Spike Lee Biography (1956?-)

Original name, Shelton Jackson Lee; born March 20, 1956 (some sources cite 1957), in Atlanta, GA; son of William James Edward III (a jazz musician and composer) and Jacqueline (a teacher of arts and black literature; maiden name, Shelton) Lee; brother of Chris Lee (a merchandiser for Spike's Joint), David Lee (a documentary photographer), Joie Lee (an actress and writer; also knownas Joy Lee), and Cinque Lee (an actor and writer); married Tanya Lynette Lewis (a legal professional), October 2, 1993; children: Satchel (daughter), Jackson Lewis. Addresses: Office: Forty Acres and a Mule Filmworks, 124 DeKalb, Suite 2, Brooklyn, NY 11217; 8899 Beverly Blvd., Suite 812, Los Angeles, CA 90048.; Agent: William Morris Agency, 151 South El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.; Publicist: Jackie Bazan, Bazan Entertainment, 330 West 38thSt., Suite 1005, New York, NY 10018.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Director, producer, actor, writer
Birth Details
March 20, 1956?
Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Director
  • Last Hustle in Brooklyn, 1977
  • (And producer, assistant camera operator, and editor) Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads, First Run Pictures, 1980
  • The Answer, 1980
  • Sarah, 1981
  • (As Shelton J. Lee; and producer and editor) She's Gotta Have It,Island Pictures, 1986
  • (And producer; with Monty Ross and Loretha C. Jones) School Daze,Columbia, 1987
  • (And producer; with Ross) Do the Right Thing, Universal, 1989
  • (And producer) Mo' Better Blues, Universal, 1990
  • (And producer; with Ross) Jungle Fever, Universal, 1991
  • (And producer; with Marvin Worth) Malcolm X, Warner Bros., 1992
  • (And producer) Crooklyn (also known as Crooklyn, NY), Universal, 1994
  • (And executive producer) Drop Squad, Gramercy, 1994
  • (And producer) Clockers, Universal, 1995
  • Lumiere and Company (also known as Lumiere et compangnie and Lumiere y compania), Fox Lorber, 1995
  • (And executive producer) Get on the Bus, Columbia, 1996
  • (And producer) Girl 6, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996
  • (And producer) He Got Game, Buena Vista, 1998
  • (And producer) Summer of Sam (also known as The Son of Sam), Buena Vista, 1999
  • (And producer) The Original Kings of Comedy, Paramount, 2000
  • (And producer) Bamboozled, New Line Cinema, 2000
  • (And producer) "We Wuz Robbed," Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (also known as Ten Minutes Older), JVC Entertainment/Matador Pictures/Odyssey Films, 2002
  • (And producer) The 25th Hour, Buena Vista/Walt Disney, 2002
  • (And producer) Rent, Miramax/DreamWorks, 2002
  • Film Work
  • Other
  • Executive producer, New Jersey Drive, Gramercy, 1995
  • Executive producer, Tales from the Hood, Savoy Pictures, 1995
  • Producer, The Best Man, MCA/Universal, 1999
  • (With Sam Kitt) Producer, Love & Basketball, New Line Cinema,2000
  • Executive producer, Home Invaders, Castle Hill, 2000
  • Also affiliated with the unreleased film The Messenger.
