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Bill Duke Biography, Wiki 2017

William Henry Duke, simply known as Bill Duke, is an American film and television director, actor, and film producer. How rich is Bill Duke? The sources state that Bill Duke’s net worth is estimated to be $2 million. The majority of Bill Duke’s net worth and his annual salary comes from his career in the entertainment industry. Bill Duke was born in 1943 in Poughkeepsie, New York, and studied drama and creative writing at the Duchess Community College and even landed his first acting role at Dutchess in a performance titled “Emperor Jones” where he portrayed the main character Eugene.

Bill Duke Net Worth $2 Million

When Duke graduated from Dutchess College, he went on to study at the Boston University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in drama. Duke’s studies continued with Tisch School of Arts in New York, as well as a private film school AFI Conservatory, after which he proceeded to appear on Broadway. Duke’s first Broadway appearance occurred in 1971 in a musical created by Melvin Van Peebles titled “Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death”. Around the same time, Bill Duke contributed to his net worth by directing several television series, such as “Miami Vice” with Don Johnson and Olivia Brown, and “Hill Street Blues” that was named the All-Time Best Cop Show by TV Guide in 1993. Bill Duke’s ventures with the directing resulted in theatrical films including “Deep Cover” with Jeff Goldblum, “The Cemetery Club” starring Olympia Dukakis and Danny Aiello, “The Killing Floor”, as well as “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit” with Whoopi Goldberg.

Bill Duke has expanded his talents into acting and starred in several movies, the most notable of which are a comedy film “Car Wash” where he co-starred with George Carlin, “American Gigolo” with Richard Gere, “Exit Wounds” with a rapper DMX and Steven Segal, and Allen and Albert Hughes’ directorial debut “Menace II Society” with Jada Pinkett. He also co-starred with Mel Gibson in “Bird on a Wire” and “Payback”. Even though Bill Duke is mostly known for his roles in the movies of 1980s and 1990s, some of his most recent roles include Jim Sheridan’s “Get Rich or Die Tryin’”, which is a drama film starring 50 Cent, and “X-Men: The Last Stand” with Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and others. A famous actor and a film director with an estimated net worth of $2 million, Bill Duke actively supports various charitable causes.

In 2008, Duke established a non-profit organization titled “Duke Media Foundation” that provides media training for high school children. In addition, the organization supports fundraising for such causes as HIV and AIDS education, financial literacy, as well as nutritional education. Bill Duke is the CEO of “Duke Media Foundation” and takes part on the Board of Directors of Educating Young Minds, which is an after school program focused on helping the inner city youth with their schoolwork. Bill Duke is currently married to Shelia Moses, a writer, who has been nominated for the National Book Award, as well as the NCAAP Image Award.



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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Satan2016post-productionGabriel
Beyond the Silence2015completedDistrict Attorney Adam Stevenson
Restored Me2016Officer Brantley
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2016TV SeriesEd Pastrino
Between2015TV SeriesGord's Father
Bad Country2014John Nokes
Clipped Wings, They Do Fly2014District Attorney Adam Stevenson
Battledogs2013TV MoviePresident Donald Sheridan
Freaky Deaky2012Wendell Robinson
Engagement2011/VShort
Chaos2011TV SeriesGeneral Margolis
The Big Bang2010Drummer
Henry's Crime2010Frank
Level 26: Dark Origins2009ShortJack Mitchell
My Own Worst Enemy2008TV SeriesSerge Khabako
The Boondocks2007TV SeriesDetective
The Go-Getter2007Liquor
Yellow2006/IMiles Emory
Lost2006TV SeriesWarden Harris
X-Men: The Last Stand2006Trask
Battlestar Galactica2006TV SeriesPhelan
Get Rich or Die Tryin'2005Levar
Karen Sisco2003-2004TV SeriesAmos Andrews
Fastlane2002-2003TV SeriesCapt. Bob Parish
National Security2003Lieutenant Washington
R.U.S./H.2002TV Movie
Red Dragon2002Police Chief
Love and a Bullet2002Mysterious Voice on Phone
Justice League2002TV SeriesDetective
Exit Wounds2001Chief Hinges
Never Again2001Earl
Who Killed Atlanta's Children?2000TV MovieChirumenga Jenga
Fever1999Detective Glass
The Limey1999Head DEA Agent (uncredited)
Foolish1999Studio Producer
Payback1999/IDet. Hicks
Black Jaq1998TV MovieIvor 'Max' Maxwell
Susan's Plan1998Detective Scott
Always Outnumbered1998TV MovieBlackbird Wills
Biography1998TV Series documentaryNarrator
New York Undercover1994TV SeriesHitman
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit1993Mr. Johnson
Menace II Society1993Detective
Bird on a Wire1990Albert Diggs
Samuel Fuller's Street of No Return1989Lieutenant Borel
American Playhouse1989TV SeriesFBI Agent #2
Action Jackson1988Capt. Earl Armbruster
No Man's Land1987Malcolm
Predator1987Mac
Dallas: The Early Years1986TV MovieSeth Foster
Commando1985Cooke
Benson1981TV SeriesMad-Dog
Palmerstown, U.S.A.1980-1981TV SeriesLuther Freeman
American Gigolo1980Leon
Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force1978TV MovieSgt. Langford
Love Is Not Enough1978TV Movie'Happy' Jordan
Charlie's Angels1978TV SeriesDavid Pearl
Starsky and Hutch1978TV SeriesOfficer Dryden
Car Wash1976Duane - Abdullah
On the Rocks1976TV Series
Kojak1976TV SeriesSylk
ABC Afterschool Specials1972-1975TV SeriesMr. Sands

