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Steven Spielberg
Personal Info - Awards - Film Credits - Biography

Personal Info
Born: 18 December 1946, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Birth Name: Steven Allan Spielberg

Salary
• Jurassic Park III (2001): $72,000,000
• Schindler's List (1993): $0 (Asked not to be paid.)
• Jurassic Park (1993): $250,000,000 (gross and profit participations)
• Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981): $1,500,000 + % of gross

Companies
• Amblin Entertainment
• DreamWorks SKG

Representation
• Creative Artists Agency
• Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown Inc. (legal)

Awards
2006
• Nominated, Oscar
Best Motion Picture of the Year for Munich (2005)
Shared With: Kathleen Kennedy, Barry Mendel

• Nominated, Oscar
Best Achievement in Directing for Munich (2005)

1999
• Won, Oscar
Best Director for Saving Private Ryan (1998)

• Nominated, Oscar
Best Picture for Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Shared With: Ian Bryce, Mark Gordon, Gary Levinsohn

1994
• Won, Oscar
Best Director for Schindler's List (1993)

• Won, Oscar
Best Picture for Schindler's List (1993)
Shared With: Gerald R. Molen, Branko Lustig

1987
• Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

1986
• Nominated, Oscar
Best Picture for The Color Purple (1985)
Shared With: Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Quincy Jones

1983
• Nominated, Oscar
Best Director for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

• Nominated, Oscar
Best Picture for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Shared With: Kathleen Kennedy

1982
• Nominated, Oscar
Best Director for Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

1978
• Nominated, Oscar
Best Director for Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Another 102 wins & 71 nominations

Film Credits
Monster House - Executive Producer 2006
Munich - Producer, Director 2005
Memoirs of a Geisha - Producer 2005
The Legend of Zorro - Executive Producer 2005
War of the Worlds - Director 2005
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith - Assistant Director (action scenes) 2005
The Terminal - Producer, Director 2004
Catch Me If You Can - Producer, Director 2002
Men in Black II - Executive Producer 2002
Minority Report - Director 2002
Price for Peace (documentary) - Executive Producer 2002
Vanilla Sky - Guest at David Aames' Party (uncredited) 2001
Jurassic Park III - Executive Producer 2001
Artificial Intelligence: AI - Producer, Director, Writer (screenplay) 2001
Evolution - Executive Producer (uncredited) 2001
Shrek - Executive Producer (uncredited) 2001
Eyes of the Holocaust (documentary) - Executive Producer 2000
What Lies Beneath - Idea 2000
The Unfinished Journey (documentary short) - Director 1999
Wakko's Wish (video) - Executive Producer (uncredited) 1999
The Haunting - Executive Producer (uncredited), Second Unit Director (uncredited) 1999
The Last Days (documentary) - Executive Producer 1998
Saving Private Ryan - Producer, Director 1998
The Mask of Zorro - Executive Producer 1998
Deep Impact - Executive Producer 1998
Amistad - Producer, Director 1997
Men in Black - Executive Producer 1997
The Lost World: Jurassic Park - Director, Popcorn-Eating Man (uncredited) 1997
The Lost Children of Berlin (documentary) - Executive Producer 1997
Twister - Executive Producer 1996
The Best of Roger Rabbit (video) - Executive Producer 1996
Balto - Executive Producer 1995
Casper - Executive Producer 1995
The Flintstones - Executive Producer (as Steven Spielrock) 1994
I'm Mad (short) - Executive Producer 1994
Yakko's World: An Animaniacs Singalong (video) - Executive Producer 1994
Schindler's List - Producer, Director 1993
We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story - Executive Producer 1993
Jurassic Park - Director 1993
Trail Mix-Up (short) - Executive Producer 1993
Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation (video) - Executive Producer 1992
Hook - Director 1991
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West - Producer 1991
Cape Fear - Executive Producer (uncredited) 1991
A Brief History of Time (documentary) - Executive Producer (uncredited) 1991
Arachnophobia - Executive Producer, Second Unit Director (uncredited) 1990
Gremlins 2: The New Batch - Executive Producer 1990
Roller Coaster Rabbit (short) - Executive Producer 1990
Back to the Future Part III - Executive Producer 1990
Yume - Executive Producer (international version) 1990
Joe Versus the Volcano - Executive Producer 1990
Always - Producer, Director 1989
Back to the Future Part II - Executive Producer 1989
Dad - Executive Producer 1989
Tummy Trouble (short) - Executive Producer 1989
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Director 1989
The Land Before Time - Executive Producer 1988
Who Framed Roger Rabbit - Executive Producer 1988
*batteries not included - Executive Producer 1987
Empire of the Sun - Producer, Director 1987
Three O'Clock High - Executive Producer (uncredited) 1987
Innerspace - Executive Producer 1987
Harry and the Hendersons - Executive Producer (uncredited) 1987
An American Tail - Executive Producer 1986
The Money Pit - Executive Producer, Presenter 1986
The Color Purple - Producer, Director 1985
Young Sherlock Holmes - Executive Producer 1985
Back to the Future - Executive Producer 1985
The Goonies - Executive Producer, Writer (story) 1985
Fandango - Executive Producer (uncredited) 1985
Gremlins - Executive Producer, Presenter, Man in Electric Wheelchair (uncredited) 1984
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - Director, Tourist at Airport (uncredited) 1984
Twilight Zone: The Movie - Producer, Director (segment 2) 1983
Poltergeist - Producer, Writer (screenplay) (story), Editor (uncredited) 1982
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - Producer, Director 1982
Continental Divide - Executive Producer 1981
Raiders of the Lost Ark - Director 1981
Used Cars - Executive Producer 1980
The Blues Brothers - Cook County Assessor's Office Clerk 1980
1941 - Director 1979
I Wanna Hold Your Hand - Executive Producer 1978
Close Encounters of the Third Kind - Director, Writer (written by) 1977
Taxi Driver - Supervising Editor (uncredited) 1976
Jaws - Director, Musician (uncredited), Lifestation Worker (voice) (uncredited) 1975
The Sugarland Express - Director, Writer (story) 1974
Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies - Writer (story) 1973
Amblin' (short) - Director, Writer, Editor (uncredited) 1968
Faces - Production Assistant (uncredited) 1968 11,763
Slipstream (short) - Director (unfinished), Writer 1967
Firelight - Director, Writer (as Steve Spielberg), Editor 1964
Escape to Nowhere (short) - Director, Writer (as Steve Spielberg), Editor 1961
Fighter Squad (short) - Director, Writer, Editor 1961
The Last Gun (short) - Director, Actor, Editor 1959

