October 22, 1969
Rockville, Maryland U.S.
Occupation Director, producer, screenwriter, actor, photographer Years active 1985–present Spouse(s) Relatives (brother) Sam Spiegel 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
riders and BMX for skateboarders Freestylin' Magazine and , and co-founded the youth culture magazine Transworld Skateboarding . Moving into filmmaking, he began shooting Dirt films, including the influential street skateboarding (1991). Jonze co-founded the skateboard company Video Days in 1993 with riders Girl Skateboards and Rick Howard . Jonze's filmmaking style made him an in-demand director of music videos for much of the 1990s, resulting in collaborations with Mike Carroll , Sonic Youth , Beastie Boys , Fatboy Slim , Daft Punk , Weezer , Björk and Kanye West . Arcade Fire
Jonze began his feature film directing career with
(1999) and Being John Malkovich (2002), both written by Adaptation. ; the former earned Jonze an Charlie Kaufman nomination for Academy Award . He was a co-creator and executive producer of MTV's Best Director reality franchise. Jonze later began directing films based on his own screenplays, including Jackass (2009) and Where the Wild Things Are (2013); for the latter film, he won the Her , Academy Award , and the Golden Globe , while receiving Academy Award nominations for Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture (" Best Original Song "). The Moon Song
He has worked as an actor sporadically throughout his career, co-starring in
's war comedy David O. Russell (1999) and appeared in supporting roles in Three Kings 's Bennett Miller (2011) and Moneyball 's Martin Scorsese (2013), in addition to a recurring role in comedy series The Wolf of Wall Street (2010–2012) and The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret in his own films. Jonze co-founded cameo appearances , with filmmakers Directors Label and Chris Cunningham , and the Michel Gondry company. He is currently the creative director of Palm Pictures and its multinational television channel Vice Media, Inc. . Viceland
Early life and education
Jonze was born Adam Spiegel on October 22, 1969 in
, Rockville, Maryland the son of Arthur H. Spiegel III and Sandra L. Granzow.  His father was of  ancestry, German Jewish and is the great-great-grandson of  , founder of the Joseph Spiegel and grandson of Spiegel catalog . Arthur Spiegel Arthur H. Spiegel III was the founder of a healthcare  . consulting firm  Jonze's parents divorced when he was a young child and his father remarried.   Jonze was raised by his mother in  , Bethesda, Maryland where she worked in  , public relations along with his brother  , who is now a producer and DJ, Sam "Squeak E. Clean" Spiegel and his sister Julia.  While studying at  , Jonze spent much of his time at a Bethesda community store, where owner Mike Henderson gave him the nickname "Spike Jonze" in reference to Walt Whitman High School . Spike Jones
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. 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.  Jonze fronted  Club Homeboy, an international club, alongside Lewman and Jenkins. BMX The three also created the youth culture magazines  Homeboy and , Dirt the latter of which was spun off from the female-centered  and was aimed towards young boys. Sassy