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Created Equal2017post-production
The Power of One: The Diane Latiker StoryDocumentary announced
Untitled Joe Louis Projectannounced
The Blexicans2015TV Series
Light Girls2015Documentary
Preying for Mercy2014TV Movie
Dark Girls2011Documentary
Xelerate2011Short
Not Easily Broken2009
Cover2007
Prince Among Slaves2007Documentary recreations director
Miracle's Boys2005TV Mini-Series 1 episode
1-800-Missing2004TV Series 1 episode
Robbery Homicide Division2003TV Series 1 episode
Fastlane2003TV Series 1 episode
Deacons for Defense2003TV Movie
Strong Medicine2002TV Series 1 episode
American Experience2002TV Series documentary 1 episode
Angel: One More Road to Cross2001Video
Living in the Spirit Revue2001Video documentary
City of Angels2000TV Series 1 episode
The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe Mystery2000TV Movie
Hoodlum1997
America's Dream1996TV Movie
New York Undercover1994TV Series 1 episode
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit1993
The Cemetery Club1993
Deep Cover1992
A Rage in Harlem1991
The Outsiders1990TV Series 3 episodes
Brewster Place1990TV Series 1 episode
Gideon Oliver1989TV Series 1 episode
American Playhouse1984-1989TV Series 3 episodes
A Man Called Hawk1989TV Series 1 episode
Heartbeat1989TV Series 1 episode
Tour of Duty1988TV Series 1 episode
Miami Vice1988TV Series 1 episode
Spenser: For Hire1988TV Series 1 episode
Crime Story1987TV Series 2 episodes
Knots Landing1982-1987TV Series 10 episodes
The Twilight Zone1987TV Series 1 episode
Amen1987TV Series 1 episode
Starman1986-1987TV Series 2 episodes
Flag1986
Matlock1986TV Series 1 episode
Johnnie Mae Gibson: FBI1986TV Movie
Fame1986TV Series 1 episode
Hell Town1985TV Series 1 episode
MacGruder and Loud1985TV Series 1 episode
Berrenger's1985TV Series 1 episode
Hill Street Blues1983-1984TV Series 2 episodes
Hunter1984TV Series 1 episode
Call to Glory1984TV Series 1 episode
Maximum Security1984TV Series 1 episode
Cagney & Lacey1983-1984TV Series 2 episodes
Emerald Point N.A.S.1983-1984TV Series 2 episodes
Dallas1983TV Series 2 episodes
Falcon Crest1982TV Series 6 episodes
Flamingo Road1982TV Series 2 episodes

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Power of One: The Diane Latiker StoryDocumentary executive producer announced
Untitled Joe Louis Projectproducer announced
Preying for Mercy2014TV Movie executive producer
Meeting Gary2014Short associate producer
And Then...2013Short consulting producer
Brooklyn Gangster: The Story of Jose Lucas2012consulting producer
Dark Girls2011Documentary executive producer / producer
Xelerate2011Short producer
Not Easily Broken2009producer
Cover2007producer
The Pact2006Documentary executive producer
Living in the Spirit Revue2001Video documentary co-executive producer
Hoodlum1997executive producer
Sweet Potato Ride1994Short executive producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Blexicans2015TV Series
Preying for Mercy2014TV Movie
Good Times1979TV Series written by - 1 episode

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Experience2002TV Series documentary director of re-creations - 1 episode
Rude1982assistant director

