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Also Known As: William Goldwyn Nunn Iii Died:
Born: October 20, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, acting teacher, comedian

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The son of a prominent sports journalist, Bill Nunn grew up in Philadelphia, eventually working as a ball boy for the Pittsburgh Steelers with future team President Art Rooney II. During one adventurous evening, the two of them took defensive tackle "Mean" Joe Greene's car for a joyride, only telling him about the mischievous incident years later. Nunn eventually enrolled at Morehouse College where he aimed to study political science. But once he discovered his love of acting, Nunn's path was set. He graduated in 1976, soon setting off on a career in front of the camera. He made his first uncredited appearance in the Burt Reynolds action movie "Sharky's Machine" (1981), soon moving on to a role in former Morehouse classmate Spike Lee's "School Daze" (1988). He would work with Lee again on "Do The Right Thing" (1989) as the pivotal character Radio Raheem before his memorable appearance in Mario Van Peebles' "New Jack City" (1991) playing the stuttering enforcer known as Duh Duh Duh Man. More famous roles would come with "Blood Brothers" (1993), "Money Train" (1995), "He Got Game" (1998), and all three of Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" (2002) movies. Nunn also appeared on Broadway, playing Walter Lee...

The son of a prominent sports journalist, Bill Nunn grew up in Philadelphia, eventually working as a ball boy for the Pittsburgh Steelers with future team President Art Rooney II. During one adventurous evening, the two of them took defensive tackle "Mean" Joe Greene's car for a joyride, only telling him about the mischievous incident years later. Nunn eventually enrolled at Morehouse College where he aimed to study political science. But once he discovered his love of acting, Nunn's path was set. He graduated in 1976, soon setting off on a career in front of the camera. He made his first uncredited appearance in the Burt Reynolds action movie "Sharky's Machine" (1981), soon moving on to a role in former Morehouse classmate Spike Lee's "School Daze" (1988). He would work with Lee again on "Do The Right Thing" (1989) as the pivotal character Radio Raheem before his memorable appearance in Mario Van Peebles' "New Jack City" (1991) playing the stuttering enforcer known as Duh Duh Duh Man. More famous roles would come with "Blood Brothers" (1993), "Money Train" (1995), "He Got Game" (1998), and all three of Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" (2002) movies. Nunn also appeared on Broadway, playing Walter Lee Younger in an acclaimed 2004 production of "A Raisin in the Sun." Nunn's final on-screen role was the part of Cash on the police comedy series "Sirens" (USA, 2014-15). Nunn died in September 2016. He was 66 years old.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Won't Back Down (2012)
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4.
 Firehouse Dog (2007)
5.
 Spider-Man 3 (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.
 Lockdown (2000) Charles Pierce
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1995:
Acted in Condon's "Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh"
2001:
Co-starred with Denis Leary in the ABC comedy-drama "The Job"
1994:
Had regular role as Jack Cloud in short-lived CBS series "Traps"
1995:
Made guest appearances on episodes of "Chicago Hope" (CBS) and "New York Undercover" (Fox)
1991:
Played Duh Duh Duh Man in Mario Van Peebles' "New Jack City"
1999:
Portrayed a crooked cop in "Payback"
1995:
Portrayed Easy Wind in Gary Fleder's feature directing debut, "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead"
1991:
Received critical acclaim for his performance as Bradley Jordan, the physical therapist, opposite Harrison Ford in Mike Nichols' "Regarding Henry"
1996:
Appeared as detective in Michael Apted's "Extreme Measures"
1994:
Supplied the moral center for USA Network TV-movie "Silent Witness: What the Child Saw" with his sensitive portrayal of William Crawford
1990:
Third film with Lee, "Mo' Better Blues"
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Worked with friend Al Cooper as member of comedy team Nunn and Cooper in nightclubs
1998:
Acted in Apted's HBO-movie "Always Outnumbered"
1998:
Fourth film with Spike Lee, "He Got Game"
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
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Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1988:
Feature debut in fellow Morehouse alum Spike Lee's "School Daze"
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
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
1989:
Reteamed with Lee for arguably his most memorable role, the menacing Radio Raheem, in "Do the Right Thing"
1997:
Reunited with Fleder for "Kiss the Girls"
1989:
TV debut, CBS-movie "The Littlest Victims"
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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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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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