Biography and Career:
Spike Lee (real name Shelton Jackson Lee) was born in 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia. His father was a jazz musician and his mother taught in a school. At a very early age, Spike shifted to Brooklyn with his family. It was there that Spike was influenced for his future career.
"Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads", the thesis film of Spike Lee earned him the attention of the producers. After that, he directed, as well as acted in the movie "She's Gotta Have It". His character, Mars Blackman, became quite famous and, later on, Spike appeared in a number of TV advertisements in the role of Blackman.
Then, Spike Lee wrote, directed and acted in the movie "Do the Right Thing" (1989) about a Brooklyn neighbourhood suffering from racism. Actor
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He didn't go out to mainstream Hollywood movies, but insisted on making movies that reflected his thoughts and ideals. This attitude resulted in movies like "Mo' Better Blues" (1990) and "Malcolm X". Spike Lee didn't care about the failure of these movies in the box office as long as they told the story he wanted to say.
His next movies, "Bamboozled" and "Girl 6" had a high political content. The audience did not like this and his next movie "She Hate Me" (2004) suffered huge financial loss and high criticism.
Spike Lee decided to add some Hollywood spice in his next movie "Inside Man" (2006). It became a hit and earned around 90 million USD.
But he didn't go far from his political thoughts. In the four-episode series on HBO, named "When the Levees Break", he criticized the government for the poor reaction to the Hurricane Katrina.
2008 saw him working on "Miracle at St. Anna", a drama based on the World War II. He also made a documentary on Michael Jordan
and began working on the 2nd part of "Inside Man".
Why is he famous?
Spike Lee is famous as a highly renowned director in Hollywood. His profile includes movies like "Inside Man" (2006).
Here is one of his famous quotes:
"What's the difference between Hollywood characters and my characters? Mine are real."
- Spike Lee
- 5' 5" (165 cm) height.
Being born on Mar 26, Spike is an Aries.
Spike Lee attended the BA Mass Communications, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA (1979) MFA Film Production, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.
Spike dated Veronica Webb and amongst other amorous encounters was Tanya Lynette Lewis.
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