Bill Duke (born February 26, 1943) is an American actor and film director.
Duke was born William Henry Duke, Jr. in Poughkeepsie, New York to Ethel Louise Douglas and William Henry Duke, Sr. He received his first instruction in the performing arts at Boston University. After studying at New York University's Tisch School of Arts and the AFI Conservatory, he appeared on Broadway in the 1971 Melvin Van Peebles musical Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death. He directed episodes of several noteworthy 1980s television series, including Hill Street Blues and Miami Vice.
Standing an imposing 6'4 and featuring a closely shaved head, Duke first became a familiar face to moviegoers in Car Wash (1976) where he portrayed the young revolutionary Abdullah, and expanded his repretoire with American Gigolo (1980) as a homosexual (Note: in the film, Duke is seen with hair as opposed to his other films).
As the action-film oriented genre became more popular, Duke's presence was perfect to portray a...
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Bill Duke was born in Poughkeepsie , New York, Dutchess County