Spike Jonze Biography (1969-)

Original name, Adam Spiegel; born 1969, in Rockville, MD; son of Arthur Spiegel III (a consultant) and Sandy Granzow (a publicist); married Sofia Coppola,June 26, 1999 (filed for divorce). Addresses: Agent: Creative ArtistsAgency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Cinematographer, producer, director, actor, writer
Birth Details
Rockville, Maryland, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Work
  • Director, Video Days, 1991
  • Director, Ciao L.A., 1994
  • Director, Hi-Octane, 1994
  • Director, Beastie Boys: Sabotage, 1995
  • Producer and director, Las Nueve Vidas de Paco - The Chocolate Movie, 1995
  • Cinematographer, Bed, Bath, and Beyond (short film), 1996
  • Director, Amarillo by Morning, 1997
  • Executive producer and director, Mouse (documentary short film), Girl Skateboard Company, 1997
  • Cinematographer, Free Tibet, Shooting Gallery, 1998
  • Director, Being John Malkovich, USA Films, 1999
  • (As Richard Koufey) Choreographer, Torrance Rises (documentary short film), Palm Pictures, 1999
  • Producer, Human Nature, Fine Line, 2001
  • Producer, Jackass: The Movie (documentary; also known as Jackass), Paramount, 2002
  • Director, Adaptation, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2003
  • Director, What's Up, Fatlip? (documentary), Palm Pictures, 2003
  • Executive producer and director, Yeah Right!, Girl Skateboard Company, 2003
  • Camera operator, Lost on Location: Behind the Scenes of "Lost in Translation" (documentary), Focus Features, 2004
  • Film Appearances
  • Teenage drug customer, Mi vida loca (also known as My Crazy Life), 1993
  • Airbag EMT Beltran, The Game, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, 1997
  • Voice of himself, Amarillo by Morning (documentary short film), Palm Pictures, 1998
  • (Uncredited) Derek Mantini's assistant for Emily Dickinson puppet, Being John Malkovich, USA Films, 1999
  • (As Richard Coufey) Richard Coufey, Torrance Rises, 1999
  • Himself, An Intimate Look Inside the Acting Process with Ice Cube(documentary), Warner Bros., 1999
  • Private Conrad Vig, Three Kings, Warner Bros., 1999
  • Himself, An Interview with Spike Jonze (documentary), USA Home Video, 2000
  • Officer Jonze, Keep Your Eyes Open, Artisan Entertainment, 2002
  • Himself, Jackass: The Movie (also known as Jackass), 2002
  • Himself, Adaptation, 2002
  • Voice of himself, What's Up, Fatlip?, 2003
  • The Work of Director Chris Cunningham, Palm Pictures, 2003
  • Himself, Lost on Location: Behind the Scenes of "Lost in Translation" (documentary), Universal Studios Home Video, 2004
  • Jackass: Volume 2, 2004
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Director (opening titles), Double Rush (also known as Lickety Split), 1995
  • Creator, producer, and executive producer, Jackass, MTV, 2000
  • Specials
  • Producer, Jackass, MTV, 2003
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • (In archive footage) Himself, The 72nd Annual Academy Awards, ABC,2000
  • Himself, The 2000 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 2000
  • Himself, The MTV Music Video Awards 2001, MTV, 2001
  • Himself, Making of "Jackass: The Movie" (documentary; also known as MTV's the Making of "Jackass: The Movie"), 2002
  • Hollywood Salutes Nicolas Cage: An American Cinematheque Tribute,TNT, 2002
  • Sonic Youth Video Does, 2004
  • Episodic
  • Appeared in Jackass, MTV.
  • Music Videos; as Director
  • "Days" by Blind, 1992
  • "High in Highschool" by Chainsaw Kitten, 1993
  • "Country at War" by X, 1993
  • "Crush with Eyeliner," R.E.M. Parallel, 1995
  • "Electrolite" by R.E.M., 1997
  • "It's Oh So Quiet," Bjork: Volumen, 1998
  • "Praise You" by Fatboy Slim, Clip Cut Vol. 1: Exploding Cinema, 1999
  • "Sabotage," "Sure Shot," and "Ricky's Theme," Beastie Boys: Video Anthology, Criterion Collection, 2000
  • "What's Up, Fatlip?" by Fatlip, 2000
  • "Weapon of Choice" by Fatboy Slim, 2001
  • The Chemical Brothers: Singles 93-03, 2003
  • The Work of Director Spike Jonze, 2003
  • (As Spike Jones) Tenacious D: The Compete Masterworks, 2003
  • Also directed "Da Funk" by Daft Punk; "Time for Livin'" and "Root Down" (live version), both by Beastie Boys; "Divine Hammer" and "Cannonball," both by Breeders; "Elektrobank" by Chemical Brothers; "Feel the Pain" by Dinosaur Jr.; "Car Song" by Elastica; "If I Only Had a Brain" by MC 900 Ft. Jesus; "BigTrain" and "Liberty Calls," both by Mike Watt; "Sky's the Limite (feat. 112)" by Notorious B.I.G.; "Shady Lanes" by Pavement; "It's All About the Benjamins" (remix) by Puff Daddy; "The Crypt Ditch Digger" by Rocket from the Crypt;"Home" by Sean Lennon; "The Diamond Sea" and "100%," both by Sonic Youth; "Old Timer" by That Dog; "I Can't Stop Smiling" by Velocity Girl; "California"and "Who Is Next," both by Wax; "Freedom of '76" by Ween; "Buddy Holly," "Island in the Sun, and "Undone (The Sweater Song," all by Weezer; "Wonderboy" byTenacious D; "It's In Our Hands" by Bjork; "Daughter of the Kaos" by Luscious Jackson; "Hang On" by Teenage Fanclub.
  • Skate Videos; as Director
  • Video Days, 1991
  • Screenplays
  • Beastie Boys: Sabotage, 1994
  • Las Nueve Vidas de Paco-The Chocolate Movie, 1995
  • Jackass: The Movie (documentary; also known as Jackass), Paramount, 2002
  • Other Writings
  • Contributor to magazines.

Further Reference


    • Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Volume 47, Gale Group, 2003
    • Newsmakers 2000, Issue 3, Gale Group, 2000
    • Harper's Bazaar, November, 1999, p. 146
    • Interview, October, 1999, p. 210; October, 2000, p. 183; December,2002, p. 64
    • Time, December 9, 2002, p. 87

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