John Singleton

American film director, screenwriter, and producer (1968–2019)

John Daniel Singleton (January 6, 1968 – April 28, 2019) was an American movie director, screenwriter, and producer. He was best known for directing Boyz n the Hood (1991). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director, becoming the first African American and youngest person to have ever been nominated for the award, at age 24.[1] His other works included Poetic Justice (1993), Higher Learning (1995), and Baby Boy (2001).

John Singleton
Singleton in 2000
John Daniel Singleton

(1968-01-06)January 6, 1968
DiedApril 28, 2019(2019-04-28) (aged 51)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of deathAcute ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage and hypertension
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
Years active1986–2019
(m. 1996; div. 1997)

On April 17, 2019, Singleton had a massive stroke and was hospitalized in the intensive care unit in Los Angeles.[2] On April 25, it was reported that he was in a coma.[3] On April 29, he was said to be on life-support,[4] but he actually died on April 28 at the age of 51 at Cedars-Sinai Hospital.[5][6][7]


Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1991 Boyz n the Hood Yes Yes No Nominated- Academy Award for Best Director
Nominated- Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
1993 Poetic Justice Yes Yes Yes
1995 Higher Learning Yes Yes Yes
1997 Rosewood Yes No No
2000 Shaft Yes Yes Yes
2001 Baby Boy Yes Yes Yes
2003 2 Fast 2 Furious Yes No No
2005 Four Brothers Yes No No
2011 Abduction Yes No No Final Film

Producer only

Year Title Notes
2005 Hustle & Flow
2006 Black Snake Moan
2007 Illegal Tender Also music supervisor
2008 The Making of 'Illegal Tender' Documentary short

Executive producer

Year Title Notes
1998 Woo
2004 Time Out Short film
2014 Through a Lens Darkly Documentary

Acting credits

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Boyz n the Hood Mailman
1994 Beverly Hills Cop III Fireman
1995 Your Studio and You Himself Short film;
2000 Shaft Bored Cop with Tea Cup Uncredited
2001 Baby Boy Man Selling Bootleg Movies
2002 8 Mile Bouncer
2003 Baadasssss! Detroit J

Other credits

Year Title Credit Notes
2002 sIDney Mentor to the director Short


Year Title Director Executive
Writer Notes
2009 81st Academy Awards Yes No No Segment: ''The Biggest Movie Event of the Year"
2010 30 for 30 Yes No No Episode "Marion Jones: Press Pause"
2015 Empire Yes No No Episode "Dangerous Bonds"
2016 American Crime Story Yes No No Episode "The Race Card"
2017 L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later No Yes No Documentary television film
Rebel Yes Yes No Director (episode "Pilot");
Executive producer (3 episodes)
Billions Yes No No Episode "Victory Lap"
2017–19 Snowfall Yes Yes Yes Co-creator;
Director (2 episodes); Writer (2 episodes)

Acting credits

Year Title Credit Notes
2013 The Game Himself 2 episodes
2014 Real Husbands of Hollywood 2 episodes

Other credits

Year Title Credit Notes
1986 Pee-wee's Playhouse Production assistant
1988 Beach Boys: Endless Summer


  1. "John Singleton Biography (1968–)". Retrieved October 8, 2010.
  2. "John Singleton, 'Boyz n the Hood' director, suffers from a stroke family says". USA Today. Retrieved April 22, 2019.
  3. Gonzales, Sandra (April 25, 2019). "Director John Singleton in coma following major stroke". CNN. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  4. Loughrey, Clarisse (April 29, 2019). "John Singleton: Publicist says director 'still on life support', after reports he died aged 51". The Independent. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  5. Ramos, Dino-Ray (April 29, 2019). "John Singleton Dies: Trailblazing 'Boyz N The Hood' Filmmaker Was 51". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  6. Littleton, Cynthia (April 29, 2019). "'Boyz n the Hood' Director John Singleton Dies at 51". Variety – via MSN.[permanent dead link]
  7. "John Singleton's Death Certificate Reveals Actual Date of Death by Stroke". TMZ. May 6, 2019. Retrieved July 5, 2019.

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