Biography
Without a doubt one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big grossing critically acclaimed credits to his name, both as producer, director and writer. Spielberg was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1946. He went to Long Beach University, but dropped out to pursue his entertainment career. He gained notoriety as an uncredited assistant editor on the classic western Wagon Train. Among his early directing efforts were Battle Squad (1961), which combined World War Two Footage with footage of an airplane that is on the ground he makes you believe is moving. He also directed Escape to Nowhere, which featured kids as World War Two soldiers, including his sister Anne Spielberg. (1961) And Last Gun, The (1959), a western. All of these were short films. The next couple of years Spielberg directed a couple of movies that would be foretelling to his future career in movies. In 1964 he directed Firelight a movie about aliens invading a small town. In 1967 he directed the movie Slipstream which was unfinished. But in 1968 he directed the movie, “Amblin” which featured the desert prominently, and not the first Spielberg movie the desert would be so prominent in. Amblin would also become the production company he would produce many films with, including the classic E.T. Spielberg had a unique and classic early directing project, Duel (1971) (TV), with Dennis Weaver. The film is considered a unique classic that still baffles some. In the early 1970s Spielberg was working on TV, in Rod Serling's "Night Gallery" (1970), "Marcus Welby, MD" (1969) and Columbo, to name a few. All of his works in television and short films, as well as his directing projects were just the beginning of the gathering storm of talent that would become the Spielberg that made the brilliant films he would later become known for internationally. As an undoubted rising star, his major directorial effort was the Sugarland Express, The (1974), with Goldie Hawn. It was his next directorial effort that made Spielberg an international superstar among directors: Jaws (1975). This classic shark attack tale started the tradition of the summer blockbuster, or at least he was credited with starting the tradition.

His next effort was the classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), a unique and very original UFO story that remains a cult classic. In 1978 Spielberg produced his first film, the forgettable I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978), and followed his first effort with Used Cars (1980), a critically acclaimed, but mostly forgotten Kurt Russell\Jack Warden comedy.

Spielberg hit gold again directing Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), with Harrison Ford taking the part of Indiana Jones. Spielberg produced and directed two films in 1982. The first one was Poltergeist (1982), but the highest grossing movie of all time up to that point was the alien story, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). Spielberg also made money a major part of the film industry, or at least a bigger part of the industry than it was before. He was the first producer to use product placement in his films, with the infamous placement of Reese’s Pieces in 'E.T.'. Spielberg was also one of the pioneers of the big grossing special effects movies, like E.T., and 'Close Encounters', where a very strong emphasis on special effects was placed for the first time on such a large scale. In 1984 Spielberg followed up 'Raiders' with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), which was a commercial success but critically did not live up to its predecessor.

