A Short Biography
Steven Spielberg (Director/Producer) has directed,
produced, or executive produced eight of the top grossing
films of all time. This past summer, he had back-to-back
blockbuster hits with "The Lost World: Jurassic
Park," which he directed, and "Men in Black,"
which he executive produced. The original "Jurassic
Park," based on Michael Crichton's bestseller, still
ranks worldwide as the highest grossing film of all time.
In 1994, Spielberg won two Academy Awards®, for Best
Director and Best Picture, for the internationally lauded
"Schindler's List," which received a total of seven
Oscars. The film also collected Best Picture honors from the
major critics organizations, in addition to seven British
Academy Awards, including two for Spielberg. He also won the
Golden Globe Award and was honored by his peers with his
second Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award, the first
having come for "The Color Purple." In February
1997, "Schindler's List" was seen by a television
audience of 65 million people in NBC's unprecedented airing
of the film in its entirety, without commercial interruption.
Spielberg has also been recognized with Academy Award®
nominations for "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,"
"Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Close
Encounters of the Third Kind." Additionally, he earned
DGA Award nominations for those films, as well as
"Empire of the Sun," and "Jaws." He is
also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the
American Film Institute and the prestigious Irving G.
Thalberg Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Spielberg was born in Cincinnati and raised in the suburbs of
Haddonfield, New Jersey and Scottsdale, Arizona. He started
making amateur films while still in his teens, later studying
film at California State University, Long Beach. In 1969, his
22-minute short, "Amblin," was shown at the Atlanta
Film Festival, which led to his becoming the youngest
director ever to be signed to a long-term deal with a major
Four years later, he directed the suspense-filled telefilm
"Duel," which garnered both critical and audience
attention. He made his feature film directorial debut on
"The Sugarland Express" from a screenplay he
co-wrote. His film credits also include the successful
"Raiders of the Lost Ark" sequels "Indiana
Jones and the Temple of Doom" and "Indiana Jones
and the Last Crusade," "Hook" and
Since forming his own production company, Amblin
Entertainment, in 1984, Spielberg has also served as producer
or executive producer on more than a dozen films, including
such successes as "Gremlins," "Goonies,"
"Back to the Future I, II, and III," "Who
Framed Roger Rabbit?," "An American Tail,"
"The Land Before Time," "The Flintstones"
In 1994, he announced the formation of the new studio
DreamWorks SKG, in partnership with Jeffrey Katzenberg and
David Geffen. "Amistad" is the first film directed
by Spielberg under the new studio banner. He more recently
directed DreamWorks' "Saving Private Ryan,"
starring Tom Hanks, due out in 1998.