Lee Daniels - Famous Film Director

Lee Daniels Net Worth


Lee Daniels is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer with a net worth of $30 million dollars. He has achieved fame and success through his various film and television projects, including the critically acclaimed film ‘Precious’ and the hit TV series ‘Empire’.

Key facts:

  • Lee Daniels is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer.
  • He started his career as a casting director and talent manager before establishing his own production company, Lee Daniels Entertainment.
  • He became the first African-American film producer to solely produce an Oscar-winning film with "Monster's Ball" in 2001. The film also received a nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
  • His critically acclaimed film "Precious" received multiple award nominations, with Mo'Nique winning an Academy Award and Daniels himself being nominated for Best Director.
  • Daniels is also known for creating the hit television series "Empire," which ran for six seasons and was one of the most-watched programs during its time on-air.

Basic Information About Lee Daniels

CategoryCelebrities โ€บ Directors
ProfessionsFilm Producer, Film director, Actor
Net worth$30,000,000
Date of birth1959-12-24 (64 years old)
Place of birthPhiladelphia
NationalityUnited States of America
Curiosities and TrademarksOften casts musicians
Social Mediaโ†—๏ธŽ Wikipedia โ†—๏ธŽ IMDb

What Movie Awards did Lee Daniels win?


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Lee Daniels awards

Award Name State Movie / Series Name Year
Palme d'Or - NomineeThe Paperboy2012
Best of Puchon - NomineeThe Paperboy2013
Hollywood Award - Movie of the YearWinnerThe Butler2014
Black Reel - Outstanding Motion PictureNomineeThe Butler2014
Hollywood Film Award - Director of the YearWinnerThe Butler2013
Movies for Grownups Award - Best DirectorNomineePrecious2010
Amanda - Best Foreign Feature Film (ร…rets utenlandske kinofilm)NomineePrecious2010
Un Certain Regard Award - NomineePrecious2009
Audience Choice Award - WinnerPrecious2009
Robert - Best American Film (ร…rets amerikanske film)NomineePrecious2011
Jury Special Prize - WinnerPrecious2009
DGA Award - Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesNomineePrecious2010
Audience Award - PZC AwardWinnerPrecious2010
Independent Spirit Award - Best FeatureWinnerPrecious2010
Audience Award - Best Narrative FeatureWinnerPrecious2009
Stanley Kramer Award - WinnerPrecious2010
Audience Award - WinnerPrecious2009
Audience Choice Award - Best Feature FilmWinnerPrecious2009
Audience Award - DramaticWinnerPrecious2009
People's Choice Award - WinnerPrecious2009
Independent Spirit Award - Best First FeatureNomineeThe Woodsman2005
Individual Award - Best ScreenwriterNomineeEmpire2015

Lee Daniels roles

Movie / Series Role
The United States vs. Billie HolidayDirector
The PaperboyDirector
The PaperboyWriter
The PaperboyBartender (uncredited)
The ButlerDirector
Made in HollywoodSelf 2 episodes, 2013-2021
EmpireLee Daniels 1 episode, 2015
BoJack HorsemanFlea Daniels 1 episode, 2019
The Late Show with Stephen ColbertSelf 1 episode, 2016
CBS News Sunday MorningSelf / ... 2 episodes, 2017-2021
The Daily ShowSelf 2 episodes, 2010-2017
The Oprah Winfrey ShowSelf 2 episodes, 2009-2010
StarVideo Director 1 episode, 2017

Lee Daniels's Quotes

  • My roots, my DNA, what I know is what it's like to live as an African-American and as a gay man. And I think trying to marry myself, ad stories that speak to me, to the studio world has been hard. They want Precious (2009), they want another something like that, but they're afraid.
  • I can't embrace anything unless I can identify with the world. I think what made Precious (2009) so true is that, down to the wallpaper, I worked from a snapshot of the room that I grew up in, the hallway I grew up in. I knew exactly where the paint was going to chip from the wall. Whether or not I'll be able to capture that detail and that truth again, I don't know.
  • [on making Precious (2009)] There wasn't the name game where you have to have this person or that person, and this person equals this amount of money, and that person means it will sell foreign. It was, "You have X amount of dollars," ... I think we started at $8 million--and "go with God".
  • I was always intrigued with European cinema, and hated most American cinema. I didn't like the one, two, three-boom! style, with a neat and tidy ending. That was never my scene.
  • [on how much the commercial prospects of a project play into what he decides to make] Of course it does. When you have two kids about to go to college, you have to say it is a business. Unfortunately, I think my artist supersedes that [laughs]. It's a problem when your artist supersedes your brain! I end up going with what my gut and spirit tell me.

Lee Daniels's photos

Interesting Facts about Lee Daniels

  1. Raised twins Clara and Liam, who are biologically his niece and nephew, as his own children since they were three days old in the mid-1990s. They were born to his brother and his girlfriend, and were adopted by Daniels and his then-boyfriend, Billy Hopkins (who is also his casting director).
  2. Is the second African-American to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars (Precious (2009)).
  3. Is the second African-American to be nominated for an Oscarยฎ for Best Director (Precious (2009)).
  4. Is the first African-American to direct a Best Picture Oscar nominee (Precious (2009)).
  5. Good friends with Mariah Carey.
  6. Suffered a heart attack when he went for a run in the mid-2000s.
  7. Boyfriend since 2009 is Andy Sforzini, an actuary at Prudential Life Insurance.
  8. Has one younger brother and three sisters.
  9. He and Billy Hopkins ended their relationship in 2009. They share custody of their children Clara and Liam.
  10. Worked as casting agent and manager since the 1980s. Among his clients were Nastassja Kinski and Wes Bentley.
  11. His younger sister is casting director Leah Daniels Butler.
  12. Was given the novel "Push", which his movie Precious (2009) is based upon, by Ally Sheedy's mother, Charlotte Sheedy, who is a literary agent.
  13. Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6533 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on December 2, 2016.
  14. Directed 3 Oscar nominated performances: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, and Andra Day. Mo'Nique won for her performance in Precious (2009).
  15. His father, William Daniels, was a police officer in Philadelphia, who was killed in the line of duty. He died when Lee Daniels was age 13.
  16. Revealed that his father was physically abusive and that he did not approve of Daniels' homosexuality.
  17. Attended and graduated from Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, Missouri.
  18. Attended and graduated from Radnor High School in Radnor, Pennsylvania (1978).

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