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Lee Daniels gave his parents an early Christmas present when he entered the world on December 24, 1959; unfortunately, the Philadelphia native was to have a difficult relationship with his police officer father who later reacted violently to his son's sexuality. Despite the brutality of his childhood, Lee completed high school and attended ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 30 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Empire
Empire Writer
(2015-2017)
The Paperboy
The Paperboy Writer
(2012)
Precious
Precious Producer
(2009)
Star
Star Writer
(2016-2017)

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  Star (TV Series) (created by - 13 episodes, 2016 - 2017) (written by - 2 episodes, 2016 - 2017)
- Alibi (2017) ... (creator)
- Mama's Boy (2017) ... (creator)
- Black Wherever I Go (2017) ... (creator)
- Infamous (2017) ... (creator)
- New Voices (2017) ... (creator)
  Empire (TV Series) (created by - 49 episodes, 2015 - 2017) (written by - 2 episodes, 2015 - 2016)
- Episode #4.1 (2017) ... (creator)
- Episode #3.18 (2017) ... (creator)
- Episode #3.17 (2017) ... (creator)
- Episode #3.16 (2017) ... (creator)
- Episode #3.15 (2017) ... (creator)
 2012 The Paperboy (screenplay by)
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3 Interviews | 6 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

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Height:

5' 10½" (1.79 m)
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Personal Quote:

I can't embrace anything unless I can identify with the world. I think what made Precious (2009) so true is that, down to the wallpaper, I worked from a snapshot of the room that I grew up in, the hallway I grew up in. I knew exactly where the paint was going to chip from the wall. Whether or not I'll be able to capture that detail and that truth again, I don't know. See more »

Trivia:

Raised twins Clara and Liam, who are biologically his niece and nephew, as his own children since they were three days old in the mid-1990s. They were born to his brother and his girlfriend, and were adopted by Daniels and his then-boyfriend, Billy Hopkins (who is also his casting director). See more »

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Often casts musicians

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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