- NAME: Spike Jonze
- OCCUPATION: Film Actor, Director, Producer, Television Producer, Screenwriter
- BIRTH DATE: October 22, 1969 (Age: 44)
- Did You Know?: Spike Jonze created his professional name as an homage to musician and bandleader Spike Jones.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Rockville, Maryland
- Originally: Adam Spiegel
- AKA: Spike Jonze
- ZODIAC SIGN: Libra
Best Known For
Director and producer Spike Jonze's music video for the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" earned him four MTV Video Music Awards. He's also known for directing Being John Malkovich and writing the award-winning screenplay for Her.
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In 1999, the multi-talented Jonze delivered star-making performances both as an actor and a director. In the black comedy Three Kings, co-starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube, Jonze received critical praise for his performance as the redneck Gulf War soldier Conrad Vig.
Jonze's first full-length directorial effort,
Being John Malkovich (1999), generated even more positive buzz. The unashamedly eccentric, undeniably smart existential comedy stars John Cusack, Cameron Diaz and Catherine Keener as New Yorkers who gain access into the mind of the titular thespian John Malkovich, who plays himself. For his efforts, Jonze earned several honors, including an Academy Award nomination for best director. He went on to produce Human Nature in 2000, reteaming with Malkovich screenwriter Charlie Kaufman for the project.
The filmmaker has since added a number of music videos, shorts, documentaries and films to his credits, most notably the big-screen projects Adaptation. (2002), starring Nicolas Cage, Tilda Swinton and Meryl Streep; Where the Wild Things Are (2009), based on Maurice Sendak's famed 1963 children's book; and the 21st century romantic comedy Her (2013), starring Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara. For his work on Her, Jonze took home the 2014 Golden Globe Award for best screenplay and the 2014 Oscar for best original screenplay—marking Jonze's first Oscar win. Her also received an Oscar nomination in the best picture category, losing to 12 Years a Slave.
In the summer of 1999, Jonze married Sofia Coppola, a former actress (1990s The Godfather, Part III) and fellow director (2000s The Virgin Suicides), at the Napa Valley vineyard owned by her father, the famed director Francis Ford Coppola. The couple filed for divorce in 2003. Jonze has since been romantically linked to actress Michelle Williams, among other women in the film industry.
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