Spike Lee Biography

Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing

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Released: June 30, 1989
Director: Spike Lee
Producer: Spike Lee
Studio: Universal Pictures
Cast: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Spike Lee, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, John Savage, Rosie Perez
Genre: Comedy
Length: 120 minutes
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Spike Lee Biography

SPIKE LEE

Date of Birth: March 20, 1957

Born in Atlanta, this talented yet controversial filmmaker was raised in Brooklyn, New York. He returned to his birthplace to study communications at Atlanta's Morehouse College where he first developed an interest in cinema. After graduation, he enrolled in New York University's film school, where his masters thesis film, Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads won the Student Award of the Motion Picture Academy.

Lee's films are characterized by their exploration of the nature of racism and the social struggles of African Americans. Unable to obtain funding for his early movies, he is critical of Hollywood's attitude towards black filmmakers—creating a cycle of lost opportunity for the major studios and Oscar shut-outs for Lee, though he did receive nominations for Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X and 4 Little Girls. In 2016, he received an Honorary Award from the Academy Awards.

His most recent film, BlacKkKlansman (2018), has gotten some of the best reviews of the director's career. The dark comedy won the Grand Prize of the Jury at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. It also earned him Best Director nominations at the Golden Globes and Academy Awards. Although he didn't win for Best Director, Spike did take home his first Academy Award in the Best Adapted Screenplay category.

That Lee is one of the most influential filmmakers of his time is not only a credit to craft, but to his determination as well. "There are some people who think my number one interest in doing films," says Lee, "is dealing with race issues in this country. That's very important to me, but I don't think I make any one type of film."

Spike has a daughter and a son with his wife, producer Tonya Lewis Lee.

Filmography (director):

BlacKkKlansman (2018)
Miracle at St. Anna (2008)
Inside Man (2006)
All the Invisible Children (2005)
Jesus Children of America (2005)
She Hate Me (2004)
25th Hour (2002)
Bamboozled (2000)
The Original Kings of Comedy (2000)
Summer of Sam (1999)
He Got Game (1998)
4 Little Girls (1997)
Get on the Bus (1996)
Girl 6 (1996)
Lumière and Company (1995)
Clockers (1995)
Crooklyn (1994)
Malcolm X (1992)
Jungle Fever (1991)
Mo' Better Blues (1990)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
School Daze (1988)
She's Gotta Have It (1986)
Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983)
Sarah (1981)
The Answer (1980)
Last Hustle in Brooklyn (1977)

Filmography (actor):

3 A.M. (2001)
Summer of Sam (1999)
He Got Game (1998)
4 Little Girls (1997)
Get on the Bus (1996)
Girl 6 (1996)
New Jersey Drive (1995)
Tales from the Hood (1995)
Clockers (1995)
Hoop Dreams (1994)
Backbeat (1994)
Crooklyn (1994)
D.R.O.P. Squad (1994)
The Last Party (1993)
Seven Songs for Malcolm X (1993)
Malcolm X (1992)
Fishbone: The Reality of My Surroundings (1991)
Jungle Fever (1991)
Lonely in America (1991)
Mo' Better Blues (1990)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
School Daze (1988)
She's Gotta Have It (1986)
Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983)


Filmography

Director BlacKkKlansman (2018)
Director Chi-Raq (2016)
Director Oldboy (2013)
Director Bad 25 (2012)
Director Jungle Fever (2009)
Director Mo' Better Blues (2009)
Director School Daze (2009)
Director She's Gotta Have It (2009)
Director Inside Man (2006)
Director Malcolm X (2005)
Director She Hate Me (2004)
Producer She Hate Me (2004)
Director 25th Hour (2002)
Producer 25th Hour (2002)
Director Bamboozled (2000)
Producer Bamboozled (2000)
Producer Love & Basketball (2000)
Producer The Best Man (1999)
Director Summer Of Sam (1999)
Producer Summer Of Sam (1999)
Director He Got Game (1998)
Director Do the Right Thing (1989)
Producer Do the Right Thing (1989)
Director Passing Strange (0)
Director Red Hook Summer (0)