Bill Duke is an Actor, Director and Producer in Hollywood with more than 40 years of experience on screen and behind the camera. His acting credits include recent television and feature film roles in shows like Black Lightning, the critically acclaimed new film, Mandy, and the highly anticipated Stephen Soderbergh film, High Flying Bird. He is also known for roles in Predator, American Gigolo, Car Wash, Action Jackson, Commando, Menace II Society, Bird on a Wire, and many more.
He is known for his directing prowess and agility in television and film, with credits including television series Falcon Crest, Fame, Hill Street Blues, and PBSʼ The Killing Floor, for which he won the Sundance Special Jury Award in 1985. The accolades continued with a feature film directorial debut in 1991 for A Rage in Harlem, which was an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival and a contender for the prestigious Palme dʼOr. This global recognition led to further opportunities including directing the documentary Dark Girls, which aired on OWN and succeeded as one of the most successful programs in the network's history. Most recently, Bill directed the feature film, Created Equal and is currently working on the documentary, Never Stop, about the adoption and foster care systems. Bill's autobiography, Bill Duke: My 40-Year Career on Screen and Behind the Camera, was released in November 2018. He has served on the Board of Trustees at the American Film Institute and was also recognized by his peers with a Lifetime Achievement Tribute from the Directors Guild of Americaʼs African- American Steering Committee in 2010.