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Spike Lee

Film Director / Actor / Screenwriter / Film Producer / Mascot | * 03/20/1957 (63) | Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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Shelton Jackson "Spike" Lee (born March 20, 1957) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and professor. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has produced more than 35 films since 1983. He made his directorial debut with She's Gotta Have It (1986). He has since written and directed such films as Do the Right Thing (1989), Mo' Better Blues (1990), Jungle Fever (1991), Malcolm X (1992), He Got Game (1998), 25th Hour (2002), Inside Man (2006), Chi-Raq (2015), BlacKkKlansman"> ()
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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.

Most frequent genres for this person: Documentaries | Drama | Comedies

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Awards & Nominations for Spike Lee

Primetime Emmy Award George Polk Award NAACP Image Award – Hall of Fame Award Fellow of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay Honorary César BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay

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Movies with Spike Lee as Actor(56)

as himself2017 Birth of a Movement
as himself2015 Champs
as Mr. Mookie2012 Red Hook Summer
as himself2012 Brooklyn Boheme
as himself2012 Bad 25
as himself2011 Guest
as himself2011 A Man's Story
as himself2009 Kobe Doin' Work
as himself2005 Street Fight
as Filmmaker2001 3 A.M.
as himself2000 Lisa Picard Is Famous
as John Jeffries1999 Summer of Sam
as Interviewer (voice) (uncredited)1997 4 Little Girls
as Self (archive footage)1996 The Universal Story
as Jimmy1996 Girl 6
as himself1996 When We Were Kings
as Chucky1995 Clockers
as Snuffy1994 Crooklyn
as himself1993 The Last Party
as Shorty1992 Malcolm X
as Cyrus1991 Jungle Fever
as himself1990 Lonely in America
as Giant1990 Mo' Better Blues
1989 Decade
as Mookie1989 Do the Right Thing
as Darrell "Half-Pint" Dunlap1988 School Daze
as Mars Blackmon1986 She's Gotta Have It

TV Shows/Series with Spike Lee as Actor(14)

as Himself - Illustrious Guest2019 Desus & Mero
as Drum Major2017 She's Gotta Have It
as himself2005 It's the Shoes
as himself1997 The View
as Special Agent Pete1992 Ghostwriter

Movies with Spike Lee as Crew(151)

