Spike Lee en American film director, producer, writer, and actor noted for his films dealing with controversial social and political issues. He also teaches film at New York University and Columbia University. His production company, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 films since 1983.
1986, Spike Lee made the film, She's Gotta Have It (1986), a comedy about sexual relationships. Since then, Lee has become a well-known, intelligent, and talented film maker. With School Daze (1988) in profit, Lee went on to do his landmark film, Do the Right Thing (1989), a movie specifically about his own town in Brooklyn
Lee's films are characterized by racial topics often provoke controversy.
In 1990, he produced Better Blues (1990), the first of many Spike Lee films to feature Denzel Washington.
His next film, Jungle Fever (1991), was about interracial dating. Lee's handling of the subject proved yet again highly controversial although it did not quite arouse the debate that similar earlier films did, such as Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967). Lee's next film was the self-titled biography of Malcolm X (1992), which had Denzel Washington portraying the civil rights leader. The movie was a success, and resulted in an Oscar nomination for Washington.
In the nineties, he went on to make among others Crooklyn, Clockers (1995). Girl 6 (1996), Get on the Bus (1996), and He Got Game (1998).
in 2000, he directed Bamboozled, a film that again caused controversy. The films 25th huor, She Hate Me and Inside man are some of his later well knwon works.
His personal life has become somewhat well known, too. He had a relationship with Halle Berry and started a family with Tonya Lewis Lee, with whom he has two children.
With pointed political messages, insightful, different and intelligent films, Spike Lee has become a well known political presence. He looks likely to have further success in the film business.