Bill Nunn

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Bill Nunn
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Nunn in the play Fences
Born William Goldwyn Nunn III
(1953-10-20)October 20, 1953
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died September 24, 2016(2016-09-24) (aged 62)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Cause of death Leukemia
Occupation Actor
Years active 1988–2016
Spouse(s) Donna Nunn
Children 2

William Goldwyn "Bill" Nunn III (October 20, 1953 – September 24, 2016) was an American actor known for his roles as Radio Raheem in Spike Lee's film Do the Right Thing and Robbie Robertson in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man film trilogy.

Early life[edit]

Bill Nunn III was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Frances Nunn and William G. Nunn, Jr., a well-known journalist and editor at the Pittsburgh Courier and a National Football League scout.[1][2] His paternal grandfather was the first African American football player at George Westinghouse High School.[3] While ball boys for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bill Nunn and current Steelers President Art Rooney II stole "Mean" Joe Greene's car during training camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.[4] "Joe Greene showed up in a beautiful green Lincoln Continental, and me and Bill Nunn, Jr. were ball boys. Somehow Bill got the keys one night and we decided to take it for a ride. We only told Joe that story about 10 years ago. We figured that enough time had passed that we could disclose our little joy ride."[4]

Nunn was a 1970 graduate of Schenley High School and a 1976 graduate of Morehouse College.[5] He attended college with Spike Lee and appeared in several of Lee's early feature films.[1]

Career[edit]

Nunn made his acting debut in the 1988 Spike Lee film School Daze, and is best known for his roles as Radio Raheem in Lee's Do the Right Thing and as Nino Brown's bodyguard Duh Duh Duh Man in New Jack City. Some of his other film credits include Lee's Mo' Better Blues and He Got Game, as well as Regarding Henry, Sister Act, Canadian Bacon, The Last Seduction, Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead, New Jack City, Runaway Jury, Spider-Man trilogy (as Joseph "Robbie" Robertson), Firehouse Dog, the television series The Job, Randy and The Mob, and the 2016 televised adaptation of A Raisin in the Sun.[6]

Nunn also performed on stage, including August Wilson's Fences, a Pittsburgh-based play; Nunn performed alongside Anthony Mackie, who played his Nunn's character's son.[1] Nunn was also very involved in community outreach, and he formed his own Pittsburgh-area outreach project in 2008.[1]

Death[edit]

Nunn died on September 24, 2016 in his home[7] in Pittsburgh's Hill District; he was 62 years old.[8] His widow Donna confirmed that he had leukemia.[7][1]

Select filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Goldstein, Andrew; Lord, Rich; Eberson, Sharon (September 25, 2016). "Actor Bill Nunn dies". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved September 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ Varley, Teresa (February 27, 2007). "Long-time scout Bill Nunn is a man who made a difference". steelers.com. Pittsburgh Steelers. Archived from the original on March 5, 2007. Retrieved January 12, 2017. 
  3. ^ Finder, Chuck (2006-07-24). "Q&A". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  4. ^ a b Prisuta, Mike (2015-07-26). "2015 Training Camp is underway". Archived from the original on 2016-02-24. 
  5. ^ "Morehouse Celebrates 143 Years". Morehouse College. Archived from the original on May 27, 2010. Retrieved March 12, 2010. 
  6. ^ Mcshane, Larry. "Bill Nunn, Radio Raheem in 'Do the Right Thing,' dies at 63". Daily News. Retrieved September 25, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Gajanan, Mahita (September 25, 2016). "Celebrities Mourn the Death of Do the Right Thing Actor Bill Nunn". Time. Retrieved January 12, 2017. 
  8. ^ Stack, Liam (September 24, 2016). "Bill Nunn, Who Played Radio Raheem in 'Do the Right Thing,' Dies at 63". The New York Times. Retrieved September 25, 2016. Nunn was 62 years, 11 months old, so the headline is incorrect. 
  9. ^ Out There at the Internet Movie Database

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