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Steven Spielberg
Also known as: Steven Allan Spielberg
Executive Producer • Director • Producer • Special Appearances • Writer • Actor • Screenplay • Voice Cast
Born: December 18, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States Of America
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Considered as one of the most successful and influential filmmakers of the global film circuit, Steven Spielberg is an American director, producer, screenwriter and editor. Known as the face behind the New Hollywood Era, he is also the co-founder of the American film production house DreamWorks Pictures. From his yarn of film making, he has spun Academy Award Winning films like Schindler`s List and Saving Private Ryan. He has numerous more critically acclaimed and commercially successful films to his name, making him one the world`s wealthiest directors.

Early Life
Born on 18th December 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Arnold Spielberg, an electrical engineer and Leah Posner, a restaurant owner, Spielberg belonged to an orthodox Jewish family and hence was subjected to much discrimination and humiliation by other children since childhood. As an amateur director, he made his first two films: The Last Gunfight and Fighter Squad, at the age of 12. He attended Arcadia High School in Phoenix as a child but his family shifted to California where he completed his schooling from Saratoga High School in 1995. After school he went to California State University to study English. During his college days, he interned in the editing department of the Universal Studios and made a short film Amblin which impressed everyone around him. So much was the impact of his film that Universal Studios signed a seven year contract with him, making him the youngest director ever to be signed by them.

Personal Life
Steven Spielberg has been married twice. From his first marriage to actress Amy Irving, Spielberg has one son and has six children with his current wife Kate Cupshow, out of which one child is from Cupshow`s previous marriage, and two are adopted.

Movie Career
Universal recognition and fame came to him in the form of the American thriller film Jaws in 1975. The unique concept of a giant man-eating shark spreading panic amongst the local citizens combined with the minute detailing of various nuances, made this movie one of the biggest hits at that time. His childlike sense of wonder and faith made him direct films with the repeated theme of ordinary characters finding something extraordinary, leading to a change in the course of their life. His films Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and A.I. Artificial Intelligence all have elements of curiosity at the marvels of this world and beyond. In 1981, Spielberg introduced to the world one of the most legendary characters in the cinematic history, Indiana Jones in his directorial venture Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark. He meddled in the genre of adventure in this movie and aced it. The blockbuster success of Indiana Jones continued with two more movies in the franchise: Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom and India Jones and The Last Crusade.

In 1985, he directed a period drama film called The Color Purple. An adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name by Alice Walker, the movie starred Woopie Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey in the lead roles. The film`s smashing success put further light on the versatility of Steven Spielberg`s cinematic brilliance. In 1993, Spielberg gave to the world the magnum opus Jurassic Park. A movie about a billionaire philanthropist and a small team of genetic scientists who created a wildlife park of cloned dinosaurs, the film went on to become the highest grossing movie ever, at the time. Jurassic Park is considered a landmark in the development of computer-generated imagery and animated visual effects, and was followed by three commercially successful sequels, The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), Jurassic Park III (2001), and Jurassic World (2015). His next directorial venture after Jurassic Park was the 1993 Academy Award winning movie Schindler`s List. The Holocaust drama, starring Liam Neeson as a businessman who helps save Jewish citizens and Ben Kingsley as Schindler`s Jewish accountant, won seven Academy Awards, including Spielberg`s first win as best director.

In 1997, Speilberg directed a war drama film starring Matt Damon and Tom Hanks. The movie won several awards including his second Academy Award for Best Director. In 2014, this universally acclaimed movie was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry as it was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". He then gave blockbusters like Medal of Honor, Vanilla Sky, Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, and Memories of a Geisha. He is also credited with directing the Men in Black and Transformers series, both of which received huge commercial successes and diversified Spielberg`s vision as a film maker.

In November 2012, Spielberg produced and directed Lincoln, starring Daniel Day Lewis in the much anticipated biopic of President Abraham Lincoln. The movie opened to huge critical acclaim and went on to win two Academy Awards. He then directed a black comedy crime film Wolf of Wall street, starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role. The movie, which also starred Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie and Matthew McConaughey, was a hit both critically and commercially and DiCaprio`s role as a stockbroker in New York City received huge accolades wforldwide.

His 2016 projects include a fantasy adventure film The BGF and a comedy film A Dog`s Purpose. His 2020 release includes CATS, directed by Tom Hooper.
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Sasha Spielberg
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Destry Allyn Spielberg
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Mikaela George Spielberg
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Leah Adler
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Arnold Spielberg
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Anne Spielberg
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CATS
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Did You Know? (10)

  • Steven Spielberg used a razor-toothed mechanical shark for the film Jaws. He nicknamed the shark Bruce, after his lawyer.
  • Steven Spielberg can be seen in pop icon Michael Jackson's music video Liberian Girl.
  • Steven Spielberg is the godfather of Hollywood actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Drew Barrymore.
  • Steven Spielberg was initially considered to direct the Harry Potter film series. However, J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, was reportedly against this idea.
  • As of 2014, two of Steven Spielberg's films rank in the Top 10 Highest-grossing films of all time, adjusted for inflation. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial ranks at six, while Jaws ranks at nine. The director also ranks at number one for the maximum number of highest grossing film of the year. He has directed six films to the number one grosser of the year slot, as of 2014.
  • It was Steven Spielberg who suggested the PG-13 movie rating, indicating that only audiences 13 years and older should be allowed to watch those movies. His idea was soon implemented by the Motion Picture Association of America.
  • Steven Spielberg cast his cocker spaniel Elmer in several movies, including The Sugarland Express, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 1941, and Jaws.
  • Star Wars creator George Lucas initially wanted his good friend Steven Spielberg to direct Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi. Although Spielberg was keen on going ahead with the venture, his dispute with the Director's Guild at the time reportedly cost him the opportunity.
  • Three of Edwards' influences for film-making are George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino.
  • Miranda Otto was pregnant when she was offered the role of Mary Ann Ferrier in the movie War of the Worlds and so she had initially turned the role down. However, director Steven Spielberg had the script reworked to accommodate her.
  • Personal Quotes (7)

  • "All of us every single year, we're a different person. I don't think we're the same person all our lives."
  • "I'm not really interested in making money."
  • "Every time I go to a movie, it's magic, no matter what the movie is about."
  • "Why pay a dollar for a bookmark? Why not use the dollar for a bookmark?"
  • "When war comes, two things happen - profits go way, way up and all perishables go way, way down. There becomes a market for them."
  • "The public has an appetite for anything about imagination - anything that is as far away from reality as is creatively possible."
  • "You know, I don't really do that much looking inside me when I'm working on a project. Whatever I am becomes what that film is. But I change; you change."
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