Steven Spielberg

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  • Birth Name: Steven Allan Spielberg
  • Birth Place: Cincinnati, OH
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 12/18/1946, Sagittarius
  • Profession: Director; producer; writer
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Steven Spielberg 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).
  • Steven Spielberg Relationships:
  • Arnold Spielberg - Father
  • Destry Allyn Spielberg - Daughter
  • Bernie Adler - Stepfather
  • Jessica Capshaw - Stepdaughter
  • Max Spielberg - Son
  • Amy Irving - Ex-wife
  • Bernice Colner - Stepmother
  • Sawyer Spielberg - Son
  • Sue Spielberg - Sister
  • Sasha Spielberg - Daughter
  • Mikaela George Spielberg - Daughter
  • Kate Capshaw - Wife
  • Leah Adler - Mother
  • Anne Spielberg - Sister
  • Nancy Spielberg - Sister
  • Theo Spielberg - Son
  • Steven Spielberg Awards:
  • 2011 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Animated Film - Nominee
  • 1993 Oscar: Best Motion Picture of the Year - Winner
  • 1986 Emmy: Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1991 Emmy: Outstanding Animated Program (for programming one hour or less) - Nominee
  • 1996 Emmy: Outstanding Animated Program (for programming one hour or less) - Winner
  • 1998 Oscar: Best Motion Picture of the Year - Nominee
  • 1985 Oscar: Best Motion Picture of the Year - Nominee
  • 1978 Golden Globe: Best Screenplay - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1978 Golden Globe: Best Director - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1986 Golden Globe: Best Director - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1982 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Direction - Nominee
  • 1995 Emmy: Outstanding Animated Program (for programming one hour or less) - Nominee
  • 1999 Golden Globe: Best Director - Motion Picture - Winner
  • 1983 Golden Globe: Best Director - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1994 Golden Globe: Best Director - Motion Picture - Winner
  • 1998 Golden Globe: Best Director - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1982 Golden Globe: Best Director - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1977 Oscar: Best Achievement in Directing - Nominee
  • 1982 Oscar: Best Achievement in Directing - Nominee
  • 1994 Australian Film Institute Awards: Best Foreign Film - Nominee
  • 2006 Emmy: Outstanding Miniseries - Nominee
  • 2002 Emmy: Outstanding Miniseries - Winner
  • 2003 Emmy: Outstanding Miniseries - Winner
  • 1981 Oscar: Best Achievement in Directing - Nominee
  • 1993 Oscar: Best Achievement in Directing - Winner
  • 2006 Oscar: Best Motion Picture of the Year - Nominee
  • 1993 BAFTA Film Awards: The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction - Winner
  • 1993 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Film - Winner
  • 1975 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Direction - Nominee
  • 1982 Oscar: Best Motion Picture of the Year - Nominee
  • 1986 Oscar: Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award - Winner
  • 2005 Oscar: Best Achievement in Directing - Nominee
  • 2005 Oscar: Best Motion Picture of the Year - Nominee
  • 1999 César Awards: Best Foreign Film - Nominee
  • 2012 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Film - Nominee
  • 1995 César Awards: Honorary César - Winner
  • 2009 Golden Globe: Cecil B. DeMille Award - Winner
  • 2012 Oscar: Best Motion Picture of the Year - Nominee
  • 2010 Emmy: Outstanding Miniseries - Winner
  • 1998 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Film - Nominee
  • 1998 BAFTA Film Awards: The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction - Nominee
  • 1998 Oscar: Best Achievement in Directing - Winner
  • 1982 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Film - Nominee
  • 1978 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Direction - Nominee
  • 1974 Cannes Film Festival: Best Screenplay - Winner
  • 2013 Golden Globe: Best Director - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 2011 Oscar: Best Motion Picture of the Year - Nominee
  • 2012 Oscar: Best Achievement in Directing - Nominee
  • 1993 Venice Film Festival: Lifetime Achievement - Winner
  • 2002 Emmy: Outstanding Non-Fiction Special (Informational) - Nominee
  • 1978 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Screenplay - 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
  • College:
  • California State University, Long Beach, CA (BA in Film and Electronic Arts, 2002)

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