Steven Spielberg Biography (1947?-)

Born December 18, 1947 (some sources cite 1946), in Cincinnati, OH; raised inNew Jersey, Arizona, and California; son of Arnold Spielberg (a computer engineer) and Leah Adler (a concert pianist and restaurateur; maiden name, Posner); brother of Anne Spielberg (a writer and producer); married Amy Irving (anactress), November 27, 1985 (divorced, 1989); married Kate Capshaw (an actress), October 12, 1991; children: (first marriage) Max Samuel; (second marriage) Jessica, Theo, Sasha, Sawyer, Mikaela George, Destry Allyn.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Director, producer, cinematographer, screenwriter, editor, actor, creative consultant
Birth Details
December 18, 1947?
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Voice on the radio, Jaws, Universal, 1975
  • Cook County clerk, The Blues Brothers, Universal, 1980
  • Himself, The Making of Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981
  • Himself, Chambre 666, 1982
  • Himself in archival footage, Coming Soon, 1982
  • Man in electric wheelchair, Gremlins, Warner Bros., 1984
  • Tourist at airport, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Paramount, 1984
  • Himself, Citizen Steve, 1987
  • Presenter of the 1989 reconstructed and restored version (original version released in 1962), Lawrence of Arabia, 1989
  • Himself, Listen Up (also known as Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones), Warner Bros., 1990
  • Himself, Making Close Encounters, 1990
  • Himself, The Magical World of Chuck Jones, Warner Bros., 1992
  • Himself, The Making of Jurassic Park, 1995
  • Himself, The Making of Steven Spielberg's Jaws, 1995
  • Himself, Your Studio and You, 1995
  • Himself, The Making of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, 1996
  • Himself, The Making of 1941, 1996
  • Popcorn-eating man, The Lost World: Jurassic Park (also known as Jurassic Park 2, Lost World, and The Lost World), DreamWorks SKG, 1997
  • Himself, The Making of Lost World, 1997
  • Himself ("Liberian Girl" video), Michael Jackson: History on Film--Volume II, 1997
  • Himself (as the director and producer), Into the Breach: Saving Private Ryan, 1998
  • Himself, The Making of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 1998
  • Himself, Forever Hollywood (documentary), Esplanade Productions, 1999
  • Himself, Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures, Warner Bros., 2001
  • Film Work
  • Director
  • (And editor) The Last Gun, 1959
  • (And editor) Battle Squad, 1961
  • (And cinematographer and editor) Escape to Nowhere, 1962
  • (And cinematographer, editor, and creator of visual effects) Firelight, 1965
  • (Unfinished) Slipstream, 1967
  • Amblin' (short film), 1969
  • The Sugarland Express, Universal, 1974
  • Jaws, Universal, 1975
  • (And creator of special visual effects concept) Close Encounters of the Third Kind (also known as Watch the Skies), Columbia, 1977, special edition released in 1980
  • 1941, Universal, 1979
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (also known as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark), Paramount, 1981
  • Duel (expanded theatrical version of the television movie), Universal, 1982
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (also known as A Boy's Life andE.T.), Universal, 1982
  • (And editor) Poltergeist, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1982
  • "Kick the Can," Twilight Zone--The Movie, Warner Bros., 1983
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Paramount, 1984
  • The Color Purple, Warner Bros., 1985
  • Empire of the Sun, Warner Bros., 1987
  • Always, Universal, 1989
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Paramount, 1989
  • (With Douglas Day Stewart) The Visionary, [Germany], 1990
  • Hook, TriStar, 1991
  • Jurassic Park (also known as JP), Universal, 1993
  • Schindler's List (also known as Schindler's Ark), Universal, 1993
  • Amistad, DreamWorks SKG, 1997
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park (also known as Jurassic Park 2, Lost World, and The Lost World), DreamWorks SKG, 1997
  • Saving Private Ryan, DreamWorks SKG, 1998
  • (And editor) The Unfinished Journey, 1999
