Spike Jonze

Director, Actor, Cinematographer
Throughout his varied career, Spike Jonze quickly established himself as a director whose remarkable vision and prolific output led to creating some of the most memorable films and music videos of his day. Jonze started ... Read more »
Born: 10/22/1969 in Rockville, Maryland, USA

Filmography

Producer (14)

Her 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ryan Dunn Tribute Special 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

30 for 30 2010 (Tv Show)

Producer

Jackass 3D 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Heavy Metal in Baghdad 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Synecdoche, New York 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Fall 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jackass: Number Two 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Human Nature 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jackass: The Movie 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jackass 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Lazarus Effect (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (13)

Keep Your Eyes Open 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Her 2013 (Movie)

Alien Child (Actor)

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa 2013 (Movie)

Old Woman (Actor)

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Vice Guide to Everything 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Jackass 3D 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

To Die By Your Side 2010 (Movie)

(Voice)

Jackass: Number Two 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Jackass: The Movie 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Three Kings 1999 (Movie)

Private Conrad Vig (Actor)

The Game 1997 (Movie)

Airbag EMT Beltran (Actor)

Girls (Tv Show)

Actor
Director (9)

Her 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

To Die By Your Side 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Where the Wild Things Are 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Adaptation 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Being John Malkovich 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Amarillo by Morning 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Hi-Octane 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Director
Writer (7)

Her 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

To Die By Your Side 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Where the Wild Things Are 2009 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Jackass: Number Two 2006 (Movie)

Concepts (Other Writer)

Jackass: The Movie 2002 (Movie)

Concepts (Other Writer)
Camera, Film, & Tape (2)

Free Tibet 1998 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Bed, Bath and Beyond 1995 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Biography

Throughout his varied career, Spike Jonze quickly established himself as a director whose remarkable vision and prolific output led to creating some of the most memorable films and music videos of his day. Jonze started off as a music video director credited with popular takes on the Beastie Boy's "Sabotage" (1994) and Weezer's "Buddy Holly" (1994), which deftly incorporated a "Happy Days" theme and actual show footage. While keeping his feet firmly planted in the music video world, he ventured into feature films; first as an actor in "The Game" (1997) and "Three Kings" (1999), then as a director with the strikingly original "Being John Malkovich" (1999), which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Director. Taking a turn toward the outrageous, he helped create the cult favorite, "Jackass" (MTV, 2000-02), which earned public condemnation for its depiction of dangerous, but hilarious stunts. Returning to narrative filmmaking, Jonze helmed the inspired "Adaptation" (2002), a wildly original, offbeat and entertaining dramedy that confirmed Jonze as a truly visionary filmmaker worthy of the highest accolades.

Relationships

Drew Barrymore Actor

Companion
Dated briefly in 2007 No longer together

Sofia Coppola Actor

Wife
Collaborated on Comedy Central's "Hi Octane" (1994) Began dating in 1997; Jonze directed Coppola in The Chemical Brothers' "Elektrobank" music video Married June 26, 1999 Divorced Dec. 9, 2003

Sandy Granzow

Mother
Wrote Our Dream: A World Free of Poverty and is a communications consultant in developing countries divorced from Jonze's father raised her boys as a single mother

Rinko Kikuchi Actor

Companion

Karen O Song

Girlfriend

Karen O

Companion
Member of the alternative rock band "Yeah Yeah Yeahs" no longer together

Arthur Spiegel

Father
Founded APM Management Consultants, an international health-care consulting firm divorced from Jonze's mother

Sam Spiegel

Brother
Younger brother, also known as Squeak E. Clean

Michelle Williams Actor

Companion
Worked together on "Synecdoche, New York" (2008) Began dating in spring 2008 Confirmed split in September 2009

EDUCATION

Walt Whitman High School

Bethesda , Maryland

Milestones

2013

Debuted his fourth feature, "Her"

2013

Helmed the first "YouTube Music Awards"

2010

Wrote and directed the short "I'm Here"

2010

Once again teamed with Johnny Knoxville to co-produce "Jackass 3D"

2009

Directed the live-action adaptation of Maurice Sendak's children's book, "Where the Wild Things Are"

2008

Produced the directorial debut of Charlie Kaufman, "Synecdoche, New York"

2006

Re-teamed with Knoxville to produce "Jackass: Number Two"

2002

Re-teamed with screenwriter Kaufman for "Adaptation"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director

2002

Produced "Jackass: The Movie" with Johnny Knoxville; also credited as writer

2001

Helmed the popular music video "Weapon of Choice" by Fatboy Slim and featured actor, Christopher Walken

2001

Produced the film "Human Nature" from a Charlie Kaufman screenplay

2000

Created and executive produced the MTV series "Jackass"

2000

Directed a 13-minute documentary about US presidential candidate Al Gore for the Democratic National Convention (was not available for broadcast until 2006)

1999

Co-starred with George Clooney, Ice Cube and Mark Wahlberg in David O Russell's adventure film "Three Kings"

1999

Made directorial debut with "Being John Malkovich" starring John Cusack and Cameron Diaz; scripted by Charlie Kaufman; nominated for a Best Director Academy Award and received a nomination from the Directors Guild of America

1998

Screened his documentary short "Amarillo by Morning" at the Sundance Film Festival

1998

Co-directed (with Roman Coppola) the music video for Fatboy Slim's "Praise You" (also starred under the pseudonym Richard Koufey)

1997

Directed the high school prom-set video for Puff Daddy's "It's All About the Benjamins (Rock Remix)"

1997

Signed a first-look develpoment and production deal with Propaganda Films for features and TV

1996

Was the cinematographer (with Roman Coppola) for "Bed, Bath and Beyond," a comedy short co-directed by Ione Skye, Sofia Coppola, and Andrew Durham

1995

Produced, directed and wrote the screenplay for the comedy short "Las Nueve Vidas de Paco"

1995

Created the frenetic main title sequence for the short lived CBS sitcom "Double Rush"

1994

Filmed the award-winning video "Buddy Holly" for Weezer in the middle of an actual scene from the 1950s-set sitcom "Happy Days"

1994

Directed the popular 1970s cop show inspired music video "Sabotage" for the Beastie Boys

1994

Re-teamed with the Beastie Boys to direct "Sure Shot"

1994

With Roman Coppola and Dewey Hicks, directed segments of the short-lived lifestyle series "Hi-Octane" (Comedy Central)

1993

Had a bit part in Allison Anders' "Mi Vida Loca"

1993

Directed The Red Balloon inspired video for The Breeders' "Cannonball" with Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon

1992

Music video debut, co-directed Sonic Youth's "100%" with Tamra Davis

1991

Launched Dirt (with Jenkins and Lewman), a failed, somewhat subversive magazine geared towards teen-aged boys

Began shooting photos for the publications BMX Action and the short-lived Homeboy

While in high school, met Andy Jenkins and Mark Lewman, publishers of Freestylin', a popular BMX magazine

Raised in Bethesda, Maryland

Moved to Los Angeles and joined the Freestylin' team as an editorial assistant

Founded the company Girl Skateboards (with skaters Rick Howard and Mike Carroll)

Bonus Trivia

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Director Tamra Davis on the possibility of Jonze going Hollywood: "With him there's the Adam Spiegel side, the businessman, and then there's the Spike side. When Adam Spiegel says make a movie, Spike will probably do it." - quoted in Details magazine, March 1995

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