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

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

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

College

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

Details

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

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