Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$18 million
Date Of BirthJanuary 19, 1966
SpouseLela Rochon
MarkMost of his films contain politically driven elements and themes.
FactOne of 115 people invited to join AMPAS in 2007.


Antoine Fuqua is an American film director and producer. He is best known for his work on the films Training Day, The Equalizer, and The Magnificent Seven.

Fuqua was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on January 19, 1966, the son of Carlos and Mary Fuqua. He has two brothers, Joel and Darryl, and a sister, Dionne. Fuqua’s father was an ex-convict who served time in prison for drug dealing, and his mother was a homemaker.

Fuqua was raised in a housing project in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. He began playing basketball at an early age, and went on to play for the University of Pittsburgh’s basketball team. After graduating from college, Fuqua worked as a bouncer at a nightclub and as a bodyguard for rapper Heavy D.

In 1992, Fuqua made his directorial debut with the film The Blood of Heroes. The film was not a commercial success, but it did catch the attention of Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who hired Fuqua to direct the film Training Day. The film was a critical and commercial success, and earned Fuqua an Academy Award nomination for Best Director.

In 2014, Fuqua directed The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington. The film was a box office success, grossing over $190 million worldwide.

In 2016, Fuqua directed The Magnificent Seven, a remake of the 1960 western of the same name. The film was a box office success, grossing over $250 million worldwide.

Fuqua has been married twice. His first marriage was to actress Lela Rochon in 1999. The couple have two children together. Fuqua’s second marriage is to actress Renee Zellweger, whom he married in 2010. The couple have no children together.

As of 2020, Fuqua has a net worth of $30 million.

General Info

Full NameAntoine Fuqua
Net Worth$18 million
Date Of BirthJanuary 19, 1966
ProfessionFilm producer, Music Video Director
EducationWest Virginia University, West Virginia State University
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseLela Rochon
ChildrenZachary Fuqua, Asia Rochon Fuqua, Brando Fuqua

Accomplishments

AwardsNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture, Black Reel Award for Best Director
NominationsPrix du Public UBS, Variety Piazza Grande Award
MoviesThe Magnificent Seven, Southpaw, The Equalizer, Olympus Has Fallen, Brooklyn's Finest, Shooter, Bastards of the Party, King Arthur, Lightning in a Bottle, Tears of the Sun, Training Day, Bait, The Replacement Killers, Untitled Yang Guifei Project, Suge Knight, Exit Strategy, The Call, Murder Book, P...

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Marks

#Marks / Signs
1Most of his films contain politically driven elements and themes.

Quotes

#Quote
1I only pay to take my son to the movies, because most of the time I only watch European movies, independent movies, or screen them privately. But I like to go to movies with my son because it's still fun; it reminds me of why I make movies.
2I like the platform to show your art and everything that goes along with that. To show your voice and hopefully find films that are more politically driven, films that maybe inspire.
3My experience of test screenings is that you don't know what kind of mood people are going to be in, and sometimes the studios accept what Joe Blo says - and this guy could just be a frustrated filmmaker, or not paying attention.
4I take them seriously but I try not to read them. I take them personally, that's why I don't read them. I think people are lying when they say they don't care, that's not true. I take them personally.
5Being a kid growing up with Kurosawa films and watching Sergio Leone movies just made me love what it could do to you, and how it could influence you - make you dream.
6I like making movies.
7I've become friends with Michael Mann and Oliver Stone; I've seen those guys work and that was great to see.
8I like the opportunity to make films.
9I believe in God, absolutely.
10So it's hard to be an artist and be true to the reality of the world you want to create and also make it entertaining and successful financially.
11The simple answer is I'd just be a guy trying to feed my family, like everybody else. The complicated answer is, I think I'd be in some sort of military or government world of some sort.
12It's a hard line to walk, man. Cause you know you want to make this movie, you want to make it dark and real, you want to show all this stuff but unfortunately you can't always do that.
13The story is also about the battle between Arthur and the Saxons. The Saxons were destroying everything they came across and Arthur was left when Rome was falling because this movie takes place in 400 A.D.
14It's a dumb question, because I don't look at things as a black director, just as a director, so ask me as a director first and we can segue into the colour thing later.
15It's not worth it, it's not about money, especially when you're dealing with a culture. It should be about elevating the idea of what we are and who we are as people in the cinema, and that kind of stuff keeps dragging us back down.
16I became a director just for the love of movies, because of the power of cinema.
17I started studying mythology, just on my own. Joseph Campbell, mysticism.
18I just think you can't shut your life off to just, you know, one thing. You gotta be open-minded. Explore things. Feed your artist.
19What I learned is, don't forget who you are, because that's what's going to make you a filmmaker.
20'Cause movies are human drama, that's it.
21Some men don't gel when it comes to work - you have different work ethics, different opinions, different points of views, different methods of filmmaking - and we didn't gel.
22But I like to go to movies with my son because it's still fun; it reminds me of why I make movies.
23Bruce Willis. Pain in my ass, no problem about that. We just didn't get along. We got along off camera, but shooting we just didn't get along.
24Cinema Paradiso, because it reminds me of why I make movies, the magic of movies, the romance of movies.

Facts

#Fact
1Was offered the chance to direct Man on Fire (2004) but turned it down as he was busy working on King Arthur (2004).
2Was originally set to direct American Gangster (2007) in 2004 with Denzel Washington and Benicio Del Toro starring, but production was halted one month before shooting after Universal Pictures canceled the film over budget concerns.
3One of 115 people invited to join AMPAS in 2007.
4Nephew of Harvey Fuqua(of The Moonglows).

