MALCOLM D. LEE made his directorial debut with THE BEST MAN, which he also penned. The film, which starred Taye Diggs, Nia Long and Sanaa Lathan, opened to rave reviews from critics and audiences alike and scored a No. 1 ranking at the box office in October of 1999. It was followed by the equally admired action comedy UNDERCOVER BROTHER starring Eddie Griffin and Chris Kattan.
Making films since the age of 12, Lee's professional career in the entertainment industry began at 17 in a variety of capacities including production assistant, apprentice film editor, casting associate, assistant director and director's assistant. After completing his undergraduate studies at Georgetown University in 1992 with a BA in English and Fine Arts minor, Lee accepted a year-long fellowship in screenwriting from Disney Studios where he completed two screenplays, including MORNINGSIDE PREP, a semi-autobiographical account of his experiences at predominately white prep-schools.
Following his early Hollywood experience he entered New York University's Tisch School Of The Arts, honed his craft as a director and writer, and went on to make a short film version of MORNINGSIDE PREP that garnered several awards (including 2 from the Black Filmmaker's Hall Of Fame) and made its television debut on Showime Networks in 1997.
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