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Also Known As: Reginald Bythewood, Reggie Bythewood Died:
Born: July 7, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: director, screenwriter, actor, playwright, producer, ice cream parlor worker, construction worker

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An African-American writer for film and television who started out in the business as an actor, Reggie Rock Bythewood went from teen star on NBC's "Another World" (in a 1981-1983 role) to big screen success, penning the screenplay for the Spike Lee-directed Million Man March dramatization "Get on the Bus" (1996). Racking up other acting roles before he switched to behind-the-scenes pursuits, Bythewood was featured in John Sayles' "The Brother From Another Planet" and "Exterminator 2" in 1984, acted in the youth-themed action drama "The Beat" in 1987 and had a cameo in the black comedy "Vampire's Kiss" in 1988.

An African-American writer for film and television who started out in the business as an actor, Reggie Rock Bythewood went from teen star on NBC's "Another World" (in a 1981-1983 role) to big screen success, penning the screenplay for the Spike Lee-directed Million Man March dramatization "Get on the Bus" (1996). Racking up other acting roles before he switched to behind-the-scenes pursuits, Bythewood was featured in John Sayles' "The Brother From Another Planet" and "Exterminator 2" in 1984, acted in the youth-themed action drama "The Beat" in 1987 and had a cameo in the black comedy "Vampire's Kiss" in 1988.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Gun Hill (2011)
2.
  Biker Boyz (2003) Director
3.
  Dancing in September (2000) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Vampire's Kiss (1988) Church Bystander
2.
 Beat, The (1987) Danny
3.
 Exterminator 2 (1984) Spider
5.
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Wrote and directed two plays with The Tribe, "The Harlem Cowboy" and "The Arm Wrestle"
1981:
Appeared as a regular on "Another World" (NBC)
1984:
Featured in John Sayles' "The Brother From Another Planet"
1987:
Appeared in the action drama "The Beat"
1988:
Had a cameo role in the comedy "Vampire's Kiss"
1992:
Hired as writer and story editor for NBC's "A Different World"
1994:
Wrote and produced the FOX drama, "New York Undercover"
1996:
Feature screenwriting debut, Spike Lee's "Get on the Bus"
1997:
Created the short-lived NBC series, "Players"
2000:
Contributed Hi-8 footage to wife Gina Prince-Bythewood's acclaimed film, "Love & Basketball"
2001:
Wrote and directed the HBO movie, "Dancing in September"; also produced
2003:
Directed and co-wrote the motorcycle action flick "Biker Boyz"
2009:
Co-wrote the script for "Notorious," the biographical film about the life of hip hop star The Notorious B.I.G.
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Education

The School of Performing Arts: New York , New York -
Marymount Manhattan College: New York , New York - 1989

Notes

"I was surprised that he switched from being an actor to a writer. He is modest, but writing brings him out. Still, he never shows off; I think he only has one gold chain." --Daily News, September 22, 1996.

"My aim is to say to Hollywood, 'Let's set a trend of not being racists,' and maybe that will catch on." -- Bythewood quoted to Nasser Metcalfe in a feature interview for Blackfilm.com.

Bythewood on his directorial debut "Dancing in September", quoted in the WGA publication Written By, September 2000: "Certainly I want to challenge everyone's perspective with this film. Not only African-Americans but Latino-Americans, Asian-Americans, whites. And I don't want to only challenge Americans. The questions raised in the film are a hot topic in Paris and other places. At the end of the day, the film is a love story. I realize that distributors don't think our film can sell overseas. I don't know what motivates this constant lack of vision from studios. However, part of my job is to prove that theory totally wrong. That's a challenge I look forward to meeting."

Bythewood on "Dancing in September": "I believe this film is relevant; it shows African-Americans in a place where they're not whining. It's an honest portrayal of this Hollywood world. It asks Hollywood and viewers and society to look at themselves in the mirror. I hope it challenges Hollywood's thinking as far as giving fair representation to African-Americans.

If it doesn't do all that, I just hope it entertains." --to the Los Angeles Times, February 3, 2001.

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wife:
Gina Prince-Bythewood. Director, screenwriter. Wed in the late 1990s.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Carole Bythewood. Nurse. Divorced from Bythewood's father c. 1979.
sister:
Regina Carole Ellison. Older.
son:
Cassius Mandela Bythewood. Born on March 1, 2001.

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