Kate Capshaw Biography

Kate Capshaw  is an American actress who you must remember from her role in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. She played Willie Scott, a love interest to the Indiana Jones. Kate full name is Kathleen “Kate” Capshaw-Spielberg, thus, the connection is obvious. That is, Kate is a wife of one of the most famous Hollywood’s names, Steven Spielberg.

Kate Capshaw Age

Kate Capshaw was born on November 3, 1953, in Forth Worth Texas, United States of America. At the time of writing this article, she is 64 years old.

Kate Capshaw Kate’s Net Worth

Kate Capshaw net worth non-official numbers go all the way to $3 billion, but that is probably with the value of her husband’s wealth. Her own net worth is somewhere around $20 Million, officially.

Kate Capshaw Family and Partner

Kate Capshaw was born to Beverley Sue and Edwin Leon Nail. She didn’t have anyone in her family with some prior experience in acting of any kind. Her mother was a travel agent and beautician, while her father worked at the airport. Out of an unknown reason, Kate Capshaw’s family moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 1958. After finishing all the necessary schools, she married marketing manager  Robert Capshaw in 1976 and they had one child, now famous actress, Jessica Capshaw. They unfortunately divorced in 1980. She has adopted the last name Capshaw and has never changed it.


Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw at an event for The Oscars (2016)

Her second marriage was made possible because of the “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”, believe it or not. During the production of the movie, she met director Steven Spielberg whom she married in 1991, almost seven full years after they met. The reason for that was that Spielberg had to divorce from actress Amy Irving with whom she was married at that time. After they got married, Kate Capshaw converted to Judaism because of Spielberg.  They have seven beautiful children and they still have a perfect marriage.

Kate Capshaw Children

Not all of those seven children are blood-related to them. In the matter of fact, the couple has one child each from previous marriages, three of their own, and they adopted two.

  • Jessica Capshaw was born on August 9, 1976.
  • Max Samuel Spielberg was born on June 13, 1985.
  • Theo Samuel Spielberg was born in 1988.
  • Sasha Rebecca Spielberg was born on May 14, 1990.
  • Sawyer Avery Spielberg was born on March 10, 1992.
  • Mikaela George was born on February 28, 1996.
  • Destry Allyn Spielberg was born December 1, 1996.

There is nothing you can see from the social media or any kind of media that could point to some problems in the marriage of the two. They still get out together to take their dog for a walk, they were caught together in Cannes, while going to their $200 Million yacht which has luxury accommodations for 12 guests and a crew of 26, and they enjoyed a beautiful holiday in Italy in 2015. That last one was to celebrate 24 years of marriage.


Steven Spielberg, Kate Capshaw, and Jessica Capshaw

Kate Capshaw Education and Career

After moving to St. Louis, Missouri, Kate Capshaw graduated from Hazelwood Senior High in 1972. She earned a degree in education from the University of Missouri. Furthermore, she taught Special Education at Southern Boone County High School in Ashland, Missouri, and Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, Missouri.

Her first role was in the soap opera “The Edge of Night” and that practically started her successful career. After that, she played in “A Little Sex” starred in “Dreamscape (1984)” and in the same year she co-starred with Harrison Ford in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”. In 1986 she appeared in “SpaceCamp” and she actually starred as Susanna McKaskel in The Quick and The Dead (1987). She also continued to star in lots of famous movies throughout 80’s and 90’s. Some of them are “Black Rain”, “Just Cause”, etc.

In 2002, she decided not to accept any more roles and to completely devote herself to raising her children. Everything around the finances has been handled by her husband since then.

Kate Capshaw and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”

Kate Capshaw didn’t want to be in any of the big movies. In fact, she only wanted to be a “very serious actress”. She wanted to focus on smaller, independent films and she only accepted to be in Indiana Jones because she thought that it would be a good opportunity to show her singing and dancing skills. That is why she studied and rehearsed a solo tap dance with her trainers and choreographers for a long long time. In the same time, she practiced her singing skills to perfection and managed to sing the Cole Porter classic “Anything Goes” completely in Mandarin.


“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” movie


What is Kate’s Ethnicity?

Kate is an American actress but she has part English and part German ancestry.  Therefore, she is white. As for her nationality, Kate is a citizen of the United States of America. In addition, hers religion is Judaism.

What are Kate Capshaw’s Measurements?


Kate Capshaw Today

Kate Capshaw is 5ft 7in tall (170cm). She weighs 135lbs (61kg). Her eyes are blue and she has blonde hair. Her measurements are 36-26-36, and for her age, she looks phenomenal.

Biography & Facts
Born: November 3. 1953.
Nationality: American
Ethnicity: White
Religion: Judaism
Profession: Actress
Net Worth: $20 Million
Salary: N/A
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Height: 5ft 7in (170cm)
Weight: 135lbs (61kg)
Married to: Steven Spielberg (1991) / Robert Capshaw (1976–1980)
Affair with: N/A
Children: 7
Birth Sign: Scorpio
Education: N/A