1. Steven Spielberg
    steven spielberg
    Film director
  2. Steven Allan Spielberg is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and business magnate. He is regarded as one of the finest directors in motion picture history. Wikipedia
  3. BornDecember 18, 1946, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
  4. SpouseKate Capshaw (m. 1991), Amy Irving (m. 1985–1989)
  5. Upcoming movies: The Papers, Ready Player One

Born on December 18, 1946, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Steven Spielberg was an amateur filmmaker as a child. He went on to become the enormously successful and Academy Award-winning director of such films as Schindler's List, The Color Purple, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial and Saving Private Ryan. In 1994, he co-founded the studio Dreamworks SKG, which was purchased by Paramount Pictures in 2005.

In 1994, Steven Spielberg founded the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, originally called the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, a nonprofit organization established to record testimonies in video format of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust. Between 1994 and 1999, the Foundation conducted nearly 52,000 interviews in 56 countries and in 32 languages. Interviewees included Jewish survivors, Jehovah's Witness survivors, homosexual survivors, liberators and liberation witnesses, political prisoners, rescuers and aid providers, Roma and Sinti survivors, survivors of Eugenics policies, and war crimes trials participants. On September 20, 2005, the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation and the University of Southern California (USC), where Spielberg had long been a Trustee, entered into an agreement to transfer the net assets and control over the Foundation's Board of Directors to USC in return for the guarantee of the preservation of the archive in perpetuity and the accommodation to continue the Foundation's mission.

Movies by Steven Spielberg:
1968Amblin'YesNoYesNoShort film
1974The Sugarland ExpressYesNoYesNo
1975JawsYesNoNoNoUncredited script writer
1977Close Encounters of the Third KindYesNoYesNo
1978I Wanna Hold Your HandNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
1980The Blues BrothersNoNoNoYesActor (small part)
Used CarsNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
1981Continental DivideNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
Raiders of the Lost ArkYesNoNoNo
1982E.T. the Extra-TerrestrialYesYesNoNo
1983Twilight Zone: The MovieYesYesNoNoSegment: "Kick the Can"
1984GremlinsNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
Indiana Jones and the Temple of DoomYesNoNoNo
Room 666NoNoNoYesHimself
1985FandangoNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
Back to the FutureNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
The Color PurpleYesYesNoNo
The GooniesNoNoYesYesExecutive producer
Young Sherlock HolmesNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
1986An American TailNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
The Money PitNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
Poltergeist II: The Other SideNoNoYesNoBased on characters by credit
1987Batteries Not IncludedNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
Empire of the SunYesYesNoNo
InnerspaceNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
Three O'Clock HighNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
1988Poltergeist IIINoNoYesNoBased on characters by credit
Who Framed Roger RabbitNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
The Land Before TimeNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
Back to the Future Part IINoNoNoYesExecutive producer
DadNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
Indiana Jones and the Last CrusadeYesNoNoNo
Tummy TroubleNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
1990ArachnophobiaNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
DreamsNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
Back to the Future Part IIINoNoNoYesExecutive producer
Gremlins 2: The New BatchNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
Joe Versus the VolcanoNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
Roller Coaster RabbitNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
1991A Wish for Wings That WorkNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
An American Tail: Fievel Goes WestNoYesNoNo
Cape FearNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My VacationNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
A Brief History of TimeNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
1993Trail Mix-UpNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
Jurassic ParkYesYesNoNo
We're Back! A Dinosaur's StoryNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
Schindler's ListYesYesNoNo
1994The FlintstonesNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
1995CasperNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
BaltoNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
1996TwisterNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
1997The Lost World: Jurassic ParkYesNoNoNo
Men in BlackNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
1998Saving Private RyanYesYesNoNo
The Last DaysNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
The Mask of ZorroNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
Deep ImpactNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
1999Wakko's WishNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
Medal of HonorNoNoNoYesVideo game, original concept
2000Shooting WarNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
2001A.I. Artificial IntelligenceYesYesYesNo
Jurassic Park IIINoNoNoYesExecutive producer
Stanley Kubrick: A Life in PicturesNoNoNoYesHimself
Vanilla SkyNoNoNoYesGuest at David Aames' Party
2002Minority ReportYesNoNoNo
Men in Black IINoNoNoYesExecutive producer
Austin Powers in GoldmemberNoNoNoYesHimself
Catch Me If You CanYesYesNoNo
2003Double DareNoNoNoYesHimself
2004The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie EditingNoNoNoYesHimself
The TerminalYesYesNoNo
2005Directed by John FordNoNoNoYesHimself
War of the WorldsYesNoNoNo
The Legend of ZorroNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
Memoirs of a GeishaNoYesNoNo
2006Flags of Our FathersNoYesNoNo
Letters from Iwo JimaNoYesNoNo
Monster HouseNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
The Shark Is Still WorkingNoNoNoYesHimself
2007TransformersNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
2008Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullYesNoNoNo
Eagle EyeNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
2009Transformers: Revenge of the FallenNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
The Lovely BonesNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
2010Hollywood Don't Surf!NoNoNoYesHimself
HereafterNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
True GritNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
Super 8NoYesNoNo
Transformers: Dark of the MoonNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
Cowboys & AliensNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
Real SteelNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the UnicornYesYesNoNo
War HorseYesYesNoNo
2012Men in Black 3NoNoNoYesExecutive producer
2013The Wolf of Wall StreetNoNoNoYesCo-directed one scene
2014Transformers: Age of ExtinctionNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
The Hundred-Foot JourneyNoYesNoNo
2015PoltergeistNoNoYesNoRemake of the 1982 film
Jurassic WorldNoNoNoYesExecutive producer
Bridge of SpiesYesYesNoNo
2016The BFG[1]YesYesNoNo
2017Tintin and the Temple of the Sun[2]NoYesNoNo
Ready Player One[3]YesYesNoNo
It's What I Do[4]YesYesNoNo

