Spike Lee

BirthDay:

20 Mar 1957

BirthPlace:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

BirthName:

Shelton Jackson Lee

Bio:

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), 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.
Filmography

Actor ( 127 credits )

Champs (2015) Himself
Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore (2015)  Himself - Panelist (1 episode, 2015)
The IMDb Studio (2015)  Himself (1 episode)
HuffPost Live Conversations (2014)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)  Himself - At NBA All-Star Celebrity Game (archive foot
The Bracket (2013)  Himself (unknown episodes)
IMDb: What to Watch (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
25 Jahre BAD - Das Phänomen Michael Jackson (2012) Himself
UnderGround (2012)
Red Hook Summer (2012) Mr. Mookie
Oprah's Next Chapter (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Steve Harvey (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
CBS This Morning (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Larry King Now (2012)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
Brooklyn Boheme (2011) Himself
Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Piers Morgan Tonight (2011)  Himself (2 episodes, 2012)
Highly Questionable (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
A Man's Story (2010) Himself
Guest (2010) Himself
Who Do You Think You Are? (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
We the People: From Crispus Attucks to President Barack Obama (2010)
On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of the Greatest Team You Never Heard Of (2010) Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
The Brian McKnight Show (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
30 for 30 (2009)  Himself / ... (3 episodes, 2010-2012)
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Cleanflix (2009) Himself (archive footage)
PoliWood (2009) Himself
Bring Your 'A' Game (2009) Himself - Director
New Orleans Story (2008) Himself (archive footage)
40 x 15 (2008) Himself
Beyond Wiseguys: Italian Americans & the Movies (2008) Himself
Filmania: Eiga no tatsujin (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
The 100 Best Black Movies (Ever) (2007) Himself
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Himself - Today Show Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Stars on Stars (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2007)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Pixote, in Memoriam (2007) Himself
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006)  Himself (unknown episodes)
La rentadora (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
That's What I'm Talking About (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
There Is No Direction (2005) Himself
Street Fight (2005) Himself
Through the Fire (2005) Himself
How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It) (2005) Himself
The Hour (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Showbiz Tonight (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Mike & Mike (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Movies That Shook the World (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
80s (2005)  Mookie (archive footage) (uncredited) (1 episode, 2005
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Himself (3 episodes, 2004-2006)
TV One on One (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Omg! Insider (2004)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
Film School (2004)  Himself
HARDtalk Extra (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Chappelle's Show (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Real Time with Bill Maher (2003)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
CenterStage (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Listen Up! Charles Barkley with Ernie Johnson (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Independent View (2002)  Himself
The Making and Meaning of 'We Are Family' (2002) Himself
3 A.M. (2001) Filmmaker
Just for Me Stories (2001)  Narrator (voice)
Lisa Picard Is Famous (2000) Spike Lee
Michael Jordan to the Max (2000) Himself
Breakfast (2000)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2003)
Summer of Sam (1999) John Jeffries
The Directors (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame... (1999)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005)
ESPN SportsCentury (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Comedy Lab (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Comme au cinéma (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
ESPN Friday Night Fights (1998)  Himself (2 episodes, 2012)
The View (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Corazón de... (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
The Chris Rock Show (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
4 Little Girls (1997) Interviewer (voice) (uncredited)
Girl 6 (1996) Jimmy
The O'Reilly Factor (1996)  Himself / ... (7 episodes, 2008)
Magacine (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
This Week (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
When We Were Kings (1996) Himself
Lumière and Company (1995) Himself (segment "Sarah Moon")
Clockers (1995) Chucky
American Cinema (1995)  Himself (1 episode)
A Century of Cinema (1994) Himself
Drop Squad (1994) Himself
Crooklyn (1994) Snuffy
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)  Himself (2 episodes, 2000-2013)
Hoop Dreams (1994) Himself - Film Director
The Last Party (1993) Himself
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself - Visits the NBA Finals (1 episode, 2009)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (4 episodes, 1995-2001)
Seven Songs for Malcolm X (1993)
Our Hollywood Education (1992) Himself
Malcolm X (1992) Shorty
Ghostwriter (1992)  Special Agent Pete (2 episodes, 1992-1993)
Farewell, Babylon! (1992) Himself - Cineaste
Jungle Fever (1991) Cyrus
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest (14 episodes, 1995-2012)
Lonely in America (1990) Himself
Hollywood Mavericks (1990) Mookie (archive footage)
Mo' Better Blues (1990) Giant
Do the Right Thing (1989) Mookie
The Arsenio Hall Show (1989)  Himself (4 episodes, 1989-1994)
Branford Marsalis Steep (1988) Himself
School Daze (1988) Half-Pint
Biography (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 1988)
The Media Show (1987)  Himself (2 episodes, 1989)
She's Gotta Have It (1986) Mars Blackmon
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Himself (1 episode, 1989)
Ebony/Jet Showcase (1982)  Himself (4 episodes, 1988-1992)
America This Morning (1982)  Himself (1 episode, 1990)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (6 episodes, 2008-2014)
Newsnight (1980)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1991)
Good Morning America (1975)  Himself (2 episodes, 2010-2012)
Arena (1975)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Great Performances (1971)  Himself (2 episodes, 1990-1998)
Film '72 (1971)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Today (1952)  Himself (2 episodes, 1989-2012)

