JOHN SINGLETON Biography - Theater, Opera and Movie personalities


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Name: John Daniel Singleton                                                             
Born: 6 January 1968 Los Angeles, California, U.S.                                       
John Daniel Singleton (born January 6, 1968 in Los Angeles, California) is an           
American Academy Award-nominated film director, screenwriter, and producer. His         
movies depict his native South Los Angeles with both its sweet and violent sides         
given equal consideration.                                                               
Singleton attended Pasadena City College and the University of Southern                 
California, where he was a part of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.                       
He has received many distinctions, beginning during his time as an undergraduate         
screenwriter at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts,       
including nominations for Best Screenplay and Director for Boyz N the Hood, and         
the s USC School of Cinematic Arts's prestigious Mary Pickford Alumni Award             
in 2006.                                                                                 
With his ex-wife, Ghanaian princess and actress Akosua Cyamama Busia (married           
October 12, 1996 – June 15, 1997), he had one daughter (Hadar) (born April 13,         
His daughter Cleopatra was in Baby Boy.                                                 
He is the youngest person ever nominated for Best Director at the 1991 Academy           
Awards for Boyz N the Hood and the first (and, to date, the only) African-American       
to be nominated for the award.                                                           
John Singleton is also the music video director of Michael Jackson's hit single         
Remember The Time, starring actor Eddie Murphy.                                         
On August 23, 2007, Singleton was involved in an automobile accident, in which           
he struck and killed a pedestrian, who was identified as Constance Russell, 57,         
of Los Angeles. Staying on the scene until police arrived, Singleton was not             
found to be under the influence of alcohol or other substances, and was released         
after being questioned. The case was turned over to the District Attorney but no         
charges were filed.