  • Film Appearances
  • Mars Blackmon, She's Gotta Have It, Island Pictures, 1986
  • Half Pint, School Daze, Columbia, 1987
  • Mookie, Do the Right Thing, Universal, 1989
  • Lonely in America, Academy Entertainment, 1990
  • Giant, Mo' Better Blues, Universal, 1990
  • Cyrus, Jungle Fever, Universal, 1991
  • Shorty, Malcolm X, Warner Bros., 1992
  • Our Hollywood Education, 1992
  • Himself, Seven Songs for Malcolm X (documentary), Jane Balfour Films, 1993
  • Himself, The Last Party (documentary; also known as Youth for Truth), Triton Pictures, 1993
  • Himself as film director, Hoop Dreams (documentary), Fine Line, 1993
  • World Beat, 1993
  • Snuffy, Crooklyn (also known as Crooklyn, NY), Universal, 1994
  • Appeared in "Gospel Park" commercial, Drop Squad, Gramercy, 1994
  • Chucky, Clockers, Universal, 1995
  • "Sarah Moon" segment, Lumiere and Company (also known as Lumiere et compangnie and Lumiere y compania), Fox Lorber, 1995
  • Jimmy, Girl 6, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996
  • Narrator, When We Were Kings, Gramercy, 1996
  • Reporter John Jeffries, Summer of Sam (also known as The Son ofSam), Buena Vista, 1999
  • Michael Jordan to the Max, Giant Screen Sports, 2000
  • Famous (also known as Lisa Picard Is Famous), First Look Pictures Releasing, 2001
  • The Making and Meaning of "We Are Family" (also known as We AreFamily), 2002
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • R.A.C.E. (also known as Racism), NBC, 1989
  • Decade (also known as MTV's Decade), MTV, 1989
  • The Debbie Allen Special, ABC, 1989
  • Himself, Making "Do the Right Thing," 1989
  • Host, "Spike and Co.: Do It A Cappella" (also known as "A Cappella Do-Wop"), Great Performances, PBS, 1990
  • The New Hollywood, NBC, 1990
  • Racism: Points of View, MTV, 1991
  • The Labor Day Show, PBS, 1991
  • Entertainers '91: The Top 20 of the Year, ABC, 1991
  • A Comedy Salute to Michael Jordan (also known as Los Angeles and Chicago Salute to Michael Jordan), NBC, 1991
  • Host, MTV's 10th Anniversary Special, ABC, 1991
  • Rock the Vote, Fox, 1992
  • Comic Relief V, HBO, 1992
  • Abbey Lincoln, You Gotta Pay the Band, PBS, 1993
  • The Faltering Dream, The Discovery Channel, 1993
  • Hollywood Stars: A Century of Cinema, The Disney Channel, 1995
  • Music in Movies '96, ABC, 1996
  • Interviewer, "Spike Lee Presents Albert Belle," Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, HBO, 1996
  • (Uncredited) Voice of interviewer, 4 Little Girls (documentary), HBO, 1997
  • Movies in Time Special: Summer of Sam, History Channel, 1999
  • I'll Make Me a World: A Century of African-American Arts, PBS, 1999
  • Delroy Lindo on Spike Lee, Independent Film Channel, 1999
  • It's Black Entertainment, Showtime, 2000
  • Canned Ham: The Original Kings of Comedy, Comedy Central, 2000
  • The Making of "Bamboozled," 2001
  • (Uncredited; in archive footage) Himself, Who Is Alan Smithee?, AMC, 2002
  • New York at the Movies, Arts and Entertainment, 2002
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 20th Annual NAACP Image Awards, NBC, 1988
  • The 22nd Annual NAACP Image Awards, NBC, 1990
  • Presenter, The 64th Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1992
  • The Great Ones: The National Sports Awards, NBC, 1993
  • The Essence Awards, Fox, 1994
  • The 10th Essence Awards, Fox, 1997
  • Presenter, Essence Awards 2000, Fox, 2000
  • Presenter, The 2000 Trumpet Awards, TBS, 2000
  • The 10th Annual IFP Gotham Awards, Bravo, 2000
  • Episodic
  • "In Search of the Dream," A & E Premieres, Arts and Entertainment, 1990
  • Yo! MTV Raps, MTV, 1990
  • Special Agent Pete, "Into the Comics: Part 1," Ghostwriter, PBS, c. 1992
  • American Cinema, PBS, 1995
  • The Chris Rock Show, HBO, 1999
  • "The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money," Arena, ABC (Australia), 2000
  • Also appeared in episodes of The Arsenio Hall Show, Inside theActors Studio, Bravo, Firstworks, The Movie Channel, Dialogue with Black Filmmakers, Black Entertainment Television, ABC in Concert, ABC, The O'Reilly Factor, Fox, The Directors, Encore, and Teen Summit.
