Steven Spielberg

American filmmaker (born 1946)

Steven Allan Spielberg (born December 18, 1946) is an American filmmaker.

Steven Spielberg
Spielberg in July 2017
Steven Allan Spielberg

(1946-12-18) December 18, 1946 (age 77)[1]
EducationSaratoga High School
Alma materCalifornia State University, Long Beach
  • Movie director
  • movie producer
  • screenwriter
Years active1963–present
Notable work
Amy Irving (m. 1985–1989)

Kate Capshaw (m. 1991)

He was born at The Jewish Hospital-Mercy Health [4][5] in Cincinnati, Ohio.[6] He is from Ukrainians Orthodox Jewish family, His parents were pianist Leah Adler (1920–2017) and engineer Arnold Spielberg (1917–2020). He started his movie career learning to direct in 1975.[7] He was raised in Haddon Township, New Jersey. Spielberg studied at Saratoga High School. He went to California State University, Long Beach.[7]

Spielberg started his career learning how to direct in 1963. His first movies include Jaws, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.[7] His later movies include Saving Private Ryan and Munich.

Spielberg helped establish the PG-13 rating for the Motion Picture Association of America.[8][9]

Spielberg married Amy Irving in 1985. They divorced in 1989.[7] He married Kate Capshaw in 1991.[7]

Spielberg won two Academy Awards for best director. These two awards were for Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan. In 1986, he won the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been nominated and has won several other awards. In 2023, Spielberg was nominated for another Academy Award for his movie The Fabelmans.

In Oscar acceptance speeches given since 1966, Spielberg holds the record for being thanked the most at 43 mentions, more than God and beating Harvey Weinstein who was thanked 34 times.[10]




  1. American Film Institute. "AFI Life Achievement Award". Retrieved January 31, 2011.
  2. "Steven Spielberg Biography". December 18, 1947. Archived from the original on May 14, 2011. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
  3. Forbes Billionaire List Retrieved September 2012.
  4. "Arnold Meyer Spielberg (b. 1917)". Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  5. Gutfreund, Sara Debbie (January 28, 2017). "Steven Spielberg's Jewish Roots". The Jewish Website. Archived from the original on May 12, 2018. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  6. Hook, Sue Vander (2009-09-01). Steven Spielberg: Groundbreaking Director: Groundbreaking Director. ABDO Publishing Company. ISBN 978-1-61785-252-7.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 McBride, Joseph (6 May 1999). Steven Spielberg: A Biography - Joseph McBride. ISBN 9780306809002. Retrieved September 11, 2013.
  8. "10 Things You Didn't Know About Steven Spielberg". Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  9. "Steven Spielberg". Contact Retrieved September 11, 2013.
  10. Rodriguez, Ashley. "How powerful was Harvey Weinstein? Almost no one has been thanked at the Oscars more". Quartz. Retrieved 15 October 2017.

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