Bill Duke
American actor and director
Bill Duke
William Henry "Bill" Duke, Jr. is an American actor and film director with over 35 years of experience. Known for his physically imposing frame, Duke's work frequently dwells within the action/crime and drama genres but also includes comedy.
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Director Malcolm D. Lee Talks <i>The Best Man Holiday</i>
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"You know, people really know me from 'The Best Man.' I've done five other movies since then, but it always comes back to 'The Best Man.' It was time to do the sequel." - Malcolm D. Lee, director of 'The Best Man Holiday' Malcolm D. Lee is back with a hit film, The Best Man Holiday. It is quite possibly the most-anticipated film of the year with cast members and the director appearing on magazine covers, television, radio and at film festivals to hawk the sequel to The Best Man, a black film that made its mark in Hollywood nearly 15 years ago. The year was 1999 and a consistent stream of films directed by black directors had been making a dent in Hollywood for over a decade. At the top of the decade, there was Spike Lee, Robert Townsend, John Singleton, Mario Van Peebles, George Jackson, Bill Duke, Kevin Hooks, Doug McHenry, F. Gary Gray, the Hudlin and Hughes Brothers making films that were literally changing the face of Hollywood. Black films were turning major profits and sho ...
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Madonna Badger, Who Lost 3 Daughters And Both Parents In Christmas Fire, Is Engaged
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Nearly two years after a tragic Christmas Day fire killed her three daughters and both of her parents, Madonna Badger has announced that she is engaged. In a lengthy new article in Vogue, "The Long Road Back: How to Keep Going After the Unimaginable Happens," Badger writes about working to overcome insurmountable grief and doing her best to move on with her life. On Christmas Day in 2011, a fire raged through Badger's Stamford, Connecticut home. Her nine-year-old daughter Lily, her twin seven-year-old daughters, Grace and Sarah, and her parents, Lomer and Pauline Johnson, all perished in the blaze. Only Badger and her then-boyfriend, Michael Borcina, survived. "I've never felt so desperate," Badger writes of waking up in the hospital the day after the tragedy. "Whenever I wasn't knocked out on sedatives, I was screaming at the top of my lungs: 'Where are my children?! Where are my parents?!'" Badger struggled with suicidal thoughts, and had stints at a few psychiatric hospita ...
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Don't Blame It On Youth -- Elijah Wells Shatters Negativity
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It completely disturbed me to hear the news a few days ago that some youth took to the streets and attacked a young man simply based on his looks. The group of kids pinpointed him for his Sikh appearance--beard, turban and his obvious South Asian heritage. The man described the attack by his assailants very vividly. He said they pulled on his beard, punched him, kicked him, and threw out hateful words such as "terrorist." In America, New York City to be specific, we take pride in referring to our diversity and blending of cultures as a "melting pot." With this ideal as a basis for our nation, how does something like this happen? There are many theories that come into play on this topic. But for me, as an African-American Christian, I believe the lack of tolerance stems from lack of fear for a higher being other than ourselves, lack of respect for life and lack of education or learning. It's also failure of being open to learn from others outside of our immediate circle, and whi ...
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'Dark Girls' directors Bill Duke, D. Channsin Berry answer 5 questions
CNN - over 3 years
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j.n. salters: "You're Pretty for a Dark-Skinned Girl": The Continuing Significance of Skin Tone in "the Black Community"
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"There's a rapper, I've forgotten his name, he just did a video recently and on the call sheet for auditions, he literally stated "no dark-skinned women need apply." Isn't that something?" -- Bill Duke, "Bill Duke airs dirty laundry of skin prejudice in Dark Girls" "Here was an ugly little girl asking for beauty. A surge of love and understanding swept through him, but was quickly replaced by anger. Anger that he was powerless to help her. Of all the wishes people had brought him -- money, love, revenge -- this seemed to him the most poignant and the one most deserving of fulfillment. A little black girl who wanted to rise up out of the pit of her blackness and see the world with blue eyes." -- Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye During a recent dinner with two older black women, the subject of colorism found its way into our conversation, amongst chatter of romance, interracial dating, and graduate school. We openly and casually discussed the difficulties that many darker-ski ...
