Lee Daniels

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Lee Daniels
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Birth name Lee Louis Daniels
Born December 24, 1959 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Notable Shows Empire
Awards 1 NAACP Image Award

Lee Louis Daniels is an American actor, film producer, and director. He is the producer of Monster's Ball and the director of Precious, which was nominated for six Academy Awards for Best Director. Precious won two of the six nominations. He is also the co-creator and executive producer of the hit TV series Empire.

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Biography

Lee Daniels gave his parents, Clara Watson and William L. Daniels, an early Christmas gift when he was born on Christmas Eve 1959. He graduated from upscale, surburban Radnor High School in 1978, and Lindenwood University in St. Louis, Missouri. He couldn't afford film school, so he started in a liberal arts college in Missouri, but realized that it wasn't for him and went to work as a receptionist in a nursing agency in California. Realizing that he could do it on his own, Daniels quit the job and started his own agency. By the time he was 21, he had over 5000 nurses affiliated with the company. He then sold the company and went to work casting actors using his skill from "casting" nurses.

Roles

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Media City Himself 4x03 - Lee Daniels in Conversation with Monty Ross February 24, 2008
Xpose Himself 4x112 - Episode 4112 February 22, 2010
Moving Pictures Live! Himself 2x01 - Awards Season March 2010
Oprah's Next Chapter Himself 2x36 - Lee Daniels' The Butler August 11, 2013
Empire (2015) Lee Daniels 2x09 - Sinned Against November 25, 2015

Talk, News, and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
Charlie Rose (1991) July 28, 2006
Entertainment Tonight March 4, 2008
The Oprah Winfrey Show September 18, 2009
The Mo'Nique Show November 17, 2009
Charlie Rose (1991) December 18, 2009
Cinema 6 February 6, 2010
The Daily Show Lee Daniels (February 11, 2010) February 11, 2010
The Oprah Winfrey Show February 26, 2010
The Wendy Williams Show March 24, 2010
Charlie Rose (1991) October 10, 2012
Cinema 6 March 14, 2013
Charlie Rose (1991) August 7, 2013
Larry King Now August 13, 2013
The Arsenio Hall Show (2013) Show 71 January 6, 2014
Entertainment Tonight February 11, 2015
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore Mars 2024 February 25, 2015
Entertainment Tonight February 27, 2015
Late Night with Seth Meyers Show 172 March 2, 2015
Entertainment Tonight March 13, 2015
Entertainment Tonight March 18, 2015
Entertainment Tonight April 8, 2015
The View September 22, 2015

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
67th Golden Globe Awards Himself January 17, 2010 Golden Globe Awards
15th Critcs' Choice Movie Awards Himself January 25, 2010 Critics' Choice Movie Awards

Movie Roles

Film Role Released
Agnes and His Brothers Henry Priminger October 14, 2004
Shadowboxer Man in Steam Room September 9, 2005
The Paperboy Bartender (uncredited) October 3, 2012

Producer

Movies

Title Release Date
Monster's Ball March 1, 2002
The Woodsman January 19, 2004

TV

Series Year(s) Producer Credit Season(s)
Empire 2015 –present Executive Producer 1 2 3 4
Star 2016 –present Executive Producer 1 2

Writer

Screenplay

Title Release Date
The Paperboy October 17, 2012

Episodes Written

Series Episode Airdate
Empire (2015) 1x01 - Pilot January 7, 2015
Star 1x01 - Pilot December 14, 2016
Star 1x02 - Devil You Know January 4, 2017

Director

Movies

Title Release Date
Shadowboxer September 9, 2005
Precious November 20, 2009
The Paperboy October 17, 2012
Lee Daniels' The Butler August 16, 2013

TV

Series Episode Airdate
Empire (2015) 1x01 - Pilot January 7, 2015
Empire (2015) 1x02 - The Outspoken King January 14, 2015
Empire (2015) 2x01 - The Devils Are Here September 23, 2015
Star 1x01 - Pilot December 14, 2016
Star 1x02 - Devil You Know January 4, 2017

Creator

Series Premiere Date Creation Credit
Empire January 7, 2015 Co-Creator
Star December 14, 2016 Co-Creator

Awards and Accolades

NAACP Image Awards

(1 Win in 4 Nominations)

Trivia

  • He is the second African-American to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Director for Precious.
  • His younger sister is casting director Leah Daniels.