Spike Lee Biography
Shelton Jackson Lee who is famously known for his professional name Spike Lee is an American actor, director, writer and also a producer. He owns a production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks. He has worked since 1983 and has produced more than 35 movies. He was born on the 20th of March in the year of 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia. He got his name Spike as his mother nicknamed him. He then attended John Dewey High School which is situated in Brooklyn. He then got enrolled in Morehouse College which was a black college and also got to make his first film which was titled Last Hustle in Brooklyn. Lee took his film classes at the Clark Atlanta University and also graduated with BA in Mass Communication from the Morehouse. He completed his graduate work at the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and achieved Master of Fine Arts in the Film & Television.
He started off his career with his production on his first feature movie titled She’s Gotta Have It. He shot the movie in just two weeks with the budget of $175000 and was released in the year of 1986. The movie grossed over $7000000 at the U.S box office. Then in the year of 1989 his movie Do The Right Thing got to be nominated for the Academy Award for the Best Original Screenplay. The movie was released in the same year. Then in the same year his another movie Driving Miss Daisy also won the Best Picture. Then in the year 1990 he released Mo’ Better Blues and that movie was criticized with the accusation of anti-Semitism. Lee defended himself by saying the characters in the movie showed the struggle of the black people at that time. He then made a documentary movie in the year 1997 which was named 4 Little Girls which was about the children who was killed in the bombing done at the 16th Street Baptist Church. The incident had happened in the year 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama and the movie was nominated for the Best Feature Documentary Academy Award.
Spike Lee was honored with the San Francisco Film Society’s Directing Award which was conducted by the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival on the 2nd of May in the year of 2007. He then received the 2008 Wexner Prize and in the year of 2013 he achieved The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize. The prize is considered as one of the richest prizes in the American arts which is worth $300,000. He also worked for the commercial advertisings where he had once directed Levi’s 501 button fly jeans in the mid 90’s. he was also called up by Nike in order to direct their commercials. As he had got the marketing hands from the 40 Acres and Mule he had done different commercials of different brands including Jaguar, Converse, Taco Bell as well as Ben & Jerry’s.
Talking about his personal life he got married to attorney Tonya Lewis. The couple got their first child and named her Satchel in the year 1994 on the month of December. They’ve also got a son in the year 1997 and named him Jackson. In the year of 2003 he made an injunction for the Spike TV, which had his nickname. He made a comment that because of his fame the viewers and his audiences might think that he is associated with the television channel. He has his own working office in Fort Greene, Brooklyn while he and his family live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. There had also been some controversies which is related to him.