Spike Jonze Biography

Spike Jonze Biography

Spike Jonze an American actor, Executive Producer, Cinematographer, Screenwriter and also an Academy Award nominated director and producer in movie and television was born on 22nd October, 1969 in Rockville, Maryland. Most particularly the 1999 movie Being John Malkovich and 2002 movie Adaptation, equally written by Charlie Kaufman. Spike is credited as the co-creator of MTV's Jackass.

Born: 22 Oct 1969 at Rockville, Maryland
Height: 5' 7"
Spouse: Sofia Coppola (1999 - 2003)
Siblings: Squeak E. Clean
Parents: Sandy Granzow · Arthur Spiegel III


Spike Jonze grew up in Bethesda, Maryland. His mother, Sandy Granzow, is an author (Our Dream: A World Free of Poverty, World Bank and the Oxford University Press), communications advisor in developing states, and also artist (School of Visual Arts, MFA, 2007). And Spike Jonze brother Sam (aka squeak E. Clean) is a creator and DJ. Jonze joined Walt Whitman High School.

Spike Jonze fronted the Club Homeboy, a worldwide BMX club, with Mark "Lew" Lewman and also Andy Jenkins, mutually co-editors of the Freestylin' Magazine in the mid- to late 1980s. They produced the adolescence culture magazines Dirt and Homeboy. Spike Jonze was interrogated in "Joe Kid on a Stingray," 2006 documentary on the record of BMX.


In the year of 2006, Spike Jonze was chosen by Directors Guild of America for "Outstanding Achievement in Commercials in 2005." Spike Jonze was selected for the body of work that comprised "Penguin" for Miller Beer, "Pardon Our Dust" for The Gap and "Hello Tomorrow" for Adidas. Spike Jonze was co-creator and producer of MTV television series Jackass and Jackass: The Movie, also undeviating some of the sectors. Spike Jonze has performed in some movies and videos; his major outstanding role was in Three Kings as the sweet, silly, casually bigoted Conrad, in which Spike was directed through his friend David O. Russell.

Spike Jonze was also an editor and co-founder of Dirt magazine with Andy Jenkins and Mark Lewman, in addition to an editor for the Grand Royal Magazine and senior photographer for Transworld Skateboarding. At one time, Spike Jonze shot the skateboard videos, mainly Blind skateboard company's Video Days in 1991. Spike Jonze co-directed the Girl Skateboards movie Yeah Right! And also the Chocolate Skateboards video Hot Chocolate. And in the ultimate credits mosaic of Yeah Right! Spike Jonze is revealed doing the nollie heel flip in loafers. Spike is co-owner of the Girl Skateboards.

Spike Jonze has many modify characters, which have comprised Richard Koufey (alternating spelled Couffe or Coufey), the head of Torrance Community Dance Group, and an urban group that executes in community spaces. And the Koufey personality emerged when Spike, in character, created a film himself dancing to the Fat boy Slim's "Praise You" as it played on a boom box in the community area. Spike Jonze demonstrated the film to Slim, who liked it. Then Spike Jonze collected a cluster of the dancers to carry out to Slim’s “Praise You,” which was taped exterior the Westwood, California Movie Theater. The consequential clip was a vast achievement, and 'Koufey' and his group were called to New York City to execute the song for the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards. And the video achieved awards for Best Choreography, Breakthrough, and Best Direction, which Spike admitted, still in personality. Spike Jonze made the mockumentary about the occurrence called Torrance Rises.

Spike Jonze has a communication part with Dave Eggers in a Beck song entitled The Horrible Fanfare / Landslide / Exoskeleton from his 2006 album, The Information. Spike Jonze emerges in "Exoskeleton" bit.

At present, Spike Jonze is directing Where the Wild Things Are, which is in its post-creation stages.

Private Life

Spike Jonze was an enthusiastic BMX freestyle rider in his formative years. Eventually Spike Jonze landed the sponsored ride with the Haro Bikes and got limited prominence as the BMX persona emerging in several BMX publication such as Freestylin'. Spike Jonze was attributed in early-1990s "Spike-Needs-A-Girlfriend" competition in Christina Kelly's 'What Now' feature in Sassy Magazine. And his necessities for the girlfriend were: “clear skin, good teeth, and short hair.” Spike Jonze is dating with Michelle Williams.

On 26th June, 1999, Spike Jonze wedded with the executive Sofia Coppola, whom Spike Jonze had known for almost ten years. On 5th December, 2003, the pair separated, citing "irreconcilable differences." The personality of John, a career-driven photographer in Coppola's Lost In Translation (2003), was alleged to be supported on Jonze, while Coppola has fervidly deprived of this.


  • Ciao L.A. (director) (1994)
  • An Intimate Look Inside the Acting Process with Ice Cube (director) (1999)
  • What's Up, Fat lip? (director) (2003)
  • The Work of Director Spike Jonze (director) (2003)
  • The Mystery of Dalarö (director) (2004)
  • Corporate Ghost (actor, director) (2004)
  • Tell Me What Rockers to Swallow (cinematographer) (2004)


  • Mi Vida Loca (actor) (1993)
  • Pig! (actor) (1996)
  • The Game (actor) (1997)
  • How They Get There (writer, director) (1997)
  • Free Tibet (cinematographer) (1998)
  • Amarillo by Morning (director) (1998)
  • Being John Malkovich (director) (1999)
  • Torrance Rises (actor, director, choreographer) (1999)
  • Three Kings (actor) (1999)
  • Human Nature (producer) (2001)
  • Jackass: The Movie (producer, featured) (2002)
  • Adaptation. (director) (2002)
  • Keep Your Eyes Open (actor) (2002)
  • Jackass: Number Two (producer, featured) (2006)
  • Where the Wild Things Are (director) (2009)
  • The 1 Second Film (producer/appearing) (2009)
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not! (director) (2009) (in talks)
  • Television
  • Jackass (creator, executive producer) (2000)
  • Sonic Youth Video Dose (actor) (2004)
  • Skate Videos
  • "Rubbish Heap" for SMA World Industries (1989)
  • "Video Days" for Blind (1991)
  • Mouse (executive producer, director) (1996)
  • Yeah Right! (executive producer, director) (2003)
  • Hot Chocolate! (, director) (2004)
  • The Krooked Chronicles (director, producer, cameo) (2006)
  • "Fully Flared" for Lakai (2007)


"I definitely enjoy getting to know people I find inspiring."
- Spike Jonze

"I don't understand the whole testing-numbers thing. It is not how I want to make movies."
- Spike Jonze

"I'm not one to intellectualize why I did something."
- Spike Jonze

"Felt is not the easiest thing to animate. It's very flimsy."
- Spike Jonze

"You have to be involved and relate to the characters in order to make a film that is true emotionally."
- Spike Jonze

"The invention of the iPod changes how you use music. Suddenly you have music everywhere."
- Spike Jonze

"As a parent, your perspective of childhood is through the eyes of this person that you care so much about and you just want the world to be great for them. You want their life to be easy and happy."
- Spike Jonze

"Doing a documentary is about discovering, being open, learning, and following curiosity."
Spike Jonze