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.
He was just 27 years old when his direction of "Jaws" proved he could deliver tension and thrills.
He continued to impress in the '80s, when childhoods were defined by "E.T." and three "Indiana Jones" movies.
As a producer, he backed other generationally seminal '80s movies -- "Back to the Future," "The Goonies" and "Gremlins."
As the director of "Jurassic Park" and the 2005 version of "War of the Worlds," he's synonymous with blockbusters.
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.)
Spielberg has influenced everyone from J.J. Abrams to "Stranger Things" creators Matt and Ross Duffer.
Spielberg's fun on-screen, too: His sandwich-eating "Blues Brothers" character stole this scene.
And he didn't just produce TV's "Tiny Toon Adventures" and "Animaniacs," he made hilarious cameos on both.
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.
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.)
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.
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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