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Bill Duke

Highest Rated:   93% The Limey (1999)
Lowest Rated:   0% Cover (2007)
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Although many would likely recognize Bill Duke from his roles in such high-profile releases as Predator, Menace II Society, and Red Dragon, perhaps only a few connect the face in front of the camera with the name of the man who also directed such features as A Rage in Harlem and Hoodlum. A native of Poughkeepsie, NY, and the first in his family to graduate from college, the actor/director studied speech and drama at Boston University before earning his M.F.A. from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Subsequently penning off-Broadway plays and launching a film career with roles in Car Wash (1976) and American Gigolo (1979), Duke's early breakthrough came with a featured role in the critically acclaimed Alex Haley miniseries Palmerstown U.S.A. in 1980. Deciding to refine his skills behind the camera, the burgeoning actor later studied at the American Film Institute, where his student project The Hero earned him a solid reputation as a director to watch. In the years that followed, Duke earned a reputation as an efficient and effective television director as he took the helm for episodes of Hill Street Blues, Fame, Miami Vice, Spenser: For Hire, and Matlock. He soon moved into feature territory with the PBS drama The Killing Floor (which screened at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival and earned the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival). In 1989, Duke's adaptation of A Raisin in the Sun showed that, although his directing had thus far been limited to the small screen, he also had the potential to launch a lucrative career in theatrical features. After acting in such features as Commando (1985), Predator (1987), and Bird on a Wire (1990), Duke's first theatrical feature, A Rage in Harlem, was released in 1991. An effective crime drama featuring a gangster's moll, a trunk load of gold, and a slew of unsavory heavies, the film was unfairly interpreted by audiences to be a rip-off of the popular 1989 comedy Harlem Nights. For the dark crime thriller Deep Cover, Duke teamed with future collaborator Laurence Fishburne for the first time, and after lightening things up a bit with The Cemetery Club (1993), Duke earned a direct hit at the box office with the popular sequel Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit the same year. The remainder of the '90s found the actor/director evenly dividing his duties on both sides of the camera, and, in 1997, he re-teamed with Fishburne for the throwback gangster drama Hoodlum. With all of his directorial duties, Duke found little time to accept onscreen roles, though performances in Payback and Fever in 1999 reminded audiences that he was still a compelling screen presence. Duke returned to the small screen the following year to direct an episode of City of Angels and the Nero Wolfe mystery The Golden Spiders, and remained in television to shoot episodes of Fastlane and Robbery Homicide Division. In 2003, Duke directed the moving, made-for-TV drama Deacons for Defense. As roles in Red Dragon (2002) and National Security (2003) continued to fuel his feature career, Duke was also seen on the small screen in episodes of Fastlane and the Out of Sight (1998) spin-off Karen Sisco.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Restored Me
  • Officer Brantley
2016
No Score Yet Bad Country
  • Nokes
2014
88% A Fuller Life
  • Actor
2014
64% Iceberg Slim: Portrait Of A Pimp
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Battledogs
  • President Donald Sheridan
2013
No Score Yet Dark Girls
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
2012
19% The Big Bang
  • Drummer
2011
40% Henry's Crime
  • Frank
$0.1M 2011
33% Not Easily Broken
  • Director
  • Producer
$10.6M 2009
42% The Go-Getter
  • Liquor Supply
2008
No Score Yet Prince Among Slaves
  • Director
2008
0% Cover
  • Producer
2007
No Score Yet Yellow
  • Miles Emory
2007
No Score Yet Deepak Chopra: Seven Laws of Spiritual Success
  • Actor
2007
58% X-Men: The Last Stand
  • Bolivar Trask
$234.3M 2006
No Score Yet Payback: Straight Up
  • Det. Hicks
2006
No Score Yet The Pact
  • Executive Producer
2006
16% Get Rich or Die Tryin'
  • Levar
$30.9M 2005
No Score Yet Miracle's Boys
  • Director
2005
1% Twisted
  • Actor
$25.1M 2004
11% National Security
  • Lt. Washington
$35.8M 2003
No Score Yet Deacons for Defense
  • Director
2003
No Score Yet Paper Chasers
  • Actor
2003
69% Red Dragon
  • Police Chief
$93M 2002
31% Never Again
  • Earl
$0.2M 2002
No Score Yet Book of Love: The Definitive Reason Why Men Are Dogs
  • Actor
2002
32% Exit Wounds
  • Hinges
2001
No Score Yet Echo of Murder
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Susan's Plan
  • Det. Scott
2000
93% The Limey
  • Head DEA Agent
1999
0% Foolish
  • Studio Producer
1999
54% Payback
  • Det. Hicks
1999
No Score Yet Always Outnumbered
  • Blackbird Wills
1998
43% Hoodlum
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
1997
No Score Yet Biography: Nat King Cole - Loved in Return
  • Narrator
1997
7% Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
  • Mr. Johnson
  • Director
1993
85% Menace II Society
  • Detective
1993
No Score Yet Moadon Beit Hakvarot (The Cemetery Club)
  • Director
1993
67% The Cemetery Club
  • Director
1993
85% Deep Cover
  • Director
1992
No Score Yet Street of No Return
  • Lieutenant Borel
1991
64% A Rage in Harlem
  • Director
1991
32% Bird on a Wire
  • Albert Diggs
1990
No Score Yet A Raisin in the Sun
  • Director
1989
No Score Yet Meeting
  • Director
1989
10% Action Jackson
  • Capt. Armbruster
1988
50% No Man's Land
  • Malcolm
1987
78% Predator
  • Mac
1987
No Score Yet Under Cover
  • Director
1987
No Score Yet Dallas: The Early Years
  • Seth Foster
1986
No Score Yet Johnnie Mae Gibson: FBI
  • Director
1986
69% Commando
  • Cooke
1985
No Score Yet The Killing Floor
  • Actor
  • Director
1985
67% American Gigolo
  • Leon
1980
86% Car Wash
  • Duane
1976

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Actor
  • 2016
47% CHAOS
2011
  • Gen. Margolis
  • 2011
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Grover Boone
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Boondocks
2005-2014
  • Voice
  • 2007
No Score Yet Battlestar Galactica
2005-2009
  • Phelan
  • 2006
86% Lost
2004-2010
  • Warden Harris
  • 2006

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