Steven Spielberg

Director, Producer, Executive
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 ... Read more »
Born: 12/18/1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Producer (119)

Bridge of Spies 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Extant 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Falling Skies 2010 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Jurassic World 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Public Morals 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Red Band Society 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Whispers 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Under the Dome 2012 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Lucky 7 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Hundred-Foot Journey 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Wicked Ways 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Smash 2011 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

High Incident 1970 - 1978, 1993 - 1997, 2006 - 2007, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Lincoln 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Men in Black 3 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

On the Lot 1970 - 1978, 1993 - 1997, 2006 - 2007, 2010 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

SeaQuest DSV 1970 - 1978, 1993 - 1997, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Terra Nova 1970 - 1978, 1993 - 1997, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

The River 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

United States of Tara 1970 - 1978, 1993 - 1997, 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Cowboys & Aliens 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Real Steel 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Super 8 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Adventures of Tintin 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

War Horse 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hereafter 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Pacific 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

True Grit 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Lovely Bones 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Eagle Eye 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Bee Movie 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Transformers 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Flags of Our Fathers 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Letters From Iwo Jima 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Monster House 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Volevo Solo Vivere 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dan Finnerty & The Dan Band: I Am Woman 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Into the West 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Memoirs of a Geisha 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Munich 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Legend of Zorro 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Terminal 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Steven Spielberg Presents: Taken 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Band of Brothers 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Catch Me If You Can 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Children From the Abyss 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Producer

Hell on Earth 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Producer

I Remember 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Producer

Men in Black II 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Price For Peace 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Some Who Lived 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Producer

We Stand Alone Together: The Men of Easy Company 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jurassic Park III 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Cat-and-Bunny-Warneroonie-Super-Looney-Big-Cartoonie-Show 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Holocaust Szemei 1999 (Movie)

("presents") (Producer)

Animaniacs 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky & The Brain 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toon Adventures 1990 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Steven Spielberg Presents Toonsylvania 1997 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Last Days 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Deep Impact 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Invasion America 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Saving Private Ryan 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Mask of Zorro 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Wakko's Wish 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Amistad 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Men in Black 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Steven Spielberg Presents Freakazoid! 1995 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Twister 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Balto 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Casper 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toons' Night Ghoulery 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

I'm Mad 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Family Dog 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

It's a Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Schindler's List 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Plucky Duck Show 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Trail Mix-Up 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

An American Tail: Fievel Goes West 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Arachnophobia 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Back to the Future III 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Joe Versus the Volcano 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Rollercoaster Rabbit 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Always 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Back to the Future II 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dad 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Tummy Trouble 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Land Before Time 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Batteries Not Included 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Empire of the Sun 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Innerspace 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

An American Tail 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Money Pit 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Back to the Future 1985 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Color Purple 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Goonies 1985 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Young Sherlock Holmes 1985 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Gremlins 1984 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Twilight Zone - the Movie 1983 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

Poltergeist 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

Continental Divide 1981 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Used Cars 1980 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

I Wanna Hold Your Hand 1978 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Amazing Stories (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Class of '61 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Shooting War (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Tiny Toon Adventures: The Looney Beginning (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (104)

DGA Moments in Time 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Drew: The Man Behind the Poster 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Inventing David Geffen 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Milius 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Method To The Madness of Jerry Lewis 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

2011 MTV Movie Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Don't Surf! 2011 (Movie)

(Himself)

Paul 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Pioneers of Television 2011 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

2009 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Special 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

81st Annual Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years...AFI's 10 Top 10 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Fog City Mavericks 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

2007 Taurus World Stunt Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Generation Boom 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Double Dare 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Searching for Orson 2005 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Watch the Skies! 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Great Performances: Walt Disney Concert Hall 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

ER 200: A Dateline Special 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside Steven Spielberg Presents: Taken 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Austin Powers in Goldmember 2002 (Movie)

cameo (Actor)

Evening at Pops 1969 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

George Lucas: Creating an Empire 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Vanilla Sky 2001 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

A Home For the Holidays 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 31st Annual NAACP Image Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

From Star Wars to Star Wars 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 1999 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Forever Hollywood 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 25th Daytime Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Siskel & Ebert Interviews 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Stars: A Century of Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Nova 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rolling Stone '93: The Year in Review 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 20th Annual People's Choice Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (03/21/94) 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

George Lucas: Heroes, Myths and Magic 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Here's Looking at You, Warner Brothers 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Shattered Lullabies 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magical World of Chuck Jones 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Movie Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Listen Up 1990 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Martin Scorsese Directs 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Premiere: Inside the Summer Blockbusters 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Roger Rabbit & the Secrets of Toontown 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

China Odyssey: Empire of the Sun 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Funny, You Don't Look 200 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Chambre 666 1983 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Blues Brothers 1980 (Movie)

Cook County Clerk (Actor)

Something Evil 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

David Lean: A Life in Film (TV Show)

