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John Singleton

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Son of mortgage broker Danny Singleton and pharmaceutical company sales executive Sheila Ward and raised in separate households by his unmarried parents, John Singleton attended the Film Writing Program at USC after graduating from high school in 1986. While studying there, he won three writing awards from the university, which led to a contract with Creative Artists Agency during his sophomore year. Columbia Pictures bought his script for Boyz n the Hood (1991) and budgeted it at $7 million. Singleton notes that much of the story comes from his own experiences in South Central LA and credits his parents with keeping him off the street.  See full bio on IMDb »

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John Singleton Will Have Memorial at Alma Mater USC

John Singleton
Big Memorial Planned at USC Alma Mater

John Singleton will get one last official sendoff from his fans, friends and family ... and it's going down where he graduated film school. TMZ's learned the late famed director will have a big… READ MORE >

Jim Brown Praises John Singleton, 'Never Forgot About the Community'

Jim Brown
Praises John Singleton 'Never Forgot About the Community'

NFL legend Jim Brown tells TMZ Sports he had tremendous respect for John Singleton -- not only because he was incredibly talented, but he used his talents to bring communities together. … READ MORE >

- 13 days ago
John Singleton's Will Was Outdated and Kids Are Gearing Up for Fight

John Singleton
Will Was Outdated ... Kids Gearing Up for Fight

John Singleton's will is lacking a critical component that is wreaking havoc on his family ... and now his 7 children are all embroiled in conflict over their father's estate. We've learned the… READ MORE >

- 13 days ago
John Singleton's Celebration of Life Draws Family, Famous Friends

John Singleton
Family, Friends Pay Final Respects ... at Celebration of Life

John Singleton's closest friends and loved ones arrived at his private funeral to pay their final respects. The late director's Celebration of Life went down Monday at Angelus Funeral Home in L.A.… READ MORE >

- 13 days ago
John Singleton's Death Certificate Reveals Actual Date of Death by Stroke

John Singleton
Death Certificate Released ... Died Day Before Announcement

John Singleton died of a stroke ... according to his death certificate, but there's a new detail that was kept secret ... until now.  The certificate -- obtained by TMZ -- lists the cause of… READ MORE >

- 14 days ago
John Singleton Will Remain Executive Producer of 'Snowfall'

John Singleton
Irreplaceable On 'Snowfall' ... Keeping Executive Producer Title on FX Hit

John Singleton's impact will continue to be felt on one of his favorite projects ... which is why the late Hollywood icon's credit will NOT be taken off "Snowfall."  As you know ... John… READ MORE >

- 15 days ago
John Singleton's Private Funeral Set for Monday, May 6

John Singleton
Private Funeral Set for Monday

6:21 PM PT -- A source close to the family tells TMZ, Monday's funeral will be extremely intimate and closed off to the public ... a larger event will be held later this month, but those details… READ MORE >

- 16 days ago
John Singleton's Will Filed in Court, Daughter Justice is Beneficiary

John Singleton
Will Filed in Court ... Daughter Justice is Beneficiary

John Singleton's mother, Shelia Ward, has filed her son's last will and testament, and according to the document, obtained by TMZ, his 26-year-old daughter, Justice Singleton, the oldest child,… READ MORE >

- 16 days ago
John Singleton's Mother In Possession of Will and $35 Million on the Line

John Singleton
Mom in Possession of Will ... $35 Mil on the Line

John Singleton had a plan in place for his death, because TMZ has learned he left a will, and that's a monumental development in what appears to be a family war that erupted while he lay dying in… READ MORE >

- 19 days ago
Barack Obama Remembers John Singleton as Trailblazing Director

Barack Obama
John Singleton Opened Doors ... Told the Stories Hollywood Tried to Ignore

Barack Obama is remembering John Singleton as a trailblazing director who opened doors for filmmakers of color, and showed Hollywood there were stories that needed to be told. The former… READ MORE >

- 20 days ago
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