By: Amanda Pape
Steven Spielberg is an Academy Award-winning filmaker, director, and producer. Spielberg was born on December 18, 1946, in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a child, he became interested in filmmaking and even made some of his own amateur films. In the late 1960s, he became one of the youngest television directors for Universal. About ten years later, a television film called Duel, brought him the opportunity to direct for the cinema. He went on to become one of the most commercially successful directors of all time, winning three academy awards and many other honors as well. In 1994, he co-founded the studio Dreamworks SKG, which was then purchased by Paramount in 2005. Spielberg is one of Hollywood’s best known and most influential film directors in the world and has undoubtedly left a mark in the filmmaking industry.