Lee Daniels — American Actor born on December 24, 1959,

Lee Louis Daniels is an American actor & filmmaker. He produced Monster's Ball and directed Precious, which received six Academy Award nominations, including Best Director; the film won two of the awards. In 2012, Daniels directed The Butler, a historical fiction drama featuring an ensemble cast portraying unique events on the 20th century presidents of the United States at the White House. Daniels is also the co-creator, director, writer, and producer of the television series Empire that debuted in 2015... (wikipedia)

My work is therapeutic: 'Monster's Ball,' 'Woodsman' and 'Shadowboxer,' because I don't go to therapy, and I sort of live life through my films.
I believe in life that you know that everything prepares you for the next thing - whether it's a hit, whether it's not a hit, whether it's a... your failures are your accomplishments because it makes you prepared for whatever it is that you are going to do next.
When you have a lot of siblings, you always do something to feel special.
I come from a family of servants. My father's father was a servant, and my father's father's father was a slave.
When I make movies, I don't ever go out there to please anyone other than myself. I never try to make a film for the masses. I just try to tell my story.