Spike Lee Net Worth
With a net worth of $40 million, Spike Lee has more than 35 production credits on his resume. He directed his first movie in 1986 and was still directing as recently as last year. Of the many films he has produced and directed he has acted in 10 of them.
By 1991 Spike Lee was a well known filmmaker who taught a Harvard University film course. Two years later he would go on to teach in the Graduate Film Program and New York University. In 2002 he became Artistic Director for NYU and received a Master of Fine Arts degree.
Independent and Feature Films
Spike Lee had an independent film called Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop, which was a student film that was played at the New Directors/New Films Festival at Lincoln Center. She’s Gotta Have It was the first of Lee’s feature films. It was filmed in 1985 with a $175,000 budget. The filming lasted two weeks and the movie grossed more than $7,000,000 in U.S. theaters.
In 1989, Lee received his first Academy nomination for Best Original Screenplay. However, Do The Right Thing was overlooked for Best Picture, with that award going to Driving Miss Daisy.
Honors and Awards
In 2007 at the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival Spike Lee received a director’s award from the film society. In 2008 he was given the Wexner Prize and in 2013 he received The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize. His most recent award was the Academy Honorary Award, which he received in 2015.
As popular as Spike Lee is he has faced controversy throughout his career. He first faced public scrutiny in 1999 over a comment he made regarding Charlton Heston. After stating that Heston should be shot he later explained that he had been joking. He also verbally attacked the U.S. government over their treatment of African Americans following Hurricane Katrina.
Trevon Martin’s shooting caused controversy for Lee when he tweeted the alleged home address of Martin’s murderer. He later publically apologized for doing so, after it was revealed the address belonged to innocent citizens.