Actor

Directed by John Ford (TV Show)

Actor

Spielberg on Spielberg (TV Show)

Actor

Survivors of the Holocaust (TV Show)

Actor

The Concert for Valor (TV Show)

Special Appearance

The Universal Story (TV Show)

Actor
Director (40)

Bridge of Spies 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Lincoln 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

The Adventures of Tintin 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

War Horse 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Munich 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

War of the Worlds 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

The Terminal 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Catch Me If You Can 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Minority Report 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

America's Millennium 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Segment Director

Saving Private Ryan 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Amistad 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Columbo 1970 - 1978, 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Director

Night Gallery 1970 - 1973, 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Director

The Psychiatrist 1970 - 1971, 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Director

Jurassic Park 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Schindler's List 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Hook 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Always 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Empire of the Sun 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

The Color Purple 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Twilight Zone - the Movie 1983 (Movie)

("Kick the Can") (Director)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

1941 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Jaws 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

The Sugarland Express 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Savage 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Director

Night Gallery 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Director

Amblin' 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Firelight 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Escape to Nowhere 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Duel (TV Show)

Director

Savage (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (15)

Minority Report 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Writer

Poltergeist 2015 (Movie)

(from original screenplay: "Poltergeist") (Source Material)

A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jurassic Park III 2001 (Movie)

(Story By)

The Goonies 1985 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Goonies 1985 (Movie)

(Story By)

Poltergeist 1982 (Movie)

(From Story)

Poltergeist 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 (Movie)

(From Story)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Sugarland Express 1974 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Sugarland Express 1974 (Movie)

(Story By)

Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies 1972 (Movie)

(From Story)

Firelight 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Escape to Nowhere 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Camera, Film, & Tape (3)

Amblin' 1968 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Firelight 1963 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Escape to Nowhere 1961 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)
Visual Effects & Animation (2)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 (Movie)

special visual effects concept (Visual Effects)

Firelight 1963 (Movie)

(Visual Effects)
Editor (2)

Amblin' 1968 (Movie)

(Editor)

Firelight 1963 (Movie)

(Editor)
Music (1)

Firelight 1963 (Movie)

musical score (Music)
Other (11)

The Adventures of Tintin 2011 (Movie)

Lighting Consultant(Shots Department) (Consultant)

The Long Way Home 1997 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Archival Footage

Ground Zero 1988 (Movie)

poster("Close Encounters of the Third Kind") (Other)

U2 Rattle and Hum 1988 (Movie)

assistance (Assistant)

Heaven 1987 (Movie)

assistance (Assistant)

The Puppetoon Movie 1987 (Movie)

assistance (Assistant)

The Fantasy Film World of George Pal 1985 (Movie)

assistance (Assistant)

Terror in the Aisles 1984 (Movie)

film extract("Jaws" (1975)) (Other)

The Making of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" 1980 (Movie)

film extract("Raiders of the Lost Ark") (Other)

Lawrence of Arabia 1962 (Movie)

assistance (Assistant)

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.

Relationships

Leah Adler

Mother
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 Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA

Bernie Adler

Step-Father
Married to Spielberg's mother; they own a kosher dairy restaurant called The Milky Way on Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA

Jessica Capshaw Actor

Step-Daughter
Born Aug. 9, 1976 to Bob and Kate Capshaw

Kate Capshaw Actor

Wife
Met when he cast her in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984) Married on Oct. 12, 1991 at Spielberg's East Hampton, Long Island, NY estate; she converted from Episcopalianism to Judaism c. 1993 after more than a year of study with an Orthodox rabbi

Bernice Colner

Step-Mother
Married Arnold Spielberg on April 6, 1997

Holly Hunter Actor

Companion
Briefly dated c. 1989; Spielberg directed Hunter in "Always" (1989)

Amy Irving Actor

Wife
Introduced by Brian De Palma; had on-again, off-again relationship from the late 1970s Married Nov. 27, 1985 in Santa Fe, NM Divorced Feb. 2, 1989

Margot Kidder Actor

Companion
Had relationship in the early 1970s

Sarah Miles Actor

Companion
Had relationship in the early to mid-1970s Miles reportedly became pregnant and chose to have an abortion

Anne Spielberg Actor

Sister
Born Dec. 25, 1949; co-wrote and co-produced "Big" (1988)

Arnold Spielberg Actor

Father
Born c. 1918; lost relatives in the Holocaust; involved in the early development of computers; divorced from Spielberg's mother; remarried on April 6, 1997 World War II veteran whose war stories inspired his son Steven to make "Saving Private Ryan" (1998)

