Spike Lee

Spike Lee

  • Birthday: 1957-03-20
  • Place of birth: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Also know as: Спайк Ли

Biography

Spike Lee was born Shelton Lee in 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York. Lee came from a proud and intelligent background. His father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a school teacher. His mother dubbed him Spike, due to his tough nature. He attended school in Morehouse College in Atlanta and developed his film making skills at Clark Atlanta University. After graduating, he went to 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. Lee's next film, "The Messenger," in 1984, was somewhat biographical. 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 dollars, and made seven million. Since then, Lee has become a well-known, intelligent, and talented film maker. His next movie was School Daze (1988), which was set in a historically black school and 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. Lee went on to do his landmark film, Do the Right Thing (1989), a movie specifically about his own town in Brooklyn, New York. The movie portrayed a neighborhood on a very hot day, and the racial tensions that emerge. The movie garnered an Oscar nomination, for Danny Aiello, for supporting actor. It also sparked a debate on racial relations. Lee went on to produce the jazz biopic Mo' Better Blues (1990) which showed his talent for directing and acting, and was the first of many Spike Lee films to feature Denzel Washington. His next film, Jungle Fever (1991), was about interracial dating. Lee's handling of the subject proved yet again highly controversial. Lee's next film was the self-titled biography of Malcolm X (1992), which had Denzel Washington portraying the civil rights leader. The movie was a success, and resulted in an Oscar nomination for Washington. His next films were the comparatively light, Crooklyn (1994), and the intense crime drama, Clockers (1995). In 1996, Lee directed two movies: the badly received comedy, Girl 6 (1996), and the politically pointed, Get on the Bus (1996), about a group of men going to the Million Man March. His next film, He Got Game (1998), proved to be another excursion into the collegiate world as he shows the darker side of recruiting college athletes. The movie, in limited release, yet again featured Denzel Washington. In 2000 came Bamboozled which made a mockery out of television and the way African-Americans are perceived by white America and the way African-Americans perceive themselves. The movie, however, was a resounding critical success. Lee also has produced films like New Jersey Drive (1995), Tales from the Hood (1995), and Drop Squad (1994). He also has produced and or directed movies about Huey P. Newton, Jim Brown, and has commented in many documentaries about varied subjects. With pointed political messages, insightful, different and intelligent films, Spike Lee has become a well known political presence. He looks likely to have further success in the film business. Lee is an obsessive New York Knicks fan. He and his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, have two children.

Filmography

Brooklyn Boheme

2012

As Himself

Street Fight

2005

As Self

Mo' Better Blues

1990

As Giant

Bad 25

2012

As Self

Birth of a Movement

2017

As Self

Farewell, Babylon!

1993

As self

Seen It All

0000

As Mars Blackmon

Be Truly Free

2017

As Narrator (voice)

Jungle Fever

1991

As Cyrus

Girl 6

1996

As Jimmy

Decade

1989

As Himself

She's Gotta Have It

1986

As Mars Blackmon

Malcolm X

1992

As Shorty

When We Were Kings

1996

As Himself

Guest

2011

As Himself

First Works

1989

As

Hoop Dreams

1994

As Himself

The Last Party

1993

As Self

Do the Right Thing

1989

As Mookie

The Universal Story

1996

As Self (archive footage)

Lonely in America

1990

As Himself

School Daze

1988

As Darrell 'Half-Pint' Dunlap

Lisa Picard Is Famous

2000

As Spike Lee

Kobe Doin' Work

2009

As himself

Red Hook Summer

2012

As Mr. Mookie

Crooklyn

1994

As Snuffy

A Man's Story

2011

As Self

Champs

2015

As Himself

PoliWood

2009

As Self

3 A.M.

2001

As Filmmaker

Summer of Sam

1999

As John Jeffries

Clockers

1995

As Chucky

A Century of Cinema

1994

As Self

4 Little Girls

1997

As Interviewer (voice) (uncredited)