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Brooklyn Gangster: The Story of Jose Lucas2012special thanks
Salvation Road2010/IShort special thanks
Earshot2009special thanks
Free Meal2009Short special thanks
El pistolero del diablo2007Short grateful acknowledgment
Flat Dog Dreams2007Short special thanks
Finishing the Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee2007special thanks
Ax 'Em1992special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Diversity in Hollywood2016TV Mini-Series documentary
Unsung Hollywood2014-2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Movies and Stuff2016TV SeriesHimself
Strokes of Genius2015DocumentaryHimself
Actors Reporter Interviews2015TV SeriesHimself
Exhale2015TV SeriesHimself
Misguided Altruism2015Documentary
Celebrity Crime Files2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Zo What? Morning Show2014TV SeriesHimself
TakePart Live2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
A Fuller Life2013DocumentaryHimself - Reader (segment "Freelance")
Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp2012DocumentaryHimself
The Hour2012TV SeriesHimself
Kiss and Tell: The History of Black Romance in Movie2012Documentary
Way Black When: Primetime2011TV SeriesHimself
The Mo'Nique Show2010TV SeriesHimself
The Brian McKnight Show2010TV SeriesHimself
Char·ac·ter: The Interviews2010DocumentaryHimself
Film Hustle2009DocumentaryHimself
On Profiles in Courage2009DocumentaryHimself
Directors on Directing2009DocumentaryBill Duke
Straight from the Horses Mouth2009VideoHimself
Baisden After Dark2008TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2008TV SeriesHimself
11th Annual Ribbon of Hope Celebration2008TV MovieHimself
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success2007VideoHimself
Screen Nation Television and Film Awards 20072007TV SpecialHimself
Commando: Pure Action2007Video documentaryHimself
Trailers from Hell2007TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2005TV SeriesHimself
Ego Trip's Race-O-Rama2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Roots: Celebrating 25 Years2002TV MovieHimself
If It Bleeds We Can Kill It: The Making of 'Predator'2001Video documentary shortHimself
Predator: Character Design2001Video documentary shortHimself
Predator: Classified Action2001Video shortHimself
Predator: Old Painless2001Video documentary shortHimself
Predator: The Life Inside2001Video documentary shortHimself
Predator: The Unseen Arnold2001Video documentary shortHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Intimate Portrait2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Biography2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Frank Capra's American Dream1997TV Movie documentaryHimself - Interviewee: Director
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993TV SeriesHimself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1991TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Welcome to the Basement2015-2016TV SeriesHimself / Abdullah
Le Fossoyeur de Films2013TV Mini-Series documentary
Payback: Straight Up2006VideoDetective Hicks

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2004Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsTelevision: Best DirectorDeacons for Defense (2003)
1997Career Achievement AwardAcapulco Black Film Festival
1985Special Jury PrizeSundance Film FestivalDramaticThe Killing Floor (1984)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Television DocumentaryDark Girls (2011)· D. Channsin Berry (Director)
2010Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest DirectorNot Easily Broken (2009)
2006Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Director - TelevisionMiracle's Boys (2005)· Spike Lee
· Ernest R. Dickerson
· Neema Barnette
· LeVar Burton
· Kevin Arkadie
1998Black Film AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalBest DirectorHoodlum (1997)
1992Tokyo Grand PrixTokyo International Film FestivalDeep Cover (1992)
1991Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalA Rage in Harlem (1991)
1985Grand Jury PrizeSundance Film FestivalDramaticThe Killing Floor (1984)


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#Fact
1Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven (1992) is his favorite film.
2Cousin of Helen Douglas, and Earl Hansen.
3Uncle of Nola Hampton.
4Brother of Yvonne Duke.
5Chairperson of the Radio-TV-Film department at Howard University. [2000]
6Was considered for the role of Lt. Al Giardello on Homicide: Life on the Street (1993).
7Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 1992.
8Directed the sequel Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993). Nearly a decade later, he appeared in Red Dragon (2002) with Harvey Keitel, who played the villain of the original Sister Act (1992).
9Appeared in two films opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger: first as a villain in Commando (1985) and second as one of Schwarzenegger's jungle commandos in Predator (1987).
10Frequently collaborates with Laurence Fishburne.
11He is a mentor to young African Americans trying to make it as actors or directors.

#Quote
1There are very few things that you do as an actor that are not part of you on some level. I've been able to get a certain freedom, and since I'm an introverted person, it's a way to act out to a certain extent. The profession allows me to be many different kind s of things that I think I don't have the personal courage to be in my personal life.
2[om being typecast as police officers] Once I figured Hollywood might typecast me as the police officer, I turned to directing. That way, I could wait until an interesting project came along.
3I've studied different terms of acting, different kinds. However, I could not say that I subscribe to any particular kind of acting. I utilize what I know from real life to create my characters. Acting for me is an opportunity to really live out a number of different lives. To be able to portray those different aspects of yourself sets you free in a lot of ways.

#Trademark
1Often cast as law enforcement officers: "Red Dragon" (2002), "Exit Wounds" (2001), "Action Jackson" (1988).

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