Stan Lathan

Director, Producer, Manager
A prolific black American director who specializes in several TV genres but also works in features, Stan Lathan has had a significant influence on a number of black-themed sitcoms including "Sanford and Son", "Amen" ... Read more »
Born: 07/07/1945 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Director (67)

Real Husbands of Hollywood 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

The Soul Man 2011 - 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

1st & Ten: Do It Again 1989 - 1991, 1994 - 1995, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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1st & Ten: Going For Broke 1981 - 1982, 1986 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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1st & Ten: The Bulls Mean Business 1988 - 1992, 1994 - 1995, 2002 - 2005, 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Amen 1980 - 1982, 1986 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Between Brothers 1972 - 1977, 1979 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Boone 1970 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Breaking Away 1980 - 1982, 1986 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Cedric The Entertainer Presents 1989 - 1992, 1994 - 1995, 2002 - 2005, 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Cleghorne! 1980 - 1982, 1986 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Eight Is Enough 1969 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Eve 1988 - 1992, 1994 - 1995, 2002 - 2005, 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Falcon Crest 1970 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Good Sports 1990 - 1991, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Hill Street Blues 1969 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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It's Garry Shandling's Show 1980 - 1982, 1986 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Martin 1980 - 1982, 1986 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Miami Vice 1969 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Minor Adjustments 1969 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Moesha 1969 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Remington Steele 1970 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Roc 1969 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Russell Simmons Presents 1989 - 1992, 1994 - 1995, 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry 1969 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam 1969 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Sanford and Son 1969 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Sesame Street 1969 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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South Central 1980 - 1982, 1986 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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That's My Mama 1969 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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The Bernie Mac Show 1980 - 1982, 1986 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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The Jeff Foxworthy Show 1980 - 1982, 1986 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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The Parkers 1988 - 1992, 1994 - 2006, 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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The Redd Foxx Show 1969 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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The Righteous Apples 1980 - 1982, 1986 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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The Show 1980 - 1982, 1986 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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The Steve Harvey Show 1969 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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The Waltons 1969 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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True Colors 1988 - 1992, 1994 - 1995, 2002 - 2005, 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Wild Oats 1990 - 1991, 1994 - 1995, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Cedric the Entertainer: Taking You Higher 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Second Time Around 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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All of Us 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Dave Chappelle: Killin' Them Softly 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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A Renaissance Revisited 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Hazelle 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Bad Girls of Def 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Apollo Theater Hall of Fame 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Heart and Soul 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Beat Street 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Go Tell It on the Mountain 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Broadway Plays Washington! 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Richard Pryor Here and Now 1982 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

The Color of Friendship 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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The Trial of the Moke 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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The Flip Wilson Comedy Special 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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The Muhammad Ali Variety Special 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Amazing Grace 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Save the Children 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

An Eight Is Enough Wedding (TV Show)

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Booker (TV Show)

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It's Black Entertainment (TV Show)

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The Child Saver (TV Show)

Director
Producer (10)

Real Husbands of Hollywood 2012 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Run's House 1969 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Running Russell Simmons 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Daddy's Girls 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Waist Deep 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Russell Simmons Presents: Hip Hop Justice 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Gridlock'd 1997 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)

How to Be A Player 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Def Comedy Jam: Prime Time 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Show 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

A prolific black American director who specializes in several TV genres but also works in features, Stan Lathan has had a significant influence on a number of black-themed sitcoms including "Sanford and Son", "Amen", "Frank's Place", "True Colors", "Roc", "Martin", "South Central", "Moesha" and "The Steve Harvey Show". He entered the industry in the 1960s through public TV as a director of educational and public affairs programs. Lathan was a director during the early days of "Sesame Street" and made a notable impact as a producer on "Black Journal".

Relationships

Tendaji

Step-Son
born c. 1972

Ariel Lathan

Daughter
born c. 1985

Sanaa Lathan Actor

Daughter
Born on September 19, 1973

Colette Lathan

Daughter
born c. 1997

Liliane Lathan

Daughter
born c. 1984

Eleanor McCoy

Wife
divorced mother of Sanaa

Milestones

2002

Directed the award-winning HBO series "Def Poetry Jam"

1999

Directed the pilot for the UPN spin-off sitcom "Mo'Nique"

1996

Directed the pilot and subsequent episodes of "Moesha" (UPN), starring Brandy

1994

Helmed the pilot and multiple episodes of the acclaimed, but sjort-lived Fox sitcom "South Central"

1990

Directed the pilot and premiere episodes of "True Colors", a Fox sitcom about an interracial family

1987

Directed the Showtime adaptation of Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin"

1986

Directed the premiere and subsequent episodes of the popular NBC sitcom "Amen" starring Sherman Hemsley

1984

Directed the feature, "Beat Street", a trendy musical featuring breakdancing and rapping

1984

Directed "Booker", a biopic for young people about the young Booker T. Washington for "Wonderworks" (PBS)

1984

Helmed the adaptation of James Baldwin's "Go Tell It on the Mountain" for PBS' "American Playhouse"

1975

Directed multiple episodes of the NBC sitcom "Sanford and Son"

1974

Directed "Amazing Grace", the only film to star comedian Moms Mabley

1973

Feature debut as director of "Save the Children", a music documentary of the 1972 exposition in Chicago held by Jesse Jackson's Operation PUSH

1968

Directed segments of "Sesame Street" (PBS)

1965

Began his career at age 21 as the director of "Say, Brother", a weekly magazine show, produced by Boston's PBS affiliate, WBGH-TV (date approximate)

Directed the premiere and subsequent first season episodes of "Martin", a Fox sitcom starring Martin Lawrence

Directed the pilot for The WB sitcom "The Steve Harvey Show"; executive produced and directed all subsequent episodes

Moved to New York City

Became the primary director of "Roc", the Fox sitcom starring Charles S. Dutton

Helmed episodes of NBC's award-winning police drama "Hill Street Blues"

Executive produced and directed "Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam" (HBO)

Produced documentaries for "Black Journal" on PBS

Bonus Trivia

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Lathan received an Emmy nomination (with fellow producer Phil Burton and executive producer Tony Brown) for Outstanding Achievement in Magazine Type Programming (1970/71) for "Black Journal".

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Lathan, along with partner Russell Simmons, co-chairs SLBG Entertainment, a talent management and production company that is a co-venture with Brillstein-Grey Entertainment. SLBG produced "Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam", HBO's cutting edge stand-up comedy series, which Lathan also directed.

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He is also co-chairman of DEF Pictures, a subsidiary of Polygram Filmed Entertainment

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