Spike Lee

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  • Birth Name: Shelton Jackson Lee
  • Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  • Profession: Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Actor
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Fast Facts

  • His 10-minute student movie for grad school was called The Answer, about a black screenwriter hired to pen a remake of Birth of a Nation.
  • Has directed numerous TV commercials for companies such as Nike, AT&T and Levi's, and music videos for Public Enemy, Michael Jackson and Anita Baker.
  • Due to the mounting production cost of his 1992 biopic Malcolm X, solicited financial assistance from Bill Cosby, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan and others so that the film could be completed.
  • Numerous honors include Sports Emmys for programs that aired on HBO—one on Mike Tyson, the other on former Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson.
  • First movie to reach No. 1 at the box office was He Got Game (1998).
  • Won the 2006 George Polk Award for documentary journalism for his HBO series When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts; a follow-up film, If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise, was released in 2010. 
  • Has published several books on filming techniques.
  • Most of his movies are referred to in the credits as "A Spike Lee Joint."

Awards

  • 2015, Oscar — Honorary Award: Winner
  • 2002, BAFTA Film Awards — Special Award (Film): Winner
  • 1987, Independent Spirit Awards — Best First Feature: Winner
  • 1997, Berlin Film Festival — Special Mention: Winner
  • 1990, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1990, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Non-Fiction Special: Nominee
  • 1989, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2001, Independent Spirit Awards — Best First Feature: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming: Winner
  • 2007, Emmy — Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking: Winner
  • 1997, Oscar — Best Documentary (Feature): Nominee
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  • 2018, Cannes Film Festival — Grand Prix: Winner

Relationships

  • Malcolm D. Lee — Cousin
  • Chris Lee — Brother
  • William James Edwards Lee III — Father
  • Arnold Lee — Half Brother
  • Jacquelyn Shelton Lee — Mother
  • Cinque Lee — Brother
  • Jackson Lewis Lee — Son
  • Joie Lee — Sister
  • David Lee — Brother
  • Satchel Lee — Daughter
  • Susan Kaplan — Stepmother
  • Tonya Lewis Lee — Wife

College

  • Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia, United States (BA in Communications, 1979); New York University, New York, New York, United States (MFA in Filmmaking, 1982)

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  • Birth Name: Shelton Jackson Lee
  • Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  • Profession: Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Actor