John Singleton: Revisit His Storied Career Through Photos

April 30th 2019

Monday afternoon, it was announced that groundbreaking filmmaker John Singleton had passed away following a stroke that he had earlier this month.

Singleton, the first Black filmmaker and the youngest director to ever be nominated for the Academy Awards' Best Director trophy, had a storied career, helming films such as Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Baby Boy and Four Brothers. He also jumpstarted the acting careers of names like Taraji P. Henson, Cuba Gooding Jr., and numerous others.

To honor the acclaimed director, Shadow And Act has gathered select photos from many different phases of his prolific career.

John Singleton and Spike Lee during 2006 TNT Black Movie Awards - HBO After Party in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc) John Singleton and Spike Lee during 2006 TNT Black Movie Awards - HBO After Party in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)

126337 18: Eddie Murphy, John Singleton, and Ice Cube attend the first annual MTV Movie Awards June 6, 1992 in Los Angeles, CA. The show combined performances with award presentations and included unconventional categories such as "Best Villain" and "Best Kiss." (Photo by Barry King/Liaison) 126337 18: Eddie Murphy, John Singleton, and Ice Cube attend the first annual MTV Movie Awards June 6, 1992, in Los Angeles, CA. The show combined performances with award presentations and included unconventional categories such as "Best Villain" and "Best Kiss." (Photo by Barry King/Liaison)

John Singleton, producer, and Taraji Henson during "Hustle & Flow" Private New York City Screening - After Party at Fizz in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic) John Singleton, producer, and Taraji Henson during "Hustle & Flow" Private New York City Screening - After Party at Fizz in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)

Busta Rhymes and director John Singleton at the "2 Fast 2 Furious" DVD launch event in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic) Busta Rhymes and director John Singleton at the "2 Fast 2 Furious" DVD launch event in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)

Director, John Singleton, Ludacris and Tyrese pose for photographers backstage at the 2 Fast 2 Furious DVD launch event held at the Westin Rio Mar Hotel in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico on Thursday September 25, 2003. The 2 Fast 2 Furious DVD debuts September 30, 2003. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic) Director, John Singleton, Ludacris and Tyrese pose for photographers backstage at the 2 Fast 2 Furious DVD launch event held at the Westin Rio Mar Hotel in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico on Thursday September 25, 2003. The 2 Fast 2 Furious DVD debuts September 30, 2003. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 22: Actress Elise Neal, director John Singleton and actress Taraji Henson of the film "Hustle and Flow" poses for portraits during the 2005 Sundance Film Festival January 22, 2005 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images) PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 22: Actress Elise Neal, director John Singleton and actress Taraji Henson of the film "Hustle and Flow" poses for portraits during the 2005 Sundance Film Festival January 22, 2005 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)

Nicolas Cage, John Singleton & Cuba Gooding Jr. during 1992 ShoWest in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc) Nicolas Cage, John Singleton & Cuba Gooding Jr. during 1992 ShoWest in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)

John Singleton and daughter Hadar during Director John Singleton to Receive the 2005 DaimlerChrysler "Behind The Lens" Award at Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Derek Bauer/FilmMagic) John Singleton and daughter Hadar during Director John Singleton to Receive the 2005 DaimlerChrysler "Behind The Lens" Award at Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Derek Bauer/FilmMagic)

Director John Singleton and Andre 3000 of Outkast during "Four Brothers" After Party at Felt Club Boston at Felt Club Boston in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. (Photo by Marc Andrew Deley/FilmMagic) Director John Singleton and Andre 3000 of Outkast during "Four Brothers" After Party at Felt Club Boston at Felt Club Boston in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. (Photo by Marc Andrew Deley/FilmMagic)

LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 8: Director John Singelton (l) is reflected in a poster for his movie Boyz n the hood as he visits an exibition of African American film posters at the California African American Museum August 8, 2003 in Los Angeles. The posters which portray African American actors, directors and film crews was organized by the Smithsonian in conjuction with the Acadamy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 8: Director John Singelton (l) is reflected in a poster for his movie Boyz n the hood as he visits an exhibition of African American film posters at the California African American Museum August 8, 2003, in Los Angeles. The posters which portray African American actors, directors and film crews were organized by the Smithsonian in conjunction with the Acadamy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)

