielberg DIRECTOR


Perhaps the most esteemed figure Hollywood has ever seen, Steven Spielberg has succeeded in creating a plethora of films that combine his intimate personal vision with a commercial-esque quality. The director, screen writer, and producer has managed to, in his five decade plus career, intrigue audiences of nearly every genre through his extensive use of special effects, recognizable emotion, and fascinating plots. With all of his hard work and dedication to the art of filmmaking, he managed to forever secure a spot in the hearts of movie buffs – ones from the past, and ones to come yet.

Steven Allan Spielberg was born December 18, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio to an electrical engineer father and concert pianist mother. As a young boy, it has been believed that he suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome. Unfortunately, at school this meant he was treated differently than at home, where he was spoiled by his mother and three younger sisters. However, this also paved the way for his obsession with film when his father brought home an 8mm camera for him to play with as a pre-teen. Being a movie buff already, Spielberg took the opportunity to create his own masterpieces. By 1952, at only age twelve, he made his first amateur film, an eight minute western called “The Last Gun” that included casted actors and all.  Soon after, at age thirteen, he won an award for his forty minute war film “Escape to Nowhere” (1961). Not long following, Spielberg filmed a full length science fiction feature called “Firelight” (1964). His father rented out a local movie theater to show the picture, and it earned back the cost it took to make it, and then some, in only one night.

The filmmaker tried to attend U.S.C film school after high school, but was denied three different times due to his poor grades. Instead, he enrolled at Long Beach State to study English. While in school, he made a twenty four minute film titled “Amblin’” (1968) that he submitted to the Atlanta Film Festival. It placed, and earned him a seven year contract with Universal Pictures. It also made its way to become the title of Spielberg’s own production company later.

At Universal, the youngest director to have ever been signed to a long term contract began directing a number of assorted television shows like “Marcus Welby, M.D.” (1970) and “The Psychiatrist” (1971), as well as TV movies such as “Duel” (1971) and “Savage” (1973). “Duel” was so successful that it was later released into theaters to win even more critical acclaim.

“The Sugarland Express” (1974) became Spielberg’s first major motion picture, and while well made, failed at the box office. However, his next film, “Jaws” (1975), made up for his first flop. “Jaws” quickly made an outstanding $260 million, astonishing audiences and working its way to become a classic. The film was so popular and realistic in fact, that beach attendance dramatically decreased that summer for people were too afraid to enter the possibly shark infested waters. His subsequent feature, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977), which was based off of his early picture “Firelight” about human contact with aliens, also proved to be a smash hit and earned the director his first Best Director Oscar nomination. Soon after, he made his production debut with the romantic comedy “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” (1978).

After putting out a forgettable failure, “1941” (1979), Spielberg decided to try producing once more for the Kurt Russell comedy “Used Cars” (1980). From this point on he continued to produce a large number of films, including many of his directorial efforts. As a matter of fact, he established his own production company a few years later called Amblin Entertainment.

In 1981, the director teamed up with his friend and fellow director George Lucas to put out the Harrison Ford adventure flick “Raiders of the Lost Ark”. The first installment of the Indiana Jones series became the biggest box office draw and won Spielberg his second Best Director Academy Award nomination. Two years later, the director released another sci-fi classic, “E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial” (1982), which served as the first film produced by his own studio. It also became the highest grossing picture of all time and earned nine Academy Award nominations, including Best Director. As well, the touching story of a boy who befriends a lost alien warmed the hearts of moviegoers of all ages. Right after, he produced three more impressive box office hits, “Poltergeist” (1982), “Twilight Zone: The Movie” (1983), and “The Gremlins” (1984).

Spielberg directed his first sequel in 1984, the highly anticipated “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”. With its violence, language, and racy content, but not overpoweringly present as seen in R-rated movies, the MPAA was inspired to create a new rating, PG-13. The next year, after being criticized about the abundant amount of adult content in his recent movies, the director was prompted to create an adaptation of Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple” (1985). The film, which starred Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey, followed the struggles of a group of African American women during the Depression. It fared well at the box office, despite diverging critical comments, and secured eleven Oscar nominations.

Meanwhile, the director oversaw the production of a number of fantasy adventure films like “Gremlins” (1984), “The Goonies” (1985), and “Back to the Future” (1985). His next directorial project was the World War II feature, “Empire of the Sun” (1987), and it was followed by another Indian Jones installment, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989). The adventure film turned out to be the highest grossing film worldwide that year, even topping out the much anticipated “Batman”. Around the same time, he also produced a number of successes such as the animated “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (1988), family adventure “Back to the Future Part II” (1989), and romantic drama “Always” (1989).

