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Spike Lee


Spike Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York. Lee came from artistic, education-grounded background; his father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a schoolteacher. He attended school in Morehouse College in Atlanta and developed ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 44 wins & 63 nominations. See more awards »

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Malcolm X
Malcolm X Director
(1992)
Inside Man
Inside Man Director
(2006)
Do the Right Thing
(1989)
25th Hour
25th Hour Director
(2002)

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 2015 Chi-Raq
 2013 Oldboy
 2006 Inside Man
 2005 All the Invisible Children (segment "Jesus Children of America")
 2004 She Hate Me
 2002 25th Hour
 2002 Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (segment "We Wuz Robbed")
 2000 Bamboozled
 1999 Summer of Sam
 1998 He Got Game
 1996 Girl 6
 1995 Clockers
 1994 Crooklyn
 1992 Malcolm X
 1991 Jungle Fever
 1988 School Daze
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Other Works:

(19880 author of article, "Class Act in January/February 1988 issue of "American Film." See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 18 Interviews | 31 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Shelton J. Lee | Shelton Lee

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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You just have to be on good terms with the actors and talk stuff out beforehand. A perfect example is She Hate Me - I had many different discussions with many different women, and also with [the actor] Anthony Mackie, so they knew. And this was before they even agreed to do the film. But actors want to know - 'Here, it says they make love. What type of acts are we talking about? What's going to ... See more »

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Mentioned in the song "Light My Candle" from Jonathan Larson's musical Rent. He was also considered to direct the movie version of Rent before Chris Colubus was chosen. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently uses a technique he calls the "double dolly." This is where the camera and the subject are placed on a dolly and pushed through the scene. This makes the subject look like they are floating or gliding. See more »

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