Fast Facts

  • Was given an inexpensive Kodak movie camera when he was 12, which spurred his imagination; liked to create and film train wrecks on his toy railroad.
  • Directed a high-school production of Peter Pan. As an adult, he directed the lavish 1991 Peter Pan update, Hook, starring Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman and Julia Roberts.
  • Wanted John Wayne to play Gen. Stilwell in 1941 (1979), but the Duke lost interest when he learned the film's story (about the hysteria that followed Pearl Harbor) included two American planes being shot down. (The part eventually went to Robert Stack.)
  • Created the story for Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) with producer George Lucas and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan over five days.
  • His own boyhood fears, including a tree outside his window, formed the basis of Poltergeist (1982), which he wrote and produced.
  • His three favorites of his own films are E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998).
  • Inspired by the experience of directing Schindler's List (1993), he created the Shoah Foundation to preserve an archive of eyewitness and survivor accounts of the Holocaust.
  • Co-founded DreamWorks in 1994.
  • In 2000, he received the Directors Guild of America's Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Nineteen years after directing Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), he helmed the fourth installment of the series, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).
  • Collaborated with Tom Hanks and produced HBO's award-winning WWII miniseries Band of Brothers (2001) and The Pacific (2010).

Awards

  • 1994, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Winner
  • 1979, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Direction: Nominee
  • 1979, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Screenplay: Nominee
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  • 1998, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 2016, David di Donatello Awards — Best Foreign Film: Winner
  • 2012, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1981, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1993, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
  • 2006, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 2013, David di Donatello Awards — Best Foreign Film: Nominee
  • 1993, Venice Film Festival — Lifetime Achievement: Winner
  • 1996, Emmy — Outstanding Animated Program (for programming one hour or less): Winner
  • 1983, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 1976, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Direction: Nominee
  • 2005, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1999, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Director: Winner
  • 1993, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
  • 1982, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1986, Oscar — Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award: Winner
  • 2012, Producers Guild Awards — Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: Nominee
  • 1982, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 2005, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1978, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1999, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1982, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1978, Writers Guild Awards — Original Drama: Nominee
  • 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Animated Program (for programming one hour or less): Nominee
  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2013, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Director: Nominee
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  • 1998, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
  • 2012, Producers Guild Awards — Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Pictures: Winner
  • 1978, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1986, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1998, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2015, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
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  • 2006, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2003, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Director: Winner
  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Animated Program (for programming one hour or less): Nominee
  • 2009, Golden Globe — Cecil B. DeMille Award: Winner
  • 1983, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1994, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1977, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1985, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
  • 1987, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 2005, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1974, Cannes Film Festival — Best Screenplay: Winner
  • 2016, Producers Guild Awards — Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: Nominee
  • 1994, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Foreign Film: Nominee
  • 1997, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1999, Directors Guild of America Awards — Lifetime Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
  • 2011, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 2012, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Animated Film: Nominee
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Non-Fiction Special (Informational): Nominee
  • 2013, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1976, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2002, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2006, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2000, Critics' Choice Awards — Filmmaker of the Decade: Winner
  • 1981, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
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  • 1994, BAFTA Film Awards — The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: Winner
  • 1977, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1982, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2016, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2016, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 2012, Robert Awards — American Film of the Year: Nominee
  • 1999, BAFTA Film Awards — The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: Nominee
  • 0, — :
  • 1975, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 2012, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1999, Producers Guild Awards — Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: Winner
  • 2012, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 1994, Producers Guild Awards — Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: Winner
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Miniseries: Winner
  • 1983, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Direction: Nominee
  • 2013, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 0, — :
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Miniseries: Winner
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Miniseries: Winner
  • 2013, Producers Guild Awards — Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: Nominee
  • 1975, Writers Guild Awards — Original Comedy: Nominee
  • 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Television Movie: Nominee
  • 1998, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
  • 1999, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Miniseries: Nominee
  • 1993, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Winner
  • 1985, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 2012, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee

Relationships

  • Nancy Spielberg — Sister
  • Theo Spielberg — Son
  • Kate Capshaw — Wife
  • Anne Spielberg — Sister
  • Amy Irving — Ex-wife
  • Bernice Colner — Stepmother
  • Jessica Capshaw — Stepdaughter
  • Max Spielberg — Son
  • Sasha Spielberg — Daughter
  • Arnold Spielberg — Father
  • Destry Allyn Spielberg — Daughter
  • Leah Adler — Mother
  • Sue Spielberg — Sister
  • Sawyer Spielberg — Son
  • Bernie Adler — Stepfather
  • Mikaela George Spielberg — Daughter

College

  • California State University, Long Beach, California, United States (BA in Film and Electronic Arts, 2002)

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Details

  • Birth Name: Steven Allan Spielberg
  • Birth Place: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
  • Profession: Director, Producer, Writer

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