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence (also known as Artificial Intelligence: AI), Warner Bros., 2001
  • Catch Me If You Can, DreamWorks SKG, 2002
  • Minority Report, DreamWorks SKG, 2002
  • Executive Producer
  • I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Universal, 1978
  • (With John Milius) Used Cars, Columbia, 1980
  • (With Bernie Brillstein and Jack Rosenthal) Continental Divide, Universal, 1981
  • (With Frank Marshall) Twilight Zone--The Movie, Warner Bros., 1983
  • (With Kathleen Kennedy and Marshall) Gremlins, Warner Bros., 1984
  • (With Kennedy and Marshall) Back to the Future, Universal, 1985
  • (With Kennedy and Marshall; and editor and second unit director) The Goonies, Warner Bros., 1985
  • (With Kennedy and Marshall) Young Sherlock Holmes (also known as Pyramid of Fear), Paramount, 1985
  • (With Kennedy, David Kirschner, and Marshall) An American Tail (animated), Universal, 1986
  • (With David Glier and Kennedy) The Money Pit, Universal, 1986
  • (With Kennedy and Marshall) *batteries not included, Universal, 1987
  • (With Peter Guber and Jon Peters) Innerspace, Warner Bros., 1987
  • (With George Lucas) The Land before Time (animated; also known asThe Land before Time Began), Universal, 1988
  • (With Kennedy) Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Buena Vista, 1988
  • (With Kennedy and Marshall) Back to the Future II, Universal, 1989
  • (With Kennedy and Marshall) Dad, Universal, 1989
  • (With Marshall; and second unit director) Arachnophobia, Buena Vista, 1990
  • (With Kennedy and Marshall) Back to the Future III, Universal, 1990
  • (With Kennedy and Marshall) Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Warner Bros., 1990
  • (With Kennedy and Marshall) Joe versus the Volcano, Warner Bros.,1990
  • (International version) Yume (also known as Akira Kurosawa's Dreams, Dreams, I Saw a Dream Like This, Such Dreams I Have Dreamed, and Konna yume wo mita), 1990
  • (With Kennedy and Marshall) We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (animated), Universal, 1993
  • (As Steven Spielrock) The Flintstones, Universal, 1994
  • Yakko's World: An Animaniacs Singalong (animated), 1994
  • (With Kennedy and Bonnie Radford) Balto (animated; also known as Snowballs), Universal, 1995
  • (With Gerald R. Molen and Jeffrey A. Montgomery) Casper (animated;also known as Casper, the Friendly Ghost), Universal, 1995
  • (With Molen, Laurie MacDonald, and Walter Parkes) Twister, WarnerBros., 1996
  • Amistad, DreamWorks SKG, 1997
  • Men in Black (also known as MiB), Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1997
  • (With Joan Bradshaw) Deep Impact, Paramount, 1998
  • The Last Days (documentary), October Films, 1998
  • (And second unit director) The Haunting (also known as La maldicion), DreamWorks SKG, 1999
  • A Holocaust szemei (also known as Eyes of the Holocaust), Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, 2000
  • Evolution, DreamWorks SKG, 2001
  • Jurassic Park III (also known as JP3), Universal, 2001
  • Shrek (animated), DreamWorks SKG, 2001
  • Men in Black 2 (also known as MiB 2), Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2002
  • Executive Producer; Animated Short Films
  • Tummy Trouble, Buena Vista, 1989
  • Rollercoaster Rabbit, Buena Vista, 1990
  • (With Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall) Trail Mix-Up, Buena Vista, 1993
  • I'm Mad, Warner Bros., 1994
  • Producer
  • (With Kathleen Kennedy) E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (also known asA Boy's Life and E.T.), Universal, 1982
  • (With Frank Marshall) Poltergeist, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1982
  • (With John Landis) Twilight Zone--The Movie, Warner Bros., 1983
  • (With Peter Guber, Jon Peters, Quincy Jones, Kennedy, and Marshall) The Color Purple, Warner Bros., 1985
  • (With Kennedy and Marshall) Empire of the Sun, Warner Bros., 1987
  • (With Kennedy and Marshall) Always, Universal, 1989
  • Joe versus the Volcano, Warner Bros., 1990
  • (With Robert Watts) An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (animated),Universal, 1991
  • (With Branko Lustig and Gerald R. Molen) Schindler's List (also known as Schindler's Ark), Universal, 1993
  • Saving Private Ryan, DreamWorks SKG, 1998
