John Singleton

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
After making a huge splash with his debut feature, "Boyz N the Hood" (1991), writer-director John Singleton was hailed as being a bright new talent and perhaps even the next Martin Scorsese, but he offered underwhelming ... Read more »
Born: 01/06/1968 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (24)

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise 2016 (Movie)

(Himself)

Real Husbands of Hollywood 2014 (Tv Show)

Himself

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Video Game Awards 2004 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Weekends at the D.L. 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Baadasssss! 2004 (Movie)

Detroit J (Actor)

Who Is Alan Smithee? 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Performer

9 Movie Moments That Made the 90's 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Wars: The Magic and the Mystery 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rodman World Tour 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Stan Lee: The ComiX-MAN! 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Beverly Hills Cop III 1994 (Movie)

Fireman (Actor)

Dialogue With Black Filmmakers 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

George Lucas: Heroes, Myths and Magic 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI Salute to Sidney Poitier 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Performer

The 1992 MTV Movie Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Performer

The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 6th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Performer

The Presidency and the Constitution 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The N-Word (TV Show)

Actor
Director (13)

American Crime Story 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Empire 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Abduction 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

30 for 30 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Four Brothers 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

2 Fast 2 Furious 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Baby Boy 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Shaft 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Rosewood 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Higher Learning 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Poetic Justice 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Boyz N The Hood 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Tulia (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (11)

All Eyez on Me 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

Black Snake Moan 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Illegal Tender 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hustle & Flow 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Baby Boy 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Shaft 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Woo 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Higher Learning 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Poetic Justice 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tulia (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (8)

All Eyez on Me 2016 (Movie)

(current draft) (Screenplay)

Baby Boy 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Shaft 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Shaft 2000 (Movie)

(Story By)

Shaft 2000 (Movie)

(From Story)

Higher Learning 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Poetic Justice 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Boyz N The Hood 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Music (1)

Baby Boy 2001 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)
Other (1)

Kings 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Advisor

Biography

After making a huge splash with his debut feature, "Boyz N the Hood" (1991), writer-director John Singleton was hailed as being a bright new talent and perhaps even the next Martin Scorsese, but he offered underwhelming follow-ups while becoming a hired studio gun later in his career. But "Boyz" undoubtedly put Singleton on the map when he became both the youngest person and first African-American to be nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards. Full of promise and endless possibilities for his next feature, Singleton disappointed some with "Poetic Justice" (1993) and "Higher Learning" (1995), two well-acted films that paled in comparison to his auspicious debut. Hired for the first time for a studio film, he directed the racially charged "Rosewood" (1997), which earned solid reviews, but was largely ignored by audiences. Singleton drew a fine performance out of Samuel L. Jackson for the remake of "Shaft" (2000), before returning to South Central for the "Boyz" companion piece, "Baby Boy" (2001). He continued his up and down movement with the financially successful, but critically panned sequel "2 Fast 2 Furious" (2003), which left some wondering what happened to the promise he had displayed in the previous decade. Though he produced several acclaimed projects like "Hustle & Flow" (2005), Singleton seemed content with leaving behind any artistic merits to focus more on genre filmmaking later in his career.

Relationships

Tyra Banks Actor

Companion
Dated c. 1995 Singleton directed Banks in "Higher Learning" No longer together

Julie Brown Actor

Companion
dating in 1997 she claims they had a three-year relationship lasting until sometime in 2000

Akosua Busia Actor

Wife
married on October 12, 1996 filed for divorce on April 15, 1997 divorced on June 15, 1997 worked together on "Rosewood" Ghanian born c. 1966

Tosha Lewis

Companion
born c. 1970 mother of Justice Maya Singleton he allegedly struck her in dispute over visitation rights case went to court and Singleton was ordered to make a short film on domestic violence as well as receiving a sentence of three years probation, a fine of $300 and an order to undergo counseling in September 1999 she filed a lawsuit seeking damages for injuries stemming from a 1992 incident

Carmen McLaughlin

Companion
dated in 2000

Danny Singleton

Father

Hadar Singleton

Daughter
born on April 3, 1997 mother, Akosua Busia

Justice Singleton

Daughter
born on October 17, 1992 mother, Tosha Lewis

Shella Ward-Johnson

Mother
never wed Singleton's father shared custody

EDUCATION

School of Cinema-Television, University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California 1986 - 1990
received Black Alumni Association scholarship, Robert Riskin Writing Award and--two years in a row--Jack Nicholson Writing Award(Writing)

Milestones

2011

Directed first feature film in six years, the action drama "Abduction"; starred Taylor Lautner

2006

Produced the drama feature "Black Snake Moan," starring Samuel L. Jackson and Christina Ricci

2005

Directed Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese, Garrett Hedlund and André 3000 as brothers out to avenge their mother's murder in the drama "Four Brothers"

2005

Produced the indie film "Hustle & Flow," which centers on a pimp-hustler with a mid-life crisis who wants to rap

2003

Directed the sequel "2 Fast and 2 Furious"

2001

Helmed "Baby Boy,"a coming-of-age story of a 20-year-old street hustler with two children by two different women

2000

Directed loose remake of "Shaft" with Samuel L Jackson in the title role

1997

Signed exclusive eighteen month development deal with Warner Bros. TV; co-created and directed pilot for proposed series "Crash"

1997

Directed "Rosewood"

1995

Signed two-year, first-look deal with Universal; disolved partnership after eight months in July 1996

1995

Produced, wrote and directed the race-relations drama "Higher Learning"

1994

Made a cameo as a firefighter in "Beverly Hills Cop III"

1993

Helmed second feature "Poetic Justice," starring Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur

1992

Directed the Michael Jackson music video "Remember the Time"

1991

Wrote and directed (also has bit part as a mailman) first feature "Boyz N the Hood"

1991

Became the first black director and the youngest filmmaker to receive Academy Award nomination for Best Direction

Raised in South Central Los Angeles

Signed with Creative Artists Agency while still studying at USC

Bonus Trivia

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Singleton was inspired to make films by the motion picture "Star Wars" (1977).

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Singleton received the USC Black Alumni Association's Eme Award in 1992.

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On Aug. 23, 2007, Singleton accidentally struck a woman with his SUV who was jaywalking on a South Los Angeles street. The woman was taken to a local hospital, but died the following morning. A spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed Singleton was neither speeding nor under the influence of drugs or alcohol and described the incident as "a very, very unfortunate accident."

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