Spike Jonze

Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze Her Premiere NYFF 2013 (cropped).jpg
Jonze at the 2013 New York Film Festival
Born
Adam Spiegel

(1969-10-22) October 22, 1969 (age 49)
OccupationDirector, producer, screenwriter, actor, photographer
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)
Sofia Coppola
(m. 1999; div. 2003)
RelativesSam Spiegel (brother)

Adam Spiegel (born October 22, 1969), known professionally as Spike Jonze (pronounced "Jones"), is an American filmmaker, photographer, and actor, whose work includes music videos, commercials, film and television.

Jonze began his career as a teenager photographing BMX riders and skateboarders for Freestylin' Magazine and Transworld Skateboarding, and co-founded the youth culture magazine Dirt. Moving into filmmaking, he began shooting street skateboarding films, including the influential Video Days (1991). Jonze co-founded the skateboard company Girl Skateboards in 1993 with riders Rick Howard and Mike Carroll. Jonze's filmmaking style made him an in-demand director of music videos for much of the 1990s, resulting in collaborations with Sonic Youth, Beastie Boys, Fatboy Slim, Daft Punk, Weezer, Björk, Kanye West and Arcade Fire.

Jonze began his feature film directing career with Being John Malkovich (1999) and Adaptation. (2002), both written by Charlie Kaufman; the former earned Jonze an Academy Award nomination for Best Director. He was a co-creator and executive producer of MTV's Jackass reality franchise. Jonze later began directing films based on his own screenplays, including Where the Wild Things Are (2009) and Her (2013); for the latter film, he won the Academy Award, Golden Globe, and the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay, while receiving Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Song ("The Moon Song").

He has worked as an actor sporadically throughout his career, co-starring in David O. Russell's war comedy Three Kings (1999) and appeared in supporting roles in Bennett Miller's Moneyball (2011) and Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), in addition to a recurring role in comedy series The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (2010–2012) and cameo appearances in his own films. Jonze co-founded Directors Label, with filmmakers Chris Cunningham and Michel Gondry, and the Palm Pictures company. He is currently the creative director of Vice Media, Inc. and its multinational television channel Viceland.

Early life and education

Jonze was born Adam Spiegel on October 22, 1969 in Rockville, Maryland,[1] the son of Arthur H. Spiegel III and Sandra L. Granzow.[2] His father was of German Jewish ancestry,[3] and is the great-great-grandson of Joseph Spiegel, founder of the Spiegel catalog and grandson of Arthur Spiegel.[2] Arthur H. Spiegel III was the founder of a healthcare consulting firm.[2][4] Jonze's parents divorced when he was a young child and his father remarried.[2][5] Jonze was raised by his mother in Bethesda, Maryland,[6] where she worked in public relations,[2] along with his brother Sam "Squeak E. Clean" Spiegel, who is now a producer and DJ,[7] and his sister Julia.[5] While studying at Walt Whitman High School, Jonze spent much of his time at a Bethesda community store, where owner Mike Henderson gave him the nickname "Spike Jonze" in reference to Spike Jones.[2]

A keen BMX rider, Jonze began working at the Rockville BMX store in Rockville, Maryland, at the age of 16. A common destination for touring professional BMX teams, Jonze began photographing BMX demos at Rockville and formed a friendship with Freestylin' Magazine editors Mark Lewman and Andy Jenkins.[8] Impressed with Jonze's photography work, the pair offered him a job as a photographer for the magazine, and he subsequently moved to California to pursue career opportunities in photography.[8] Jonze fronted Club Homeboy, an international BMX club, alongside Lewman and Jenkins.[9] The three also created the youth culture magazines Homeboy and Dirt,[10] the latter of which was spun off from the female-centered Sassy and was aimed towards young boys.[11]

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