Biography

Bill Duke recently received a Lifetime Achievement Tribute from the Directors Guild of America, an award also received by directors Stephen Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock, and Clint Eastwood.Founder and CEO of Duke Media.Bill Duke serves on the Board of Trustees at the American Film Institute. Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him to the California State Film Commission Board. Bill Duke served as the Time Warner Endowed Chair in the Department of Radio Television and Film at Howard University in Washington, DC. He was then appointed to the National Endowment of the Humanities by Former President Bill Clinton.Bill Duke’s directing credits include The Killing Floor, A Rage in Harlem, Sister Act 2, Deep Cover, Hoodlum, The Cemetery Club, Cover and Not Easily Broken. Currently in post production are the films Black Diamonds: The Evolution of Blacks in Baseball and the in-production Dark Girls (2011).

Bill Duke’s acting credits include Predator, American Gigolo, Car Wash, Commando, Menace II Society, Bird on a Wire, The Limey, Get Rich or Die Trying, X-Men 3, and the upcoming Freaky Deaky, currently in production (2011).

Bill Duke is a humanitarian and activist who devotes his time to charity and not for profit organizations. Bill is on the Board of Directors of Educating Young Minds after school program with the mission to help inner city youth in the United States excel in school and life. He is also extensively involved with the United Nations UNAIDS mission to eliminate AIDS globally.

As film history has proven, Bill Duke welcomes the challenges of making films with a voice that needs to be heard.

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Celebrities Who Give is on location for ICON MANN Awards Dinner to celebrate 28 influential black male leaders in entertainment & multi-media. Celebrity Leaders talked to host Erin Mooney about the importance of being an icon and giving back to their communities. Interviews include: Michael Ealy, Stephen Bishop, F Gary Gray, Bill Duke, David Oyelowo, Laz Alonso, Eriq LaSalle, Ron Kirk, Dr. Courtney P. Hollowell, co-founders Tamara Houston & Adrienne Alexander, Leland Melvin, Raymond J. Mcguire. Event sponsered by Lexis & BET.