Antoine Fuqua (born January 19, 1966) is an American film director and producer. Initially active as a music video director, he has worked primarily in the action and thriller film subgenres. Fuqua's movies consistently perform well at the box office; he is best known for his Academy Award-winning film Training Day (2001). Before launching into feature films in 1998, he began his career directing music videos for popular artists such as Toni Braxton, Coolio, Stevie Wonder and Prince.
In 1998, actress Lela Rochon and Fuqua were engaged, and they married on April 9, 1999. Daughter Asia Rochon Fuqua was born on July 28, 2002, and son Brando in May 2004. Fuqua has a son, Zachary, from a previous relationship. He also has two granddaughters.When asked by the BBC in September 2014 whether he believes in God, Fuqua said: "Absolutely. I believe in God, absolutely."
Fuqua was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Carlos and Mary Fuqua. He is the nephew of record producer and executive Harvey Fuqua of The Moonglows. Fuqua paid tribute to screenwriter Shinobu Hashimoto, a frequent collaborator of Akira Kurosawa's, saying his writing "affected a boy from Pittsburgh living in the ghetto."[Shinobu Hashimoto's writing] was so beautiful and poetic and powerful and heartbreaking. It was all about justice, it was all about sacrifice, and it made me want to be one of those guys. I came from a rough area, and I had my own version of watching poor people getting pushed down – whoever the person was who had the power, they would come in and take from other people.Fuqua explained how his experience of violence shaped his adolescence, and played a role in his eventual choice of career.My first big break was when I got shot when I was fifteen. It changed my life and it made me not hang out in the streets as much, and go to the movies more. Those sort of things are wake up calls to have a better appreciation for life, and a better appreciation for the people around you. From that moment in my life I put all my energy into what I believed in, and at that time it was playing basketball and sports. That led me to a scholarship...after that a professor said that I should take an art class...I fell in love with an artist by the name of Caravaggio.Before turning to filmmaking and music videos, Fuqua studied electrical engineering, with the hope of going on to fly jets in the military.
Movies & TV shows
The Day Sports Stood Still
There was a sports shutdown in March of 2020. The sports documentary is a chronicle of the abrupt stop, athletes' prominent role in the cultural reckoning on racial injustice, and the return to compet...
A troubled young man haunted by memories of two past lives stumbles upon a centuries-old secret society of similar individuals and dares to join their ranks.
1 TV show
After being set up by New Orleans police for a drug deal, an Iraq war veteran takes shelter in his apartment building. A cop tries to convince a man to surrender during a police standoff.
1 TV show
What's My Name | Muhammad Ali
Ali had recordings of his own voice. The two-part documentary paints an intimate portrait of a man who was a beacon of hope and a symbol of humanity and understanding in his later years.
The Equalizer 2
Robert McCall embarked on a relentless, globe-trotting quest for vengeance after a long-time girl friend was murdered.
American Dream/American Knightmare
A documentary about the life and storied exploits of the Death Row Records co- founder Suge Knight, as well as the volatile and highly influential era in gangsta rap he presided over. Through a series...
Walmart gave Antoine Fuqua a receipt with 6 items on it, which he could use to tell a story. What he did was out of this world.
Ghost of the Mountains
Disneynature's international team of filmmakers travel to the mountains of China to find and film the elusive snow leopard on the highest plateau on Earth.
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A 30-minute talk show that takes a timely look at pop culture through a fanboy lens and features celebrity interviews, discussion and out-of-the-studio segments.
A diamond dealer is in the diamond business.
The Magnificent Seven
The industrialist wanted to mine gold in Rose Creek. Desperate residents turn to bounty hunter Sam Chisolm. Bogue and his gang were taken on by a group of gunslingers. mercenaries are fighting for mor...
Billy Hope has an impressive career, a loving wife and daughter, and a luxurious lifestyle. Billy lost his family, his house, and his manager. He was able to locate a man who trains the city's toughes...
The man is ready to start a new life after putting his past behind him. He has to help the girl who is under the control of the Russian mobsters. With hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance a...
Olympus Has Fallen
When the White House is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As the national s...
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A marksman living in exile is summoned back into action after learning of a plot to kill the president. He is on the run to find out why he was framed.
On the Lot
On the Lot is a short-lived reality show competition for filmmaking, produced by Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett. The show, which aired on Fox, featured filmmakers competing in weekly elimination co...
Bastards of the Party
Surrounded by death and the brutal lifestyle that feeds it, a Los Angeles gangbanger explores the history of Southern California street gangs from the 1950s through the 1990s in an attempt to fully un...
Lightning in a Bottle
On February 7th, 2003, renowned artists across multiple music genres and generations commandeered the stage at New York City's Radio City Music Hall to pay tribute to their common heritage and passion...
The story of the Arthurian legend, based on the 'Sarmatian hypothesis' which contends that the legend has a historical nucleus in the Sarmatian heavy cavalry troops stationed in Britain, and that the ...
Tears of the Sun
Lieutenant A.K is a Navy Seal. Waters and his elite squadron of tactical specialists are forced to choose between their duty and their humanity, between following orders by ignoring the conflict that ...
John Jaster is sharing a cell with another prisoner. Bristol is still on the run. He wants to get out of prison and start a new life with his girlfriend. Since he was set loose by Clenteen, he thinks ...
The Replacement Killers
The Chinatown crime boss hired John Lee to kill the policeman's son. Lee had the boy in his sights, but his conscience got the better of him, and he spared the child's life. A band of replacement kill...
Inside Out 4
Tales from the Crypt did for horror what Playboy does for sex films. There are stories such as "Natalie Would", "Modivation", "Save The Wetlands", "The Thief", "Jilted lover", "Three On A Match", and ...
7 Movies · 2 TV shows
Mayor of Kingstown
In a small Michigan town where the only industry remaining are federal, state, and private prisons, the story follows the power brokers between the police, criminals, inmates, prison guards and politi...
Untitled Antoine Fuqua and Todd Komarnicki Film
There was a terrorist attack at Mike's Place in Israel.
Siege of Bethlehem
The true story of how a Muslim, an Israeli Jew, and a Christian American came together to prevent a battle from breaking out between the Israeli army and a group of armed Palestinian militants who had...
A runaway slave must outwit cold-blooded hunters and the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana on a torturous journey north to join the Union Army.
Untitled Jack Johnson Project
Jack Johnson was the first African-American boxer to win a title.
A novel is set against the backdrop of New York.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
The 2008 Broadway production features an all-Black cast.
When call operator Joe Bayler tries to save a caller, he discovers that nothing is as it seems, and that facing the truth is the only way out.
The Terminal List
After his platoon of Navy SEALs is ambushed during a high-stakes covert mission, James Reece returns to his family with conflicting memories of the event and questions about his culpability. Dark forc...
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