The nineties proved to find Spielberg even more triumph. He started out with the crowd pleasing Peter Pan adventure “Hook” (1991), and followed with the revolutionary “Jurassic Park” (1993). For a short time, this film held the record for highest grossing movie of all time. Dinosaurs ruled again with two sequels later down the line, but not before Spielberg released his mature Holocaust drama “Schindler’s List” (1993). Possibly the most respectable film of his career, it finally won him the Best Director and Best Picture Oscars. While the flick brought in a large amount of money, Spielberg chose to direct all profit to setting up the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation which records and stores tales from Holocaust survivors.

In the mid nineties, he took a break from directing to set up his own film studio, DreamWorks. This meant, however, that he remained producing a handful of movies, as well as a great number of TV series and movies like “Tiny Toon Adventures” (1990-92), “A Pinky & the Brain Christmas Special” (1995), “Tiny Toons’ Night Ghoulery” (1995), and “Animaniacs” (1993-96). In 1997, he returned to the director’s chair in “The Last World: Jurassic Park” and “Amistad”.

A year later, Spielberg regained his directorial prominence with the dramatic World War II film “Saving Private Ryan” (1998), winning his second Academy Award for Best Director. This picture also served as the first major hit for DreamWorks. 2001 brought Spielberg’s next accomplishment, “A.I. Artificial Intelligence”, which was also a victory for DreamWorks. Although it was one more year before he directed another feature, he produced the popular children’s animation “Shrek” and adventure filled “Jurassic Park III” also in 2001.

2002 saw “Minority Report” and “Catch Me If You Can”, and 2004 brought “The Terminal”. Spielberg seemed to prove that he could still direct blockbusters with the release of these movies. The Tom Cruise sci-fi vehicle “War of the Worlds” (2005) came next, followed by the historical drama “Munich” (2005). In 2008, another Indiana Jones feature, “Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull” came out, trailed by the documentary short “A Timeless Call” (2008).

At the same time, DreamWorks was really taking off. Spielberg assisted in the production of popular features that included the action “The Legend of Zorro” (2005), drama “Memoirs of a Geisha” (2005), WWII pictures “Flags of Our Fathers” (2006) and “Letters From Iwo Jima” (2006), adventures “Eagle Eye” (2008), “Transformers” (2007), “Transformers” (2009), and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” (2011), as well as other box office smashes like “The Lovely Bones” (2009) and “True Grit” (2011). Additionally, he worked on the production of some television shows such as “United States of Tara” (2009-10), “The Pacific” (2010), and “Falling Skies” (2011).

In 2011 and beyond, Spielberg still has managed to have projects. 2011 is supposed to see the directorial effort “War Horse”, 2012 “Lincoln”, and 2013 “Robopocalypse”. As well, production efforts are to include, but are not limited to “Cowboys and Aliens” (2011), “Men in Black III” (2012), “When Worlds Collide” (2012), and a fourth Jurassic Park feature.

In addition to Spielberg’s work in directing and producing, he has many times been seen in front of the camera. He played cameo roles in his “Jaws” (1975), “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (1984), “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” (1997), and “Men in Black” (1997). However, he has also played wee parts in films that he did not work on otherwise, like “The Blues Brothers” (1980), “Vanilla Sky” (2001), and “Austin Powers in Goldmember” (2002).

Throughout his career, the famed director and producer has won countless awards and recognitions. Along with his two Best Director wins, he has earned an Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award from the Oscars. In addition, he has won multiple Daytime Emmys and Emmys, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Directors Guild of America and other DGAs, a few Golden Globes, an American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award, an unprecedented amount of honors from various film festivals and societies, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As well, he has been featured in Forbes, had the honor of carrying the Olympic Flag during the 2002 opening ceremony, become one of Time’s top 100 Most Important People of the Century, been named Premiere’s most powerful and influential people in the motion picture industry, and given the title of Greatest Film Director of All Time by Empire magazine.

Spielberg, married twice, currently has a son from his first marriage to Amy Irving, and five children and two stepchildren from his present wife, Kate Capshaw. While he manages to be there for his family and “have dinner at home every night”, he still impresses audiences and critics every day with his movies and TV programs. Many of his prior features have been hailed as classics, and it’s a safe bet that some of his future pictures will, too. The secret to his success? “I dream for a living. I interpret my dreams one way and make a movie out of them and people see my movies and make them part of their dreams.”



