Born: 20 March 1957
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia
Best Known As: Outspoken African-American director of Do the Right Thing
Name at birth: Shelton Jackson Lee
Spike Lee made a name for himself in 1986 with the hit independent film She's Gotta Have It, a frank comedy about the many lovers of an independent Brooklyn woman. The film established Lee as a rising young black filmmaker, a rarity at the time, and his skills and independence, along with his outspoken African-American perspective and feisty public persona, kept him in the public eye throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In later films he continued to tell stories with racial themes and New York settings, including the Brooklyn drama Do the Right Thing (1989), the jazz-tinged Mo' Better Blues (1990, with Denzel Washington and Wesley Snipes), the interracial romance Jungle Fever (1993, with Snipes and Anabella Sciorra), the biopic Malcolm X (1992, starring Washington and based in part on the book by Malcolm X and Alex Haley), Summer of Sam (1999, with John Leguizamo) and controversial racial satire Bamboozled (2000, with Mos Def). Lee often appears in his own films, and his She's Gotta Have It character Mars Blackmon, a sports-loving New York nebbish, was resurrected in Nike athletic gear commercials of the 1990s.
Like his fellow filmmaker Woody Allen, Lee is a famous courtside fan of basketball's New York Knicks... Coincidentally, both Lee and Allen have sons named Satchel... Actor Jack Nicholson is similarly a big fan of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers... Spike Lee's production company is titled 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks... Lee often uses veteran actor Ossie Davis in his films.
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