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.


Film Credits

Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists (2018)
as Himself
Birth of a Movement (2017)
as Himself
French Cinema Mon Amour (2015)
as
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)
as
By Any Means Necessary: The Making of Malcolm X (2005)
as Himself
How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It) (2005)
as
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)
as
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)
as
Do the Right Thing (1989)
as Mookie
School Daze (1988)
as Darrell "Half-Pint" Dunlap
She's Gotta Have It (1986)
as Mars Blackmon

Production Credits

BlacKkKlansman (2018)
Director
BlacKkKlansman (2018)
Producer
BlacKkKlansman (2018)
Screenplay
Tales from the Hood 2 (2018)
Executive Producer
Da Republic of Brooklyn (2018)
Director
Da Republic of Brooklyn (2018)
Producer
Black 14 (2018)
Executive Producer
Pass Over (2018)
Director
Rodney King (2017)
Director
Rodney King (2017)
Producer
2 Fists Up (2016)
Director
2 Fists Up (2016)
Producer
Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall (2016)
Director
Chi-Raq (2015)
Director
Chi-Raq (2015)
Producer
Chi-Raq (2015)
Writer
The Girl is in Trouble (2015)
Executive Producer
Throw Like A Girl (2014)
Director
Jerrod Carmichael: Love at the Store (2014)
Director
Katt Williams: Priceless: Afterlife (2014)
Director
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014)
Director
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014)
Producer
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014)
Screenplay
Manos sucias (2014)
Executive Producer
I Can't Breathe (2014)
Director
I Can't Breathe (2014)
Writer
Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth (2013)
Director
Oldboy (2013)
Director
Oldboy (2013)
Producer
Bad 25 (2012)
Director
Red Hook Summer (2012)
Director
Red Hook Summer (2012)
Screenplay
You're Nobody 'til Somebody Kills You (2012)
Executive Producer
Pariah (2011)
Executive Producer
Passing Strange (2009)
Director
Kobe Doin' Work (2009)
Director
Kobe Doin' Work (2009)
Producer
Miracle at St. Anna (2008)
Director
Miracle at St. Anna (2008)
Producer
Genesis: Come Rain or Shine (2008)
Camera Operator
Inside Man (2006)
Director
Les enfants invisibles (2005)
Director
Sucker Free City (2004)
Director
She Hate Me (2004)
Director
She Hate Me (2004)
Screenplay
25th Hour (2002)
Director
25th Hour (2002)
Producer
Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (2002)
Director
Jim Brown: All-American (2002)
Director
Jim Brown: All-American (2002)
Producer
The Concert for New York City (2001)
Director
3 A.M. (2001)
Co-Executive Producer
3 A.M. (2001)
Producer
A Huey P. Newton Story (2001)
Director
Bamboozled (2000)
Director
Bamboozled (2000)
Producer
Bamboozled (2000)
Screenplay
The Original Kings of Comedy (2000)
Director
Love & Basketball (2000)
Producer
Summer of Sam (1999)
Director
Summer of Sam (1999)
Producer
Summer of Sam (1999)
Screenplay
John Leguizamo: Freak (1998)
Director
He Got Game (1998)
Director
He Got Game (1998)
Producer
He Got Game (1998)
Screenplay
4 Little Girls (1997)
Director
4 Little Girls (1997)
Producer
HIStory on Film, Volume II (1997)
Director
Get on the Bus (1996)
Director
Girl 6 (1996)
Director
Clockers (1995)
Director
Clockers (1995)
Producer
Clockers (1995)
Screenplay
Tales from the Hood (1995)
Executive Producer
Lumière et compagnie (1995)
Director
Drop Squad (1994)
Executive Producer
Crooklyn (1994)
Director
Crooklyn (1994)
Producer
Crooklyn (1994)
Screenplay
Malcolm X (1992)
Director
Malcolm X (1992)
Producer
Malcolm X (1992)
Screenplay
Prince and the N.P.G.: Diamonds and Pearls Video Collection (1992)
Director
Jungle Fever (1991)
Director
Jungle Fever (1991)
Producer
Jungle Fever (1991)
Screenplay
Mo' Better Blues (1990)
Director
Mo' Better Blues (1990)
Producer
Mo' Better Blues (1990)
Writer
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Director
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Producer
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Screenplay
School Daze (1988)
Director
School Daze (1988)
Producer
School Daze (1988)
Writer
She's Gotta Have It (1986)
Director
She's Gotta Have It (1986)
Editor
She's Gotta Have It (1986)
Producer
She's Gotta Have It (1986)
Writer
Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983)
Director
Nightwatch ()
Director