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence (also known as Artificial Intelligence: AI), Warner Bros., 2001
  • Catch Me If You Can, DreamWorks SKG, 2002
  • Assistant to the Director
  • Fandango, Warner Bros., 1985
  • Return to Oz (also known as The Adventures of the Devil from the Sky and Oz), Buena Vista, 1985
  • Other
  • Production assistant, Faces, Continental Distributing, 1968
  • Supervising editor, Taxi Driver, 1976
  • Television Work
  • Executive Producer; Series
  • (And creator) Amazing Stories (also known as Steven Spielberg'sAmazing Stories), NBC, 1985-1987
  • (With David J. Burke and Patrick Hasburg) seaQuest DSV (also knownas seaQuest 2032), NBC, 1993-1995
  • ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, beginning in 1994
  • (Producer) Earth 2, NBC, 1994-1995
  • (And creator with others) High Incident, ABC, beginning in 1995
  • Executive Producer; Animated Series
  • Tiny Toon Adventures (also known as Steven Spielberg Presents ... Tiny Toon Adventures, Tiny Toons, and Tiny Tunes), syndicated, 1990-1992, Fox, beginning in 1992
  • The Plucky Duck Show, Fox, 1992
  • Animaniacs (also known as Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs), Fox, 1992-1995 then the WB, 1995-2000
  • (And creator with Tim Burton) Family Dog, CBS, 1993
  • Steven Spielberg Presents Freakazoid! (animated; also known as Freakazoid!), The WB, beginning in 1995
  • Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky and the Brain (animated; also known as Pinky and the Brain), The WB, beginning in 1995
  • Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain (also known as Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain), The WB, 1998-1999
  • Toonsylvania (also known as Steven Spielberg Presents Toonsylvania), Fox, 1998-1999
  • Director of Introduction and Conclusion; Series
  • Strokes of Genius, PBS, 1984
  • Executive Producer; Miniseries
  • Band of Brothers, HBO, 2001
  • Taken, Sci-Fi Channel, 2002
  • Executive Producer; Movies
  • (Producer) The Habitation of Dragons, 1992
  • (With Michael Brandman) The Water Engine, 1992
  • Class of '61, ABC, 1993
  • (And editor) Shooting War, 2000
  • Director; Movies
  • Duel, ABC, 1971
  • "Something Evil," CBS Friday Night Movie, CBS, 1972
  • Executive Producer and Producer; Specials
  • Survivors of the Holocaust (also known as Survivors of the Shoah), TBS, 1996
  • Executive Producer; Animated Specials
  • (With Berkeley Breathed, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, and Paul B. Stickland) A Wish for Wings That Work, 1991
  • It's a Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special, Fox, 1992
  • Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation (also known as How I Spent My Vacation and Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation), Fox, 1993
  • Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toon Adventures: Spring Break Special, Fox, 1993
  • Steven Spielberg Presents A Pinky & the Brain Christmas Special (also known as A Pinky & the Brain Christmas Special), USA Network, 1995
  • (And producer) Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toons' Night Ghoulery (also known as Tiny Toon Adventures: Night Ghoulery), Fox, 1995
  • Director; Episodic
  • "L.A. 2017," The Name of the Game, NBC, 1968
  • "The Daredevil Gesture" (also known as "Daredevil Gesture"), Marcus Welby, M.D., ABC, 1969
  • "Make Me Laugh," Night Gallery (also known as Rod Serling's Night Gallery), NBC, 1970
  • "Eulogy for a Wide Receiver," Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law, ABC, 1971
  • "Murder by the Book," Columbo, NBC, 1971
  • "Par for the Course," The Psychiatrist, NBC, 1971
  • "The Private World of Martin Dalton," The Psychiatrist, NBC, 1971
  • Night Gallery, NBC, various episodes from 1971 to 1973
  • Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law, ABC, various episodes from 1971 to 1974
  • "Ghost Train," Amazing Stories (also known as Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories), NBC, 1985
  • "The Mission," Amazing Stories (also known as Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories), NBC, 1985
  • Also the assistant editor of episodes of Wagon Train (also known as Major Adams, Trail Master), NBC and ABC.
