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Bill Nunn (1953–2016)

by Legacy Staff

Bill Nunn, a character actor whose credits include “Spider-Man” and Spike Lee films, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at his home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, according to The Associated Press. He was 62.

His wife, Donna, told The Associated Press Nunn had been battling cancer.

Nunn’s memorable roles include newspaper editor Robbie Robertson in director Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” trilogy (2002–2007) and the pivotal role of Radio Raheem in Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” (1989).


Nunn’s first film role was in Lee’s “School Daze” (1988). Lee also cast him in “Mo’ Better Blues” (1990) and “He Got Game” (1998).

“Radio Raheem is now resting in power,” the director wrote on Instagram, “Radio Raheem will always be fighting da powers dat be. May God Watch over Bill Nunn.”

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Nunn was born Oct. 20, 1953, in Pittsburgh. His father, Bill Nunn Sr., was a sports writer, newspaper editor, and football scout for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta in 1976.

After getting his first film roles with Lee, Nunn had a career as a successful character actor, often working with major stars. He had memorable roles in “New Jack City” (1991) with Wesley Snipes, “Regarding Henry” (1991) with Harrison Ford, and “Sister Act” (1992) with Whoopi Goldberg. He last appeared in the TV series “Sirens” (2014) in which he played a Vietnam vet and emergency medical technician.

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