Jonze in 2011.

Spike Jonze (born Adam Spiegel; Rockville, Maryland, October 19, 1969) is an American film director, producer, actor and screenwriter, known primarily for his collaborations with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. These include Jonze's directorial debut Being John Malkovich as well as his second feature Adaptation.. Jonze is also known for co-writing and directing the 2009 film Where the Wild Things Are and being one of the creators of the MTV series Jackass.[1]

Jonze has also gained notoriety as a music video director, having worked with artists such as R.E.M. and Beastie Boys and being a frequent collaborator of friend Björk. Jonze has also created, along with Chris Cunningham and Michel Gondry, the series of DVDs Directors Label, dedicated to directors of music videos and first released in 2003 by Palm Pictures.[2]

Jonze is an accomplished commercial director, having been nominated for the Directors Guild Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials in 2006 for his body of work. He is also a one-time Academy Award nominee for directing Being John Malkovich.[3]


  1. Spike Jonze at the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
  2. Smells Like Music, Sperry Media. THE DIRECTOR’S LABEL COLLECTOR’S EDITION BOX SET AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 16. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
  3. Awards for Spike Jonze at the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved November 23, 2012.

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