  • Television Director
  • Movies
  • A Huey P. Newton Story, PBS, 2001
  • Television Work
  • Specials
  • Segment producer, Coca-Cola Pop Music Backstage Pass to Summer, Fox, 1991
  • Segment producer and director, "John Thompson," Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, HBO, 1995
  • Segment producer and director, "Spike Lee Presents Albert Belle," RealSports with Bryant Gumbel, HBO, 1996
  • Segment producer and director, "Curt Flood Story," Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, HBO, 1997
  • Producer and director, 4 Little Girls (documentary), HBO, 1997
  • Director, John Leguizamo: Freak (also known as Freak), HBO,1998
  • Director, Pavarotti and Friends, PBS, 1998
  • Director, Pavarotti & Friends 99 for Guatemala and Kosovo, PBS, 1999
  • Co-executive producer, 3 A.M., Showtime, 2001
  • Segment director, The Concert for New York City, VH1, 2001
  • Producer and director, Jim Brown: All American, HBO, 2002
  • Stage Work
  • Producer, Folks Remembers a Missing Page, off-Broadway production,1991
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • Film-Fest DVD: Issue 2--Cannes, Broadcast DVD, 1999
  • The Directors: Spike Lee (also known as AFI's The Directors: Spike Lee), WinStar Home Entertainment, 2000
  • Music Videos
  • Directed music videos for musicians, including Anita Baker's "No One in the World" (and appeared in it as Mars Blackmon), Fishbone, Michael Jackson, and Prince.
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads, First Run Pictures, 1980
  • The Answer, 1980
  • She's Gotta Have It, Island Pictures, 1986
  • School Daze, Columbia, 1987
  • (And song, "Don't Shoot Me") Do the Right Thing, Universal, 1989
  • (And song, "Pop Top 40") Mo' Better Blues, Universal, 1990
  • Jungle Fever, Universal, 1991
  • Malcolm X, Warner Bros., 1992
  • Crooklyn (also known as Crooklyn, NY), Universal, 1994
  • Clockers, Universal, 1995
  • He Got Game, Buena Vista, 1998
  • Summer of Sam (also known as Son of Sam), Buena Vista, 1999
  • Bamboozled, New Line Cinema, 2000
  • Television Specials
  • "John Thompson," Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, HBO, 1995
  • Books
  • Spike Lee's Gotta Have It: Inside Guerilla Filmmaking, Simon &Schuster (New York City), 1987
  • Uplift the Race: The Construction of "School Daze," Simon & Schuster, 1988
  • Do the Right Thing: A Spike Lee Joint, Fireside (New York City), 1989
  • (With Ralph Wiley) By Any Means Necessary: The Trials and Tribulationsof the Making of "Malcolm X," Hyperion (New York City), 1992
  • (With Ralph Wiley) Best Seat in the House: A Basketball Memoir, Crown (New York City), 1997

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Encyclopedia of World Biography, 2nd edition, Gale, 1998
    • Hardy, James Earl, Spike Lee, introduction by Coretta Scott King,Chelsea House (New York City), 1996
    • Lee, David, Five for Five: The Films of Spike Lee (photographs), 1991
    • Notable Black American Men, Gale, 1998
    Periodicals
    • Advertising Age, June 1, 1998, p. 20
    • American Film, July/August, 1989, p. 22
    • American Historical Review, April, 1993, p. 440
    • Black Talent News, October, 2000, pp. 16-17
    • Cineaste, spring, 2001, p. 4
    • Commentary, August, 1991, p. 50
    • Ebony, October, 1989, p. 140; November, 1991, p. 82; May, 1994, p.28
    • Empire, Issue 46, 1993, pp. 77-80; August, 1997, p. 11
    • Entertainment Weekly, November 27, 1992, p. 26; May 22, 1998, p. 46
    • Essence, August, 1990, p. 54
    • Film Comment, July/August, 1989, p. 12; January/February, 1997, pp. 42-47
    • Film Quarterly, winter, 1993, p. 18
    • Interview, November, 1992, p. 100
    • Jet, October 6, 1997, p. 65; October 5, 1998, p. 33
    • Newsweek, April 22, 1996, p. 75; June 28, 1999, p. 75; October 2,2000, p. 75
    • New York Times, August 9, 1987; June 25, 1989
    • Playboy, July, 1991, pp. 51-68
    • Premiere, August, 1989, p. 78; April, 1990, p. 152; November, 1992, p. 88; October, 1995; October, 1999, pp. 74-77
    • Rolling Stone, July 11, 1991, p. 63
    Other
    • The Directors: Spike Lee (video; also known as AFI's The Directors: Spike Lee), WinStar Home Entertainment, 2000

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