Bill Duke


Miami Vice Director
February 26, 1943, Poughkeepsie, New York

William Henry Duke, Jr. (born February 26, 1943, Poughkeepsie, New York) is an American actor and director, who directed the episode "Baseballs of Death" of the series Miami Vice.


Duke got his first film acting role as "Abdullah Mohammed Akbar" (aka Duane) in the 1976 film Car Wash (with Jack Kehoe), then moved on to roles in American Gigolo, Commando (with Dan Hedaya and David Patrick Kelly), Predator (with Elpidia Carrillo), Action Jackson (with Vanity and Jack Thibeau), Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (also directed, with Brad Sullivan and Robert Pastorelli), PaybackX-Men: The Last Stand, The Big Bang, Restored Me (with Pepe Serna), and Mandy.

His TV acting credits include his debut in The ABC Afterschool Special, followed by Starsky and Hutch (with Paul Michael Glaser, David Soul, and Antonio Fargas), Charlie's Angels, Benson, Fastlane, Karen Sisco, Battlestar Galactica (with Edward James Olmos), Lost (with Terry O'Quinn), and Black Lightning (with James Remar).

Duke first got into directing in the 1980s, directing episodes of the TV series Flamingo Road, Falcon Crest, Dallas, Cagney and Lacey, Fame, Knots Landing, Amen, Strong Medicine, Robbery Homicide Division, and the movies Not Easily Broken, Cover, and A Rage in Harlem.