Director John Singleton was the kind of filmmaker who could break barriers, hearts and misconceptions in a single frame.
It’s that singular talent that’s being remembered by his peers and colleagues in Hollywood upon news that the “Boyz n the Hood” director died at age 51 after suffering a stroke almost two weeks ago.
Read some tributes to Singleton below.
Samuel L. Jackson
“Mourning the loss of a collaborator & True Friend John Singleton. He blazed the trail for many young film makers, always remaining true to who he was & where he came from!!! RIP Brother. Gone Way Too Soon!” — via Twitter
“He not only made me a movie star but made me a filmmaker. There are no words to express how sad I am to lose my brother, friend & mentor. He loved bring the black experience to the world.” — via Twitter.
I was discovered by a master filmmaker by the name of John Singleton. He not only made me a movie star but made me a filmmaker. There are no words to express how sad I am to lose my brother, friend & mentor. He loved bring the black experience to the world. ..Us at Cannes ‘90 pic.twitter.com/CaRKjZtjgB
— Ice Cube (@icecube) April 29, 2019
“John Singleton was a talented director and a kind man. He died too young. He will be missed.” — via Twitter
“Sad sad news. Such a good director and so well regarded everywhere he went. We will miss his work and his storytelling voice. RIP #JohnSingleton” — via Twitter
“There aren’t many of us out here doing this. It’s a small tribe in the grand scheme of things. He was a giant among us. Kind. Committed. And immensely talented. His films broke ground. His films mattered. He will be missed. And long remembered. Thank you, John. #RunIntoHisArms” — via Twitter
“RIP John Singleton. So sad to hear. John was a brave artist and a true inspiration. His vision changed everything.” — via Twitter
“The youngest-ever Best Director nominee and an inspiration to us all. John Singleton, you will be greatly missed. ” — via Twitter
“John Singleton was a great director and storyteller who was never afraid to show African Americans in complex, multidimensional roles. We hope that his legacy will inspire a new generation of filmmakers to turn a positive and progressive lens toward minorities in this country.” — via Twitter
Neil deGrasse Tyson
“Stars in the universe that burn the brightest, live shorter lives than others. And with their high-energy light, they transform all that basks in their luminosity. Farewell John Singleton (1968-2019).” — via Twitter
John Landgraf, chairman of FX Networks and FX productions
“On behalf of my colleagues at FX, we are heartbroken about the passing of our friend and partner, John Singleton. For almost three decades, John was one of the most important filmmakers in this business, dating back to his masterwork, ‘Boyz n the Hood.’ Over the course of his illustrious career, John remained steadfast in telling stories that illuminate the daily challenges faced by African Americans, particularly those living in the inner city.
We are honored and fortunate to have worked with John on ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson; and the drama series ‘Snowfall,’ which he co-created and on which he is an executive producer and director. I know that the cast and crew loved John as much as we did, and that they are heartbroken over this news. Today we lost an incredibly talented artist, leader, activist, partner and friend — far too soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.” — via statement.
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I met @johnsingleton as a recently graduated first time writer/director embarking on his nascent film career. I will forever remember him fondly from our first meeting during the audition process. He exuded many things that day… awareness, openness and above all-enthusiasm! Over the years he never lost or left any of that behind. He provided and possessed a clarity of vision that I appreciate from that day till this. He gave a voice and an opportunity to many. Count me in that grateful number.
I had the tremendous opportunity to work with @SHAFT6816 as a director on The People vs OJ Simpson, which became one of the defining moments in my career. One of those episodes directed by John titled “The Race… https://t.co/UqQJIyoJWt
— Courtney B. Vance (@CourtneyBVance) April 29, 2019
— Morris Chestnut (@Morris_Chestnut) April 29, 2019
We were fearless kids making a movie and telling your story. You saw my special first. You made us believe…then they believed. You changed Hollywood, created stars and knocked down doors. Without your contributions, your vision, your voice, your laugh, your fist pumps and … pic.twitter.com/4K9HQIdCGX
— Nia Long (@NiaLong) April 29, 2019
— Mark Wahlberg (@markwahlberg) April 29, 2019