  • Director; Pilots
  • "Eyes," Night Gallery, NBC, 1969
  • (And editor) Savage (also known as Watch Dog), NBC, 1973
  • Executive Producer; Pilots
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: The Looney Beginning, CBS, 1990
  • seaQuest DSV (also known as seaQuest 2032), NBC, 1993
  • Semper Fi, NBC, 2001
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • "Something Evil," CBS Friday Night Movie, CBS, 1972
  • Specials
  • The Making of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 1977
  • Himself, Great Movie Stunts: Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981
  • Himself, The Making of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, 1984
  • Himself, A China Odyssey: Empire of the Sun: A Film by Steven Spielberg (documentary), CBS, 1987
  • Funny, You Don't Look 200: A Constitution Vaudeville, ABC, 1987
  • Himself, Roger Rabbit and the Secrets of Toontown, 1988
  • Premiere: Inside the Summer Blockbusters, Fox, 1989
  • Himself, The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson, CBS, 1990
  • Martin Scorsese Directs (documentary), PBS, 1990
  • Siskel & Ebert: The Future of the Movies with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Martin Scorsese (also known as Siskel & Ebert: TheFuture of Movies), syndicated, 1990
  • Host, Shattered Lullabies, 1992
  • Host, Here's Looking at You, Warner Bros., TNT, 1993
  • "George Lucas: Heroes, Myths, and Magic," American Masters, PBS, 1993
  • Rolling Stone '93: The Year in Review, Fox, 1993
  • Barbara Walters Presents The Ten Most Fascinating People of 1994,ABC, 1994
  • Himself, Hollywood Stars: A Century of Cinema, The Disney Channel,1995
  • Himself, The Siskel and Ebert Interviews, CBS, 1996
  • Himself, Survivors of the Holocaust (also known as Survivors ofthe Shoah), TBS, 1996
  • The Universal Story, Encore and Starz!, 1996
  • Himself, AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Movies, CBS, 1998
  • Himself, AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Movies: In Search of, CBS, 1998
  • Himself, From Star Wars to Star Wars: The Story of Industrial Light & Magic, 1999
  • Himself, People Profiles: Steven Spielberg, 1999
  • Himself, Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens, a Life in Animation, PBS, 2000
  • Himself, AFI's 100 Years, 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies, 2001
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 59th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1987
  • The 18th Annual American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award: ASalute to Sir David Lean, ABC, 1990
  • The 62nd Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1990
  • The Movie Awards, CBS, 1991
  • Presenter, The 64th Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1992
  • The 20th Annual People's Choice Awards, 1994
  • Presenter, The 67th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1995
  • Himself, The American Film Institute Salute to Steven Spielberg (also known as The 23rd Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award: A Salute to Steven Spielberg), NBC, 1995
  • Presenter, The 68th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1996
  • Himself, A Salute to Clint Eastwood (also known as The 24th Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award: A Salute to Clint Eastwood), ABC, 1996
  • Honoree, 31st NAACP Image Awards, 2000
  • Episodic
  • "The Gate," The Tracey Ullman Show, Fox, 1989
  • "The Real Jurassic Park," Nova, PBS, 1993
  • Himself, American Cinema, PBS, 1995
  • "Blacks and Jews," P.O.V., PBS, 1997
  • Himself, Inside the Directors Studio, Bravo, 1999
  • The Directors, Encore, 1999
  • Appeared in episodes of other series, including Evening at Pops, PBS; and Fame, NBC and syndicated.
  • Episodic; Animated Series
  • Voice of himself, "Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian," Tiny Toon Adventures (also known as Steven Spielberg Presents ... Tiny Toon Adventures,Tiny Toons, and Tiny Tunes), syndicated, 1991
  • Voice, Animaniacs (also known as Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs), Fox, 1993
  • RECORDINGS
  • Music Videos
  • Director of the music video "Liberian Girl," by Michael Jackson. Appearedin the music video "Goonies R Good Enough," by Cyndi Lauper.
  • Video Games
  • Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair, 1999
  • Also director of Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair.
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • Battle Squad, 1961
  • (As Steve Spielberg) Escape to Nowhere, 1962
  • (As Steve Spielberg) Firelight, 1965
  • Amblin' (short film), 1969
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind (also known as Watch the Skies), Columbia, 1977, special edition released in 1980
  • (With Michael Grais and Mark Victor) Poltergeist, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1982
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence (also known as Artificial Intelligence: AI), Warner Bros., 2001
  • Stories for Films
  • Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1973
  • (With Hal Barwood and Matthew Robbins) The Sugarland Express, Universal, 1974
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind (also known as Watch the Skies), Columbia, 1977, special edition released in 1980
  • Poltergeist, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1982
  • The Goonies, Warner Bros., 1985
  • Film Music
  • Firelight, 1965
  • Teleplays
  • Episodic
  • "Vanessa in the Garden," Amazing Stories (also known as StevenSpielberg's Amazing Stories), NBC, 1985
  • Wrote stories for several episodes of the animated series Animaniacs (also known as Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs), Fox and The WB.
