Jonze, Spike 1969–

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JONZE, Spike 1969–

(Richard Coufey, Richard Couffe, Spike Jones, Richard Koufey, Spike)


Original name, Adam Spiegel; born 1969, in Rockville, MD; son of Arthur Spiegel III (a consultant) and Sandy Granzow (a publicist); married Sofia Coppola, June 26, 1999 (filed for divorce).

Addresses: Agent— Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Career: Cinematographer, producer, director, actor, and writer. Atom Films, San Francisco, CA, consultant; Dickhouse Productions, executive. Also worked as photographer and video director, including skateboarding videos, and short films; directed television commercials, including Ikea, Nike, and Levi's, 2002; Free-stylin', editorial assistant; Dirt magazine, cofounder and editor, 1992; Grand Royal Magazine, co–editor; Girl skateboard company, co–owner. Sometimes credited as Richard Couffe or Spike.

Awards, Honors: MTV Music Video Award, best direction, 1995, for "Buddy Holly" by Weezer; FIPRESCI Prize, Parallel Sections and Future Film Festival Digital Award—Special Mention, Venice Film Festival, New York Film Critics Circle Award, best first film, Critics Award and Grand Special Prize, Deauville Film Festival, 1999, Academy Award, best director, MTV Movie Award, best new filmmaker, Online Film Critics Society Award, best debut, Online Film Critics Society Award nomination, best director, Sierra Award, best newcomer, Las Vegas Film Critics Society, Sierra Award nomination, best director, Silver Ribbon Award nomination, best director—foreign film, Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, Independent Spirit Award (with others), best first feature—over $500,000, Florida Film Critics Circle Award, newcomer of the year, Directors Guild of America Award nomination, outstanding directorial achievement in motion pictures, Cesar Award nomination, best foreign film, Chicago Film Critics Association Award nomination, best director, 2000, Robert Festival Award nomination, best American film, ALFS Award, director of the year, London Critics Circle Film Awards, Empire Award nomination, best debut, Bodil Award nomination, best American film, 2001, all for Being John Malkovich; Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, breakthrough artist, 2000, for Being John Malkovich and Three Kings; High Hopes Award (with others), Munich Film Festival, 2002, for Human Nature; Online Film Critics Society Award nomination, best director, Golden Globe Award nomination, best director—motion picture, Silver Berlin Bear, jury grand prix, and Golden Berlin Bear Award nomination, Berlin International Film Festival, 2003, all for Adaptation.


Film Work:

Director, Video Days, 1991.

Director, Ciao L. A., 1994.

Director, Hi–Octane, 1994.

Director, Beastie Boys: Sabotage, 1995.

Producer and director, Las Nueve Vidas de Paco–The Chocolate Movie, 1995.

Cinematographer, Bed, Bath, and Beyond (short film), 1996.

Director, Amarillo by Morning, 1997.

Executive producer and director, Mouse (documentary short film), Girl Skateboard Company, 1997.

Cinematographer, Free Tibet, Shooting Gallery, 1998.

Director, Being John Malkovich, USA Films, 1999.

(As Richard Koufey) Choreographer, Torrance Rises (documentary short film), Palm Pictures, 1999.

Producer, Human Nature, Fine Line, 2001.

Producer, Jackass: The Movie (documentary; also known as Jackass), Paramount, 2002.

Director, Adaptation, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2003.

Director, What's Up, Fatlip? (documentary), Palm Pictures, 2003.

Executive producer and director, Yeah Right!, Girl Skateboard Company, 2003.

Camera operator, Lost on Location: Behind the Scenes of "Lost in Translation" (documentary), Focus Features, 2004.

Film Appearances:

Teenage drug customer, Mi vida loca (also known as My Crazy Life), 1993.

Airbag EMT Beltran, The Game, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, 1997.

Voice of himself, Amarillo by Morning (documentary short film), Palm Pictures, 1998.

(Uncredited) Derek Mantini's assistant for Emily Dickinson puppet, Being John Malkovich, USA Films, 1999.

(As Richard Coufey) Richard Coufey, Torrance Rises, 1999.

Himself, An Intimate Look Inside the Acting Process with Ice Cube (documentary), Warner Bros., 1999.

