Bill Duke

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Black performer-director-writer whose work ranges from primetime TV and film to theater and literature. Duke began his film acting career in Michael Schultz's boisterous comedy "Car Wash" (1976), shortly after he ... Read more »
Born: 02/26/1943 in Poughkeepsie, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (51)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Fuller Life 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Bad Country 2013 (Movie)

Nokes (Actor)

Battledogs 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Henry's Crime 2011 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

The Big Bang 2011 (Movie)

Drummer (Actor)

Cold Case 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Own Worst Enemy 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Go-Getter 2008 (Movie)

Liquor Supply (Actor)

The Boondocks 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Yellow 2007 (Movie)

Miles Emory (Actor)

Battlestar Galactica 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 (Movie)

Trask (Actor)

Get Rich or Die Tryin' 2005 (Movie)

Levar (Actor)

Karen Sisco 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Fastlane 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

National Security 2003 (Movie)

Lieutenant Washington (Actor)

Never Again 2002 (Movie)

Earl (Actor)

Red Dragon 2002 (Movie)

Police Chief (Actor)

Exit Wounds 2001 (Movie)

Hinges (Actor)

Fever 2001 (Movie)

Detective Glass (Actor)

Good Times: The E! True Hollywood Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Redd Foxx: Say It Like It Is 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Who Killed Atlanta's Children? 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Foolish 1999 (Movie)

Studio Producer (Actor)

Payback 1999 (Movie)

Detective Hicks (Actor)

Susan's Plan 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Nat King Cole: Loved in Return 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Fifth Annual Trumpet Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Fourth Annual Trumpet Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Presenter

Menace II Society 1993 (Movie)

Detective (Actor)

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit 1993 (Movie)

Mr Johnson (Actor)

Champlin on Film 1989 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

World Beat 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bird on A Wire 1990 (Movie)

Albert Diggs (Actor)

Street of No Return 1989 (Movie)

Borel (Actor)

Action Jackson 1988 (Movie)

Captain Armbruster (Actor)

No Man's Land 1987 (Movie)

Malcolm (Actor)

Predator 1987 (Movie)

Mac (Actor)

Commando 1985 (Movie)

Cooke (Actor)

Palmerstown U.S.A. 1979 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

American Gigolo 1980 (Movie)

Leon Jaimes (Actor)

Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Car Wash 1976 (Movie)

Duane (Actor)

Always Outnumbered (TV Show)

Actor

Dallas: The Early Years (TV Show)

Actor

Love Is Not Enough (TV Show)

Actor

Santiago's America (TV Show)

Actor

Santiago's Ark (TV Show)

Actor
Director (29)

Light Girls 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Director

Invisible 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Dark Girls 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Not Easily Broken 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Cover 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Missing 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Robbery Homicide Division 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

Strong Medicine 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

City of Angels 1981 - 1982, 1984 - 1991, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Emerald Point, N.A.S. 1981 - 1991, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Falcon Crest 1981 - 1991, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

HeartBeat 1981 - 1982, 1984 - 1991, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Knots Landing 1979 - 1995, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Me and Mom 1981 - 1991, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

New York Undercover 1981 - 1991, 1994 - 1995, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe Mystery 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Director

Hoodlum 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

The Cemetery Club 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Deep Cover 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

A Rage in Harlem 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Brewster Place 1989 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Director

Hunter 1984 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Director

A Raisin in the Sun 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Director

The Meeting 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Director

Johnnie Mae Gibson 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Director

The Killing Floor 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Director

America's Dream (TV Show)

Director

Deacons For Defense (TV Show)

Director
Producer (6)

Invisible 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dark Girls 2010 (Movie)

Executive Producer / Producer (Executive Producer)

Not Easily Broken 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cover 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hoodlum 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Sweet Potato Ride 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (2)

Dark Girls 2010 (Movie)

(Writer)

Good Times (TV Show)

Writer

Biography

Black performer-director-writer whose work ranges from primetime TV and film to theater and literature. Duke began his film acting career in Michael Schultz's boisterous comedy "Car Wash" (1976), shortly after he started writing for the TV series "Good Times." A prolific TV director with scores of primetime episodes to his credit, including "Knots Landing," "Falcon Crest," "Hill Street Blues," "Spenser: For Hire," "A Man Called Hawk," "City of Angels," "New York Undercover" and the miniseries "Miracle's Boys," he won acclaim for his award-winning PBS film "The Killing Floor" (1984), about WWI stockyard workers, and "The Meeting" (1989), about a hypothetical encounter between Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

Relationships

Ethel Duke

Mother

William Duke

Father

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York
Graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts

AFI Conservatory

Los Angeles , California

Boston University

Boston , Massachusetts 1966
Entered as a pre-med student; graduated from BU's School of Fine Arts

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1978 - 1980
Graduated 1980

Milestones

2008

Directed the thriller "Cover"

2005

Cast in Jim Sheridan's urban drama "Get Rich or Die Tryin'"; loosely based on the life of rapper 50 cent

2003

Cast as Amos Andrews in the NBC series "Karen Sisco" based on the feature "Out of Sight"

2001

Co-starred in "Exit Wounds"

2000

Directed the A&E TV-movie "Golden Spiders"

2000

Helmed episodes of the CBS medical drama "City of Angels"

1999

Played a corrupt Chicago detective in "Payback"

1998

Helmed a two-part story arc of the UPN drama "Legacy"

1997

Directed (executive produced) the under-appreciated gangster flick "Hoodlum"

1993

Helmed "The Cemetery Club"

1991

Directed first feature, "A Rage in Harlem"

1984

Directed "The Killing Floor"; filmed as the pilot for a 10-part PBS series; received first theatrical release March 1992

1980

Cast in Alex Haley's TV series, "Palmerstown, U.S.A" for two seasons as a fictional representative of Haley's father

1979

Directed for TV series, "Knots Landing"

1979

Directed first short, "The Hero"

1976

Feature film acting debut, "Car Wash"

1974

Began writing for TV series, "Good Times" (1973-79)

1972

Off-Broadway directing debut, "The Secret Place" by Garrett Morris

1972

TV movie acting debut, "Santiago's Ark" for ABC Afterschool Specials

1970

Broadway acting debut in Melvin Van Pebbles' "Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death"

1969

Off-Broadway acting debut in Douglas Turner Ward's "Day of Absence" with the Negro Ensemble Company

1968

Began acting career on New York stage in Le Roi Jones's "Slave Ship" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music

Directed over 30 off-Broadway plays including "Unfinished Women..." (1977) and "No Place to Be Somebody" (1987)

Bonus Trivia

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Duke has directed over 70 episodes of prime-time TV.

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