Commanding performer Bill Nunn made his feature debut in fellow Morehouse College graduate Spike Lee's School Daze (1988), but really etched himself into moviegoers' minds as a formidable screen presence in his second film with Lee, Do the Right Thing (1989), playing Radio Raheem, whose ever-present boom box is at the center of a fight that leads to his death at the hands of an overzealous police officer, the prelude to the all-out riot that follows (Nunn also acted in Mo' Better Blues (1990) and He Got Game (1998) for Lee). Though he made his initial mark playing young street toughs on screen, this veteran of the Atlanta stage showed he could use his impressive size for something other than menace with a critically acclaimed performance as Harrison Ford's sympathetic, high-spirited physical therapist in Regarding Henry (1991). Nunn subsequently has played pretty much every type there is, all the way up to nice, huggable teddy bear guys like Whoopi Goldberg's protector Eddie Souther in Sister Act (1992).
His professionalism has made him a favorite of other directors besides Lee. He portrayed a Southern police chief in Bill Condon's White Lie (1991) (TV) (USA Network), later reteaming with Condon for Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995), and has also acted twice for Michael Apted (Extreme Measures (1996), HBO's Always Outnumbered (1998) (TV)) and Gary Fleder (Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995), Kiss the Girls (1997)). Nunn also turned in a fine performance as Tim Roth's adoptive father in The Legend of 1900 (1998), Giuseppe Tornatore's first English-language feature, released initially in Italy and then in the United States in 1999. He can also be seen in Spider-Man (2002), People I Know (2002) with Al Pacino and the prison thriller Lockdown (2000).
Nunn has also found time to do numerous television pilots and three series. He was in the CBS series "Traps" (1994) with George C. Scott, sitcom "Local Heroes" (1995) for NBC and the critically acclaimed "The Job" (2001) with Denis Leary on ABC. He has appeared on episodes of "Chicago Hope" (1994), "Touched by an Angel" (1994) (both CBS), "New York Undercover" (1994) and "Millennium" (1996/II) (both Fox), among others.
Nunn resides in Georgia with his wife Donna and daughters Jessica and Cydney.
|Donna ?||(? - present) 2 children|
Graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia in 1976.
Did a artist-in-residence post with Spelman College in Georgia.
Enrolled in Morehouse College as an English major. Nunn originally had his sights set on becoming a writer. Overtime he started gravitating towards acting and decided to focus on that as his future instead.
Grew up in Pennsylvania.
His father has worked for over 40 years as a scout for the Pittsburgh Steelers and he has 5 Super Bowl rings. He uncovered many players from traditionally black colleges, including Hall of Famers John Stallworth and Mel Blount.
The whole process of rehearsing a play involves so many creative and dramatic exercises, that this became my training. In fact, I still consider myself in training. Every time I work it's an educational process because I learn by watching other actors. My career is always going to be an on-going study.
"Fortunately, I never had to do the waiter thing. When I got out of college, I immediately started to teach acting. One of the first jobs I had was in a federally-funded program where I taught drama to young people." - On his pre-acting employment.
'School Daze' was one of the highlights of my life because it was the first chance I had to act on screen. I would have been happy if that had been it, because I proved that I could do it.
If you want to be an actor, you should just get out there and do it. I don't go for the approach of first getting photos and an agent. I think you should start with the work, and the other stuff will follow. As with opportunity knocks, you have to be ready.
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