Iconoclastic director of the 1989 film Do the Right Thing, which earned him critical praise and an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. His celebrated films Malcolm X, Inside Man and 25th Hour added to his legacy.
He married Tonya Lewis Lee on October 2, 1993. He and Tonya have a son named Jackson and a daughter named Satchel.
He directed Denzel Washington in the title role of the 1992 biopic Malcolm X.