John Singleton - Famous Film Producer

John Singleton Net Worth


John Singleton was an American director, writer, and producer who had a net worth of $35 million at the time of his death in April 2019. Known for his groundbreaking film ‘Boyz n the Hood’ and his contributions to the African American experience in cinema, Singleton’s legacy as a filmmaker and advocate continues to resonate in the industry.

Key facts:

  • John Singleton was the youngest person and the first African-American ever to be nominated for the Best Director Oscar for his debut film, 'Boyz n the Hood' (1991).
  • He directed and produced the critically acclaimed crime drama series 'Snowfall', which explores the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles.
  • Singleton was a vocal advocate for African American filmmakers and pushed for greater representation within Hollywood.
  • His films, such as 'Poetic Justice' (1993) and 'Higher Learning' (1995), addressed social issues and examined the African American experience.
  • Singleton's legacy continues to inspire a new generation of filmmakers with his commitment to authentic storytelling and his impact on American cinema.

Basic Information About John Singleton

CategoryCelebrities β€Ί Directors
ProfessionsScreenwriter, Film director, Film Producer, Actor, Television producer
Net worth$35,000,000
Date of birth1968-01-06
Place of birthLos Angeles
Date of death2019-04-29 (aged 51)
NationalityUnited States of America
Curiosities and TrademarksFrequently cast hip-hop musicians (e.g. Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, Busta Rhymes)
Films often centered around inner-city tension
Frequently cast Tyrese Gibson
SpouseAkosua Busia - (12 OctoberΒ 1996 - 15 JuneΒ 1997)Β (divorced)Β (1 child)
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Social Mediaβ†—οΈŽ Wikipedia β†—οΈŽ IMDb

What Movie Awards did John Singleton win?


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John Singleton awards

Award Name State Movie / Series Name Year
Oscar - Best DirectorNomineeBoyz n the Hood1992
New Generation Award - WinnerBoyz n the Hood1991
MTV Movie Award - Best New FilmmakerWinnerBoyz n the Hood1992
NYFCC Award - Best New DirectorWinnerBoyz n the Hood1991
Bronze Horse - NomineeBoyz n the Hood1991
WGA Award (Screen) - Best Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenNomineeBoyz n the Hood1992
Black Movie Award - Outstanding Achievement in DirectingNomineeFour Brothers2006
Black Reel - Best DirectorNomineeFour Brothers2006
Image Award - Outstanding Directing in a Feature Film/Television MovieWinnerFour Brothers2006
Special Mention - WinnerBaby Boy2001
Golden Berlin Bear - Best FilmNomineeRosewood1997
Image Award - Outstanding Directing in a Drama SeriesWinnerAmerican Crime Story2017

John Singleton roles

Movie / Series Role
Boyz n the HoodDirector
Boyz n the HoodWriter
Boyz n the HoodMailman (uncredited)
2 Fast 2 FuriousDirector
Four BrothersDirector
Beverly Hills Cop IIIFireman
ShaftBored Cop with Tea Cup (uncredited)
Baby BoyDirector
Baby BoyWriter
Baby BoyMan Selling Bootleg Movies (uncredited)
Higher LearningDirector
Higher LearningWriter
Poetic JusticeDirector
Poetic JusticeWriter
Real Husbands of HollywoodSelf 2 episodes, 2014
Made in HollywoodSelf 1 episode, 2011
The Daily ShowSelf - Guest 1 episode, 2017
Late Night with Conan O'BrienSelf - Guest 1 episode, 1995

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Interesting Facts about John Singleton

  1. Attended and graduated from Blair High School in Pasadena, California (1986).
  2. Attended and graduated from the USC School of Cinema-Television (1990).
  3. Was the youngest person ever to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Director (at age 24) (1992).
  4. Loved to collect and read comic books.
  5. Started Ice Cube's acting career; on the Queen Latifah Show (1999), Ice Cube stated that John Singleton screen-tested him to see if he could act.
  6. Sentenced to make a short film about domestic violence after pleading no contest to charges he assaulted the mother of his 6-year-old daughter Cleopatra. He was also placed on three years' probation, fined $300, and ordered to undergo a year of domestic violence counseling (June 22, 1999).
  7. Has a daughter, Cleopatra Singleton (born 1993) who appeared in Baby Boy (2001).
  8. Was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Crossed Spring 1987 at Beta Omega Chapter (USC, Pepperdine, LMU).
  9. He has directed one film that has been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: Boyz n the Hood (1991).
  10. Has one daughter with Ghanian princess Akosua Busia: Hadar Busia-Singleton (born April 3, 1997).
  11. Met Laurence Fishburne when he was a PA on Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986). Fishburne played Cowboy Curtis.
  12. Taught an Advanced Directing Class at the University of Southern California (spring 1997).
  13. Favorite films included Bicycle Thieves (1948), The 400 Blows (1959), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Jaws (1975) and Raging Bull (1980).
  14. Was a huge fan of Westerns. In fact, many of the shots in his films were influenced by the genre.
  15. Had family and friends in Switzerland.
  16. While in high school, Singleton learned "that the film business was controlled by screenplays". After graduating from high school in 1986, Singleton was accepted to the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television's prestigious Film Writing Program. During his four-year studies there, he won three writing awards. These achievements in writing earned Singleton a contract with the powerful Creative Artists Agency during his sophomore year at USC. Columbia wanted to make the picture, but at first wanted someone else to direct this. Singleton believed only he could do this, and did.
  17. Favorite directors were: Orson Welles, François Truffaut, Steven Spielberg, Akira Kurosawa, John Cassavetes, Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola.
  18. Has two children with his former wife Tosha Lewis: Justice Maya Singleton (born October 17, 1992) and Maasai Mohandas Singleton (born April 3, 1994).
  19. He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6915 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on August 26, 2003.
  20. Los Angeles, California: Honored by the African-American Steering Committee of the Directors Guild of America. [April 2013]

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