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Born: October 20, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, comedian, acting teacher

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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). Nunn's professionalism has made him a favorite of other directors besides Lee. He portrayed a Southern police chief in Bill Condon's "White Lie" (USA Network, 1991), later reteaming with him for "Candyman:...

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).

Nunn's professionalism has made him a favorite of other directors besides Lee. He portrayed a Southern police chief in Bill Condon's "White Lie" (USA Network, 1991), later reteaming with him for "Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh" (1995), and has also acted twice for Michael Apted ("Extreme Measures" 1996; HBO's "Always Outnumbered" 1998) and Gary Fleder ("Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead" 1995; "Kiss the Girls" 1997). In addition to his regular role as Jack Cloud on the short-lived CBS series "Traps" (1994), he has appeared on episodes of "Chicago Hope," "Touched By an Angel" (both CBS), "New York Undercover" and "Millennium" (both Fox), among others, and filmed an unsold ABC pilot "The Game" (1998), starring Luke Perry. Nunn also turned in a fine performance as Tim Roth's adoptive father in "The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean" (1998), Giuseppe Tornatore's first English-language feature, released initially in Italy and then in the USA in 1999.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Won't Back Down (2012)
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3.
 Spider-Man 3 (2007)
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5.
 Firehouse Dog (2007)
6.
 Idlewild (2006)
7.
 Spider-Man 2 (2004) Joseph "Robbie" Robertson
8.
 People I Know (2003) The Reverend Lyle Blunt
9.
 Runaway Jury (2003) Lonnie Shaver
10.
 Spider-Man (2002) Joseph "Robbie" Robertson
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Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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While attending Morehouse College in Atlanta, began acting in local theater productions, eventually performing in "Fences", "A Soldier's Play" and "Macbeth", among others
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Worked with friend Al Cooper as member of comedy team Nunn and Cooper in nightclubs
1988:
Feature debut in fellow Morehouse alum Spike Lee's "School Daze"
1989:
Reteamed with Lee for arguably his most memorable role, the menacing Radio Raheem, in "Do the Right Thing"
1989:
TV debut, CBS-movie "The Littlest Victims"
1990:
Third film with Lee, "Mo' Better Blues"
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"
1992:
Played Whoopi Goldberg's "protector" in "Sister Act"
1994:
Supplied the moral center for USA Network TV-movie "Silent Witness: What the Child Saw" with his sensitive portrayal of William Crawford
1994:
Had regular role as Jack Cloud in short-lived CBS series "Traps"
1995:
Acted in Condon's "Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh"
1995:
Portrayed Easy Wind in Gary Fleder's feature directing debut, "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead"
1995:
Made guest appearances on episodes of "Chicago Hope" (CBS) and "New York Undercover" (Fox)
1996:
Appeared as detective in Michael Apted's "Extreme Measures"
1997:
Reunited with Fleder for "Kiss the Girls"
1998:
Fourth film with Spike Lee, "He Got Game"
1998:
Acted in Apted's HBO-movie "Always Outnumbered"
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
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
2001:
Co-starred with Denis Leary in the ABC comedy-drama "The Job"
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Education

Morehouse College: -

Notes

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.

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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wife:
Donna Nunn.

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daughter:
Jessica Nunn. Born c. 1982.
daughter:
Cydney Nunn. Born c. 1991.

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