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Steven Spielberg Jaws 1975 made Spielberg famous and the sequels continued to put him in the position of one of the most popular directors in America Jaws also holds the record for the highest grossing film of all time In my eyes I believe that shows you a little something about the movie - it had to be good Jaws was Spielbergs big jump into the movie business Several other movies increased his fame and fortune in the movie industry such as the Indiana Jones Trilogy 1981 1984 1989 ET The ExtraTerresterial 1982 Poltergeist 1982 and Back to the Future 1985 Spielberg was born on December 18 1946 in Cincinnati Ohio but now resides in California He attended college at California State University of Long Beach Unlike George Lucas John Carpenter and other successful young American filmmakers of the last two decades Spielberg did not attend one of the major American university film programs Largely self taught he made his first feature a two-hour science fiction movie entitled Firelight at the age of sixteen and a local movie house in Phoenix Arizona agreed to run it for one evening He also made three television movies one of which Duel 1971 was released theatrically in Europe where it earned both critical praise and commercial success It is the story of a salesman played by Dennis Weaver who was pursued by a giant diesel truck whose driver is never seen nor its motive explained But Spielberg is able to pull it off with his sure handling of suspense Before he was ever hired by anyone in the movie industry he happened to be on a tour of Universal Studios He jumped of the tour bus and started to wander off into the studios and found an abandoned janitors closet which later became his office He started hanging around there and began giving his ideas to anyone who would listen and asked them
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