  • Video Games
  • The Dig, 1995
  • Medal of Honor, DreamWorks SKG/Electronic Arts, 1999
  • Other Writings
  • (With Patrick Mann) Close Encounters of the Third Kind (novel based on the film of the same name), Delacorte (New York City), 1977
  • (Author of introduction) Letters to E.T., Putnam (New York City),1983
  • (With Roger Ebert, Gene Siskel, Martin Scorsese, and George Lucas) TheFuture of the Movies: Interviews with Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, andGeorge Lucas, Andrews and McMeel (Kansas City, MO), 1991
  • Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs (sound recording), Kid Rhino,1993
  • (With Mariana Cook and others) Mothers and Sons: In Their Own Words (pictorial essay), 1996

Further Reference

ADAPTATIONS

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was adapted for print by William Kotzwinkle, illustrated by David Wiesner, and published as E.T., the Storybook of the Green Planet: A New Storybook, Putnam, 1985.
OTHER SOURCES
    Books
    • Baxter, John, Steven Spielberg, HarperCollins, 1997
    • Brode, Douglas, The Films of Steven Spielberg, Citadel Press (Secaucus, NJ), 2000
    • Collins, Tom, Steven Spielberg Creator of E.T., Dillon (Minneapolis, MN), 1983
    • Conklin, Thomas, Meet Steven Spielberg, Bullseye Biography/RandomHouse, 1994
    • Contemporary Authors, Volume 77-80, Gale, 1979
    • Contemporary Heroes and Heroines, Book 1, Gale, 1990
    • Contemporary Literary Criticism, Volume 20, Gale, 1982
    • Encyclopedia of World Biography, second edition, Gale, 1998
    • Ferber, Elizabeth, Steven Spielberg, 1997
    • Leather, Michael, The Picture Life of Steven Spielberg, F. Watts (New York City), 1984
    • Mabery, D. L., Steven Spielberg, Lerner (Minneapolis, MN), 1986
    • McBride, Joseph, Steven Spielberg: A Biography, De Capo Press, 1999
    • Mott, Donald R. and Cheryl McAllister Saunders, Steven Spielberg,Twayne (Boston, MA), 1986
    • Newsmakers 1997, Issue 4, Gale, 1997
    • Sanello, Frank, Spielberg: The Man, the Movies, the Mythology, 1996
    Periodicals
    • American Film, June, 1988, pp. 12, 14-16
    • Cosmopolitan, July, 1996, pp. 200-06
    • Entertainment Weekly, December 31, 1993, pp. 16-18; March 31, 1994, pp. 96-97; December 13, 1996, p. 16; April 25, 1997, p. 77; May 4, 2001, p.74
    • Esquire, December, 1996, pp. 56-62
    • Film Comment, March/April, 1994, pp. 51-56
    • Forbes, September 24, 1994, pp. 104-05
    • Fortune, November 28, 1994, p. 200
    • Interview, April, 1994, p. 72
    • NEA Today, November, 1994, p. 7
    • New Statesman, September 20, 1996, p. 16
    • Newsweek, November 21, 1994, p. 98; May 29, 1995, p. 56
    • New Yorker, March 21, 1994, pp. 96-108
    • New York Times, January 10, 1988, pp. 21, 30; March 15, 1997, p. 28
    • Premiere, August, 1996, p. 42
    • Reader's Digest, April, 1996, pp. 71-76
    • Time, February 6, 1995, p. 79; April 7, 1997, p. 22; May 19, 1997,
    • Times (London), March 11, 1990, pp. 1, 6
    • TV Guide, October 28, 1995, pp. 33-35
    • USA Today, September, 2001, p. 67
    • Vanity Fair, April, 1995, pp. 96-102
    • Variety, December 12, 1994, p. 27; October 30, 1995, pp. 8-9

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