WESTWOOD, CA - JANUARY 27: Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. and director John Singleton arrive for Premiere Of "FX's "American Crime Story - The People V. O.J. Simpson" held at Westwood Village Theatre on January 27, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images) WESTWOOD, CA - JANUARY 27: Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. and director John Singleton arrive for Premiere Of "FX's "American Crime Story - The People V. O.J. Simpson" held at Westwood Village Theatre on January 27, 2016, in Westwood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: (L-R) Steve Summer, Peter Segal, Elizabeth M. Daley and John Singleton attend 'Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Star Commemoration' at University of Southern California on September 10, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Brian Putnam/FilmMagic) LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: (L-R) Steve Summer, Peter Segal, Elizabeth M. Daley and John Singleton attend 'Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Star Commemoration' at University of Southern California on September 10, 2009, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Brian Putnam/FilmMagic)

HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 26: Director John Singleton holds a sign as he attends a ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of Mann's Chinese Theatre August 26, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images) HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 26: Director John Singleton holds a sign as he attends a ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of Mann's Chinese Theatre August 26, 2003, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 21: (L-R) John Singleton, Samuel L. Jackson and Spike Lee attend ICON MANN Power 150 Dinner at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills on February 21, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images) BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 21: (L-R) John Singleton, Samuel L. Jackson and Spike Lee attend ICON MANN Power 150 Dinner at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills on February 21, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26: (L-R) Actors Reign Edwards, Isaiah John, Malcolm Mays and Co-Creator/Executive Producer/Director/Writer John Singleton attend the after party for the premiere of FX's "Snowfall" at The Reserve on June 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26: (L-R) Actors Reign Edwards, Isaiah John, Malcolm Mays and Co-Creator/Executive Producer/Director/Writer John Singleton attend the after party for the premiere of FX's "Snowfall" at The Reserve on June 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Director John Singleton (L) and Maasai Mohandas Singleton at the Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Director John Singleton (L) and Maasai Mohandas Singleton at the Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

LOS ANGELES - APRIL 20: (US TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) (L-R): Director John Singleton, actor Laurence Fishburne and actress Angela Bassett attend the after party for the Los Angeles premiere of the Lionsgate film "Akeelah and the Bee" on April 20, 2006 at the Motion Picture Academy in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES - APRIL 20: (US TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) (L-R): Director John Singleton, actor Laurence Fishburne and actress Angela Bassett attend the after party for the Los Angeles premiere of the Lionsgate film "Akeelah and the Bee" on April 20, 2006, at the Motion Picture Academy in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Actor Taylor Lautner (L) and director John Singleton arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Abduction" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on September 15, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic) HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Actor Taylor Lautner (L) and director John Singleton arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Abduction" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on September 15, 2011, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

WESTWOOD, CA - JANUARY 27: Director John Singleton, actor Cuba Gooding Jr. and actor Courtney B. Vance arrive for Premiere Of "FX's "American Crime Story - The People V. O.J. Simpson" held at Westwood Village Theatre on January 27, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images) WESTWOOD, CA - JANUARY 27: Director John Singleton, actor Cuba Gooding Jr. and actor Courtney B. Vance arrive for Premiere Of "FX's "American Crime Story - The People V. O.J. Simpson" held at Westwood Village Theatre on January 27, 2016, in Westwood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

NEW YORK - JUNE 27: (U.S. TABLOIDS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Cast of "Hustle and Flow" attend a special screening of "Hustle and Flow" on June 27, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images) NEW YORK - JUNE 27: (U.S. TABLOIDS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Cast of "Hustle and Flow" attend a special screening of "Hustle and Flow" on June 27, 2005, in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 04: (L-R) Film Directors John Singelton and Ava Duvernay arrive at the 6th Annual AAFCA Awards at Taglyan Cultural Complex on February 4, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Unique Nicole/Getty Images) HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 04: (L-R) Film Directors John Singelton and Ava Duvernay arrive at the 6th Annual AAFCA Awards at Taglyan Cultural Complex on February 4, 2015, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Unique Nicole/Getty Images)

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 21: Kevin Feige, Ruth Carter and John Singleton attend ICON MANN Power 150 Dinner And Honors Celebrating Samuel L Jackson And Oscar Nominees Ruth Carter And Spike Lee reception at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills on February 21, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images) BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 21: Kevin Feige, Ruth Carter and John Singleton attend ICON MANN Power 150 Dinner And Honors Celebrating Samuel L Jackson And Oscar Nominees Ruth Carter And Spike Lee reception at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills on February 21, 2019, in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 14: Directors John Singleton (L) and Steve McQueen pose at the premiere of Fox Searchlights' "12 Years A Slave" at the Directors Guild on October 14, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 14: Directors John Singleton (L) and Steve McQueen pose at the premiere of Fox Searchlights' "12 Years A Slave" at the Directors Guild on October 14, 2013, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

 

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Cover photo: Boyz ll Men and John Singleton during 1995 VH1 Honors in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)

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