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Spike Lee at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Spike Lee at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival

Spike Lee (born March 20, 1957) is an American movie director, producer, screenwriter, and actor. He also teaches movie at New York University and Columbia University. Lee has acted in many of his own movies.

Early life

Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee in 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia. His mother was a teacher, and his father was a jazz musician. When Lee was very young, the family moved to live in Brooklyn, New York City. His mother gave him the nickname "Spike".


The first movie Lee directed was She's Gotta Have It. Lee directed the two music videos for Michael Jackson's single "They Don't Care About Us". In 2002 Lee won the Special Award at the BAFTAs.


  • 1986: She's Gotta Have It
  • 1988: School Daze
  • 1989: Do the Right Thing
  • 1990: Mo' Better Blues
  • 1991: Jungle Fever
  • 1992: Malcolm X
  • 1994: Crooklyn
  • 1997: 4 Little Girls
  • 1999: Summer of Sam
  • 2000: Bamboozled
  • 2004: She Hate Me
  • 2006: Inside Man
  • 2006: When the Levees Broke
  • 2008: Miracle at St. Anna
  • 2008: Passing Strange
  • 2009: Kobe Doin' Work
  • 2010: If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise
  • 2012: Red Hook Summer
  • 2012: Bad 25

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