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 31)
Argyle, Trinidad and Tobago[1]
Education University at Buffalo (BA)[2]
Yale University (MFA)[2]
Occupation Actor
Years active 2014–present
Known for Person of Interest
Black Panther

Winston Duke (born November 15, 1986) is a Tobagonian-American actor. He is best known for his role of M'Baku in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starting with Black Panther, his film debut, and Avengers: Infinity War (both 2018). He will reprise the role in Avengers 4 (2019).

Early life[edit]

Duke was born in Tobago, Trinidad & Tobago[3] and moved to the U.S. with his mother, Cora Pantin,[4] and sister when he was nine years old. He graduated from Brighton High School in Rochester, New York in 2004.[5][not in citation given]


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.[7] Winston returned to his native Trinidad & 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 and Avengers: Infinity War as M'Baku.[8]



Year Title Role Director Notes
2018 Black Panther M'Baku Ryan Coogler Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Fight
Avengers: Infinity War Anthony & Joe Russo
2019 Us Jordan Peele Filming
Untitled Avengers film M'Baku Anthony & Joe Russo Post-production


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


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