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Spike Lee

Spike Lee’s profile picture
Net worth 2018: $40 Million
Residence: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Country: United States
BirthDay: 20 March 1957
Sigh: Aries
Height: 1.68 m

Spike Lee was bornon 20 March 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., American. Born as Shelton Jackson Lee, Spike Lee is a renowned film director and actor famous for dealing with controversial issues like racism, politics and urban violence in his films. Known for his candid portrayal of taboo topics, he is a fearless and independent minded man who lets his films do the talking. He has made many movies such as ‘School Daze’, ‘Do the Right Thing’, and ‘Malcolm X’ which not only delivered powerful messages to the audiences, but also established him as one of the most respected directors in Hollywood. The son of a teacher and a jazz musician, he was brought up in a culturally and artistically rich atmosphere. His mother played an important role in kindling his imagination—she often took him to museums, galleries and plays and instilled in the boy a love for African American literature. As a young man he realized that he wanted to make films that celebrated the African culture. He made his debut as a director and actor with ‘She's Gotta Have It’ which was a huge success. Since then he has made numerous other movies that explore the greatness of African American culture. He is also the founder of the production house ‘40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks’ which has produced more than 35 films till date.


$40 Million


Some of his more recent movies include ‘Pariah’ (2011), ‘Bad 25’ (2012), and ‘The Best Man Holiday’ (2013)


He directed a documentary film ‘When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts’ in 2006 about the devastation of New Orleans when the levees failed during Hurricane Katrina


In 2000, he wrote and directed a satire about a televised minstrel show featuring black actors wearing blackface makeup in ‘Bamboozled’


He directed the historical documentary film ‘4 Little Girls’ in 1997


He made a film on the African American activist Malcolm X in 1992


In 1988, he wrote, directed and produced a musical drama ‘School Daze’ which was in part based on the director’s own experiences at Atlanta’s Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University


He turned a director cum actor with the 1986 comedy drama film ‘She’s Gotta Have It’, also starring Tracy Camilla Johns


He had submitted the film ‘Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads’ as his master’s degree thesis at the Tisch School of the Arts in 1983


It was the movie ‘The Deer Hunter’ (1978) which inspired him to become a director


The film was about the murder of four African-American girls in September 1963 in the Baptist Church bombing

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