Tomcruise.com recently added new, exclusive black-and-white photos of Tom Cruise with various filmmakers he’s worked with throughout his career. So today, we take a look at one of the 20th century’s most prolific film directors and producer, Steven Spielberg.
Spielberg is perhaps one of cinema’s best known and influential modern directors, touching on a multitude of genres, including science fiction and adventure films that have become cornerstones of Hollywood blockbusters, as well as somber subjects such as World War II, the Holocaust, slavery, and terrorism.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Spielberg attended California State University Long Beach before dropping out to pursue his Hollywood career. Throughout the last four decades, he has been the recepient of two Academy Awards for Best Director for ‘Schindler’s List’ and ‘Saving Private Ryan.’ He is also responsible for breaking three box office records and making ‘Jaws,’ ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,’ and ‘Jurassic Park’ the highest-grossing films made at the time. Other critically acclaimed movies, financial successes, and cult classics directed and produced by Speilberg include ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind,’ ‘Poltergeist,’ ‘Back to the Future,’ ‘The Color Purple,’ ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit,’ ‘Munich,’ ‘Catch Me If You Can,’ and the ‘Indiana Jones’ movie franchise. In the mid-90s, he, along with Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen, founded production company DreamWorks. (Man, that guy’s been busy.)
The two films Spielberg has worked with Tom Cruise on are ‘Minority Report,’ based on the short story by Philip K. Dick, and ‘War of the Worlds,’ based on the novel by H.G. Wells. Spielberg had wanted to shoot ‘War of the Worlds’ nearly a decade before its release, but at the time, ‘Independence Day’ had just come out, and wanted to hold off on creating another alien invasion movie. After working with Cruise on ‘Minority Report,’ the two chose ‘War of the Worlds’ as their next project together.
Check out the video of Spielberg accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at last year’s Golden Globes, with Tom in the audience!
Fun Film Facts:
Steven Spielberg is not only a director, executive producer, and studio head, but also an actor on occassion! He has an uncredited role as a party guest in another Tom Cruise movie, ‘Vanilla Sky.’