In his career as a casting agent, talent manager, film producer and director, Lee Daniels has been an ongoing champion of the "underdog," who expanded opportunities for actors of color and brought con...
Was an associate casting director for the films "Purple Rain" (1984) and "Under the Cherry Moon" (1986)
Directed critically acclaimed drama "Precious," adapted from the novel Push by Sapphire; earned Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Picture and a Directors Guild nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Made directorial debut with "Shadowboxer," starring Helen Mirren, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and, Mo'Nique
Produced "Tennessee," written by Russell Schaumberg and directed by Aaron Woodley
Launched management company Lee Daniels Entertainment
Began working in entertainment as a casting director and manager
Nominated for the 2009 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film ("Precious")
Produced first film under Lee Daniels Entertainment, "Monster's Ball"
Nominated for the 2009 Independent Spirit Award for Best Director ("Precious")
Nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing ("Precious")
Made screenwriting debut with "The Paperboy"; also directed and produced film based on novel by Peter Dexter
Produced "The Woodsman," starring Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, and Mos Def
In his career as a casting agent, talent manager, film producer and director, Lee Daniels has been an ongoing champion of the "underdog," who expanded opportunities for actors of color and brought controversial stories of societal outcasts to the big screen. Daniels' calling card was dark, visceral, often violent material that offered a surprising flicker of hope in even the most hopeless of circumstances, best showcased in his role as the director of "Precious, Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (2009). Daniels made his directorial debut in 2006 with the gritty, not-so-well received crime drama "Shadowboxer" (2006), having made his breakout as the producer of "Monster's Ball" (2001), which earned a landmark Academy Award for Halle Berry as a widow who becomes involved with a hateful prison guard. Never afraid to explore the most demonized of subject matters, Daniels gravitated towards the complexities of hustlers and killers and even a pedophile in his critically acclaimed producing effort, "The Woodsman" (2004), starring Kevin Bacon. Sometimes Daniels' fearless attempts to make outsider characters more universally relatable missed the mark, and he caught some backlash over characters deemed unflattering and negative towards the African-American community, but Daniels' character-based approach to first-glance "unsavory" outcasts made him one of the most unique voices in independent film.
Twin of Clara; adopted by Daniels and Billy Hopkins
Twin of Liam; adopted by Daniels and Billy Hopkins
After leaving college, Daniels moved to Los Angeles, CA and opened the first health care agency in the U.S. to be under contract with the renowned AIDS Project Los Angeles.
Daniels was asked by Harlem neighbor and former president Bill Clinton to produce public service announcements to inspire young people of color to vote. The effective campaign was launched in March 2004 and featured actor/musician LL Cool J and Grammy winner Alicia Keys.
Daniels was featured in "The Vibe 100," Vibe magazine's list of the 100 most influential black individuals in America.
Serves on the board of The Center for Community Change based in Washington, D.C.