Hayao Miyazaki was born in Tôkyô on January 5, 1941. He started his career in 1963 as an animator for studio Toei Douga studio. In 1091 he moved to the A Pro studio with Isao Takahata, then to Nippon Animations in 1973 and in 1978 he derected his first TV series, Future Boy Canon. He moved to Tôkyô Movie Shinsha in 1979 to direct his first movie, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, the success of the film led to the establishment of Studio Ghibli. In 1997 Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke recieved the Japanese equivalent of the Academy Award for the best film and was the hghest-grossing (about $15 million) domestic fim in Japans history at the time of its release.
Miyazaki's created Howl's Moving Castle in 2004, was based on the novel by Diana Wynne Jones. Even though he has said this would be his last film, a statement he has said before after the completion of some of his earlier films, one hopes that additions to his extraordinary body of work will continue to be produced as long as he remains alive.
(the statement was false, his most recent movie was The Wind Rises in 2013)