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Yvonna Russell: Rebel Without a Pause: Huey P. Newton
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Two years ago I remembered a documentary I saw produced by Antoine Fuqua called, Bastards of the Party about the Bloods and the Crips. The director, a former Blood gangmember, felt the gang-related turf wars grew out of the restless generation that came after the Black Panther Party, which patrolled to monitor police brutality and address the survival needs of the black community during the civil rights era. I thought it was fascinating and it got me to thinking about Huey P. Newton, co-founder and minister of self-defense of the Black Panther Party. I started reading everything on his life and work. Truly a labor of love one book on Eldridge Cleaver (author of Soul on Ice and minister of information, who later became a Republican) would lead me to a book on Geronimo Pratt and on to a book about his lawyer Johnnie Cochran and so on. I read Alondra Nelson's book, Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination for her extensive research on t ...
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Billy Burke Featured In Trailer For Elmore Leonard’s FREAKY DEAKY
Boom Tron - almost 5 years
The Elmore Leonard train keeps barrelling along with the announcement this week that Shoreline has picked up the international distro rights for the latest Leonard novel to come to the big screen, 1988′s Freaky Deaky.  Twilight actor Billy Burke has picked up the protagonist role of Chris Mankowski, former Bomb Squad member, but with Leonard as with many other high-caliber writers, it’s the villains and the supporting cast that really make the piece. It’s been years since I’ve read this Elmore Leonard novel, and I didn’t even know a film adaptation of it was in the works.  None of that dampens my excitement for the forthcoming film, however, and I am once again grateful that Elmore Leonard-mania seems to be sweeping the nation, probably thanks to Justified.  Thanks, Justified! But even if Leonard’s work was still in a kind of mainstream limbo–his works have been Hollywood fodder for years, but only recently has he become anything like a household name–this cast alone will put but ...
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GAY, WILLIAM DUKE "BILL"
Star News Online - almost 5 years
WILLIAM "BILL" DUKE GAY Bill Gay, 77, of Wilmington, passed away April 16, 2012, after a long battle with polycystic kidney disease. He was .....
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More Life After Radio: Music Journalist Billy Dukes
Radio Info - almost 5 years
In the second installment of our periodic new series “Life After Radio,” we chat with former WQDR Raleigh, N.C., MD/night jock Billy Dukes, who left a 10-year-long radio career in 2011 to become a writer, quickly landing his current gig as associate editor at TasteOfCountry.com. Despite working for a great station, Dukes says he got “burnt out” on radio and felt himself heading down the path of becoming an “old, bitter curmudgeon.” Read more about his happy “Life After Radio.”
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Many Colors Of Prejudice Are Revealed In 'Dark Girls'
NPR - almost 5 years
Dark Girls, a documentary about color prejudice among African-Americans, has become a hit on the film festival circuit. Actor-director Bill Duke says discrimination by light-skinned blacks toward dark-skinned ones is not a thing of the past. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Brad Pitt, George Clooney lead list of A-listers headed to TIFF 2011 – AWARDS ... - Hollywoodnews.com
Google News - over 5 years
... Bennett Miller, Bertrand Bonello, Bess Kargman, Bibo Bergeron, Bill Duke, Blake Williams, Bobcat Goldthwait, Bradley Kaplan, Branwen Okpako, Brian Cassidy, Bruce Beresford, Bruce McDonald, Bruno Dumont, Byran Wizemann, Calvin Thomas, Cameron Crowe,
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MY BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL :: Discussion of 'Dark Girls' - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
Director Bill Duke, who&#39;s credits also include Not Easily Broken, A Rage in Harlem, and Sister Act 2, along with D. Channsin Berry document “dark times for dark girls” (NY Times, 2011). The film, scheduled to be released in the fall, covers elements of
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TIFF 2011 documentaries: A complete list - Globe and Mail
Google News - over 5 years
Dark Girls | By: Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry Duke and Channsin Berry set out to examine why skin colour bias persists. Panh explores the legacy of Cambodia&#39;s genocide with a portrait of Kaing Guek Eav, also known as Duch, the man responsible for
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FOX Carolina - WHNS 21 - Greenville News and WeatherUpstate customers are not ... - WHNS Greenville
Google News - over 5 years
... commercial, and industrial - will be footing the bill. Duke Energy officials say the company plans to use the money to &quot;recover billions in investments… and modernize its electric system and comply with state and federal emissions regulations
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bill Duke
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2008
    Age 64
    Duke was cast as recurring character Capt. Parish in the action television series/crime drama Fastlane. He made a guest appearance on Baisden After Dark in the episode broadcast on July 18, 2008 and guest-starred on Cold Case as Grover Boone, a corrupt politician, in the 2008 episode "Street Money".
