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Also Known As: John Daniel Singleton Died:
Born: January 6, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: director, screenwriter, actor

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After making a huge splash with his debut feature, "Boyz N the Hood" (1991), writer-director John Singleton was hailed as being a bright new talent and perhaps even the next Martin Scorsese. "Boyz" put Singleton on the map when he became both the youngest person and first African-American to be nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards. Full of promise and endless possibilities for his next feature, Singleton's next two films were "Poetic Justice" (1993) and "Higher Learning" (1995), both well-acted and critically praised. Hired for the first time for a studio film, he directed the racially charged "Rosewood" (1997), which also resonated with critics and audiences. Singleton drew a fine performance out of Samuel L. Jackson for the remake of "Shaft" (2000), before returning to South Central for the "Boyz" companion piece, "Baby Boy" (2001). He continued to make critically-acclaimed movies that also spoke to audiences.

After making a huge splash with his debut feature, "Boyz N the Hood" (1991), writer-director John Singleton was hailed as being a bright new talent and perhaps even the next Martin Scorsese. "Boyz" put Singleton on the map when he became both the youngest person and first African-American to be nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards. Full of promise and endless possibilities for his next feature, Singleton's next two films were "Poetic Justice" (1993) and "Higher Learning" (1995), both well-acted and critically praised. Hired for the first time for a studio film, he directed the racially charged "Rosewood" (1997), which also resonated with critics and audiences. Singleton drew a fine performance out of Samuel L. Jackson for the remake of "Shaft" (2000), before returning to South Central for the "Boyz" companion piece, "Baby Boy" (2001). He continued to make critically-acclaimed movies that also spoke to audiences.

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  Abduction (2011)
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  Four Brothers (2005) Director
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  2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) Director
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  Baby Boy (2001) Director
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  Shaft (2000) Director
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  Rosewood (1997) Director
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  Higher Learning (1995) Director
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  Poetic Justice (1993) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Baadasssss! (2003) Detroit J
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 Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) Fireman
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 Who Is Alan Smithee? (2002) Interviewee
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 Stan Lee: The ComiX-MAN! (1995) Interviewee
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1994:
Made a cameo as a firefighter in "Beverly Hills Cop III"
2005:
Produced the indie film "Hustle & Flow," which centers on a pimp-hustler with a mid-life crisis who wants to rap
1995:
Signed two-year, first-look deal with Universal; disolved partnership after eight months in July 1996
2005:
Directed Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese, Garrett Hedlund and André 3000 as brothers out to avenge their mother's murder in the drama "Four Brothers"
2003:
Directed the sequel "2 Fast and 2 Furious"
1997:
Directed "Rosewood"
2001:
Helmed "Baby Boy,"a coming-of-age story of a 20-year-old street hustler with two children by two different women
1995:
Produced, wrote and directed the race-relations drama "Higher Learning"
1997:
Signed exclusive eighteen month development deal with Warner Bros. TV; co-created and directed pilot for proposed series "Crash"
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Signed with Creative Artists Agency while still studying at USC
2011:
Directed first feature film in six years, the action drama "Abduction"; starred Taylor Lautner
2000:
Directed loose remake of "Shaft" with Samuel L Jackson in the title role
1992:
Directed the Michael Jackson music video "Remember the Time"
1993:
Helmed second feature "Poetic Justice," starring Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur
1991:
Became the first black director and the youngest filmmaker to receive Academy Award nomination for Best Direction
1991:
Wrote and directed first feature, "Boyz N the Hood"
2006:
Produced the drama feature "Black Snake Moan," starring Samuel L. Jackson and Christina Ricci
2017:
Created and helmed the series "Snowfall," about the cocaine epidemic of the mid 1980s
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Education

School of Cinema-Television, University of Southern California: Los Angeles, California - 1986

Notes

Singleton was inspired to make films by the motion picture, "Star Wars" (1977). "When I was in high school, somebody told me that the film business was controlled by literary properties, i.e., screenplays. After I heard that I knew that I had to learn how to write, so I did." --John Singleton quoted in the press kit for "Boyz N The Hood" (1991).

"Real acceptance comes when you make a good film and its gets widely accepted as a good film. It's not about the novelty. Of course, there's a lot of new black filmmakers now, but I ain't no fucking novelty. I'm in it for the long haul." --John Singleton to Rolling Stone, September 5, 1991.

"In the late Sixties and early Seventies, everybody was asking questions of themselves and the society around them. So we had films that were serious and tackled issues, and it was profitable to do that because that was in vogue. Then in the Eighties we were told, 'Don't worry, be happy' by our government, and cinema reflected that. Now, they're still trying to tell us that, but we know we've got a lot of problems. Thought went out of vogue in the Eighties, but I think it's coming back." --Singleton in Rolling Stone, September 5, 1991.

He received the USC Black Alumni Association's Eme Award (1992)

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companion:
Tosha Lewis. Born c. 1970; mother of Justice Maya Singleton; he allegedly struck her in dispute over visitation rights; case went to court and Singleton was ordered to make a short film on domestic violence as well as receiving a sentence of three years probation, a fine of $300 and an order to undergo counseling; in September 1999 she filed a lawsuit seeking damages for injuries stemming from a 1992 incident.
companion:
Tyra Banks. Model. No longer together.
wife:
Akosua Busia. Actor, author, screenwriter. Ghanian; born c. 1966; married on October 12, 1996; filed for divorce on April 15, 1997; divorced on June 15, 1997.
companion:
Julie Brown. Producer. Dating in 1997; she claims they had a three-year relationship lasting until sometime in 2000.
companion:
Carmen McLaughlin. Dated in 2000.
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father:
Danny Singleton. Real estate agent, financial planner.
mother:
Shella Ward-Johnson. Sales rep for pharmaceutical company. Never wed Singleton's father; shared custody.
daughter:
Justice Maya Singleton. Born on October 17, 1992; mother, Tosha Lewis.
daughter:
Hadar Singleton. Born on April 3, 1997; mother, Akosua Busia.
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