Spike Lee

Birthday:
03/20/1957
Place of birth:
Atlanta, Georgia, USA:
Biography:
Spike Lee was born Shelton Lee in 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York. Lee came from a proud and intelligent background. His father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a school teacher. His mother dubbed him Spike, due to his tough nature. He attended school in Morehouse College in Atlanta and developed his film making skills at Clark Atlanta University. After graduating, he went to the Tisch School of Arts graduate film program. He made a controversial short, The Answer (1980), a reworking of D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915) -- a ten-minute film. Lee went on to produce a 45-minute film Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983), which won a student academy award. Lee's next film, "The Messenger," in 1984, was somewhat biographical. In 1986, Spike Lee made the film, She's Gotta Have It (1986), a comedy about sexual relationships. The movie was made for 175,000 dollars, and made seven million. Since then, Lee has become a well-known, intelligent, and talented film maker. His next movie was School Daze (1988), which was set in a historically black school and focused mostly on the conflict between the school and the Fraternities, of which he was a strong critic, portraying them as materialistic, irresponsible, and uncaring. Lee went on to do his landmark film, Do the Right Thing (1989), a movie specifically about his own town in Brooklyn, New York. The movie portrayed a neighborhood on a very hot day, and the racial tensions that emerge. The movie garnered an Oscar nomination, for Danny Aiello, for supporting actor. It also sparked a debate on racial relations. Lee went on to produce the jazz biopic Mo' Better Blues (1990) which showed his talent for directing and acting, and was the first of many Spike Lee films to feature Denzel Washington. His next film, Jungle Fever (1991), was about interracial dating. Lee's handling of the subject proved yet again highly controversial. Lee's next film was the self-titled biography of Malcolm X (1992), which had Denzel Washington portraying the civil rights leader. The movie was a success, and resulted in an Oscar nomination for Washington. His next films were the comparatively light, Crooklyn (1994), and the intense crime drama, Clockers (1995). In 1996, Lee directed two movies: the badly received comedy, Girl 6 (1996), and the politically pointed, Get on the Bus (1996), about a group of men going to the Million Man March. His next film, He Got Game (1998), proved to be another excursion into the collegiate world as he shows the darker side of recruiting college athletes. The movie, in limited release, yet again featured Denzel Washington. In 2000 came Bamboozled which made a mockery out of television and the way African-Americans are perceived by white America and the way African-Americans perceive themselves. The movie, however, was a resounding critical success. Lee also has produced films like New Jersey Drive (1995), Tales from the Hood (1995), and Drop Squad (1994). He also has produced and or directed movies about Huey P. Newton, Jim Brown, and has commented in many documentaries about varied subjects. With pointed political messages, insightful, different and intelligent films, Spike Lee has become a well known political presence. He looks likely to have further success in the film business. Lee is an obsessive New York Knicks fan. He and his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, have two children.

