Executive Producer (1,2,3,Ride,Animated)
|BORN:|| December 18, 1946, Cincinnati, Ohio
|EDUCATION:|| California State University in Long Beach.
|SPOUSE:|| Kate Capshaw on October 12, 1991
|CHILDREN:|| Max, Theo (adopted), Sasha, Sawyer, Jessica (stepdaughter), Mikaela George (adopted), Destry Allyn
STEVEN SPIELBERG made home movies as a child, and completed his first film with a story and actors at the age of 12 in Phoenix, Arizona. At 13, he won a film contest for his 40-minute war movie, "Escape to Nowhere". At 16, he he made
the 140-minute film "Firelight". When he was at California State College, he completed five films.
Born in Cincinnati and raised in the suburbs of Haddonfield, New Jersey and Scottsdale, Arizona, Spielberg started making amateur films while still in his teens, later studying film at California State University, Long Beach. In 1969, first
professional work was the 22-minute short Amblin, which was shown at the Atlanta Film Festival, and led to his becoming the youngest director ever to be signed to a long-term deal with a major Hollywood studio at the age of 20.
Four years later, he directed the suspense-filled telefilm Duel, which garnered both critical and audience attention. He made his feature film directorial debut on The Sugarland Express, from a screenplay he co-wrote. His additional film credits
include the successful Raiders of the Lost Ark sequels Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Hook and Always.
In 1994, Spielberg won two Academy Awards¿ for Best Director and Best Picture for the internationally lauded Schindler’s List, which received a total of seven Oscars¿. The film also collected Best Picture honors from the major critics
organizations, in addition to seven British Academy Awards, including two for Spielberg. He also won the Golden Globe Award and was honored by his peers with his second Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award, the first having come for The
Color Purple. In February 1997, Schindler’s List was seen by a television audience of 65 million people in NBC’s unprecedented airing of the film in its entirety, without commercial interruption.
Spielberg has also been recognized with Academy Award¿ nominations for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. In addition, he earned DGA Award nominations for those films, as well as
Empire of the Sun and Jaws. He is also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute in 1995, and the prestigious Irving G. Thalberg Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1987.
Since forming his own production company, Amblin Entertainment, in 1984, Spielberg has also served as producer or executive producer on more than a dozen films, including such successes as Gremlins, Goonies, the Back to the Future
trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, An American Tail, The Land Before Time, The Flintstones and Casper.
Spielberg has directed, produced, or executive produced eight of the top grossing films of all time. This past summer, he had back-to-back blockbuster hits with The Lost World: Jurassic Park, which he directed, and Men in Black, which he
executive produced. The original Jurassic Park, based on Michael Crichton’s bestseller, still ranks worldwide as the highest grossing film of all time.
In 1994, Spielberg announced the formation of the new studio DreamWorks SKG, the first new film studio in nearly 50 years, in partnership with Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. Amistad is the first film directed by Spielberg under the new
studio banner. He more recently directed DreamWorks’ Saving Private Ryan, starring Tom Hanks, due out in 1998.