Lee Daniels

Lee Daniels

Highest Rated: 93% Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall (2016)

Lowest Rated: 18% Shadowboxer (2005)

Birthday: Dec 24, 1959

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

In his career as a casting agent, talent manager, film producer and director, Lee Daniels has been an ongoing champion of the "underdog," who expanded opportunities for actors of color and brought controversial stories of societal outcasts to the big screen. Daniels' calling card was dark, visceral, often violent material that offered a surprising flicker of hope in even the most hopeless of circumstances, best showcased in his role as the director of "Precious, Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (2009). Daniels made his directorial debut in 2006 with the gritty, not-so-well received crime drama "Shadowboxer" (2006), having made his breakout as the producer of "Monster's Ball" (2001), which earned a landmark Academy Award for Halle Berry as a widow who becomes involved with a hateful prison guard. Never afraid to explore the most demonized of subject matters, Daniels gravitated towards the complexities of hustlers and killers and even a pedophile in his critically acclaimed producing effort, "The Woodsman" (2004), starring Kevin Bacon. Sometimes Daniels' fearless attempts to make outsider characters more universally relatable missed the mark, and he caught some backlash over characters deemed unflattering and negative towards the African-American community, but Daniels' character-based approach to first-glance "unsavory" outcasts made him one of the most unique voices in independent film.

Highest rated movies

Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall
Agnes and His Brothers




56% 80% The United States vs. Billie Holiday Director - 2021
80% 69% Concrete Cowboy Producer - 2020
56% 96% Pimp Executive Producer - 2018
93% 91% Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall Unknown (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Resistance Movement Film Editing - 2013
72% 78% Lee Daniels' The Butler Director,
$116.6M 2013
45% 33% The Paperboy Director,
$628.2K 2012
92% 81% Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire Director,
$47.5M 2009
33% 53% Tennessee Producer - 2008
18% 38% Shadowboxer Director,
$370.6K 2005
40% 57% Agnes and His Brothers Henry Preminger (Character) $2.7K 2004
88% 77% The Woodsman Producer $1.6M 2004
85% 67% Monster's Ball Producer $31.3M 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Little Off Mark Steve (Character) - 1986


96% 52% The Wonder Years Executive Producer 2021-2022
71% 83% Janet Jackson. Self 2022
33% 72% Our Kind of People Executive Producer 2021-2022
No Score Yet 87% Finding Your Roots Guest 2022
No Score Yet 48% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2015 2021
100% 98% The Ms. Pat Show Executive Producer 2021
No Score Yet 24% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet D.L. Hughley: Uncut Guest 2021
84% 48% Empire Unknown (Guest Star),
Executive Producer
No Score Yet 76% Lee Daniel's Star Executive Producer 2016-2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Breaking Big Guest 2018
No Score Yet 66% The Chew Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2010 2017
No Score Yet 25% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry Guest 2017
No Score Yet 44% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016
No Score Yet 8% The View Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie Rose Guest 2012
No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2010