Bill Nunn

Bill Nunn

  • Highest Rated: 94% The Last Seduction (1994)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Foolish (1999)
  • Birthday: Oct 20, 1953
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Pittsburgh native Bill Nunn's prolific career earned him such a long list of roles, it's hard to believe the actor didn't set foot onscreen until he was 35 years old. The Morehouse College graduate had a degree in English and his career sights had always been set on writing. It wasn't until a fellow Morehouse graduate, Spike Lee, offered him a role in his 1988 film School Daze that Nunn decided to try his hand at professional acting. His power onscreen was undeniable, and so was his natural acting ability. He appeared in Lee's next film, the groundbreaking Do the Right Thing, and his iconic role as Radio Raheem cemented him as a career actor. Memorable parts soon followed in 1990's Cadillac Man and 1991's controversial Mario Van Peebles film New Jack City. Critics and audiences were amazed that Nunn hadn't been learning the craft all his life, as he proved to be a bankable actor with the capacity to be both moving and funny. Nunn loved his work, too; he would continue to participate in multiple projects a year, amassing a resumé 50 roles long over the course of 20 years. Nunn's kind but steady gaze earned him a reputation for playing police officers, but from the political satire Canadian Bacon to the comic-book hero Spider-man movies, He appeared in the TV movie version of Raisin in the Sun in 2008 and made his last on-screen appearance as a series regular in the USA series Sirens. Nunn died in 2016, at age 63.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

34% Won't Back Down Principal Holland $5.4M 2012
86% A Raisin in the Sun Bobo 2008
No Score Yet Little Bear and the Master Actor 2008
56% Randy and the Mob Wardlowe 2007
63% Spider-Man 3 Joseph `Robbie' Robertson $336.6M 2007
38% Firehouse Dog Joe Musto $13.9M 2007
47% Idlewild GW $12.6M 2006
No Score Yet Champions Actor 2006
93% Spider-Man 2 Robbie Robertson $373.4M 2004
No Score Yet Spider-Man 2.1 (Extended Cut) Actor 2004
73% Runaway Jury Lonnie Shaver $49.3M 2003
43% People I Know The Reverent Lyle Blunt 2003
No Score Yet Food for the Heart Moses 2002
No Score Yet The Kudzu Christmas Dr. Luke 2002
58% Lockdown Charles $0.4M 2002
90% Spider-Man Joseph `Robbie' Robertson $403.8M 2002
17% The Substitute 4: Failure Is Not an Option Luther 2001
No Score Yet Groupies Derrek Lassten 2001
No Score Yet Stolen from the Heart Agent Russ 2000
No Score Yet The Price of a Broken Heart Burke 1999
54% The Legend of 1900 (La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano) Danny 1999
0% Foolish Jimmy Beck 1999
No Score Yet Passing Glory Howard Porter 1999
No Score Yet Food for the Heart Actor 1999
No Score Yet Carriers (Virus X - Die tödliche Falle) Capt. Arends 1998
No Score Yet Ambushed Watts Fatboy 1998
75% The Tic Code Kingston 1998
81% He Got Game Uncle Bubba 1998
No Score Yet Always Outnumbered Howard M'Shalla 1998
No Score Yet The Color of Courage Chief Justice 1998
No Score Yet Ellen Foster Arnold 1997
36% Mad City Cliff 1997
29% Kiss The Girls Sampson 1997
No Score Yet Quicksilver Highway Len 1997
56% Extreme Measures Det. Burke 1996
8% Bulletproof Finch 1996
No Score Yet Mr. and Mrs. Loving Leonard 1996
0% True Crime Det. Jerry Guinn 1995
33% Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead Easy Wind 1995
22% Money Train Crash Train Motorman 1995
No Score Yet The Affair Sgt. Rivers 1995
14% Canadian Bacon Kabral Jabar 1995
94% The Last Seduction Harlan 1994
No Score Yet Dangerous Heart Mulkey 1994
28% Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh Rev. Ellis 1994
18% National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 Police Photographer 1993
No Score Yet Save Me Detective Vincent 1993
No Score Yet Native Strangers William Crawford 1993
72% Sister Act Eddie Souther $139.7M 1992
41% Regarding Henry Bradley 1991
No Score Yet White Lie Chief Adams 1991
77% New Jack City Duh Duh Duh Man 1991
55% Cadillac Man Grave Digger 1990
73% Mo' Better Blues Bottom Hammer 1990
No Score Yet Def by Temptation Dougy 1990
93% Do the Right Thing Radio Raheem 1989
58% School Daze Grady 1988
No Score Yet Vietnam War Story 1 Actor 1988

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

70% Sirens
2014-2015
Cash
  • 2015
11% October Road
2007-2008
Leslie Etwood
  • 2007
No Score Yet The District
2000-2004
Grant Singer
  • 2003
38% Fastlane
2002-2003
Parrish
  • 2002
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Frank Champness
  • 1996
No Score Yet Chicago Hope
1994-2000
Tony Maxwell
  • 1995
No Score Yet New York Undercover
1994-1998
Lt. Carver
  • 1995
  • 1994
33% Traps
1994
Det. Jack Cloud

QUOTES FROM Bill Nunn CHARACTERS

Joseph "Robbie" Robertson
Black-suit Spider-Man! Peter, these are incredible! We gotta have these, Jonah.
J. Jonah Jameson
I'll pay you the usual rate.
Peter Parker/Spider-Man
If you want the shots, I'll take the staff job. Double the money.
Joseph "Robbie" Robertson
The police say that Spider-Man was there.
J. Jonah Jameson
(To Peter) Where were you, photographing squirrels? You're fired!
J. Jonah Jameson
Where were you, photographing squirrels? You're fired!
Miss Brant
Jonah, the Planetary Ball.
J. Jonah Jameson
Oh, right. Parker, you're unfired!
Radio Raheem
[while playing "Fight the Power" loudly in Sal's pizzeria] Two slices.
Radio Raheem
[while playing 'Fight the Power' loudly in Sal's pizzeria] Two slices.
Sal
NO service till you turn that shit off!
Radio Raheem
[insistent] Two slices.
Pino
Turn it off!
Radio Raheem
The Story Of Life Is This: Static, One Hand Is Always Fighting The Other Hand, And The Left Hand Is Kicking Much A**.
Radio Raheem
The story of life is this: static. One hand is always fighting the other hand, and the left hand is kicking much ass.
Radio Raheem
Let Me Tell You The Story Of Right Hand-Left Hand, It's A Tale Of Good And Evil, Hate: It Was With This Hand That Cain Iced His Brother, Love: These Five Fingers, They Go Straight To The Soul Of Man, The Right Hand: The Hand Of Love.
Radio Raheem
Let me tell you the story of Right Hand, Left Hand. It's a tale of good and evil. Hate: it was with this hand that Cane iced his brother. Love: these five fingers, they go straight to the soul of man. The right hand: the hand of love.
Radio Raheem
And put some extra moozarella on that mofucker.