Spike Lee (born March 20, 1957) is an American movie director, producer, screenwriter, and actor. He also teaches movie at New York University and Columbia University. Lee has acted in many of his own movies.
Early life[change | change source]
Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee in 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia. His mother was a teacher, and his father was a jazz musician. When Lee was very young, the family moved to live in Brooklyn, New York City. His mother gave him the nickname "Spike".
Career[change | change source]
The first movie Lee directed was She's Gotta Have It. Lee directed the two music videos for Michael Jackson's single "They Don't Care About Us". In 2002 Lee won the Special Award at the BAFTAs.
Films[change | change source]
Acting roles[change | change source]
|1986||She's Gotta Have It||Mars Blackmon|
|1989||Do the Right Thing||Mookie|
|1990||Mo' Better Blues||Giant|
|Lonely in America||Himself|
|1999||Summer of Sam||John Jeffries|
|2000||Lisa Picard Is Famous||Himself|
|2012||Red Hook Summer||Mookie|