Date of Birth : Feb 26th 1943
African-American actor and film director with over 30 years in film and television. Known for his physically imposing figure, Duke’s work frequently dwells within the action/crime and drama genres but also includes comedy.
Standing an imposing 6’6 and featuring a closely shaved head, Duke first became a familiar face to moviegoers in Car Wash (1976) where he portrayed fierce young Black Muslim revolutionary Abdullah Mohammed Akbar (formerly known as Duane), and expanded his repertoire with American Gigolo (1980).
As the action-film oriented genre became more popular, Duke’s presence was perfect to portray a myriad of ‘tough guy’ roles, chiefly alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando and Predator, as well as the police chief in Carl Weathers’ movie Action Jackson. He played a detective investigating a murder in Menace II Society with his now classic line “You know you done fucked up now… you know that, don’t you?” He was a dirty cop in the Mel Gibson revenge movie Payback and has appeared in X-Men: The Last Stand as Bolivar Trask. He also played the role of Levar in the 2005 film Get Rich or Die Tryin’.