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Steven Spielberg is a famous Hollywood director renowned for his movies such as ‘E.T.’, ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘War of the Worlds’

InformationDetail
BirthdayDecember 18, 1946
NationalityAmerican
FamousFilm Maker, College Dropouts, Film & Theater Personalities, Directors, T V & Movie Producers, ESFP
City/StateOhio
SpousesAmy Irving
SiblingsAnne Spielberg, Nancy Spielberg, Sue Spielberg
Childrens Destry Allyn Spielberg, Max Spielberg, Mikaela George Spielberg, Sasha Spielberg, Sawyer Avery Spielberg, Theo Spielberg
Universities
  • 2002 - California State University
  • Long Beach
  • Saratoga High School
  • Arcadia High School
  • Brookdale Community College
Founder / Co-Founder
  • USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education
  • Amblin Entertainment
  • DreamWorks Studios
  • Amblimation
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • The Film Foundation
  • DreamWorks Records
Birth PlaceCincinnati
ReligionJudaism
Height172cm
GenderMale
FatherArnold Spielberg
MotherLeah Adler
Net Worth$3.6 Billion
Sun SignSagittarius
Born inCincinnati
Famous asFilmmaker

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Who is Steven Spielberg?

Steven Spielberg is an Academy Award-winning filmmaker, director and producer known for some of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters of the late 20th Century and early 21st Century. Notorious as one of the biggest names in Hollywood, he is regarded as one of the most influential directors in the history of movie making. Having worked in the movie industry for more than four decades, Spielberg has contributed to films of many different themes and genres, including science-fiction and adventure as well historical features. This versatility has allowed him to continue steady work on successful films throughout his life. He has been nominated and awarded with a great deal of achievements throughout his career, as his work has been able to reach individuals of many different backgrounds and interests. His films have set box office records, setting the standards for what it means to be a blockbuster movie. The film maker revolutionized the genre of sci-fi with the special effects included in movies such as the Jurassic Park and E.T. the Extra Terrestrial. Over the years the director has become a champion of humanistic causes and his projects focus on issues such as the holocaust. To know more about the life and works of this eminent director read on the following biography

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Childhood & Early Life

Steven Spielberg was born on December 18th, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Leah Adler Posner, a restaurateur and concert pianist, and Arnold Spielberg, an electrical engineer.

Growing up as an Orthodox Jew, he attended ‘Hebrew School’ from 1953 to 1957 and experienced prejudice and bullying due to his family’s religious practices.

As a child, Spielberg began directing his first short films. In 1958, as a Boy Scout he received a photography merit badge for creating a 9 minute film called ‘The Last Gunfight’.

At the age of 13, Spielberg won a prize for his film ‘Escape to Nowhere’, a 40 minute film based on a battle in east Africa.

In 1963, he wrote and directed his first independent film, a 140 minute science fiction film entitled ‘Firelight’.

He attended ‘California State University Long Beach’, but dropped out in 1969 in order to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.

Career

Spielberg’s first film was a 26 minute production by the name of Amblin’, produced in 1968 when the budding film-maker was working as an intern at ‘Universal Studios’.

In 1969, he received his first professional television job as he was hired to direct a segment for the pilot episode of ‘Night Gallery’, which starred Joan Crawford.

After impressing ‘Universal Studios’ with his first full-length assignment, an episode of ‘The Name of the Game’ called ‘L.A. 2017’, he signed a contract with Universal for directing four films.

He directed the 1975 film ‘Jaws’, which was his first major success, grossing more than $470 million worldwide at the box office and ushering him into mainstream.

’Close Encounters of the Third Kind’, both written and directed by Steven in 1977, won him his first ‘Academy Award nomination for Best Director’.

The talented film maker directed ‘Raiders of the Lost Arc’ in 1981, the first movie in the Indiana Jones films starring Harrison Ford.

In 1982, he directed ‘E.T. The Extraterrestrial’, which turned out to be the highest grossing film of all time at the time it was released.

Spielberg worked on the film ‘Jurassic Park’ released in 1993, and would go on to release 3 more films in the adventure, science fiction series.

Transitioning from adventure films to drama, this eminent director released Schindler’s List also in 1993.

‘Saving Private Ryan’, released in 1998, was a huge success and the biggest film of the year according to North American box office numbers and was second biggest worldwide.

He directed ‘War of the Worlds’ in 2005, which grossed over $591 million worldwide, another huge box office success.

In 2012, Spielberg’s film ‘Lincoln’ was released and received critical acclaim as it was nominated for twelve academy awards, more than any other film that year.

