Why Famous: One of the most popular, successful, acclaimed and influential directors in film history, Spielberg was one of the founding pioneers of the New Hollywood era of the mid-60s to the late-80s.
Spielberg's career was launched in the 1970s with films like "Jaws" (1975) which became the highest-grossing film of all time and set the stage for the modern blockbuster. His following films, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977) and "Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) were massively successful. His 1982 film "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" once again gave him the highest-grossing film of all time. In 1993 he again had the highest-grossing film ever with "Jurassic Park".
His films have also addressed issues such as slavery, war and terrorism in films like "The Color Purple" (1985), "Empire of the Sun" (1987), "Schindler's List" (1993), "Saving Private Ryan" (1998) and "Lincoln" (2012). Spielberg won the Academy Award for Best Director for both Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan.
He is noted for his long collaborations with people such as actor Tom Hanks, composer John Williams, producer Kathleen Kennedy and cinematographer Janusz Kaminski. The unadjusted gross of his films exceeds $9 billion, making him the highest-grossing film director in history, and his personal wealth is estimated at $3 billion.
- 1991-10-12 Steven Spielberg weds Kate Capshaw
- 1975-06-20 "Jaws", based on the book by Peter Benchley, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Roy Scheider is released
- 1981-06-12 "Raiders of the Lost Ark", the first Indiana Jones film directed by Stephen Spielberg, produced by George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford premieres
- 1982-06-11 "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial", directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore, is released
- 1984-05-23 "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom", 2nd in the film series, directed by Stephen Spielberg, produced by George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford, opens in the US
- 1985-09-29 "Amazing Stories" by Steven Spielberg, debuts on NBC-TV
- 1985-12-16 Film "The Color Purple" based on novel by Alice Walker, directed by Stephen Spielberg starring Whoopi Goldberg and Danny Glover premieres in New York
- 1989-05-24 "Indiana Jones & Last Crusade", directed by Stephen Spielberg and produced by George Lucas premieres
- 1993-06-11 "Jurassic Park", directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum opens, sets box office weekend record of $502 million
- 1993-11-30 "Schindler's List", American historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, and Ralph Fiennes, premieres in Washington, D.C. (Academy Awards Best Picture 1994)
- 1994-06-02 Indonesian censors ban Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List"
- 1997-05-19 "The Lost World: Jurassic Park", directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Jeff Goldblum and Julianne Moore, premieres in the US
- 1998-07-24 "Saving Private Ryan", directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Hanks, Edward Burns and Matt Damon, is released (Academy Awards Best Director 1999)
- 2001-06-29 "A.I. Artificial Intelligence", directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law and Frances O'Connor, is released
- 2001-09-09 "Band of Brothers" based on book by Stephen E. Ambrose, created by Stephen Spielberg and Tom Hanks premieres, then most expensive miniseries ever made