Directing/Director2020 Da 5 Bloods
Production/Producer2020 Da 5 Bloods
Writing/Screenplay2020 Da 5 Bloods
Directing/Director2020 New York New York
Directing/Director2020 Prince of Cats
Writing/Screenplay2020 Prince of Cats
Directing/Director2020 American Utopia
Production/Executive Producer2020 American Utopia
Directing/Director2019 Coach: Words Matter
Writing/Writer2019 Coach: Words Matter
Directing/Director2019 Impact
Production/Producer2019 See You Yesterday
Production/Executive Producer2018 Tales from the Hood 2
Production/Executive Producer2018 Black 14
Production/Executive Producer2018 Cherish
Directing/Director2018 BlacKkKlansman
Production/Producer2018 BlacKkKlansman
Writing/Screenplay2018 BlacKkKlansman
Production/Executive Producer2018 Nigerian Prince
Directing/Director2018 Pass Over
Production/Producer2018 Amazing Grace
Production/Executive Producer2018 Time 2 Surrender
Directing/Director2017 Brave, Visions for Moncler
Directing/Director2017 Rodney King
Production/Producer2017 Rodney King
Production/Executive Producer2016 Touched with Fire
Directing/Director2016 Wake Up
Directing/Director2016 2 Fists Up
Production/Producer2016 2 Fists Up
Directing/Director2015 Ray Allen/AKA- Jesus Shuttlesworth
Production/Executive Producer2015 The Girl Is in Trouble
Production/Executive Producer2015 Cronies
Directing/Director2015 Chi-Raq
Production/Producer2015 Chi-Raq
Writing/Writer2015 Chi-Raq
Directing/Director2015 Kevon Carter: We Gotta Do Better
Directing/Director2014 Go Brasil Go!
Production/Producer2014 Katt Williams: Priceless: Afterlife
Production/Executive Producer2014 Dirty Hands
Production/Executive Producer2014 Evolution of a Criminal
Directing/Director2014 Da Sweet Blood of Jesus
Production/Producer2014 Da Sweet Blood of Jesus
Writing/Screenplay2014 Da Sweet Blood of Jesus
Directing/Director2013 Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth
Directing/Director2013 Oldboy
Production/Producer2013 Oldboy
Crew/Presenter2012 Una Noche
Directing/Director2012 Red Hook Summer
Writing/Screenplay2012 Red Hook Summer
Production/Executive Producer2012 You're Nobody 'til Somebody Kills You
Directing/Director2012 Bad 25
Directing/Director2011 Da Brick
Production/Executive Producer2011 Pariah
Production/Executive Producer2011 Doubles with Slight Pepper
Production/Executive Producer2010 Saint John of Las Vegas
Directing/Director2009 Passing Strange
Directing/Director2009 Kobe Doin' Work
Production/Producer2009 Kobe Doin' Work
Camera/Camera Operator2008 Genesis: Come Rain or Shine
Directing/Director2008 Miracle at St. Anna
Production/Producer2008 Miracle at St. Anna
Directing/Director2007 M.O.N.Y.
Directing/Director2007 Lovers & Haters
Directing/Director2006 Inside Man
Directing/Director2005 All the Invisible Children
Directing/Director2004 Sucker Free City
Directing/Director2004 She Hate Me
Writing/Screenplay2004 She Hate Me
Production/Producer2004 She Hate Me
Production/Executive Producer2003 Good Fences
Directing/Director2002 Jim Brown: All-American
Production/Producer2002 Jim Brown: All-American
Directing/Director2002 Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet
Production/Producer2002 Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet
Directing/Director2002 25th Hour
Production/Producer2002 25th Hour
Directing/Director2001 A Huey P. Newton Story
Production/Executive Producer2001 Home Invaders
Production/Producer2001 3 A.M.
Production/Co-Executive Producer2001 3 A.M.
Directing/Director2001 The Concert for New York City
Directing/Director2001 The Making of Bamboozled
Directing/Director2000 Bamboozled
Production/Producer2000 Bamboozled
Writing/Screenplay2000 Bamboozled
Production/Producer2000 Love & Basketball
Directing/Director2000 The Original Kings of Comedy
Production/Producer2000 The Original Kings of Comedy
Directing/Director2000 Un matin partout dans le monde
Directing/Director1999 Summer of Sam
Production/Producer1999 Summer of Sam
Writing/Screenplay1999 Summer of Sam
Production/Producer1999 The Best Man
Directing/Director1998 John Leguizamo: Freak
Directing/Director1998 He Got Game
Production/Producer1998 He Got Game
Writing/Screenplay1998 He Got Game
Directing/Director1997 HIStory on Film, Volume II
Directing/Director1997 4 Little Girls
Production/Producer1997 4 Little Girls
Writing/Writer1997 4 Little Girls
Directing/Director1996 Get on the Bus
Directing/Director1996 Girl 6
Production/Producer1996 Girl 6
Directing/Director1995 Clockers
Production/Producer1995 Clockers
Writing/Screenplay1995 Clockers
Production/Executive Producer1995 New Jersey Drive
Production/Executive Producer1995 Tales from the Hood
Directing/Director1995 Lumière and Company
Production/Executive Producer1994 Drop Squad
Directing/Director1994 Crooklyn
Production/Producer1994 Crooklyn
Writing/Screenplay1994 Crooklyn
Directing/Director1992 Malcolm X
Production/Producer1992 Malcolm X
Writing/Screenplay1992 Malcolm X
Directing/Director1991 Jungle Fever
Production/Producer1991 Jungle Fever
Writing/Screenplay1991 Jungle Fever
Directing/Director1990 Mo' Better Blues
Production/Producer1990 Mo' Better Blues
Writing/Writer1990 Mo' Better Blues
Directing/Director1989 Do the Right Thing
Production/Producer1989 Do the Right Thing
Writing/Screenplay1989 Do the Right Thing
Directing/Director1988 School Daze
Production/Producer1988 School Daze
Writing/Writer1988 School Daze
Directing/Director1986 Horn of Plenty
Writing/Writer1986 Horn of Plenty
Directing/Director1986 She's Gotta Have It
Editing/Editor1986 She's Gotta Have It
Production/Producer1986 She's Gotta Have It
Writing/Writer1986 She's Gotta Have It
Directing/Director1981 Sarah
Directing/Director1980 The Answer
Directing/Director1979 Last Hustle in Brooklyn

TV Shows/Series with Spike Lee as Crew(7)

Crew/Creator2017 She's Gotta Have It
Directing/Director2017 She's Gotta Have It
Directing/Director2006 Shark
Directing/Director2005 Miracle's Boys

Additional Information

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Full Name: Jackson Lee
Born: Wednesday, 03/20 1957 (March) in Atlanta (current age: 63 years + 138 days)
Zodiac sign: Pisces (Chinese zodiac sign: Rooster)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Morehouse College
Employer: New York University, Harvard University, Columbia University
Member of: American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Spouses (current/former): Tonya Lewis Lee
Siblings: David Lee
Other names for Spike Lee (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Спайк Ли"
"سبايك لي"
"스파이크 리"
"スパイク・リー"
"สไปค์ ลี"
"史派克·李"
"Σπάικ Λι"
Spike Lee frequently works together with these people:
Andy Samberg (30x, Actor)
Bill Hader (25x, Actor)
Terence Blanchard (20x, Crew)
Joie Lee (13x, Actress)
Martin Short (12x, Actor)
Maya Rudolph (12x, Actress)
Ruth E. Carter (12x, Crew)
Alec Baldwin (11x, Actor)
John Turturro (11x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:4133, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 07/30/2020