Producer ( 46 credits )

Chi-Raq (2015) producer
The Girl Is in Trouble (2015) executive producer
Touched with Fire (2015) executive producer
Cronies (2015) executive producer
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014) producer
Manos sucias (2014) executive producer
Evolution of a Criminal (2014) executive producer
Oldboy (2013) producer
You're Nobody 'til Somebody Kills You (2012) executive producer
Red Hook Summer (2012) producer
Doubles with Slight Pepper (2011) executive producer
Pariah (2011) executive producer
Dream Street (2010) executive producer
If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise (2010) producer (1 episode, 2010)
Saint John of Las Vegas (2009) executive producer
Miracle at St. Anna (2008) producer
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006) producer (2 episodes, 2006)
All the Invisible Children (2005) producer (segment "Jesus Children of America")
Jesus Children of America (2005) producer
She Hate Me (2004) producer
Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (2002) producer (segment "We Wuz Robbed")
25th Hour (2002) producer
Home Invaders (2001) executive producer
3 A.M. (2001) co-executive producer / producer
Bamboozled (2000) producer
The Original Kings of Comedy (2000) producer
Love & Basketball (2000) producer
The Best Man (1999) producer
Summer of Sam (1999) producer
He Got Game (1998) producer
4 Little Girls (1997) producer
Get on the Bus (1996) executive producer
Girl 6 (1996) producer
Clockers (1995) producer
Tales from the Hood (1995) executive producer
New Jersey Drive (1995) executive producer
Drop Squad (1994) executive producer
Crooklyn (1994) producer
Malcolm X (1992) producer
Jungle Fever (1991) producer
Mo' Better Blues (1990) producer
Do the Right Thing (1989) producer
School Daze (1988) producer
She's Gotta Have It (1986) producer (as Shelton J. Lee)
Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983) producer
Off-Time (0) associate producer

Writer ( 14 credits )

Chi-Raq (2015) (written by)
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014) (screenplay)
Red Hook Summer (2012) (screenplay)
She Hate Me (2004) (screenplay) &
Bamboozled (2000) (written by)
Summer of Sam (1999) (screenplay) and
He Got Game (1998) (written by)
Clockers (1995) (screenplay) and
Malcolm X (1992) (screenplay) and
Jungle Fever (1991) (written by)
Mo' Better Blues (1990) (written by)
Do the Right Thing (1989) (written by)
School Daze (1988) (written by)
Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983) (writer)

Director ( 41 credits )

Chi-Raq (2015)
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014) (1 episode, 2014)
Oldboy (2013)
Bad 25 (2012)
Red Hook Summer (2012)
If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise (2010) (1 episode, 2010)
Passing Strange (2009)
Miracle at St. Anna (2008)
Lovers & Haters (2007)
Inside Man (2006)
Shark (2006) (1 episode, 2006)
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006) (2 episodes, 2006)
All the Invisible Children (2005) (segment "Jesus Children of America")
Jesus Children of America (2005)
She Hate Me (2004)
Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (2002) (segment "We Wuz Robbed")
25th Hour (2002)
Come Rain or Come Shine (2001)
Bamboozled (2000)
The Original Kings of Comedy (2000)
Summer of Sam (1999)
He Got Game (1998)
4 Little Girls (1997)
Get on the Bus (1996)
Girl 6 (1996)
Lumière and Company (1995)
Clockers (1995)
Crooklyn (1994)
Malcolm X (1992)
Jungle Fever (1991)
Mo' Better Blues (1990)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
School Daze (1988)
She's Gotta Have It (1986)
Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983)
Sarah (1981)
The Answer (1980)
Last Hustle in Brooklyn (1979)
Great Performances (1971) (2 episodes, 1998-2009)
Spinning Gold (0)