Antoine Fuqua

Director
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 ... Read more »
Born: 01/19/1966 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Director (13)

Southpaw 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

The Magnificent Seven (Remake) 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

The Equalizer 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Olympus Has Fallen 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Brooklyn's Finest 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Shooter 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

King Arthur 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Lightning in a Bottle 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Tears of the Sun 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Training Day 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Bait 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

The Replacement Killers 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Escobar (TV Show)

Director
Actor (4)

Precinct Hollywood 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years..100 Heroes and Villains 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 4th Annual Celebrity Weddings: In Style 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

Southpaw 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Olympus Has Fallen 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bastards of the Party (TV Show)

Producer

Biography

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.

Relationships

Asia Fuqua

Daughter
Born July 28, 2002; mother, Lela Rochon

Brando Fuqua

Son
Born May 2004; mother, Lela Rochon

Zachary Fuqua

Son
From a previous relationship

Lela Rochon Actor

Wife
Married April 9, 1999

EDUCATION

Taylor Allderdice High School

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania 1983

West Virginia State College

Institute , West Virginia

West Virginia University

Morgantown , West Virginia

Milestones

2013

Directed Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, and Aaron Eckhart in "Olympus Has Fallen"

2011

Directed first music video in four years, "Mirror" by Lil Wayne

2010

Re-teamed with Ethan Hawke for crime thriller "Brooklyn's Finest"

2007

Directed Mark Wahlberg in conspiracy thriller "Shooter"

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

2003

Teamed with Bruce Willis and Monica Belluci in Navy SEAL drama "Tears of the Sun"

2001

Directed Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke in LAPD corruption drama "Training Day

2000

Helmed action feature "Bait," starring Jamie Foxx

1998

Made feature directorial debut with "The Replacement Killers"

1994

Directed the music video "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" for Prince

1993

Directed Toni Braxton's music video "Another Sad Love Song"

1987

Relocated to New York City to direct music videos

Bonus Trivia

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"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 ourselves, makes no sense to me." – Fuqua quoted in Venice magazine, November 2004

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