More Spike Lee Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for 25th Hour)Spike Lee is one of Hollywood's most important and influential filmmakers. He recently completed the documentary Jim Brown: All- American for HBO and MTV's The Original Kings of Comedy. Previously he directed Bamboozled, which starred Damon Wayans, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Tommy Davidson and Savion Glover, and Summer of Sam, with John Leguizamo and Mira Sorvino.
His other most recent films include Girl 6 and Get on the Bus. These movies follow some of his most critically acclaimed films, Malcolm X Clockers, and Do The Right Thing. In 1986, his debut film, the independently produced comedy, She's Gotta Have It, earned him the Prix de Jeunesse Award at the Cannes Film Festival and set him at the forefront of the Black New Wave in American Cinema.
School Daze his second feature also helped to launch the careers of several young black actors. Lee's timely 1989 film, Do The Right Thing, garnered an Academy Award nomination of Best Original Screenplay and Best Film and Director awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Lee's Jungle Fever, Mo' Better Blues, Clockers and Crooklyn were also critically well received.
In addition to his achievements in feature films, Lee has produced and directed numerous music videos for such diverse artists as Miles Davis, Chaka Khan, Tracy Chapman, Anita Baker, Public Enemy, Bruce Hornsby and Michael Jackson. His other music videos include work for the late Phyliss Hyman, Naughty by Nature and Arrested Development.
Lee's commercial work began in 1988 with his Nike Air Jordan campaign. He has also completed a PSA for UNCF which features Michael Jordan. Lee is also well known for his Levi's Button Fly 501, AT&T and ESPN television commercials. Other commercial ventures include TV spots for Phillips, Nike, American Express, Snapple and Taco Bell, among others. Lee has directed Art Spot Shorts for MTV and a short film featuring Branford Marsalis and Diahnne Abbott for Saturday Night Live. Lee is also involved in documentaries and sport programs, having completed the Emmy- and Oscar-nominated documentary, 4 Little Girls, for HBO and receiving an Emmy award for his piece on John Thompson for HBO/Real Sports. Additionally Lee has authored six books on the making of his films; the fifth book, Five for Five, served as a pictorial reflection of his first five features. He has authored Best Seat in the House with Ralph Wiley. The latest effort is a children's book, Please, Baby, Please, which he co-authored with his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee.
Ever moving into new areas, Lee has combined his extensive creative experience into yet another venture: partnering with DDB Needham, he has created Spike/DDB, a full-service advertising agency.
Bio courtesy Disney for "25th Hour" (27-May-2003)