Credits

Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists (2018)
as Himself
Birth of a Movement (2017)
as Himself
French Cinema Mon Amour (2015)
Champs (2015)
as Himself
Bad 25 (2012)
as Himself
Red Hook Summer (2012)
as Mr. Mookie
Brooklyn Boheme (2012)
as Himself
A Man's Story (2011)
as Himself
Guest (2011)
as Himself
Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks (2010)
as Himself
Pixote, in memorian (2007)
By Any Means Necessary: The Making of Malcolm X (2005)
as Himself
How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It) (2005)
Street Fight (2005)
as Himself
Life O The Party: On the Road with Prince and the New Power Generation (2004)
as Himself
Best Sellers: Peter Sellers and Dr. Strangelove (2004)
as Interviewee
3 A.M. (2001)
as Filmmaker
Lisa Picard Is Famous (2000)
as Spike Lee
Michael Jordan to the Max (2000)
as Himself
Summer of Sam (1999)
as John Jeffries
The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money (1998)
as Himself
4 Little Girls (1997)
as Interviewer (voice) (uncredited)
When We Were Kings (1996)
as Himself
Girl 6 (1996)
as Jimmy
Clockers (1995)
as Chucky
Crooklyn (1994)
as Snuffy
Seven Songs for Malcolm X (1993)
The Last Party (1993)
as Himself
Malcolm X (1992)
as Shorty
Jungle Fever (1991)
as Cyrus
Lonely in America (1990)
as Himself
Mo' Better Blues (1990)
as Giant
Making 'Do the Right Thing' (1989)
as Himself
First Works (1989)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
as Mookie
School Daze (1988)
as Darrell "Half-Pint" Dunlap
She's Gotta Have It (1986)
as Mars Blackmon
BlacKkKlansman
Director
BlacKkKlansman
Producer
BlacKkKlansman
Screenplay
Tales from the Hood 2
Executive Producer
Da Republic of Brooklyn
Director
Da Republic of Brooklyn
Producer
Black 14
Executive Producer
Pass Over
Director
Rodney King
Director
Rodney King
Producer
2 Fists Up
Director
2 Fists Up
Producer
Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall
Director
Chi-Raq
Director
Chi-Raq
Producer
Chi-Raq
Writer
The Girl is in Trouble
Executive Producer
Throw Like A Girl
Director
Jerrod Carmichael: Love at the Store
Director
Katt Williams: Priceless: Afterlife
Director
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus
Director
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus
Producer
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus
Screenplay
Manos sucias
Executive Producer
I Can't Breathe
Director
I Can't Breathe
Writer
Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth
Director
Oldboy
Director
Oldboy
Producer
Bad 25
Director
Red Hook Summer
Director
Red Hook Summer
Screenplay
You're Nobody 'til Somebody Kills You
Executive Producer
Pariah
Executive Producer
Passing Strange
Director
Kobe Doin' Work
Director
Kobe Doin' Work
Producer
Miracle at St. Anna
Director
Miracle at St. Anna
Producer
Genesis: Come Rain or Shine
Camera Operator
Inside Man
Director
Les enfants invisibles
Director
Sucker Free City
Director
She Hate Me
Director
She Hate Me
Screenplay
25th Hour
Director
25th Hour
Producer
Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet
Director
Jim Brown: All-American
Director
Jim Brown: All-American
Producer
The Concert for New York City
Director
3 A.M.
Co-Executive Producer
3 A.M.
Producer
A Huey P. Newton Story
Director
Bamboozled
Director
Bamboozled
Producer
Bamboozled
Screenplay
The Original Kings of Comedy
Director
Love & Basketball
Producer
Summer of Sam
Director
Summer of Sam
Producer
Summer of Sam
Screenplay
John Leguizamo: Freak
Director
He Got Game
Director
He Got Game
Producer
He Got Game
Screenplay
4 Little Girls
Director
4 Little Girls
Producer
HIStory on Film, Volume II
Director
Get on the Bus
Director
Girl 6
Director
Clockers
Director
Clockers
Producer
Clockers
Screenplay
Tales from the Hood
Executive Producer
Lumière et compagnie
Director
Drop Squad
Executive Producer
Crooklyn
Director
Crooklyn
Producer
Crooklyn
Screenplay
Malcolm X
Director
Malcolm X
Producer
Malcolm X
Screenplay
Prince and the N.P.G.: Diamonds and Pearls Video Collection
Director
Jungle Fever
Director
Jungle Fever
Producer
Jungle Fever
Screenplay
Mo' Better Blues
Director
Mo' Better Blues
Producer
Mo' Better Blues
Writer
Do the Right Thing
Director
Do the Right Thing
Producer
Do the Right Thing
Screenplay
School Daze
Director
School Daze
Producer
School Daze
Writer
She's Gotta Have It
Director
She's Gotta Have It
Editor
She's Gotta Have It
Producer
She's Gotta Have It
Writer
Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads
Director
Nightwatch
Director

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