In 2015, Spielberg directed the movie 'Bridge of Spies'. The film is based on the 1960 U-2 incident occurred during the Cold War and starred Tom Hanks in the lead role. The film was released on October 16, 2015 and was nominated for six Academy Awards.

In 2016, Spielberg directed and co-produced part-animated fantasy adventure film 'The BFG'. The movie was released on July 1, 2016.

His upcoming projects include a film adaptation of the popular sci-fi novel 'Ready Player One'. The film is scheduled to be released on March 30, 2018.

Major Works

In 1981, he founded ‘Amblin Entertainment’, an American film and television production company. Amblin has released many of Spielberg’s motion pictures, along with pictures from a variety of other directors, most of whom are friends of Steven.

He founded ‘DreamWorks SKG’ studio, in 1994, with Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen, a live-action and animation film studio, located in the ‘Universal Studios’ lot. ‘DreamWorks’ has distributed a variety of ‘Amblin’ productions.

Awards & Achievements

The famous film-maker was honored with the ‘Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award’ from the ‘Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’, in 1986

For his work on ‘Schindler’s List’ in 1994, this director earned two ‘Academy Awards’, one for ‘Best Picture’ and one for Best Director’.

In 1994, ‘University of Southern California’ awarded Spielberg with an honorary degree.

He won the ‘Best Director Academy Award’ for the war movie ‘Saving Private Ryan’, in 1999.

Spielberg received the ‘Directors Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award’ in 2004.

The veteran director Spielberg was inducted into the ‘Science Fiction Hall of Fame’ in 2005.

In 2015, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

Personal Life & Legacy

Married to Amy Irving from 1985 to 1989; the couple has one kid together, Max Samuel.

His present wife is Kate Capshaw, whom he met during filming of ‘Indiana Jones’ and the ‘Temple of Doom’. The two married in 1991 and have 5 children together, 3 biological and 2 adopted.

In 2002, 35 years after he first enrolled in college, Spielberg was able to finish his degree through independent studies and was awarded a Bachelor’s of Arts in ‘Film Production and Electronic Arts’ from ‘California State University Long Beach’.

Trivia

The first full-length film this famous film-maker was commissioned to direct, ‘Malcolm Winkler’, fell through due to difficulties in casting the lead male role

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Steven Spielberg awards

YearNameAward

Academy Awards(Oscars)

1999Best DirectorSaving Private Ryan (1998)
1994Best PictureSchindler's List (1993)
1994Best DirectorSchindler's List (1993)

Golden Globe Awards

1999Best Director - Motion PictureSaving Private Ryan (1998)
1994Best Director - Motion PictureSchindler's List (1993)

Primetime Emmy Awards

2010Outstanding MiniseriesThe Pacific (2010)
2003Outstanding MiniseriesTaken (2002)
2002Outstanding MiniseriesBand of Brothers (2001)
1996Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or Less)A Pinky & the Brain Christmas (1995)

BAFTA Awards

2009Best Casual GameBoom Blox (2008)
1994Best FilmSchindler's List (1993)

