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Director and producer Spike Jonze’s music video for the Beastie Boys’ "Sabotage" earned him four MTV Video Music Awards. He also directed Being John Malkovich.
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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, 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.
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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