Winston Duke

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Winston Duke
Winston Duke by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Duke at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1986-11-15) November 15, 1986 (age 32)
EducationUniversity at Buffalo (BA)
Yale University (MFA)
Years active2014–present
Known forPerson of Interest
Black Panther

Winston Duke (born November 15, 1986) is a Trinidadian and Tobagonian-American actor best known for his role of M'Baku in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starting with Black Panther (his feature film debut), and Avengers: Infinity War (both 2018); followed by Avengers: Endgame (2019). In 2019, he starred alongside Lupita Nyong'o in Jordan Peele's horror film, Us.

Early life[edit]

Duke was born in Argyle, Tobago in Trinidad and Tobago[2], and moved to the U.S. with his mother, Cora Pantin,[3] and sister when he was nine years old. He graduated from Brighton High School in Rochester, New York in 2004.[4] He attended University at Buffalo, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, and moved on to Yale School of Drama where he received a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Acting, graduating 2013.[5]


He started acting in theater productions for Portland Stage Company and Yale Repertory Theatre before being cast in Person of Interest.[6] At Yale, he befriended fellow actor Lupita Nyong'o, with whom he would later star in Black Panther and Us.[7] Winston returned to his native Trinidad and Tobago in 2012 for the theatre production of An Echo in the Bone starring alongside actress Taromi Lourdes Joseph and directed by fellow Yale alumna Timmia Hearn Feldman.

Duke stars in Marvel Cinematic Universe's Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers Endgame as M'Baku.[8] In 2019, Duke starred in the blockbuster horror film Us, directed by Jordan Peele.[9]



Year Title Role Director Notes
2018 Black Panther M'Baku Ryan Coogler Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Fight
Avengers: Infinity War Anthony and Joe Russo Cameo
2019 Avengers: Endgame[10]
Us Gabe Wilson Jordan Peele
TBA Wonderland Hawk Peter Berg Post-production
Nine Days Edson Oda Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Cedric Jones Episode: "Gridiron Soldier"
2014–2015 Person of Interest Dominic Besson / Mini 7 episodes
2015 The Messengers Zahir Zakaria 3 episodes
Major Crimes Curtis Turner Episode: "#FindKaylaWeber"
2016 Modern Family Dwight 3 episodes


  1. ^ "Winston Duke". Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  2. ^ Desta, Yohana (February 16, 2018). "MEET M'BAKU Black Panther's Winston Duke Is the Star You Should Be Watching". Vanity Fair. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  3. ^ Jacob, Debbie (April 2, 2018). "Hands off Winston Duke". Trinidad & Tobago NewsDay.
  4. ^ Arnold, Alexis (May 22, 2018). "From Brighton High School to Wakanda: Winston Duke remembers his days in Rochester". 13WHAM ABC Rochester. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  5. ^ "Winston Duke, UB Alumnus, Cast in Marvel Film". University at Buffalo. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  6. ^ Cay (April 24, 2015). "Exclusive Interview: Winston Duke Talks Person of Interest and The Messengers". Nice Girls TV.
  7. ^ Falcone, Dana Rose (October 4, 2017). "PEOPLE's 'Ones to Watch' Talks to Winston Duke About His Breakout Role in Marvel's Upcoming Black Panther". People. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  8. ^ Kroll, Justin (September 28, 2016). "'Black Panther' Taps 'Person of Interest' Actor Winston Duke to Play M'Baku (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.
  9. ^ Hipes, Patrick (May 8, 2018). "Jordan Peele Unveils Title Of New Movie; Lupita Nyong'o In Talks, Winston Duke & Elisabeth Moss Eyed". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  10. ^ Baumgartner, Scott (March 31, 2019). "Winston Duke on How 'Avengers' Will Top Itself with 'Endgame'". ET Online. Retrieved April 1, 2019.

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