Bill Duke, a Q&A With a Legend, Pt. 1
He is one of Hollywood’s most prolific and powerful directors, with acting credits that span multiple mediums, genres and generations. Whether you’re a fan of drama, action or comedy, Bill Duke is a man who’s portrayed all of the above with depth and aplomb, and since his mainstream debut in the classic 1976 film, Car Wash, the Poughkeepsie, NY native has maintained a flourishing career both in front of (Commando, Predator, Action Jackson, Menace II Society, Get Rich or Die Trying) and behind the camera (Hill Street Blues, A Rage in Harlem, Deep Cover, Hoodlum, Not Easily Broken), serves on the Board of Trustees at the American Film Institute and donates both resources and time to his community to educate youth in the craft of acting (“Boot Camp Hollywood”), as well as supplemental education alternatives for at-risk youth in his home base of Los Angeles (“Educating Young Minds”).
In part one of a recent chat with DSN, the 67-year-old activist and Director’s Guild of America Award recipient spoke with passion about his latest projects and how societal issues reflect in his film and humanitarian work.