Spike Lee is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor who has produced over 35 films via the production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, which he established in 1983. The first feature-length film he directed was the low-budget black-and-white comedy-drama film 'She's Gotta Have It' (1986), which kick-started his career with positive reviews. He earned an 'Academy Award' nomination for 'Best Original Screenplay' for his 1989 film 'Do the Right Thing'.
His 1997 historical documentary film '4 Little Girls', which is about the murder of four African-American girls in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, is considered one of his best films and earned him nominations at the 'Academy Award' and 'Emmy Award' as 'Best Documentary'. His filmography consists of a number of critically and commercially successful films such as 'Malcolm X' (1992), 'The Original Kings of Comedy' (2000), '25th Hour' (2002), and 'Inside Man' (2006). However, films like 'Miracle at St. Anna' (2008), 'Oldboy' (2013) and most recently 'Chi-Raq' (2015) were box-office failures.
He has acted in many of the films he directed, including 'She's Gotta Have It', 'Do the Right Thing', 'Mo' Better Blues' (1990), 'Jungle Fever' (1991) and 'Malcolm X'.