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Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Spicy Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Leave them wanting more.

Birthplace

Born:
7/8/1945
Birth Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Spicy Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Leave them wanting more.

Birthplace

Born:
7/8/1945
Birth Location:
Philadelphia
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Biography

Director and television producer Stan Lathan was born on July 8, 1945, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The youngest of three children, Lathan attended public school in Philadelphia and went on to attend Pennsylvania State University, earning his B.A. degree in 1967.

Lathan began his directing career with the popular African American PBS series Say Brother; he then began directing episodes of Sesame Street in 1969 while working with well-known film director William Greaves. Over the following decades, Lathan directed numerous hit shows, including The Redd Foxx Show, Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice, Martin, and It's Garry Shandling's Show. Lathan also directed a number of dance specials for PBS featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov, Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham's Dance Company, and the Royal Winipeg Ballet. Lathan also executive produced and directed Cedric "The Entertainer" Presents and produced and directed It's Black Entertainment, a two-hour musical documentary for Showtime. Lathan did not limit himself to television; he directed Beat Street, and Save the Children, both feature-length motion pictures, as well as served as executive producer for Gridlock'd and How To Be A Player.

Lathan went on to become the executive producer and director of the HBO series Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry, and served as the co-creator of Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam. Lathan was also responsible for developing the concept for Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, which won a Tony Award in 2003 for best Special Theatrical Event., and went on to tour nationally and in Europe.

Lathan was honored with four NAACP Image Awards and The National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters Award for his achievements. Lathan served on the Board of Directors of the RUSH Philanthropic Arts Foundation and on the Board of Visitors for the School of Communications at Pennsylvania State University.

Lathan and his wife, Marguerite, were residents of Beverly Hills.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Stan Lathan's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Stan Lathan describes his mother and father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Stan Lathan lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Stan Lathan recalls his early childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Stan Lathan remembers his elementary school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Stan Lathan describes daily life during childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Stan Lathan recalls his junior high school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Stan Lathan reflects on his home life growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Stan Lathan remembers his childhood summers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Stan Lathan recalls his childhood interests and activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Stan Lathan describes his personality as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Stan Lathan remembers his high school singing group
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Stan Lathan relates his experiences at Penn State in the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Stan Lathan discusses his growing interest in film during graduate school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Stan Lathan details his early career in the context of the Civil Rights Movement (part 1)
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Stan Lathan details his early career in the context of the Civil Rights Movement (part 2)
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Stan Lathan recalls his involvement in the Ohm Theater Workshop
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Stan Lathan recounts his experiences as the director of "Say Brother"
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Stan Lathan discusses establishing himself as a director
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Stan Lathan discusses how he developed his directing style
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Stan Lathan reflects on how other directors influenced his career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Stan Lathan talks about his deep involvement in theater
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Stan Lathan recalls his involvement in Save the Children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Stan Lathan remembers working with famed comedian, Redd Foxx
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Stan Lathan relates how he avoided being pigeonholed as only a black director
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Stan Lathan details his seamless transition into Hollywood
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Stan Lathan recalls his shift from directing to also producing
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Stan Lathan reflects on his favorite shows
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Stan Lathan details life behind the camera
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Photo - Stan Lathan with Ray Richardson, Boston, Massachusetts, 1969
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Photo - Stan Lathan, New York, New York, 1971
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Photo - Stan Lathan, ca. 1972
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Photo - Stan Lathan with Alvin Ailey, ca. 1973
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Photo - Stan Lathan with the staff of 'Soul,' 1974
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Photo - Stan Lathan with Rosalind Cash, ca. 1972
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Photo - Stan Lathan with Ed Brown and Moms Mabley, ca. 1972
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Photo - Stan Lathan with Prime Minister Forbes Burnham, Guyana, 1974
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Photo - Stan Lathan with Peter Andrews, ca. 1975
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Photo - Stan Lathan with Matt Robinson, ca. 1973
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Photo - Stan Lathan with Moms Mabley, ca. 1973
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Photo - Stan Lathan, Chicago, Illinois, 1972
  • Tape: 6 Story: 13 - Photo - Stan Lathan with Nikki Giovanni, 1970
  • Tape: 6 Story: 14 - Photo - Stan Lathan, 1976
  • Tape: 6 Story: 15 - Photo - Stan Lathan's mother, Julia Lathan, and father, Stanley Lathan, ca. 1930s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 16 - Photo - Stan Lathan with his daughter and his brother's family, ca. 1968
  • Tape: 6 Story: 17 - Photo - Stan Lathan with the staff of 'Say Brother,' Boston, Massachusetts, 1968
  • Tape: 6 Story: 18 - Photo - Stan Lathan with the crew of 'Save the Children,' Chicago, Illinois, 1972
  • Tape: 6 Story: 19 - Photo - Stan Lathan with his daughter, Sanaa Lathan, ca. 2003
  • Tape: 6 Story: 20 - Photo - Stan Lathan with his family, ca. 1947
  • Tape: 6 Story: 21 - Photo - Stan Lathan, ca. 1958
  • Tape: 6 Story: 22 - Photo - Stan Lathan with his mother, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ca. 1946
  • Tape: 6 Story: 23 - Photo - Stan Lathan, University Park, Pennsylvania, ca. 1990
  • Tape: 6 Story: 24 - Photo - Stan Lathan with his wife, Marguerite, ca. 1982
  • Tape: 6 Story: 25 - Photo - Stan Lathan with his family, 1984
  • Tape: 6 Story: 26 - Photo - Stan Lathan with his mother, Julia Lathan, New York, New York, ca. 1974
  • Tape: 6 Story: 27 - Photo - Stan Lathan with LeVar Burton, 1976
  • Tape: 6 Story: 28 - Photo - Stan Lathan with Ralph Farquhar and Ehrich Van Lowe, 1994
  • Tape: 6 Story: 29 - Photo - Stan Lathan with Russell Simmons, 1989
  • Tape: 6 Story: 30 - Photo - The cast of 'All of Us,' 2004
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Slating of Stan Lathan interview, part 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Stan Lathan remembers Moms Mabley
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Stan Lathan lists black comedians with whom he has worked
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Stan Lathan describes what makes a good comedian
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Stan Lathan recalls screenwriter, Matt Robinson and 'Amazing Grace'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Stan Lathan recounts his work with Martin Lawrence
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Stan Lathan details his involvement with 'Def Comedy Jam' with Russell Simmons
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Stan Lathan discusses the television networks discovery of the large black television audience
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Stan Lathan remembers his work with Harry Belafonte on "Beat Street"
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Stan Lathan discusses his work with Charles Dutton on 'Roc'
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Stan Lathan discusses his role as producer
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Stan Lathan details the creation of 'Def Poetry Jam'
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Stan Lathan recalls how Def Poetry Tour became a success
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Stan Lathan discusses his future career plans
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Stan Lathan discusses his feelings about his daughter's acting career
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Stan Lathan ponders his legacy