People's Choice Awards

1994People's Choice Awards HonoreeWinner

Steven Spielberg biography timelines

  • // 18th Dec 1946
    Steven Spielberg was born on December 18th, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Leah Adler Posner, a restaurateur and concert pianist, and Arnold Spielberg, an electrical engineer.
  • // 1953 To 1957
    Growing up as an Orthodox Jew, he attended ‘Hebrew School’ from 1953 to 1957 and experienced prejudice and bullying due to his family’s religious practices.
  • // 1958
    As a child, Spielberg began directing his first short films. In 1958, as a Boy Scout he received a photography merit badge for creating a 9 minute film called ‘The Last Gunfight’.
  • // 1963
    In 1963, he wrote and directed his first independent film, a 140 minute science fiction film entitled ‘Firelight’.
  • // 1968
    Spielberg’s first film was a 26 minute production by the name of Amblin’, produced in 1968 when the budding film-maker was working as an intern at ‘Universal Studios’.
  • // 1969
    He attended ‘California State University Long Beach’, but dropped out in 1969 in order to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
  • // 1969
    In 1969, he received his first professional television job as he was hired to direct a segment for the pilot episode of ‘Night Gallery’, which starred Joan Crawford.
  • // 1975
    He directed the 1975 film ‘Jaws’, which was his first major success, grossing more than $470 million worldwide at the box office and ushering him into mainstream.
  • // 1977
    ’Close Encounters of the Third Kind’, both written and directed by Steven in 1977, won him his first ‘Academy Award nomination for Best Director’.
  • // 1981
    The talented film maker directed ‘Raiders of the Lost Arc’ in 1981, the first movie in the Indiana Jones films starring Harrison Ford.
  • // 1981
    In 1981, he founded ‘Amblin Entertainment’, an American film and television production company. Amblin has released many of Spielberg’s motion pictures, along with pictures from a variety of other directors, most of whom are friends of Steven.
  • // 1982
    In 1982, he directed ‘E.T. The Extraterrestrial’, which turned out to be the highest grossing film of all time at the time it was released.
  • // 1985 To 1989
    Married to Amy Irving from 1985 to 1989; the couple has one kid together, Max Samuel.
  • // 1986
    The famous film-maker was honored with the ‘Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award’ from the ‘Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’, in 1986
  • // 1991
    His present wife is Kate Capshaw, whom he met during filming of ‘Indiana Jones’ and the ‘Temple of Doom’. The two married in 1991 and have 5 children together, 3 biological and 2 adopted.
  • // 1993
    Spielberg worked on the film ‘Jurassic Park’ released in 1993, and would go on to release 3 more films in the adventure, science fiction series.
  • // 1993
    Transitioning from adventure films to drama, this eminent director released Schindler’s List also in 1993.
  • // 1994
    He founded ‘DreamWorks SKG’ studio, in 1994, with Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen, a live-action and animation film studio, located in the ‘Universal Studios’ lot. ‘DreamWorks’ has distributed a variety of ‘Amblin’ productions.
  • // 1994
    For his work on ‘Schindler’s List’ in 1994, this director earned two ‘Academy Awards’, one for ‘Best Picture’ and one for Best Director’.
  • // 1994
    In 1994, ‘University of Southern California’ awarded Spielberg with an honorary degree.
  • // 1998
    ‘Saving Private Ryan’, released in 1998, was a huge success and the biggest film of the year according to North American box office numbers and was second biggest worldwide.
  • // 1999
    He won the ‘Best Director Academy Award’ for the war movie ‘Saving Private Ryan’, in 1999.
  • // 2002
    In 2002, 35 years after he first enrolled in college, Spielberg was able to finish his degree through independent studies and was awarded a Bachelor’s of Arts in ‘Film Production and Electronic Arts’ from ‘California State University Long Beach’.
  • // 2004
    Spielberg received the ‘Directors Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award’ in 2004.
  • // 2005
    He directed ‘War of the Worlds’ in 2005, which grossed over $591 million worldwide, another huge box office success.
  • // 2005
    The veteran director Spielberg was inducted into the ‘Science Fiction Hall of Fame’ in 2005.
  • // 2012
    In 2012, Spielberg’s film ‘Lincoln’ was released and received critical acclaim as it was nominated for twelve academy awards, more than any other film that year.
  • // 2015
    In 2015, Spielberg directed the movie 'Bridge of Spies'. The film is based on the 1960 U-2 incident occurred during the Cold War and starred Tom Hanks in the lead role. The film was released on October 16, 2015 and was nominated for six Academy Awards.
  • // 2015
    In 2015, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.
  • // 2016
    In 2016, Spielberg directed and co-produced part-animated fantasy adventure film 'The BFG'. The movie was released on July 1, 2016.

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Steven Spielberg's FAQ

  • What is Steven Spielberg birthday?

    Steven Spielberg was born at 1946-12-18

  • Where is Steven Spielberg's birth place?

    Steven Spielberg was born in Cincinnati

  • What is Steven Spielberg nationalities?

    Steven Spielberg's nationalities is American

  • Who is Steven Spielberg spouses?

    Steven Spielberg's spouses is Amy Irving

  • Who is Steven Spielberg siblings?

    Steven Spielberg's siblings is Anne Spielberg, Nancy Spielberg, Sue Spielberg

  • Who is Steven Spielberg childrens?

    Steven Spielberg's childrens is Destry Allyn Spielberg, Max Spielberg, Mikaela George Spielberg, Sasha Spielberg, Sawyer Avery Spielberg, Theo Spielberg

  • What was Steven Spielberg universities?

    Steven Spielberg studied at 2002 - California State University, Long Beach, Saratoga High School, Arcadia High School, Brookdale Community College

  • Which company or organization was founded by Steven Spielberg?

    Steven Spielberg was the founder/co-founder of USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks Studios, Amblimation, DreamWorks Animation, The Film Foundation, DreamWorks Records

  • What is Steven Spielberg's religion?

    Steven Spielberg's religion is Judaism

  • How tall is Steven Spielberg?

    Steven Spielberg's height is 172

  • Who is Steven Spielberg's father?

    Steven Spielberg's father is Arnold Spielberg

  • Who is Steven Spielberg's mother?

    Steven Spielberg's mother is Leah Adler

  • What is Steven Spielberg's sun sign?

    Steven Spielberg is Sagittarius

  • How famous is Steven Spielberg?

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