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.
Lee's movies Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, 4 Little Girls, and She's Gotta Have It were picked by the Library of Congress to be remembered forever in the National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
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|
References[change | change source]
- ↑ Spike Lee biography at filmreference.com
- ↑ "U.S. film registry adds 25 new titles". CNN. November 16, 1999. Retrieved 2022-11-16.
- ↑ Nuckols, Ben (2011-01-03). "Spike Lee's 'Malcolm X' among 25 film registry picks". The Philadelphia Sunday Sun. Associated Press. Retrieved 2022-11-16.
- ↑ "See the 25 Additions to the National Film Registry". Time. Retrieved 2022-11-16.
Other websites[change | change source]
- 1957 births
- Living people
- Actors from Atlanta
- Actors from New York City
- African American actors
- African American movie directors
- African American movie producers
- African-American screenwriters
- American movie actors
- American television directors
- American television producers
- Movie directors from Georgia (U.S. state)
- Movie directors from New York City
- Movie producers from New York City
- Screenwriters from New York City
- Spike Lee
- Writers from Georgia (U.S. state)