Celebrated director, producer, and writer Steven Spielberg, celebrates his 65th birthday on Sunday. The influential American film great -- whose directorial successes include "Jaws" (1975), "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982), "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984), "Jurassic Park" (1993), and "Saving Private Ryan" (1998), among others -- recently directed "The Adventures of Tintin" (2011).

Born in Cincinnati, Spielberg made his feature-film directorial debut with "The Sugarland Express" (1974), and is believed to have been influenced by legends such as Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Capra, and Ingmar Bergman.

Check out some of the special moments in Steven Spielberg's life and career:

A 3-D animation film directed by Spielberg, "The Adventures of Tintin" opened to packed theaters.Reuters
Producers Spielberg, right, and Tom Hanks celebrate the recognition of their television miniseries "Band of Brothers" at the 54th annual Emmy Awards in Los Angeles in September 2002.Reuters
Then-British Ambassador to the United States Sir Christopher Meyer bestows upon Spielberg the Insignia of a Knight Commander of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in January 2001.Reuters
DreamWorks co-founders David Geffen, right, Jeffrey Katzenberg, center, and Spielberg pose at the New York Stock Exchange on Oct. 28, 2004, shortly before shares in DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. began trading.Reuters
Spielberg poses with his newly born star on the Hollywood (Calif.) Walk of Fame in 2003.Reuters
Spielberg, left, is presented with the Liberty Medal by former U.S. President Bill Clinton at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia in October 2009.Reuters
Producer George Lucas, left, and Spielberg pose for photographers in connection with "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" at the 61st Cannes Film Festival in May 2008.Reuters