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Also Known As: Died:
Born: January 19, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: director

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Despite having a talent for making tough, urban crime thrillers like "Training Day" (2001), director Antoine Fuqua tried throughout his career not to be pigeonholed; instead steering his career towards other genres not usually open to other African-American directors. But even when Fuqua was directing music videos, he had to fight against being stereotyped - honored to have worked with Prince and Stevie Wonder, he never had the same opportunity with other favorites like Eric Clapton and U2. What he wanted more than anything was to make deep, resonant films rather than another urban flick that starred people of the same race. Mysticism and Joseph Campbell had far greater appeal to him than doing another gangsta thriller set in the 'hood. Though not always successful in pulling off movies out of his comfort zone - the realist take on the mythological "King Arthur" (2004) being a prime example - Fuqua challenged himself to push his boundaries and see the world through a colorless lens.

Despite having a talent for making tough, urban crime thrillers like "Training Day" (2001), director Antoine Fuqua tried throughout his career not to be pigeonholed; instead steering his career towards other genres not usually open to other African-American directors. But even when Fuqua was directing music videos, he had to fight against being stereotyped - honored to have worked with Prince and Stevie Wonder, he never had the same opportunity with other favorites like Eric Clapton and U2. What he wanted more than anything was to make deep, resonant films rather than another urban flick that starred people of the same race. Mysticism and Joseph Campbell had far greater appeal to him than doing another gangsta thriller set in the 'hood. Though not always successful in pulling off movies out of his comfort zone - the realist take on the mythological "King Arthur" (2004) being a prime example - Fuqua challenged himself to push his boundaries and see the world through a colorless lens.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Tupac (2013)
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  Shooter (2007)
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  Lightning in a Bottle (2004) Director
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  King Arthur (2004) Director
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  Tears of the Sun (2003) Director
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  Training Day (2001) Director
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  Bait (2000)

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 Hometown Heroes (1998) Interviewee
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1987:
Relocated to New York City to direct music videos
1993:
Directed Toni Braxton's music video "Another Sad Love Song"
1994:
Directed the music video "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" for Prince
1998:
Made feature directorial debut with "The Replacement Killers"
2000:
Helmed action feature "Bait," starring Jamie Foxx
2001:
Directed Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke in LAPD corruption drama "Training Day
2003:
Teamed with Bruce Willis and Monica Belluci in Navy SEAL drama "Tears of the Sun"
2004:
Helmed blues documentary "Lightning in a Bottle," shot at Radio City Music Hall in NYC
2004:
Directed reinterpretation of "King Arthur," starring Clive Owen and Keira Knightley
2007:
Directed Mark Wahlberg in conspiracy thriller "Shooter"
2010:
Re-teamed with Ethan Hawke for crime thriller "Brooklyn's Finest"
2011:
Directed first music video in four years, "Mirror" by Lil Wayne
2013:
Directed Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, and Aaron Eckhart in "Olympus Has Fallen"
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Education

West Virginia University: Morgantown , West Virginia -
West Virginia State College: Institute , West Virginia -
Taylor Allderdice High School: Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania - 1983

Notes

"America has got so many problems of its own, still, for us to be in other countries bombing people is just absurd to me. To be 'liberating' people, who weren't asking to be liberated to begin with, when we haven't even liberated ourselfs, makes no sense to me."---Fuqua quoted to Venice, November 2004.

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wife:
Lela Rochon. Actor. Married on April 9. 1999.

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son:
Zachary Fuqua.
daughter:
Asia Rochon Fuqua. Born July 28, 2002.

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