Shelton Jackson “Spike” Lee aka Spike Lee is an exceptionally famous person who is a renowned film director as well as a producer. Besides, he is also a graceful actor and an impressive writer who has dumbfounded the silver screen by his unique charm. Spike Lee is also the founder of “40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks”, which is an established production house, which has already produced dozens of films over the years. Spike Lee has had innumerable films to his credit and has outshone in every field he has ever tried in. Hence, here is a brief article throwing some light on the early life, biography, career, awards, nomination and net worth of Spike Lee in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Spike Lee was born on the 20th of March in the year 1957, to parents Jacqueline Carroll and William James Edward Lee III, in the Atlanta region of Georgia in the United States. He is known to have completed his schooling from the John Dewey High School. Thereafter, he pursued his higher studies from the Morehouse College. It was at this college where he had released his debut student film entitled as the “Last Hustle In Brooklyn”.
To study further in Mass Communication, he had henceforth got enrolled in the prestigious Clark Atlanta University. Thereafter, Spike Lee had acquired his masters from the Tisch School Of Arts which functioned under the New York University.
Spike Lee had got married to Tonya Lewis in 1993, and the couple is blessed with two pretty children.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Spike Lee had begun his career as a teacher at the prestigious Harvard University in the year 1991. Thereafter, he had soon shifted to the New York University in 1993 where he had completed his masters. In the year 2002, Spike Lee was awarded the position of Artistic Director at the prestigious University.
His debut film as a student was known as the “Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads” which was a result of his solo work. He went on to release his debut feature film entitled as the “She’s Gotta Have It” in the year 1985, which became a huge success and had graced him with an immense fortune. Thereafter, Spike Lee was unstoppable.
Spike Lee had released the award-winning “Do The Right Thing” in the year 1989, as well as “Driving Miss Daisy”. His film “Mo’ Better Blues” released in the year 1990 had however faced several controversies the very year. The controversies did not stop him, and he came up with another award-winning film in the year 1997 entitled “4 Little Girls”.
Spike Lee had won the Academy Honorary Award in 2015, the Time Warner Innovator Award in 2004, the Ossie Davis Award in 2005, the Special Award in 2002, the Best Director Award in 2006 and 2007, the Honorary Cesar in 2003, the Primetime Emmy Award in 1998 and 2007, Gish Prize in 2013, Peabody Awards in 2006 and 2010 and last but not the least, the Student Academy Awards in 1983.
Net Worth & Earnings
The 61-year-old actor cum director has left an imprint which is followed by the growing youths and generation in the present day. His films are mostly centralized on the African exploitation and several other strong causes that had taken over the major population during the 70’s. His fame and sheer dedication in the industry has eventually led to an approximate net worth of Spike Lee to be $50 million.
In 2018, Spike Lee was also awarded the Grand Prix for his latest release entitled “BlacKkKlansman”. His achievements and fame have always encouraged him to excel further and never look behind. Even after encountering several controversies because of his films and the strong messages he had always wanted to portray, Spike Lee has always been unstoppable, and he strived to do so as well.