Spike Lee
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United States
2019

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Film Director

More than three decades after bursting onto the scene with the indie hit “She’s Gotta Have It,” Lee hit yet another creative high point with “BlacKkKlansman,” the fact-based tale of an African-American cop who infiltrates the KKK. The film earned his first competitive Oscar, for best adapted screenplay, as well as nominations for director (his first since 1989’s “Do the Right Thing”) and best picture. Other recent projects include the 2015 feature “Chi-Raq” and a series adaptation of “She’s Gotta Have It” that ran on Netflix for three seasons (2017-19). His next film, “Da 5 Bloods,” about five African-American vets returning to Vietnam in search of their squad leader’s remains and buried treasure, stars Chadwick Boseman and has been picked up by Netflix.

Career

  • DO THE RIGHT THING
  • MALCOLM X
  • BLACKKKLANSMAN

Education

  • Morehouse College (GA, USA)
  • New York University (NY, USA)

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Danny Aiello: Spike Lee, Mia Farrow, Cher and More Remember ‘Do the Right Thing’ Actor

Danny Aiello: Spike Lee, Mia Farrow, Cher and More Remember ‘Do the Right Thing’ Actor

Following the news that character actor Danny Aiello died on Thursday night, friends and peers of the "Moonstruck" actor shared their remembrances via social media. Aiello -- whose body of work included Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing," "The Purple Rose of Cairo," "Jacob's Ladder," "The Godfather Part II" and Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach" music video -- was 86.Aiello's Academy Award-nominated performance as Salvatore "Sal" Frangione in Lee's 1989 classic was most frequently mentioned; Lee himself led the litany of...

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