Some facts you may not know about the director:
1. While filming Close Encounters, Spielberg had been receiving reports of a guy who was running around L.A. pretending to be him. The imposter had been getting people to pay for his dinners, and had been giving Steven a generally bad name. Steven was upset, so he took an ad in The Hollywood Reporter:
“To the gullible and defenceless: The man walking the streets of Los Angeles is not Steven Spielberg. Steven Spielberg is in Alabama, making Close Encounters of the Third Kind. At least do not allow this sad fraud to make you pay for dinner. This year, Steven Spielberg can afford a meal.”
2. When Spielberg first showed John Williams a cut of Schindler’s List, Williams was so moved he had to take a walk outside for several minutes so he could collect himself. When he returned, he told Spielberg he deserved a better composer. Spielberg’s reply? “I know, but they are all dead.”
3. Spielberg still makes money on Star Wars over thirty years after making a bet with George Lucas. Lucas was so sure it would be a flop in 1977, he offered Spielberg a percentage of the takings from his sci-fi epic, in exchange for the same percentage from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, confident that Close Encounters of the Third Kindwould be a bigger film. Spielberg recalls “George came back from Star Wars a nervous wreck. He didn’t feel Star Wars came up to the vision he initially had. He felt he had just made this little kids’ movie. He came to Mobile, Alabama, where I was shooting Close Encounters on this humongous set andStar Wars. This is gonna be the biggest hit of all time, you want to trade some points? I’ll give you two and a half per cent of Star Wars, if you give me two and a half per cent of Close Encounters". I said “Sure, I’ll gamble with that, great. And I think I came out on top of that bet. Close Encounters made so much money, it rescued Columbia from bankruptcy. It was the most money I had ever made, but it was a meagre success story. Star Wars was a phenomenon and I was the happy beneficiary of a couple of points from that movie which I am still seeing money on today”.
hung out with me for a couple of days. “He said, 'Oh my God, your movie is going to be so much more successful than
4. Steven Spielberg features in the music video for Michael Jackson’s “Liberian Girl”.
5. Spielberg’s latest film Lincoln is considered one of his most successful movies. However, it does contain one major flaw. During the movie, when votes are being cast for the 13th amendment outlawing slavery, the state of Connecticut is portrayed to have voted in favour of slavery, whereas history states otherwise! Spielberg plans to correct this before the release of the DVD.
6. If Spielberg hadn't become a film director, he would have become a video game designer.
7. He is an Advocate for adoption. Along with his wife – Spielberg co-founded the Children’s Action Network in 1990, which strives to place children in loving homes and provide support for those in foster care.
8. He never intends on retiring!
9. He is a huge fan of Norman Rockwell - the artist who captured the American experience. The painting “Pardon me (Children dancing at a party)” is part of Spielberg’s collection.
10. Steven Spielberg almost directed an episode of Twin Peaks.
11. Based on a true story, Schindler’s List is widely considered to be Spielberg’s best film. It earned him his first Oscar in 1993 for Best Director. He did, however, initially intend to ask someone else to make the film. In 1983, he managed to convince Universal Studios to buy the rights to the novel Schindler’s Ark. During a meeting with the writer, he told him he would get started on the movie “ten years from now”. Spielberg had doubts about his maturity to direct such a movie about the Holocaust. He initially approached director Roman Polanski to film it for him. However, he declined, as his mother had been killed at Auschwitz. Martin Scorsese was linked to the film, but Spielberg chose to do it himself. He didn’t want to miss the opportunity of make a movie about the Holocaust for his children. This movie was considered to be the most expensive black and white film ever made. Spielberg refused to receive any payment for his work on this movie, as he felt that any money accepted would be “blood money”, considering the Holocaust. He was given permission to shoot the film within Auschwitz concentration camp, but he decided against it as he had so much respect for the victims. Robin Williams took to calling Spielberg every two weeks while filming Schindler's List to lift his spirits with various jokes, mainly because there wasn’t much humor on the set.
12. Spielberg wanted to direct a James Bond movie but was rejected! The producers of the James Bond franchise turned down his offer to direct one of the films early in his career not once but twice.
13. Spielberg’s cocker spaniel Elmer appeared in The Sugarland ExpressClose Encounters of the Third Kind, 1941 and also in ‘Jaws’
14. He hates coffee. “I don’t drink coffee. I’ve never had a cup of coffee in my entire life. That’s something you probably don’t know about me. I’ve hated the taste since I was a kid.”
15. Same-sex marriage is an issue that Hollywood celebrities have openly talked about. Spielberg is no different. He and his wife support same-sex marriage, and have made donations towards this cause. Spielberg even resigned from the Advisory Board of Boy Scouts of America citing this issue, as The Boy Scouts of America were against homosexuality, which offended Spielberg.
16. Steven Spielberg on Johnny Williams: "I’ve always felt that Johnny was my musical re-write artist. He’d come in, see my movie and musically re-write the whole thing. He makes it much better. He can take a moment and uplift it. He can take a tear that’s just forming in your eye and make it fall"

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