Bill Duke Biography

Birthday: 1943-02-26
Place of Birth: Poughkeepsie, New York USA
Height: 6' 4½" (1.94 m)
Wiki 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" (1981) 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 "American Playhouse: A Raisin in the Sun (#8.1)" (1989). 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.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Palmerstown, U.S.A. 1980 Drama
Karen Sisco Amos Andrews 2003 Crime
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Bird on a Wire Albert Diggs 1974 0
Car Wash 1976 Comedy, Drama, Romance
American Gigolo 1980 Comedy, 0, Biography
Commando Cooke 1985 Action, Thriller
Dallas: The Early Years 1986 Drama, Romance
Predator Mac 1987 Sport, 0, Game Show, 0
No Man's Land Malcolm 1987 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Action Jackson Capt. Earl Armbruster 1988 0, 0, 0
Samuel Fuller's Street of No Return Lieutenant Borel 1989 Action, Drama, Crime
Always Outnumbered 1998 Drama
Payback Det. Hicks 1999
Fever Detective Glass 2000 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Exit Wounds Chief Hinges 2001 Action, Comedy, Crime
National Security Lieutenant Washington 2003 Action, Comedy, Crime
Yellow Miles Emory 2007 Drama, Music, Musical
The Go-Getter 2008
Henry's Crime Frank 2010 Comedy
The Big Bang Drummer 2011 Action, Mystery, Thriller
Freaky Deaky Wendell Robinson 2012
Bad Country Nokes 2014 0, 0, Comedy
Certified Henry Washington 2015 Crime, Drama, Music