Happy Birthday, Mr. Spielberg

Today marks the birthday of American film director and producer Steven Spielberg. Famous for films such as Jaws, E.T., the Indiana Jones series, and Jurassic Park, his movies have been viewed and adored by many, and he is a stand-out film personality of his generation. His hands have worked on over two hundred films, as writer, director, producer, and actor.

Spielberg’s first feature film was 1974’s Sugarland Express, followed by the revolutionary blockbuster Jaws, which he made at the age of 27. A string of Best Director Academy Award nominations began in 1978 with Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but he didn’t end up winning an Oscar for Best Director until 1994 for Schindler’s List, which also won Best Picture that year. He also won an Oscar for Best Director in 1998 for Saving Private Ryan.

His most recent films include War Horse, and The Adventures of Tintin, which comes out next week.

If you look back at the history of cinema, it would have been very different movie going experience if Spielberg hadn’t been around.