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Bill Duke

William Henry "Bill" Duke, Jr. is an American writer, director, producer and actor with over 35
years of experience. He received his dramatic arts training at Boston University, New York
University's Tisch School of Arts and at the American Film Institute. Known for his physically imposing frame, Duke's work frequently dwells within the action/crime and drama genres but also includes comedy. Duke first broke into TV in the early eighties directing episodes of well known TV shows including "Miami Vice", "Cagney & Lacey" and "Hill Street Blues". Additionally he directed several made for TV movies that received wide critical acclaim including "American Playhouse" and "American Playhouse: A Raisin in the Sun (#8.1)". 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, as unlucky mercenary "Mac", in Predator and as Carl Weathers fiery police chief in Action Jackson. After cutting his directorial teeth on the small screen, Duke directed his first feature film with the crime drama, A Rage in Harlem. Duke followed up that success by directing several other notable films to include, Hoodlums, Sister Act 2, Deep Cover and Not Easily Broken. His documentaries, Dark Girls and Light Girls, both NAACP Image Award nominees, aired on OWN and were two of the most successful documentaries on the network.