Full Name: Spike Lee [Shelton Jackson Lee]
Why Famous: American film director whose production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 films since 1983. His movies have examined race relations, colourism in the black community, the role of media in contemporary life, urban crime and poverty, and other political issues.
Lee's most famous works include "Do the Right Thing" (1989), the biopic "Malcolm X" (1992) and the documentary "When the Levees Broke" (2006) which won 3 Emmys and a Peabody Award.
- 1993-10-02 Filmmaker Spike Lee weds attorney Tonya Lewis
- 1989-05-19 "Do the Right Thing", directed by Spike Lee, starring Danny Aiello and Ossie Davis premieres at the Cannes Film Festival
- 1992-11-18 "Malcolm X" film directed by Spike Lee starring Denzel Washington and Angela Bassett is released in the US
- 2016-08-16 "When the Levees Broke" documentary directed by Spike Lee, of effects of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans, premieres at New Orleans Arena