    More Details Hide Details Duke voiced a detective in the episode "Thank You for Not Snitching" of the animated television series The Boondocks. The character and his entire scene were references to Menace II Society. Duke also appears in Busta Rhymes music video "Dangerous".
  • 2007
    Age 63
    Duke teamed with screenwriter Bayard Johnson to co-producer Cover, a 2007 film which explores the HIV epidemic.
    More Details Hide Details Duke made an early appearance on Kojak as Sylk in the episode "Bad Dude," in the third season of the series. He guest-starred in the fourth episode of Lost in its third season as Warden Harris, in the episode "Every Man for Himself". He also guest-starred in Battlestar Galactica in the season two episode "Black Market". Duke had a starring role in a series from 1980 to 1981 called Palmerstown USA, that was produced by Norman Lear and Roots author, Alex Hailey. Although the series was critically acclaimed and won an Emmy, it ran for 17 episodes.
    In 2007 he directed the reenactments in the award-winning, PBS-broadcast documentary Prince Among Slaves produced by Unity Productions Foundation.
    More Details Hide Details Duke continues to act and direct for both the small and silver screens. He is also a mentor for young African Americans aspiring to work in the performance arts.
  • FORTIES
  • 1985
    Age 41
    Duke directed the TV movie The Killing Floor in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details He began directing theatrical films in the 1990s with crime dramas A Rage in Harlem (1991), Deep Cover (1992) and Hoodlum (1997). He also directed The Cemetery Club (1993) and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993), starring Whoopi Goldberg. For television, Duke directed the A&E Network original film, The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2000).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1971
    Age 27
    After graduation from Dutchess he went on to Boston University for further instruction in drama and for his B.A. After studying at New York University's Tisch School of Arts and the AFI Conservatory, he appeared on Broadway in the 1971 Melvin Van Peebles musical Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death.
    More Details Hide Details He directed episodes of several noteworthy 1980s television series, including Hill Street Blues and Miami Vice. Standing an imposing 6 ft 4½ in and featuring a closely shaved head, Duke first became a familiar face to moviegoers in Car Wash (1976) where he portrayed fierce young Black Muslim revolutionary Abdullah Mohammed Akbar (formerly known as Duane), and expanded his repertoire with American Gigolo (1980) where he played a gay pimp. And in the early 1980s he produced and starred in a short-lived CBS TV series Palmerstown, USA about the life, times and relationships between a black family and a white family in a small rural town in the 1930s. As the action-film-oriented genre became more popular, Duke's presence was perfect to portray a myriad of "tough guy" roles, chiefly alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando and Predator, as well as a DEA chief in The Limey (1999) which was an uncredited role; and a police chief in the Carl Weathers movie Action Jackson. Duke also played a Police Chief opposite Steven Segal, in Exit Wounds. He played a detective investigating a murder in Menace II Society, in which he uttered the famous line, "You done fucked up, you know that, don't you?". He played a corrupt law enforcement agent in two films opposite Mel Gibson - Bird on a Wire (as FBI) and Payback (as a police detective). Duke appears in X-Men: The Last Stand as Trask, Washington in National Security, Levar in Get Rich or Die Tryin' and Nokes in Bad Country.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1943
    Born
    Born on February 26, 1943.
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