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Real Name: Shelton Jackson Lee
Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Birth Date: March 20, 1957
Occupation: Director, Producer, Writer

Spike Lee Biography

Spike Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York. Lee came from artistic, education-grounded background; his father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a schoolteacher. He attended school in Morehouse College in Atlanta and developed his film making skills at Clark Atlanta University. After graduating from Morehouse, Lee attended 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. 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, and earned $7 million at the box office, which launched his career and allowed him to found his own production company, 40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks. His next movie was School Daze (1988), which was set in a historically black school, 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. With his School Daze (1988) profits, Lee went on to make his landmark film, Do the Right Thing (1989), a movie based specifically his own neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. The movie portrayed the racial tensions that emerge in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood on one very hot day. The movie garnered Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay, for Danny Aiello for supporting actor, and sparked a debate on racial relations.Lee went on to produce the jazz biopic Mo' Better Blues (1990), the first of many Spike Lee films to feature Denzel Washington, including the biography of Malcolm X (1992), in which Denzel Washington portrayed the civil rights leader. The movie was a success, and garnering an Oscar nomination for Washington. The pair would work together again on, He Got Game (1998), an excursion into the collegiate world showing the darker side of recruiting college athletes, as well as the 2006 film Inside Man (2006).Spike Lee's role as a documentarian has expanded over the years, highlighted by his part in Lumière and Company (1995), the Oscar-nominated 4 Little Girls (1997), to his Peabody Award-winning biographical adaptation of Black Panther leader in A Huey P. Newton Story (2001) (TV), through his 2005 Emmy Award-winning examination of post-Katrina New Orleans in "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts" (2006) and its follow-up five years later in "If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise" (2010).Through his production company 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Lee continues to create and direct both independent films and projects for major studios, as well as working on story development, creating an internship program for aspiring filmmakers, releasing music, and community outreach and support.He is married to Tonya Lewis Lee, and they have two sons, Satchel and Jackson.

Spike Lee Movies / TV-Shows

BlacKkKlansman (2018)
Rodney King (2017)
Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall (2016)
The Girl Is in Trouble (2015)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore (2015)
Touched with Fire (2015)
Chi-Raq (2015)
Jerrod Carmichael: Love at the Store (2014)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)
Evolution of a Criminal (2014)
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014)
Champs (2014)
Oldboy (2013)
20 Feet from Stardom (2013)
Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth (2013)
The Best Man Holiday (2013)
Red Hook Summer (2012)
Steve Harvey (2012)
Oprah Prime (2012)
Venus and Serena (2012)
Bad 25 (2012)
You're Nobody 'til Somebody Kills You (2012)
Piers Morgan Live (2011)
Pariah (2011)
Doubles with Slight Pepper (2011)
A Man's Story (2010)
30 for 30 Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks (2010)
Who Do You Think You Are? (2010)
If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise (2010)
Cleanflix (2009)
Saint John of Las Vegas (2009)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)
Great Performances Passing Strange (2009)
30 for 30 (2009)
PoliWood (2009)
Kobe Doin' Work (2009)
Miracle at St. Anna (2008)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition (2007)
Inside Man (2006)
Shark (2006)
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006)
Through the Fire (2005)
Street Fight (2005)
Sucker Free City (2004)
She Hate Me (2004)
Real Time with Bill Maher (2003)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)
Good Fences (2003)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)
Chappelle's Show (2003)
Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (2002)
Last Call with Carson Daly (2002)
25th Hour (2002)
A Huey P. Newton Story (2001)
3 A.M. (2001)
Love & Basketball (2000)
Bamboozled (2000)
Michael Jordan to the Max (2000)
The Original Kings of Comedy (2000)
Independent Lens (1999)
The Best Man (1999)
Summer of Sam (1999)
John Leguizamo: Freak (1998)
He Got Game (1998)
The View (1997)
4 Little Girls (1997)
The Chris Rock Show (1997)
Get on the Bus (1996)
When We Were Kings (1996)
The Daily Show (1996)
Girl 6 (1996)
New Jersey Drive (1995)
Clockers (1995)
Tales from the Hood (1995)
Crooklyn (1994)
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)
Hoop Dreams (1994)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)
Malcolm X (1992)
Ghostwriter (1992)
Jungle Fever (1991)
22nd NAACP Image Awards (1990)
Mo' Better Blues (1990)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
School Daze (1988)
She's Gotta Have It (1986)
Live with Kelly and Ryan (1983)
CBS News Sunday Morning (1979)
Arena (1975)
Saturday Night Live (1975)
Great Performances (1971)

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