Bill Duke

Biography

Date of Birth 26 February 1943, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA Birth Name William Henry Duke Jr. Height 6' 4½" (1.94 m) Mini Biography Shaven headed, imposing looking African American actor, director, producer and writer who received his dramatic arts training at Boston University, New York University's Tisch School of Arts and at the American Film Institute. Duke first broke into TV in the early eighties directing episodes of well known TV shows including "Miami Vice" (1984), "Cagney & Lacey" (1982) and "Hill Street Blues" (1981). Additionally he directed several made for TV movies that received wide critical acclaim including "American Playhouse" (1982) (The Killing Floor) and A Raisin in the Sun (1989) (TV). Big Bill Duke's face then became known to movie goers following his appearance in several high octane action movies of the mid 1980s including fighting (and losing) to Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando (1985), as unlucky mercenary "Mac", in Predator (1987) and as Carl Weathers fiery police chief in Action Jackson (1988). After cutting his directorial teeth on the small screen, Duke directed his first feature film with the crime drama, A Rage in Harlem (1991). This was followed by another impressive crime film Deep Cover (1992), then the, The Cemetery Club (1993), and the comedy sequel, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993). Duke has since continued to divide his time between appearing both in front of the camera and behind it, and remains a dynamic, stimulating and creative talent in Hollywood. Trivia He is a mentor to young African Americans trying to make it as actors or directors. Frequently collaborates with Laurence Fishburne. Appeared in two films opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger: first as a villain in Commando (1985) and second as one of Schwarzenegger's jungle commandos in Predator (1987). Directed the sequel Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993). Nearly a decade later, he appeared in Red Dragon (2002) with Harvey Keitel, who played the villain of the original Sister Act (1992). Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 1992. Was considered for the role of Lt. Al Giardello on "Homicide: Life on the Street" (1993).

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Birth Name

William Henry Duke Jr.

Birth Place

Poughkeepsie, New York, USA

Birth Date

2/26/1943
Known For
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Predator

Mac

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Bird on a Wire

Albert Diggs

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Yellow

Miles Emory

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Never Again

Earl

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Fever

Detective Glass

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Common: Testify

Bill Duke

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Hollow Point

Senior Guard James

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Fastlane

Capt. Bob Parish (5 episodes, 2002-2003)

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No Man's Land

Malcolm

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High Flying Bird

Spence

Starring In
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In Search of Tomorrow

Self - Interviewee

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Hollow Point

Senior Guard James

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High Flying Bird

Spence

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In Search of the Last Action Heroes

Himself

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Mandy

Caruthers

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Bad Country

Nokes

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Battledogs

President Donald Sheridan

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Freaky Deaky

Wendell

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Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp

Self

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Henry's Crime

Frank

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The Big Bang

Drummer

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The Go-Getter

Liquor Supply

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Yellow

Miles Emory

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Payback: Straight Up

Det. Hicks (archive footage)

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X-Men: The Last Stand

Trask

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Get Rich or Die Tryin'

Levar

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Common: Testify

Bill Duke

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National Security

Lieutenant Washington

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Red Dragon

Police Chief

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Justice League - The Brave and the Bold (DC Comics Kids Collection)

Detective (voice)

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Fastlane

Capt. Bob Parish (5 episodes, 2002-2003)

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Love and a Bullet

Mysterious Voice on Phone

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Exit Wounds

Chief Hinges

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Never Again

Earl

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Echo of Murder

Chirumenga Jenga

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The Limey

Head DEA Agent (uncredited)

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Payback

Det. Hicks

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Dying To Get Rich! ... Susan's Plan

Detective Scott

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Foolish

Studio Producer

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Fever

Detective Glass

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Always Outnumbered

Blackbird Wills

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Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

Mr. Johnson

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Menace II Society

Detective

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Bird on a Wire

Albert Diggs

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Action Jackson

Captain Armbruster

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Predator

Mac

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No Man's Land

Malcolm

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Commando

Cooke

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American Gigolo

Leon

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Car Wash

Duane / Abdullah

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Night Call Nurses

Detective

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The Go-Getter

Liquor Supply

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