Pictures

Movies

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Untitled Muhammad Ali Documentary2018Documentary pre-production
American Dream American KnightmareDocumentary announced
OmertaTV Movie announced
The Man Who Made It Snowattached announced
Ice2017TV Series 1 episode
The Magnificent Seven2016
Exit Strategy2015TV Movie
Southpaw2015
The Equalizer2014
Olympus Has Fallen2013
Brooklyn's Finest2009
Shooter2007/I
The Call2006/IShort
Murder Book2005TV Movie
King Arthur2004
Lightning in a Bottle2004Documentary
Tears of the Sun2003
From Toni with Love: The Video Collection2001Video
Training Day2001
Bait2000
Usher Live1999Video
The Replacement Killers1998
Inside Out IV1992Video

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Untitled Muhammad Ali Documentary2018Documentary executive producer pre-production
Training Day2017TV Series executive producer filming
American Dream American KnightmareDocumentary producer announced
OmertaTV Movie executive producer / producer announced
The Man Who Made It Snowproducer announced
Ice2016-2017TV Series executive producer - 6 episodes
Shooter2016TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
Forever Brothers: The '71 Pittsburgh Pirates Story2016TV Movie documentary executive producer
The Magnificent Seven2016executive producer
Exit Strategy2015TV Movie executive producer
Southpaw2015producer
Olympus Has Fallen2013producer
Brooklyn's Finest2009executive producer
Bastards of the Party2005Documentary executive producer / producer

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bait2000uncredited

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Born & Raised2012special thanks
Paris, je t'aime2006personal thanks
Made Men: The 'GoodFellas' Legacy2004Video documentary short special thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Made in Hollywood2010-2016TV SeriesHimself
Rotten Tomatoes2016TV SeriesHimself
Southpaw: Extended Training Montage2015Video documentary shortHimself
Southpaw: Inside the Ring2015Video documentary shortHimself
Celebrity Conversations2015TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Denzel Washington: A Different Kind of Superhero2014Video shortHimself
Equalizer Vision: Antoine Fuqua2014Video shortHimself
Inside 'The Equalizer'2014Video shortHimself
The Equalizer: Children of the Night2014Video shortHimself
The Equalizer: One Man Army - Training and Fighting2014Video shortHimself
The Equalizer: Vengeance Mode2014Video documentary shortHimself
IMDb: What to Watch2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Cinema 32014TV SeriesHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2010-2014TV SeriesHimself
Weekend Ticket2014TV Series shortHimself
Festival de cine de San Sebastián 2014: Gala de inauguración2014TV MovieHimself - Presenter: Honorary Award to Denzel Washington
Extra2014TV SeriesHimself - The Equalizer
Creating the Action: VFX and Design of 'Olympus Has Fallen'2013Video documentary shortHimself
Olympus Has Fallen: Deconstructing the Black Hawk Sequence2013Video documentary shortHimself
Olympus Has Fallen: Ground Combat - Fighting the Terrorists2013Video documentary shortHimself
Olympus Has Fallen: The Epic Ensemble2013Video documentary shortHimself
Under Surveillance: The Making of 'Olympus Has Fallen'2013Video documentary shortHimself
Piers Morgan Tonight2013TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley2010-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
NFL Alumni Player of the Year Awards2012TV SpecialHimself
The Scarface Phenomenon2011Video documentaryHimself
Brooklyn's Finest: An Eye for Detail2010Video shortHimself
Brooklyn's Finest: Boyz N the Real Hood2010Video shortHimself
Brooklyn's Finest: From the MTA to the WGA2010Video shortHimself
Brooklyn's Finest: Three Cops and a Dealer2010Video shortHimself
Conflict and Chaos: The Life of a New York Cop2010Video documentary shortHimself
The Mo'Nique Show2010TV SeriesHimself
Días de cine2009TV SeriesHimself
On the Lot2007TV SeriesHimself - Judge
Survival of the Fittest: The Making of 'Shooter'2007Video documentary shortHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007TV SeriesHimself
King Arthur: A Roundtable Discussion2005Video documentary shortHimself
Blood on the Land: The Making of a King2004Video documentary shortHimself
Made Men: The 'GoodFellas' Legacy2004Video documentary shortHimself - Director
The Making of 'King Arthur'2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
This Morning2004TV SeriesHimself
Journey to Safety: Making 'Tears of the Sun'2003Video documentary shortHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains2003TV Special documentaryHimself
Hollywood Celebrates Denzel Washington: An American Cinematheque Tribute2003TV Special documentaryHimself
Chow Yun-Fat Goes Hollywood2001Video documentary shortHimself
HBO First Look1998-2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Stracult 22001TV SeriesHimself
Intimate Portrait2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Where the Action Is1998TV MovieHimself

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2015Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Directing in a Motion PictureThe Equalizer (2014)
2012Capri Cult AwardCapri, Hollywood
2002Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsTheatrical - Best DirectorTraining Day (2001)

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2016Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Director, Motion PictureSouthpaw (2015)
2014Hollywood AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalBest DirectorOlympus Has Fallen (2013)
2011Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest DirectorBrooklyn's Finest (2009)
2005Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest DirectorLightning in a Bottle (2004)
2004Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsFilm: Best DirectorTears of the Sun (2003)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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