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Stan Lathan Biography

Birth Name:
Stanley Lathan
Birth Place:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Director, producer, writer

Fast Facts

  • Began his career in Boston where he moved to pursue a master's degree
  • In 1968, helped create and direct Say Brother, a magazine show that reflected the culture and concerns of African Americans
  • In 1969, moved to New York
  • One of the earliest directors of the preschool tv show Sesame Street
  • Co-creator, with Russell Simmons, of HBO's Def Comedy Jam series
  • Co-owner of The Simmons Lathan Media Group


  • 2020Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television: nominated
  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special: winner
  • 2019Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports - Specials: nominated
  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: nominated


  • Charles Lewis -- Brother
  • William Lathan -- Brother
  • Arielle Lathan -- Daughter
  • Liliane Lathan -- Daughter
  • Sanaa Lathan -- Daughter
  • Eleanor McCoy -- Ex-wife
  • Stanley Edward Lathan -- Father
  • Julia Elizabeth (née Dunston) Lathan -- Mother
  • Tendaji Lathan -- Son
  • Marguerite -- Wife