Steven Spielberg is undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in film history and one of the richest and most popular directors of recent times. He is an Academy Award-winning filmmaker, director, and producer of some of the greatest Hollywood blockbusters of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, including Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, and many others.
Steven Spielberg is an American and is considered one of the founding pioneers of the new Hollywood era. Steven Spielberg was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to the mother of a restaurant and concert pianist, Leah Posner, and the father of an electrical engineer, Arnold Spielberg, and grew up in an Orthodox Jewish family.
In 1950, his father took a job at RCA, and Spielberg had to move with the whole family to Haddon Township, New Jersey. Later the family moved to Pheonix, Arizona, where Steven Spielberg became a student of the well-known Rabbi Albert L. Lewis in the Hebrew school from 1953 to 1957.
During his childhood, he suffered from anti-Semitic prejudice and harassment, and also had a hard time blending the perception of himself by other children outside and his family traditions as an Orthodox Jew.
Steven Spielberg made his first film when he was 12 years old. It was about a train accident in which his then toy, the Lionel trains, played a role. During his teenage years, he continued to make amateur films until he became a Boy Scout in 1958 and won the badge for photographers after shooting a nine-minute 8mm film called The Last Shot.
Years later, he spoke to an interviewer about this experience. He said:
“My father’s still camera was broken, so I asked the scoutmaster if I could tell a story about my father’s film camera. He said yes, and I had the idea to make a western. I made it and got my merit badge. That’s how it all started.”
At the age of sixteen, in 1963, Steven Spielberg wrote and directed Firelight – a 140-minute science-fiction adventure – which became his very first independent film, and which later inspired the film Close Encounters. The budget for the film was $500, most of which came from his father, and the film ran one night in a local movie theater, recouping production costs that same night.
Steven Spielberg Quotes
Steven Spielberg is quite an inspiration, as he is known to drop a quotable line again and again. These are some of them.
“When I grow up, I still want to be a director.”
“I don’t dream at night. I dream of the day. I dream all day. I’m dreaming for a living.”
“Whether in the success or in failure, I’m proud of every single movie I’ve directed.”
“You shouldn’t dream about your film. You should make it!”
“All good ideas start out as bad ideas. That’s why it takes so long.”
“You have many years ahead of you to create the dreams that we can’t even imagine dreaming.”
“Every time I go to a movie, it’s magic, no matter what the movie’s about.”
Steven Spielberg’s Movies
Steven Spielberg is known for directing some of the most successful films in Hollywood history, and his films are consistently among the best ever made.
These include Duel, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Hunters of the Lost Ark, E.T. the Alien, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Back to the Future, Who Fooled Roger Rabbit, Always, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Men in Black, Rescuing Private Ryan, The Mask of Zorro, Catch Me If You Can, and the Transformers series.
Steven Spielberg Wife, Children
Steven Spielberg married his first wife Amy Irving, an actress, in 1985. Both had a son before the couple divorced in 1989. He met his second – and current – wife, actress Kate Capshaw, in 1984 during the filming of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, in which she also played the leading role.
Spielberg married his second – and present – wife Kate Capshaw in 1991, who had three children with him. Together with two stepchildren from her previous marriage and one adopted daughter, Spielberg has a total of seven children.
Steven Spielberg Height, House, Net Worth
Steven Spielberg is 5 feet (8 inches) tall. After a highly successful and equally lucrative career as a director in groundbreaking Hollywood movies, Steven Spielberg has a net worth of $3.6 billion.
Steven Spielberg’s house, a villa in California, is worth over 20 million dollars. It has a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, a sauna, a slot machine, a home theater, a game room, a gym, a museum, and a huge library.