2015       (Untitled Third Tintin Film)  

2013       Robopocalypse

2012       Lincoln 

2012       When Worlds Collide  

2012       Men in Black III   

2011       War Horse

2011       Smash   

2011       The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

2011       Transformers 

2011       Real Steel 

2011       Cowboys & Aliens 

2011       Locke & Key 

2011       Terra Nova  

2011       Falling Skies 

2011       Transformers: Dark of the Moon

2011       Super 8 

2011       Rebuilding Ground Zero 

2010       True Grit 

2010       Hereafter 

2010       The Pacific

2009       United States of Tara  

2009       The Lovely Bones 

2009       Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

2008       A Timeless Call 

2008       Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

2008       Eagle Eye 

2007       On the Lot 

2007       Dance with the Devil 

2007       Transformers 

2007       The Big Bad Heist 

2006       Letters from Iwo Jima

2006       Flags of Our Fathers

2006       Spell Your Name 

2006       Monster House 

2005       Memoirs of a Geisha

2005       The Legend of Zorro 

2005       Into the West 

2005       Dan Finnerty & the Dan Band: I Am Woman   

2005       Scoring 'War of the Worlds'

2005       Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

2005       Munich

2005       War of the Worlds

2004       The Terminal 

2004       A Remarkable Promise

2004       Voices from the List 

2003       Burma Bridge Busters 

2002       Taken 

2002       Men in Black II 

2002       Price for Peace 

2002       Broken Silence 

2002       Austin Powers in Goldmember

2002       Catch Me If You Can

2002       Minority Report

2001       A.I. Artificial Intelligence   

2001       Vanilla Sky

2001       We Stand Alone Together 

2001       Band of Brothers

2001       Evolution 

2001       Shrek 

2001       Semper Fi 

2000       Eyes of the Holocaust

2000       What Lies Beneath 

2000       Men in Black Alien Attack 

2000       Shooting War 

1999       The Haunting

1999       The Unfinished Journey

1999       Wakko's Wish

1998       Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain 

1998       The Last Days 

1998       The Mask of Zorro 

1998       Deep Impact 

1998       Toonsylvania 

1998       Saving Private Ryan 

1997       Amistad

1997       Men in Black 

1997       The Lost World: Jurassic Park

1997       Freakazoid! 

1997       The Lost Children of Berlin 

1996       The Best of Roger Rabbit

1996       Twister 

1996       Survivors of the Holocaust 

1996       High Incident

1995       Your Studio and You 

1995       Pinky and the Brain

1995       Balto  

1995       Tiny Toons' Night Ghoulery 

1995       Casper 

1995       A Pinky & the Brain Christmas Special 

1994       The Flintstones 

1994       I'm Mad 

1994       Tiny Toons Spring Break 

1994       Yakko's World: An Animaniacs Singalong

1993       SeaQuest 2032

1993       Animaniacs

1993       Schindler's List

1993       Jurassic Park

1993       We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story 

1993       Family Dog

1993       Class of '61 

1993       Trail Mix-Up 

1992       Fievel's American Tails 

1992       The Plucky Duck Show 

1992       Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation

1991       Hook 

1991       A Wish for Wings That Work 

1991       An American Tail: Fievel Goes West 

1991       Cape Fear 

1991       A Brief History of Time 

1991       Back to the Future

1990       Tiny Toon Adventures

1990       Gremlins 2: The New Batch 

1990       Roller Coaster Rabbit

1990       Back to the Future Part III 

1990       Dreams 

1990       Joe Versus the Volcano 

1990       Warner Bros. Celebration of Tradition, June 2, 1990  

1990       Arachnophobia

1990       The Visionary 

1989       Always 

1989       Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

1989       Back to the Future Part II 

1989       Dad 

1989       Tummy Trouble

1988       The Land Before Time 

1988       Who Framed Roger Rabbit 

1987       *batteries not included   

1987       Three O'Clock High 

1987       Innerspace 

1987       Harry and the Hendersons

1987       Empire of the Sun

1986       An American Tail 

1986       The Money Pit 

1985       Back to the Future

1985       The Color Purple 

1985       Amazing Stories

1985       Young Sherlock Holmes 

1985       Fandango

1985       The Goonies

1984       The NeverEnding Story

1984       Gremlins 

1984       Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

1984       Strokes of Genius  

1983       Twilight Zone: The Movie  

1982       Poltergeist

1982       E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial 

1981       Raiders of the Lost Ark

1981       Continental Divide 

1980       Used Cars   

1980       The Blues Brothers

1979       1941

1978       The Incredible Hulk

1978       I Wanna Hold Your Hand

1977       Close Encounters of the Third Kind 

1976       Taxi Driver 

1975       Jaws

1974       The Sugarland Express

1973       Savage

1973       Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies

1972       Something Evil

1971       Duel 

1971       Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law 

1971       Columbo

1971       The Psychiatrist 

1971       The Name of the Game  

1970       Marcus Welby, M.D.

1969       Rod Serling's Night Gallery 

1968       Amblin' 

1968       Faces  

1967       Slipstream   

1964       Firelight

1962       Lawrence of Arabia  

1961       Escape to Nowhere

1961       Fighter Squad 

1959       The Last Gun 

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