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Filmmaker Steven Spielberg is interviewed at the 2016 AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to John Williams at the Dolby Theatre on Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Turning 70 this weekend, Steven Spielberg is a winner way beyond his Oscars and hit movies


Turning 70 this weekend, Steven Spielberg is a winner way beyond his Oscars and hit movies

WATCH  | Steven Spielberg isn't just one of Hollywood's most versatile, respected and prolific directors, he's also one of the most likable personalities in the industry. Since he turns 70 on December 18, Circa's celebrating just some of the reasons why he's awesome.

Jaws Official Trailer #1 - Richard Dreyfuss, Steven Spielberg Movie (1975) HD

He was just 27 years old when his direction of "Jaws" proved he could deliver tension and thrills.

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark - Trailer

He continued to impress in the '80s, when childhoods were defined by "E.T." and three "Indiana Jones" movies.

Back To The Future (1985) Theatrical Trailer - Michael J. Fox Movie HD

As a producer, he backed other generationally seminal '80s movies -- "Back to the Future," "The Goonies" and "Gremlins."

Jurassic Park Official Trailer #1 - Steven Spielberg Movie (1993) HD

As the director of "Jurassic Park" and the 2005 version of "War of the Worlds," he's synonymous with blockbusters.

George Clooney's greatest Hollywood pranks: Part 1

WATCH  | If Spielberg didn't executive produce "ER," we may never have known George Clooney beyond "The Facts of Life." (And Spielberg may have avoided being burned by a Clooney prank.)

Super 8 | Kids - Cameras - Monsters Featurette - Teil 2 (2011) J.J. Abrams Steven Spielberg

Spielberg has influenced everyone from J.J. Abrams to "Stranger Things" creators Matt and Ross Duffer.

Spielberg cameo

Spielberg's fun on-screen, too: His sandwich-eating "Blues Brothers" character stole this scene.

Steven Spielberg's Influence On Animation (part 3) - Animaniacs & The WB | Cartoons 101

And he didn't just produce TV's "Tiny Toon Adventures" and "Animaniacs," he made hilarious cameos on both.

Bridge of Spies DGA Q&A with Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese

In Hollywood, where everyone has to deal with haters, seemingly everyone likes Spielberg. As buddies, he and fellow Oscar-winner Martin Scorsese demonstrate serious #squadgoals.

A Brief History of PG-13

Spielberg is so revered, his suggestion to create a PG-13 rating was implemented by the Motion Picture Association of America. (The solution itself was genius, even if the MPAA's execution has been inconsistent and counterintuitive.)

Steven Spielberg Wins Best Directing: 1994 Oscars

His two directing Oscars for "Schindler's List" and "Saving Private Ryan" are a reflection of why he's an all-time great.

His humanity transcends film: He said he donated his "Schindler's List" pay to found the Righteous Persons Foundation, which paved the way for his Shoah Foundation that preserves interviews with Holocaust survivors to foster education and action.

Steven Spielberg attends a premiere of "The BFG" at the Cannes Film Festival in France on May 14, 2016. (Photo credit: AP Photo/Thibault Camus.)

His philanthropy also funds other charities that aid cultural, historical and disaster-relief initiatives, among others.

And he's not slowing down. He's directing a fifth Indiana Jones film, set for a 2019 release.

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