Private Conrad Vig, Three Kings, Warner Bros., 1999.

Himself, An Interview with Spike Jonze (documentary), USA Home Video, 2000.

Officer Jonze, Keep Your Eyes Open, Artisan Entertainment, 2002.

Himself, Jackass: The Movie (also known as Jackass), 2002.

Himself, Adaptation, 2002.

Voice of himself, What's Up, Fatlip?, 2003.

The Work of Director Chris Cunningham, Palm Pictures, 2003.

Himself, Lost on Location: Behind the Scenes of "Lost in Translation" (documentary), Universal Studios Home Video, 2004.

Jackass: Volume 2, 2004.

Television Work; Series:

Director (opening titles), Double Rush (also known as Lickety Split), 1995.

Creator, producer, and executive producer, Jackass, MTV, 2000.

Television Work; Specials:

Producer, Jackass, MTV, 2003.

Television Appearances; Specials:

(In archive footage) Himself, The 72nd Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2000.

Himself, The 2000 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 2000.

Himself, The MTV Music Video Awards 2001, MTV, 2001.

Himself, Making of "Jackass: The Movie" (documentary; also known as MTV's the Making of "Jackass: The Movie"), 2002.

Hollywood Salutes Nicolas Cage: An American Cinematheque Tribute, TNT, 2002.

Sonic Youth Video Does, 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Appeared in Jackass, MTV.


Music Videos; as Director:

"Days" by Blind, 1992.

"High in Highschool" by Chainsaw Kitten, 1993.

"Country at War" by X, 1993.

"Crush with Eyeliner," R.E.M. Parallel, 1995.

"Electrolite" by R.E.M., 1997.

"It's Oh So Quiet," Bjork: Volumen, 1998.

"Praise You" by Fatboy Slim, Clip Cut Vol. 1: Exploding Cinema, 1999.

"Sabotage," "Sure Shot," and "Ricky's Theme," Beastie Boys: Video Anthology, Criterion Collection, 2000.

"What's Up, Fatlip?" by Fatlip, 2000.

"Weapon of Choice" by Fatboy Slim, 2001.

The Chemical Brothers: Singles 93–03, 2003.

The Work of Director Spike Jonze, 2003.

(As Spike Jones) Tenacious D: The Compete Masterworks, 2003.

Also directed "Da Funk" by Daft Punk; "Time for Livin'" and "Root Down" (live version), both by Beastie Boys; "Divine Hammer" and "Cannonball," both by Breeders; "Elektrobank" by Chemical Brothers; "Feel the Pain" by Dinosaur Jr.; "Car Song" by Elastica; "If I Only Had a Brain" by MC 900 Ft. Jesus; "Big Train" and "Liberty Calls," both by Mike Watt; "Sky's the Limite (feat. 112) "by Notorious B.I.G.; "Shady Lanes" by Pavement; "It's All About the Benjamins" (remix) by Puff Daddy; "The Crypt Ditch Digger" by Rocket from the Crypt; "Home" by Sean Lennon; "The Diamond Sea" and "100%," both by Sonic Youth; "Old Timer" by That Dog; "I Can't Stop Smiling" by Velocity Girl; "California" and "Who Is Next," both by Wax; "Freedom of '76" by Ween; "Buddy Holly," "Island in the Sun, and "Undone (The Sweater Song," all by Weezer; "Wonderboy" by Tenacious D; "It's In Our Hands" by Bjork; "Daughter of the Kaos" by Luscious Jackson; "Hang On" by Teenage Fanclub.

Skate Videos; as Director:

Video Days, 1991.



Beastie Boys: Sabotage, 1994.

Las Nueve Vidas de Paco–The Chocolate Movie, 1995.

Jackass: The Movie (documentary; also known as Jackass), Paramount, 2002.

Other Writings:

Contributor to magazines.



Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Volume 47, Gale Group, 2003.

Newsmakers 2000, Issue 3, Gale Group, 2000.


Harper's Bazaar, November, 1999, p. 146.

Interview, October, 1999, p. 210; October, 2000, p. 183; December, 2002, p. 64.

Time, December 9, 2002, p. 87.

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