Production

Genesis: Come Rain or Shine

2008

As Camera Operator

Una Noche

2012

As Presenter

Stop

2015

As Thanks

Inside Man

2006

As Director

25th Hour

2002

As Director

Jungle Fever

1991

As Director

Malcolm X

1992

As Director

Summer of Sam

1999

As Director

Clockers

1995

As Director

She Hate Me

2004

As Director

Kobe Doin' Work

2009

As Director

Passing Strange

2009

As Director

A Huey P. Newton Story

2001

As Director

Bamboozled

2000

As Director

Miracle at St. Anna

2008

As Director

He Got Game

1998

As Director

Jim Brown: All-American

2002

As Director

4 Little Girls

1997

As Director

Crooklyn

1994

As Director

She's Gotta Have It

1986

As Director

Mo' Better Blues

1990

As Director

School Daze

1988

As Director

John Leguizamo: Freak

1998

As Director

Girl 6

1996

As Director

Sucker Free City

2004

As Director

Lumière and Company

1995

As Director

Get on the Bus

1996

As Director

Red Hook Summer

2012

As Director

Oldboy

2013

As Director

Bad 25

2012

As Director

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

2014

As Director

Throw Like A Girl

2014

As Director

Chi-Raq

2015

As Director

Rodney King

2017

As Director

I Can't Breathe

2014

As Director

BlacKkKlansman

2018

As Director

Pass Over

2018

As Director

2 Fists Up

2016

As Director

Land of the Free

2019

As Director

Da 5 Bloods

2020

As Director

Prince of Cats

0000

As Director

Come Rain or Come Shine

2001

As Director

Do the Right Thing

1989

As Director

New York New York

2020

As Director

The Answer

1980

As Director

Sarah

1981

As Director

Horn of Plenty

1986

As Director

Jesus Children of America

2005

As Director

Be Truly Free

2017

As Director

Untitled Viagra Musical

0000

As Director

Seen It All

0000

As Director

She's Gotta Have It

1986

As Editor

Do the Right Thing

1989

As Producer

25th Hour

2002

As Producer

Jungle Fever

1991

As Producer

Kobe Doin' Work

2009

As Producer

He Got Game

1998

As Producer

Jim Brown: All-American

2002

As Producer

4 Little Girls

1997

As Producer

Love & Basketball

2000

As Producer

You're Nobody 'til Somebody Kills You

2012

As Executive Producer

Oldboy

2013

As Producer

Dirty Hands

2014

As Executive Producer

Miracle at St. Anna

2008

As Producer

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

2014

As Producer

Drop Squad

1994

As Executive Producer

School Daze

1988

As Producer

Tales from the Hood

1995

As Executive Producer

The Girl Is in Trouble

2015

As Executive Producer

Summer of Sam

1999

As Producer

Malcolm X

1992

As Producer

3 A.M.

2001

As Producer

3 A.M.

2001

As Co-Executive Producer

She's Gotta Have It

1986

As Producer

Chi-Raq

2015

As Producer

Rodney King

2017

As Producer

Bamboozled

2000

As Producer

Mo' Better Blues

1990

As Producer

Clockers

1995

As Producer

Pariah

2011

As Executive Producer

BlacKkKlansman

2018

As Producer

2 Fists Up

2016

As Producer

Crooklyn

1994

As Producer

Tales from the Hood 2

2018

As Executive Producer

The Black 14

2018

As Executive Producer

Da 5 Bloods

2020

As Producer

See You Yesterday

2019

As Producer

Girl 6

1996

As Producer

Amazing Grace

2018

As Producer

Saint John of Las Vegas

2010

As Executive Producer

David Byrne's American Utopia

2020

As Executive Producer

She Hate Me

2004

As Producer

Evolution of a Criminal

2014

As Executive Producer

Cronies

2015

As Executive Producer

Doubles with Slight Pepper

2011

As Executive Producer

Nigerian Prince

2018

As Executive Producer

Touched with Fire

2016

As Executive Producer

New Jersey Drive

1995

As Executive Producer

The Best Man

1999

As Producer

Home Invaders

2001

As Executive Producer

Good Fences

2003

As Executive Producer

Time 2 Surrender

2018

As Executive Producer

Cherish

2018

As Executive Producer

Get on the Bus

1996

As Executive Producer

Son of the South

2021

As Executive Producer

Tales from the Hood 3

2020

As Executive Producer

Untitled Viagra Musical

0000

As Producer

You Resemble Me

2021

As Executive Producer

Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth

2013

As Executive Producer

Do the Right Thing

1989

As Screenplay

Malcolm X

1992

As Screenplay

Summer of Sam

1999

As Screenplay

Clockers

1995

As Screenplay

He Got Game

1998

As Screenplay

She's Gotta Have It

1986

As Writer

Mo' Better Blues

1990

As Writer

School Daze

1988

As Writer

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

2014

As Screenplay

Chi-Raq

2015

As Writer

Red Hook Summer

2012

As Screenplay

Bamboozled

2000

As Screenplay

BlacKkKlansman

2018

As Screenplay

She Hate Me

2004

As Screenplay

I Can't Breathe

2014

As Writer

Crooklyn

1994

As Screenplay

4 Little Girls

1997

As Writer

Prince of Cats

0000

As Screenplay

Horn of Plenty

1986

As Writer

Jungle Fever

1991

As Writer

Da 5 Bloods

2020

As Writer

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