Steven Soderbergh

Steven Soderbergh

Film director
Steven Soderbergh

Steven Andrew Soderbergh (born January 14, 1963) is an American film producer, director, screenwriter, cinematographer and editor. His indie drama Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989) won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and became a worldwide commercial success, making the then-26-year-old Soderbergh the youngest director to win the festival's top award. Film critic Roger Ebert dubbed Soderbergh the "poster boy of the Sundance generation".

Steven Andrew Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the second of six children of Mary Ann (Bernard) and Peter Soderbergh. His father was of Swedish and Irish descent, and his mother was of Italian ancestry. While he was still at a very young age, his family moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where his father 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). 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), The 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.

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Jules Asner (10 May 2003 - present)

Betsy Brantley (2 December 1989 - 1994) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

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Use of ambient-music scores by Cliff Martinez

Frequently casts Don Cheadle, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Topher Grace, Luis Guzmán, Eddie Jemison, Catherine Zeta-Jones 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 The Underneath (1995)).

Cast credits will often end with "Introducing," followed by the name of an actor who is already well-established.

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Steven Soderbergh was born on Monday, 14 January 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. His full name at birth was Steven Andrew Soderbergh. He is best known as a film/tv producer. Soderbergh's country of citizenship (nationality) is American. He is 6' (183 cm) tall. His net worth is reported to be $40,000,000 US dollars. Steven Soderbergh is 61 years old and his zodiac star sign is Capricorn.

You can find people similar to Steven Soderbergh by visiting our lists Directors of Palme d'Or winners and American documentary film producers.

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Partner: Jules Asner (Married)
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  • Has a daughter named Sarah, who was born in the winter of 1990.
  • Frequently casts Peter Andrews, Don Cheadle, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Topher Grace, Luis Guzmán, Eddie Jemison and Julia Roberts and works with producer Jerry Weintraub.
  • Frequently casts Julia Roberts.
  • Father, Peter Soderbergh, was a professor and dean of the College of Education at Louisiana State University where Steven took some classes.
  • Often acts as his own director of photography using the name "Peter Andrews," which is the first and middle name of his father.

Steven Soderbergh is known for his role in the film Divinity (2023) as producer.

He is also known for his role in the film Logan Lucky (2017) as (directed by).

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