Steven Soderbergh

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Date of Birth: 14 January 1963, Atlanta, Georgia, USA Birth Name: Steven Andrew Soderbergh Height: 6' (1.83 m) Mini Biography: Steven Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the second of six children and, while still at a very young age, his family moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where his father, Peter Soderbergh, was a professor and the dean of the College of Education at Louisiana State University. While still in high school, around the age of 15, Soderbergh enrolled in the university's film animation class and began making short 16-millimeter films with second-hand equipment, one of which was the short film "Janitor". After graduating high school, he went to Hollywood, where he worked as a freelance editor. His time there was brief and, shortly after, he returned home and continued making short films and writing scripts. His first major break was in 1986 when the rock group Yes assigned him to shoot a full-length concert film for the band, which eventually earned him a Grammy nomination for the video, Yes: 9012 Live (1985) (V). Following this achievement, Soderbergh filmed Winston (1987), the short-subject film that he would later expand into Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989), a film that earned him the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or Award, the Independent Spirit Award for Best Director, and an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Over the next six years, he was married to actress Betsy Brantley and had a daughter named Sarah Soderbergh, who was born in 1990. Also during this time, he made such films as Kafka (1991), King of the Hill (1993), Underneath (1995) and Gray's Anatomy (1996), which many believed to be disappointments. In 1998, Soderbergh made Out of Sight (1998), his most critically and commercially successful film since Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989). Then, in 2000, Soderbergh directed two major motion pictures that are now his most successful films to date: Erin Brockovich (2000) and Traffic (2000). These films were both nominated for Best Picture Oscars at the 2001 Academy Awards and gave him the first twin director Oscar nomination in almost 60 years and the first ever win. He won the Oscar for Best Director for Traffic (2000) at the 2001 Oscars. Spouse: Jules Asner (10 May 2003 - present) Betsy Brantley (2 December 1989 - 1994) (divorced) 1 child Trade Mark: Use of ambient-music scores by Cliff Martinez Frequently casts Don Cheadle, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Topher Grace, Luis Guzmán, Eddie Jemison and Julia Roberts and works with producer Jerry Weintraub. Frequently uses jump-cuts Often acts as his own cinematographer under the pseudonym "Peter Andrews" Often includes a company named "Perennial" in his films (e.g. Traffic (2000), The Limey (1999), Out of Sight (1998) and Underneath (1995)). Trivia: Father, Peter Soderbergh, was a professor and dean of the College of Education at Louisiana State University where Steven took some classes. Is of Swedish descent. In 2001, he became the first director in 62 years to have twin Best Director Oscar nominations for Erin Brockovich (2000) and Traffic (2000). The last director to do that was Michael Curtiz with twin nominations for Engelen met smerige gezichten (1938) and Four Daughters (1938). Soderbergh topped Curtiz by going on to win the Oscar for Traffic (2000). Became the youngest winner ever of the Palme d'Or at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival for Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989), his feature film directorial debut. He was 26. Daughter Sarah Soderbergh (born in February 1990) with Betsy Brantley. Elected first vice president of the Directors Guild of America in March 2002. Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003 Has directed three actors to Oscar nominations: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney and Benicio Del Toro. Roberts and Del Toro won the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor Oscars, respectively, for Erin Brockovich (2000) and Traffic (2000). Was a member of the dramatic jury at Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival in Utah in 1990, just one year after he had apologetically unveiled Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989), his directorial debut, which he then considered to be unpolished and technically incomplete. At one point, was interested in directing Fantastic Four (2005). He and his producing partner George Clooney