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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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 2022 Nike: Seen It All (Video short)
 2021 NYC Epicenters 9/11-2021½ (TV Mini Series documentary) (4 episodes)
- Episode 4 (2021)
- Episode 3 (2021)
- Episode 2 (2021)
- Episode 1 (2021)
 2020 David Byrne's American Utopia (Documentary)
 2020 Da 5 Bloods
 2020 New York New York (Short)
 2019 Coach: Words Matter (Video short)
 2019/V Impact (Documentary short) (directed by)
 2019 The Killers: Land of the Free (Music Video short)
 2018 Pass Over
 2017 Rodney King (TV Special)
 2015-2016 Spike Lee's Lil Joints (TV Series documentary) (2 episodes)
- 2 Fists Up (2016)
 2016 Wake Up (Video short)
 2015 Kevon Carter: We Gotta Do Better (Music Video)
 2015 Chi-Raq
 2015 NBA 2K16 (Video Game)
 2015 Andra Day: Forever Mine (Music Video short)
 2014 Go Brasil Go! (Documentary)
 2014 Mo'ne Davis: I Throw Like a Girl (Documentary short)
 2014 Jerrod Carmichael: Love at the Store (TV Special documentary)
 2014 Kelly Rowland: The Game (Music Video)
 2013 Seu Jorge: Arena Brasileira (Music Video)
 2013 Oldboy
 2012 Bad 25 (Documentary)
 2011 Da Brick (TV Movie)
 2010 If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise (TV Mini Series documentary) (2 episodes)
- Episode #1.2 (2010)
- Episode #1.1 (2010)
 2009 Michael Jackson: This Is It (Music Video)
 2009 Kobe Doin' Work (TV Movie documentary)
 2009 Passing Strange (Documentary)
 1998-2009 Great Performances (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Passing Strange (2009)
 2007 M.O.N.Y. (TV Movie)
 2007 Lovers & Haters (Short)
 2006 Shark (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (2006)
 2006 When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (TV Mini Series documentary) (2 episodes)
- Part Two (2006)
- Part One (2006)
 2006 Inside Man
 2005 All the Invisible Children (segment "Jesus Children of America")
 2005 Jesus Children of America (Short)
 2005 Miracle's Boys (TV Mini Series) (2 episodes)
- Bond of Brothers (2005)
- New Charlie (2005)
 2004 Sucker Free City (TV Movie)
 2004 She Hate Me
 2002 25th Hour
 2002 Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (segment "We Wuz Robbed")
 2002 Jim Brown: All American (TV Movie documentary)
 2001 Come Rain or Come Shine (Documentary short)
 2001 The Concert for New York City (TV Special documentary) (segment "Come Rain or Come Shine")
 2001 A Huey P. Newton Story (TV Movie documentary)
 2001 The Making of 'Bamboozled' (Video documentary)
 2000 Mau Maus: Blak Iz Blak (Music Video)
 2000 Un matin partout dans le monde (TV Short)
 2000 Bamboozled
 2000 The Original Kings of Comedy (Documentary)
 2000 And Ya Don't Stop: Hip Hop's Greatest Videos, Vol. 1 (Video) (video "Fight the Power")
 1999 Summer of Sam
 1998 John Leguizamo: Freak (TV Special)
 1998 He Got Game
 1997 Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film - Volume II (Video) (video "They Don't Care About Us")
 1997 4 Little Girls (Documentary)
 1996 Girl 6
 1995 Bruce Hornsby: Swing Street (Music Video)
 1995 Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Coach/The Longest Season/The Money Trail (1995) ... (segment "Coach")
 1995 Lumière and Company (Documentary)
 1995 Clockers
 1995 Crooklyn Dodgers: Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers (Music Video) (directed by)
 1995 M.C.A.T: Oh! My Precious! (Music Video)
 1994 Crooklyn
 1994 Crooklyn Dodgers: Crooklyn (Music Video)
 1993 Bruce Hornsby: Talk of the Town (Music Video)
 1993 Eros Ramazzotti: Cose della vita (Music Video)
 1993 Guru Feat. Donald Byrd: Loungin' (Music Video short)
 1993 Arrested Development: Revolution (Music Video)
 1993 Naughty by Nature: Hip Hop Hooray (Music Video)
 1992 Lonette McKee: Watch the Birds (Music Video)
 1992 Malcolm X
 1991 Beating Heart by State of Art (Music Video)
 1991 Fishbone: Sunless Saturday (Music Video)
 1991 State of Art: Understanding (Music Video short)
 1991 Stevie Wonder: Gotta Have You (Music Video short)
 1991 Stevie Wonder: Jungle Fever (Music Video short)
 1991 The Homeboy Project: Do Your Dance (Music Video)
 1991 Jungle Fever
 1990 Cynda Williams: Harlem Blues (Music Video short)
 1990 Gang Starr: Jazz Thing (Music Video)
 1990 Tracy Chapman: Born to Fight (Music Video)
 1989 Perri: Feel So Good (Music Video)
 1989 Public Enemy: Fight the Power (Music Video)
 1989 Do the Right Thing (directed by)
 1989 Experience Unlimited: Buck Wild (Music Video)
 1988 Keith John: I Can Only Be Me (Music Video)
 1988 Phyllis Hyman: Be One (Music Video short)
 1988 Steel Pulse: Reachin Out (Music Video short)
 1988 The Rays: Be Alone Tonight (Music Video short)
 1988 Experience Unlimited: Da Butt (Music Video)
 1988 School Daze (directed by)
 1987 Anita Baker: No One in the World (Music Video short)
 1986 Branford Marsalis: Royal Gardens (Music Video short)
 1986 Horn of Plenty (TV Short)
 1986 Miles Davis: Tutu (Version 1) (Music Video short)
 1986 She's Gotta Have It: Nola (Music Video short)
 1982/II Sarah (Short)
 1980 The Answer (Short)
 1979 Last Hustle in Brooklyn (Short)
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Alternate Names:

Shelton J. Lee | Shelton Lee | Spike


5' 7" (1.7 m)


Tonya Lewis Lee  (2 children)


Satchel Lee | See more »


Bill Lee | Lee, Jacquelyn


Malcolm D. Lee (cousin) | See more »

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Personal Quote:

[2018 interview, on the 1989 Cannes Film Festival, when Do the Right Thing (1989) lost the Palme d'Or to Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)] Sally Field and the late, great Hector Babenco, who directed one of my most favorite films, Pixote (1980), they told me that it was Wenders [Wim Wenders] that did it. He was not letting it happen. He just lied again at Cannes this year and said jury presidents ... See more »


Big New York Knicks fan: Has courtside seats for all games. Partially responsible for the "off colored" baseball caps, as he started wearing a red Yankees cap during the 1996 World Series. See more »


Often wears New York Knicks apparel head to toe, including while directing See more »

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