Kate Capshaw

Actor, Teacher
Frizzy-haired, slim, blonde lead, best known as the skittish heroine of "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984), the film noir-style B-girl owner of a "hostess bar" in "Black Rain" (1989), and, as of fall 1991 ... Read more »
Born: 11/03/1953 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA


Actor (41)

Everything is Copy 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)


A Home For the Holidays 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


Sally Field: Defying Gravity 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


The Entertainment Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


The Love Letter 1999 (Movie)

Helen (Actor)

The Alarmist 1998 (Movie)

Gale Ancona (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Sean Connery 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


The Locusts 1997 (Movie)

Delilah Ashford Potts (Actor)

The Duke of Groove 1996 (Movie)

Rebecka (Actor)

How to Make An American Quilt 1995 (Movie)

Sally (Actor)

Just Cause 1995 (Movie)

Laurie Armstrong (Actor)

Next Door 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


No Dogs Allowed 1995 (Movie)


Love Affair 1994 (Movie)

Lynn Weaver (Actor)

The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


Black Tie Affair 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


George Lucas: Heroes, Myths and Magic 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Shattered Lullabies 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys 1991 (Movie)

Jolie Meadows (Actor)

Love at Large 1990 (Movie)

Ellen McGraw (Actor)

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


Black Rain 1989 (Movie)

Joyce Kingsley (Actor)

Internal Affairs 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)


Ti Presento un'Amica 1988 (Movie)

Brunetta (Actor)

Power 1986 (Movie)

Sydney Betterman (Actor)

Space Camp 1986 (Movie)

Andie (Actor)

The Edge of Night 1955 - 1985 (TV Show)


Best Defense 1984 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

Dreamscape 1984 (Movie)

Dr Jane DeVries (Actor)

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984 (Movie)

Willie Scott (Actor)

Windy City 1984 (Movie)

Emily Ruebens (Actor)

A Little Sex 1980 (Movie)

Tommy (Actor)

A Girl Thing (TV Show)


Due East (TV Show)


Her Secret Life (TV Show)


Next Door (Movie)

Karen Coler (Actor)

The Quick and the Dead (TV Show)



Frizzy-haired, slim, blonde lead, best known as the skittish heroine of "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984), the film noir-style B-girl owner of a "hostess bar" in "Black Rain" (1989), and, as of fall 1991, the second wife of filmmaker Steven Spielberg. Capshaw worked two years as a teacher of learning disabled children before moving to NYC to pursue a career as a model/actress. She worked in TV commercials while studying her craft and eventually landed jobs on several daytime soaps. Capshaw made her feature debut in the modest romantic comedy "A Little Sex" (1981), but regular movie assignments didn't materialize until after she had played the American entertainer Willie Scott opposite Harrison Ford's Indiana Jones.


Armyan Bernstein

directed Capshaw in "Windy City"

Jessica Capshaw Actor

Born Aug. 9, 1976; father, Robert Capshaw Co-starred with her mother in "The Locusts" (1997)

Robert Capshaw

principal at same high school Capshaw was teacher father of daughter Jessica divorced

Steven Spielberg Executive Producer

Met when he cast her in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984) Married on Oct. 12, 1991 at Spielberg's East Hampton, Long Island, NY estate

Destry Spielberg

born on December 1, 1996

Mikeala Spielberg

born on February 28, 1996 adopted

Sasha Spielberg

born in June 1990 father, Steven Spielberg

Sawyer Spielberg

born on March 10, 1992 father, Steven Spielberg

Theo Spielberg

born c. 1988 African-American adopted with Spielberg

Max Spielberg

born in June 1985 Spielberg's son with Amy Irving he and Irving share custody


studied French at the French Institute in the south of France; the month-long classes took nine hours a day, five days a week; took program twice

University of Missouri

University of Missouri



Starred in "The Love Letter"


Delivered a comic turn as an older woman romanced by the younger David Arquette in "The Alarmist"


Appeared with her daughter Jessica in "The Locusts"


Starred in the Oscar-nominated short "The Duke of Groove"


Had featured role in "Just Cause"


Converted from Episcopalianism to Judaism after more than a year of study with an Orthodox rabbi (date approximate)


TV series debut, starred in the failed NBC detective sitcom "Black Tie Affair"


Starred as the entertainer Willie Scott in Steven Spielberg's "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"


Feature film debut, co-starred opposite Tim Matheson in "A Little Sex"


TV movie debut, "Missing Children: A Mother's Story"

Began working in TV commercials

Landed recurring roles on the daytime soaps "The Edge of Night" and "Love of Life"

Worked two years as a teacher of learning disabled children

Studied acting, singing, and voice

Moved to New York City

Raised in Missouri

Bonus Trivia


Kate Capshaw quoted on Steven Spielberg in Hollywood Magazine (November-December 1989):Los Angeles Times, March 29, 1983: "I'd often thought how much I'd like to meet him because I admire him so much. But when I realized it was actually going to happen, I thought, 'What can I say to him that he hasn't heard before? Gee, I loved "E.T."?' That would be ridiculous. So when we finally met I said nothing. When the meeting was over, he got up and said, 'Thanks for not saying anything about "E.T."'"


Kate Capshaw quoted on Steven Spielberg in Hollywood Magazine (October-November 1989).Los Angeles Times, June 10, 1984: "My problem is that I'm not a movie buff. So I had difficulty talking to Steven. He talks in movie language, you see. He'd say, 'Remember that scene in "It Happened One Night", the one where Claudette Colbert did such-and-such? That's what I want here.' And I'd say, 'Steven, I never saw that movie, and he'd groan and reply, 'Kate, how can I possibly communicate with you?'"Really I must get hold of some of those old movies and study them. Otherwise, I'm never going to know what Steven is talking about."