As a producer Spielberg took on many projects in the 1980s, such as the silly Goonies, and was the brains behind the little monsters in Gremlins (1984). Spielberg also produced the cartoon American Tail, An (1986) (qv), a quaint little animated classic. But his biggest effort as producer in 1985 was the blockbuster Back to the Future (1985), which made 'Michael J. Fox' an instant superstar. As director, Spielberg took on the book Color Purple, The (1985), with Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey, with great success. In the latter half of the 1980s he also directed Empire of the Sun (1987), which was a mixed success for the occasionally erratic Spielberg. But success would not escape him for long. The late eighties found Spielberg's projects at the center of pop culture, yet again. In 1988 he produced the landmark animation/live action film Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). But 1989 proved to be another big year for Spielberg, as he produced and directed Always (1989), as well as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), and Back to the Future Part II (1989). All three of the movies were box office and critical successes.

Also in 1989 Steven Spielberg produced the little known comedy drama Dad, with Jack Lemmon and Ted Danson, which gave mostly mixed results. Spielberg has also had an affinity for animation and has been a strong voice in animation in the nineties.Aside from producing the landmark Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Steven Spielberg produced the TV show Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Freakazoid, Pinky Elmira and The Brain,Family Dog, and Toonsylvania. Spielberg also produced other cartoons such as the Land Before Time, We're back, a Dinosaur Story, Balto, Casper (the live action version) as well as the live action version of the Flintstones, where Steven Spielberg was credited as Steven Spielrock.Spielberg also produced many Roger Rabbit seperate cartoons, and many Pinky and the Brain, Animaniacs and Tiny Toons specials.

Spielberg was very active in the early nineties, as he directed Hook (1991) , and produced such films as the cute fantasy Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) and American Tail: Fivel Goes West, An (1991) . He also produced the unusual comedy thriller Arachnophobia (1990), Back to the Future Part III (1990), and Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990). While the movies were big successes in their own right, they did not quite bring in the box office or appeal as previous efforts.

In 1993 Spielberg directed Jurassic Park (1993) which would go on to be the highest grossing movie of all time, for a short time. While the movie was a top grosser at the box office, the movie did not have the universal appeal of his previous efforts. But big box office spectacles were not his only line of business. He produced and directed Schindler's List (1993) (a stirring film about the Holocaust. He won best director at the Oscars, and also got best picture.

In the mid-nineties Spielberg founded the production company Dreamworks, responsible for many box office successes in the nineties and the new century. Spielberg as a producer was very active in the late nineties spearheading such films as Mask of Zorro, The (1998), Men in Black (1997), and Deep Impact (1998). But on the directing front Spielberg was in top form in the late nineties. Spielberg directed and produced the epic, Amistad (1997), a spectacular film that was shorted at the Oscars and in release due to the fact that its release date was moved around so much in late 1997.

But 1998 found one of Spielberg's best films in years come to the theaters: Saving Private Ryan (1998). This movie was an almost perfect film about World War Two that is spectacular in almost every respect. The movie was stiffed at the Oscars, losing best picture to 'Shakespeare in Love'. In the nineties Spielberg produced a series of films, including Evolution (2001), Haunting, The (1999), and Shrek (2001). Spielberg also produced two sequels to Jurassic Park, which met with big box office but an increasingly critical crowd of movie-goers. In 2001 he produced the mini-series about World War Two entitled "Band of Brothers" (2001) (mini). Also in that year, Spielberg was back in the director’s chair for Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001), a movie with a message and a huge budget. The movie did reasonably at the box office and received mixed signals from critics.

As of right now Steven Spielberg is teaming up with Tom Cruise for the expected box office hit Minority Report (2002). While the movie is showing off good special effects and a stellar pairing of two titans of the silver screen the critics have not all been too friendly. Perhaps this is a further sign that Spielberg's days of big box office are on the decline. As well as producing Men in Black II (2002), Spielberg's next two projects are producing and directing Catch Me If You Can (2002), with Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio, and Indiana Jones 4 (2005) . While Spielberg has proven a brilliant filmmaker in the past his latest efforts have been mixed, but only the future will tell how he is looked upon as a presence in film.

And while Spielberg has been extremely active in films there are many other things he has done as well. Spielberg produced the short lived TV series Seaquest DSV, an anthology series entitled Amazing Stories, created the video game series Medal of Honor set during World War Two, and was a starting producer of E.R. Spielberg if you haven't noticed has a great interest in World War Two. Recently he produced the mini series Band of Brothers, which was based on true events of a rifle company that parachuted into France. Him and Tom Hanks collaborated on The Shooting War, about World War Two combat footage, and produced a documentary about the Holocaust called A Holocaust szemei. With everything to Spielberg's credit it is no wonder that he is looked at as one of the greatest ever figures in entertainment. Spielberg is a great filmmaker without a doubt, and it does not seem he is anywhere near done making films, and with all of the money he has he probably could do anything he wanted to. And recently Spielberg graduated from Long Beach State University with a degree in filmmaking. His possibilities are still limitless.


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