Spike Lee: Do you know, do you know, do you know?

SOME FACTS ABOUT RENOWNED FILM DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, WRITER, ACTOR AND SUPER KNICKS FAN SPIKE LEE:

    • Spike was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957 in Atlanta, GA, but his family moved to Brooklyn, NY when he was a child.
    • His mother gave him the nickname “Spike.”
    • Spike attended Morehouse College in Atlanta and graduated with a BA in Mass Communication, and later received a Masters in Fine Arts in Film & Television from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
    • While in college, his thesis film Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads won a Student Academy Award for Best Drama in 1983.
    • Lee founded his own production company called 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks  in 1986.
    • Lee’s first feature film was 1986’s She’s Gotta Have It, which he wrote and directed. The film had an estimated budget of $175,000, and it grossed more than $7 million at the U.S. box office.
    • Spike followed up the success of She’s Gotta Have It  with 1988’s School Daze, which had an estimated budget of $6.5 million.
    • His next work, 1989’s Do the Right Thing was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
    • In the 1990s, Lee directed nine feature films: Mo’ Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, Crooklyn, Clockers, Girl 6, Get on the Bus, He Got Game and Summer of Sam.
    • Also in the 90s, Spike played Mars Blackmon alongside Michael Jordan in the widely popular Nike Air Jordan commercials.
    • Spike was again nominated for an Academy Award in 1998 for Best Documentary for 4 Little Girls.
    • During the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals between New York and Indiana at The Garden, Spike and Pacers star Reggie Miller exchanged taunts that made headlines and was eventually featured in ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary, Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The NY Knicks.
    • In 1998, he blended his loves of basketball and film with the movie He Got Game, starring NBA star Ray Allen.
    • He directed a short film called Come Rain or Come Shine  that was part of The Concert for New York City held at Madison Square Garden in 2001.
    • The 2002 film 25th Hour, in which Lee directed, was the first feature film to show Ground Zero post-9/11.
    • Spike’s highest grossing film was the 2006 crime thriller Inside Man, which made more than $85 million at the box office.
    • Lee has acted in 13 movies, and even played himself in the movie Famous.
    • He and his wife Tonya have two children, a daughter Satchel and a son Jackson.
    • Since 2002, Spike has been the Artistic Director of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has taught classes at the University.
    • In 2009 he made the TV documentary Kobe Doin’ Work about Lakers star Kobe Bryant.
    • Lee teamed up with Mike Tyson in 2013 to direct the boxing legend in the one-man Broadway show Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth.
    • In January of 2014, Spike began hosting “Spike Lee’s Best Seat in the House” on SiriusXM NBA Radio.
    • Spike is also no stranger to MSG Network as he has appeared in two seasons of the show, The Lineup, discussing the best sports films and best New York movies.
    • Lee was voted by users of msg.com as New York’s Biggest Celebrity fan as seen on the show The Bracket.
    • Spike has more than 600,000 followers on Twitter and more than 300,000 likes on Facebook.