Bill Nunn

Actor, Comedian, Acting teacher
Commanding black performer Bill Nunn made his feature debut in fellow Morehouse College graduate Spike Lee's "School Daze" (1988) but really etched himself into moviegoers' minds as a formidable screen presence in his ... Read more »
Born: 10/20/1953 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (64)

Chicago Hope 1995 - 1996, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fallen Angels 1995 - 1996, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Millennium 1995 - 1997, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York Undercover 1995 - 1997, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sirens 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1995 - 1996, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Won't Back Down 2012 (Movie)

Principal Holland (Actor)

A Raisin in the Sun 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Firehouse Dog 2007 (Movie)

Joe Musto (Actor)

October Road 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Randy and the Mob 2007 (Movie)

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Spider-Man 3 2007 (Movie)

Joseph "Robbie" Robertson (Actor)

Denis Leary's Merry F#%$in Christmas 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Idlewild 2006 (Movie)

GW (Actor)

Spider-Man 2 2004 (Movie)

Joseph (Actor)

The Division 2000 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Lockdown 2003 (Movie)

Charles Pierce (Actor)

People I Know 2003 (Movie)

The Reverend Lyle Blunt (Actor)

Runaway Jury 2003 (Movie)

Lonnie Shaver (Actor)

The District 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spider-Man 2002 (Movie)

Joseph "Robbie" Robertson (Actor)

The Job 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tic Code 2000 (Movie)

Kingston (Actor)

Carriers 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Foolish 1999 (Movie)

Jimmy Beck (Actor)

The Hungry Bachelors Club 1999 (Movie)

Moses Grady (Actor)

The Legend of 1900 1999 (Movie)

Danny Boodman (Actor)

He Got Game 1998 (Movie)

Uncle Bubba (Actor)

Kiss the Girls 1997 (Movie)

Sampson (Actor)

Bulletproof 1996 (Movie)

Finch (Actor)

Extreme Measures 1996 (Movie)

Burke (Actor)

True Crime 1996 (Movie)

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Canadian Bacon 1995 (Movie)

Cabral (Actor)

Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh 1995 (Movie)

Reverend Ellis (Actor)

Money Train 1995 (Movie)

Crash Train Motorman (Actor)

Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead 1995 (Movie)

Easy Wind (Actor)

Bakersfield P.D. 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Seduction 1994 (Movie)

Harlan (Actor)

Traps 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 1993 (Movie)

Police Photographer (Actor)

Save Me 1993 (Movie)

Detective Vincent (Actor)

Sister Act 1992 (Movie)

Eddie Souther (Actor)

New Jack City 1991 (Movie)

Duh Duh Duh Man (Actor)

Regarding Henry 1991 (Movie)

Bradley (Actor)

Cadillac Man 1990 (Movie)

Grave Digger (Actor)

Def By Temptation 1990 (Movie)

Dougy (Actor)

Mo' Better Blues 1990 (Movie)

Bottom Hammer (Actor)

Do the Right Thing 1989 (Movie)

Radio Raheem (Actor)

Making "Do the Right Thing" 1989 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

School Daze 1988 (Movie)

Grady (Actor)

Always Outnumbered (TV Show)

Actor

Ambushed (TV Show)

Actor

Dangerous Heart (TV Show)

Actor

Ellen Foster (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. and Mrs. Loving (TV Show)

Actor

Passing Glory (TV Show)

Actor

Quicksilver Highway (TV Show)

Actor

Stolen From the Heart (TV Show)

Actor

The Affair (TV Show)

Actor

The Littlest Victims (TV Show)

Actor

The Price of a Broken Heart (TV Show)

Actor

White Lie (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Commanding black performer Bill Nunn made his feature debut in fellow Morehouse College graduate Spike Lee's "School Daze" (1988) but really etched himself into moviegoers' minds as a formidable screen presence in his second film with Lee, "Do the Right Thing" (1989), playing Radio Raheem, whose ever-present boom box is at the center of a fight that leads to his death at the hands of an over-zealous white cop, the prelude to the all-out riot that follows. (He also acted in "Mo' Better Blues" 1990 and "He Got Game" 1998 for Lee.) Though he made his initial mark playing young street toughs on screen, this veteran of the Atlanta stage showed he could use his impressive size for something other than menace with a critically-acclaimed performance as Harrison Ford's sympathetic, high-spirited physical therapist in "Regarding Henry" (1991). Nunn subsequently has played all along the spectrum up to nice, huggable teddy bear guys like Whoopi Goldberg's protector Eddie Souther in "Sister Act" (1992).

Relationships

Donna Nunn

Wife

Cydney Nunn

Daughter
born c. 1991

Jessica Nunn

Daughter
born c. 1982

EDUCATION

Morehouse College

graduated

Milestones

2001

Co-starred with Denis Leary in the ABC comedy-drama "The Job"

1999

Portrayed a crooked cop in "Payback"

1999

Played Tim Roth's adoptive father in "The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean", first English-language film by Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore

1998

Acted in Apted's HBO-movie "Always Outnumbered"

1998

Fourth film with Spike Lee, "He Got Game"

1998

Filmed unsold ABC pilot, "The Game", starring Luke Perry, who also executive produced, along with "Magic" Johnson and the creators John Tinker and Bill D'Elia

1997

Reunited with Fleder for "Kiss the Girls"

1996

Appeared as detective in Michael Apted's "Extreme Measures"

1995

Acted in Condon's "Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh"

1995

Made guest appearances on episodes of "Chicago Hope" (CBS) and "New York Undercover" (Fox)

1995

Portrayed Easy Wind in Gary Fleder's feature directing debut, "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead"

1994

Had regular role as Jack Cloud in short-lived CBS series "Traps"

1994

Supplied the moral center for USA Network TV-movie "Silent Witness: What the Child Saw" with his sensitive portrayal of William Crawford

1992

Played Whoopi Goldberg's "protector" in "Sister Act"

1991

Portrayed Southern police chief in Bill Condon's "White Lie", a USA World Premiere Movie

1991

Played Duh Duh Duh Man in Mario Van Peebles' "New Jack City"

1991

Received critical acclaim for his performance as Bradley Jordan, the physical therapist, opposite Harrison Ford in Mike Nichols' "Regarding Henry"

1990

Third film with Lee, "Mo' Better Blues"

1989

TV debut, CBS-movie "The Littlest Victims"

1989

Reteamed with Lee for arguably his most memorable role, the menacing Radio Raheem, in "Do the Right Thing"

1988

Feature debut in fellow Morehouse alum Spike Lee's "School Daze"

While attending Morehouse College in Atlanta, began acting in local theater productions, eventually performing in "Fences", "A Soldier's Play" and "Macbeth", among others

Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Worked with friend Al Cooper as member of comedy team Nunn and Cooper in nightclubs

Bonus Trivia

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Nunn received the Artist in Residence Award from the Georgia Council for the Arts and has served as Artist in Residence at Atlanta's Spelman College.

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He has performed frequently at Atlanta's prestigious Alliance Theater in "Fences", "T-Bone'n Weasel" and "Home", among other productions.

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