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Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: director, producer, manager

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A prolific black American director who specializes in several TV genres but also works in features, Stan Lathan has had a significant influence on a number of black-themed sitcoms including "Sanford and Son", "Amen", "Frank's Place", "True Colors", "Roc", "Martin", "South Central", "Moesha" and "The Steve Harvey Show". He entered the industry in the 1960s through public TV as a director of educational and public affairs programs. Lathan was a director during the early days of "Sesame Street" and made a notable impact as a producer on "Black Journal".

A prolific black American director who specializes in several TV genres but also works in features, Stan Lathan has had a significant influence on a number of black-themed sitcoms including "Sanford and Son", "Amen", "Frank's Place", "True Colors", "Roc", "Martin", "South Central", "Moesha" and "The Steve Harvey Show". He entered the industry in the 1960s through public TV as a director of educational and public affairs programs. Lathan was a director during the early days of "Sesame Street" and made a notable impact as a producer on "Black Journal".

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  Child Saver, The (1988) Director
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  Uncle Tom's Cabin (1987) Director
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  Beat Street (1984) Director
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  Richard Pryor Here and Now (1983) 2nd Unit Director (2nd Unit)
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  Amazing Grace (1974) Director
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  Save the Children (1973) Director
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1965:
Began his career at age 21 as the director of "Say, Brother", a weekly magazine show, produced by Boston's PBS affiliate, WBGH-TV (date approximate)
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Moved to New York City
1969:
Directed segments of "Sesame Street" (PBS)
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Produced documentaries for "Black Journal" on PBS
1973:
Feature debut as director of "Save the Children", a music documentary of the 1972 exposition in Chicago held by Jesse Jackson's Operation PUSH
1974:
Directed "Amazing Grace", the only film to star comedian Moms Mabley
1975:
Directed multiple episodes of the NBC sitcom "Sanford and Son"
1984:
Directed the feature, "Beat Street", a trendy musical featuring breakdancing and rapping
1984:
Helmed the adaptation of James Baldwin's "Go Tell It on the Mountain" for PBS' "American Playhouse"
1984:
Directed "Booker", a biopic for young people about the young Booker T. Washington for "Wonderworks" (PBS)
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Helmed episodes of NBC's award-winning police drama "Hill Street Blues"
1986:
Directed the premiere and subsequent episodes of the popular NBC sitcom "Amen" starring Sherman Hemsley
1987:
Directed the Showtime adaptation of Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
1990:
Directed the pilot and premiere episodes of "True Colors", a Fox sitcom about an interracial family
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Became the primary director of "Roc", the Fox sitcom starring Charles S. Dutton
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Executive produced and directed "Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam" (HBO)
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Directed the premiere and subsequent first season episodes of "Martin", a Fox sitcom starring Martin Lawrence
1994:
Helmed the pilot and multiple episodes of the acclaimed, but sjort-lived Fox sitcom "South Central"
1996:
Directed the pilot and subsequent episodes of "Moesha" (UPN), starring Brandy
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Directed the pilot for The WB sitcom "The Steve Harvey Show"; executive produced and directed all subsequent episodes
1999:
Directed the pilot for the UPN spin-off sitcom "Mo'Nique"
2002:
Directed the award-winning HBO series "Def Poetry Jam"
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Notes

Lathan received an Emmy nomination (with fellow producer Phil Burton and executive producer Tony Brown) for Outstanding Achievement in Magazine Type Programming (1970/71) for "Black Journal".

Lathan, along with partner Russell Simmons, co-chairs SLBG Entertainment, a talent management and production company that is a co-venture with Brillstein-Grey Entertainment. SLBG produced "Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam", HBO's cutting edge stand-up comedy series, which Lathan also directed.

He is also co-chairman of DEF Pictures, a subsidiary of Polygram Filmed Entertainment

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wife:
Eleanor McCoy. Dancer. Divorced; mother of Sanaa.

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step-son:
Tendaji. Born c. 1972.
daughter:
Sanaa Lathan. Actor. Born on September 19, 1973.
daughter:
Liliane Lathan. Born c. 1984.
daughter:
Ariel Lathan. Born c. 1985.
daughter:
Colette Lathan. Born c. 1997.
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