Celebrated director who achieved box office records with the blockbuster films Jaws, E.T., and Jurassic Park. He received the Academy Award for Best Director for the films Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan. He also directed the action/adventure classic trilogy Indiana Jones, starring Harrison Ford, in the '80s.
He charged friends and family to watch the 8mm adventure films he made growing up. His 1968 short film Amblin' inspired the name of his future production company Amblin Entertainment.
His 1977 science fiction feature Close Encounters of the Third Kind was labeled "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and chosen for preservation in the National Film Registry.
His 2012 historical drama Lincoln received 12 Academy Award nominations and earned lead actor Daniel Day-Lewis his third career Academy Award for Best Actor.