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John Singleton Biography

Birth Name:
John Daniel Singleton
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Director, writer, producer, actor

Fast Facts

  • Won many collegiate honors in writing, including the Jack Nicholson Screen Writing Award
  • Made his directorial debut in the 1991 hit film Boyz N the Hood, for which he received two Oscar nominations
  • His nomination for Best Director was historical, becoming the first African-American nominated in the category
  • Took home the Best New Director award from the New York Film Critics Circle in 1991
  • Ventured into the music genre and directed Michael Jackson's "Remember the Time" video in 1992
  • Dated model Tyra Banks for a time in the early 1990s
  • The pair worked together in the 1995 movie Higher Learning, and he admitted he had problems directing her in love scenes
  • Played a bit part as a fireman in the 1994 movie Beverly Hills Cop III
  • Was a producer of the critically acclaimed film Hustle & Flow (2005)


  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special: nominated
  • 1992Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 1991Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: nominated
  • 1991Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): nominated
  • 1991MTV Movie Awards-Best New Filmmaker: winner
  • 1991New York Film Critics Circle-Best New Director: winner


  • Cleopatra Singleton -- Daughter
  • Hadar Singleton -- Daughter
  • Justice Maya Singleton -- Daughter
  • Tosha Lewis -- Ex-significant Other
  • Vestria Barlow -- Ex-significant Other
  • Danny Singleton -- Father
  • Sheila Ward-Johnson -- Mother
  • Maasai Singleton -- Son