have decided to close down their Section Eight production company after six years of working partnership. [August 2006]. Is the only director to have had two films (Traffic (2000) and Erin Brockovich (2000)) receive Best Director nominations in the same year for the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes, and the Directors' Guild of America. During his early days in Los Angeles, he rented an above-garage room from the Gyllenhaal family: director Stephen Gyllenhaal, screenwriter Naomi Foner and their young children, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jake Gyllenhaal. Filmography as Director: Year Title 1989 Sex, Lies, and Videotape 1991 Kafka 1993 King of the Hill 1995 The Underneath 1996 Gray's Anatomy 1996 Schizopolis 1998 Out of Sight 1999 The Limey 2000 Erin Brockovich 2000 Traffic 2001 Ocean's Eleven 2002 Full Frontal 2002 Solaris 2004 Ocean's Twelve 2005 Bubble 2006 The Good German 2007 Ocean's Thirteen 2008 Che 2009 The Girlfriend Experience 2009 The Informant! 2010 And Everything Is Going Fine 2011 Contagion 2012 Haywire 2012 Magic Mike 2013 The Bitter Pill as Producer 1994: Suture 1996: The Daytrippers 1998: Pleasantville 2002: Far from Heaven 2002: Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002: Insomnia 2002: Welcome to Collinwood 2002: Naqoyqatsi 2004: Keane 2004: Criminal 2005: Syriana 2005: Good Night, and Good Luck 2005: The Jacket 2005: Rumor Has It... 2006: Pu-239 2006: A Scanner Darkly 2007: I'm Not There 2007: Michael Clayton 2007: Wind Chill 2008: Tishomingo Blues [in limbo] 2009: Solitary Man 2011: We Need to Talk About Kevin as Screenwriter: 1989: Sex, Lies, and Videotape 1993: King of the Hill 1995: The Underneath as Sam Lowry 1996: Schizopolis 1997: Nightwatch 2002: Solaris 2004: Eros – the segment "Equilibrium" as Editor: 1989: Sex, Lies, and Videotape 1991: Kafka 1993: King of the Hill 2002: Solaris – as Mary Ann Bernard 2004: Eros – the segment "Equilibrium" 2006: Bubble – as Mary Ann Bernard 2006: The Good German – as Mary Ann Bernard 2009: The Girlfriend Experience – as Mary Ann Bernard 2012: Haywire – as Mary Ann Bernard 2012: Magic Mike - as Mary Ann Bernard as Cinematographer 1996: Schizopolis 2000: Traffic – as Peter Andrews 2001: Ocean's Eleven – as Peter Andrews 2002: Full Frontal – as Peter Andrews 2002: Solaris – as Peter Andrews 2004: Ocean's Twelve – as Peter Andrews 2004: Eros – the segment "Equilibrium" 2006: Bubble – as Peter Andrews 2006: The Good German – as Peter Andrews 2007: Ocean's Thirteen – as Peter Andrews 2008: Che – as Peter Andrews 2009: The Girlfriend Experience – as Peter Andrews 2009: The Informant! – as Peter Andrews 2011: Contagion – as Peter Andrews 2012: Haywire – as Peter Andrews 2012: Magic Mike - as Peter Andrews

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Birth Name

Steven Andrew Soderbergh

Birth Place

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Birth Date

1/14/1963
Known For
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Side By Side

Himself

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Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love

Self

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I Ain't Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac

Self

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Oscarverleihung 2001

Himself - Winner: Best Director

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Naqoyqatsi

Man Reflected in Digital Screens (3rd segment)

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Schizopolis

Fletcher Munson / Dr. Jeffrey Korchek (uncredited)

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Full Frontal

Himself (uncredited)

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Waking Life

Interviewed on Television

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Ocean's Eleven

Vault-Bombing Thief (uncredited)

Starring In
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Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love

Self

Movie Poster

Side By Side

Himself

Movie Poster

I Ain't Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac

Self

Movie Poster

Naqoyqatsi

Man Reflected in Digital Screens (3rd segment)

Movie Poster

Full Frontal

Himself (uncredited)

Movie Poster

Waking Life

Interviewed on Television

Movie Poster

Ocean's Eleven

Vault-Bombing Thief (uncredited)

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Oscarverleihung 2001

Himself - Winner: Best Director

Movie Poster

Schizopolis

Fletcher Munson / Dr. Jeffrey Korchek (uncredited)

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