Destry Spielberg

Daughter
Born on Dec. 1, 1996; mother, Kate Capshaw

Mikaela Spielberg

Daughter
Born on Feb. 28, 1996 Adopted with Kate Capshaw

Sasha Spielberg

Daughter
Born in June 1990; mother, Kate Capshaw

Max Spielberg

Son
Born June 1985; mother, Amy Irving; Spielberg and Irving shared custody

Sawyer Spielberg

Son
Born on March 10, 1992; mother, Kate Capshaw

Theo Spielberg

Son
Born c. 1988; African-American Adopted by Kate Capshaw before her marriage to Spielberg; later adopted by Spielberg

Nancy Spielberg

Sister
Born in 1956

Sue Spielberg

Sister
Born in 1953

EDUCATION

Saratoga High School

Saratoga , California
Spielberg first experienced anti-Semitism

California State College

Long Beach , California 1970
Was not accepted into the USC's film department, chose Cal State as alternative; made five films there; school now California State University

Milestones

2012

Produced and directed "Lincoln" about the 16th U.S. President, starring Daniel Day-Lewis

2011

Directed the WWI-set drama "War Horse," based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo and the 2007 stage adaptation of the same name

2011

Directed and produced "The Adventures of Tintin"

2011

Re-teamed with Michael Bay (who directed) to produce "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"

2011

Co-produced the J. J. Abrams directed thriller "Super 8"

2010

Re-teamed with Tom Hanks to executive produce HBO's 10-part miniseries "The Pacific," which earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Miniseries

2009

Re-teamed with Michael Bay (who directed) to produce the sequel "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"

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

2007

Executive produced "Transformers," the live action film based on the franchise and toy line

2007

Teamed with Mark Burnett for "On the Lot," an "American Idol"-meets- "The Apprentice" Fox reality series

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"

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 Vengeance; 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 Direc

2004

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

2003

Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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

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

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

2002

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

2002

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

2001

With Hanks, produced the HBO WWII miniseries "Band of Brothers"

2001

Returned to filmmaking with "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," based on a story by the late Stanley Kubrick; also wrote screenplay

1998

Bounced back with the acclaimed WWII story "Saving Private Ryan," starring Tom Hanks; earned second Best Director Academy Award

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 thr

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

1995

Announced that DreamWorks SKG would grant their filmmakers "moral rights" to protect the original versions of their films after release

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

1994

Invested in a CD-ROM company Knowledge Adventure; participated in the creation of five titles

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

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"

1991

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

1989

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

1989

Directed the second sequel "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"

1989

Served as a founding member and VP of the Artists Rights Foundation

1989

TV acting debut as himself in a segment of "The Tracey Ullman Show" (Fox)

1987

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

1986

Executive produced first animated feature "An American Tail"

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

1984

Formed production company Amblin Entertainment

1984

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

1983

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

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;

1982

First film as producer, "Poltergeist," helmed by Tobe Hooper

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

1980

Made a cameo appearance as the Cook County Clerk at the end of John Landis's "The Blues Brothers"

1979

Witnessed rare film flop with the large-scale comedy "1941"

1978

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

1977

Reteamed with Dreyfuss on the sci-fi classic "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"; received first Best Director Oscar nomination

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

1974

Feature directorial debut, "The Sugarland Express"

1973

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

1970

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

1968

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

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

1962

Made first amateur 8mm feature film, "Firelight" at age 16; father hired local theater to screen film

1960

Won first contest with 40-minute war film, "Escape to Nowhere" at age 13

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

Bonus Trivia

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

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"[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 magazine, June 1989

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Spielberg was awarded The Order of the Smile in 1993 by the older children of Poland for being a role model and hero. A previous recipient of the award was the Pope.

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"'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, Dec. 15, 1993

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"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, Dec. 15, 1993

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

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"I never felt comfortable with myself, because I was never part of the majority. 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

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He received an honorary doctorate from USC on May 6, 1994.

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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.

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Spielberg received an honorary doctorate from New York University in 1996.

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

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

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Spielberg once owned a sandwich shop in L.A. called Dive, which closed in 1999.

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

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"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, Feb. 17, 2001

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

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

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"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 taught, by people like me, to be impatient with people like me." – Spielberg to The New York Times, June, 16, 2002

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Spielberg received an honorary doctorate degree from Yale University in 2002.

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"Sam [Neill] does a phenomenal job, but my first choice was Harrison. I went to the art department, and I had them do a photo-realistic painting of the T. rex chasing Harrison with two kids, and put Harrison's face on the character of the archaeologist, and sent the script, the book, and the picture to Harrison. The next day I got a call, and he said, 'This is not for me, pal.' That was the end of the conversation." – Spielberg on Harrison Ford, his first choice to star in 1993's "Jurassic Park", quoted in Entertainment Weekly, Dec. 9, 2011

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"My philosophy now is that every single movie is a signpost of its time, and it should stand for that. We shouldn't go back and change the parting of the Red Sea in Cecil B. DeMille's 'The Ten Commandments' just because with digital tools we now can make that even more spectacular that it was." – Spielberg quoted in Entertainment Weekly, Dec. 9, 2011

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