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Legendary Actor/Director/Producer Bill Duke

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Legendary Actor/Director/Producer Bill Duke chats about his new autobiography, The book, "Bill Duke: My 40-Year Career on Screen and behind the Camera," is the memoir of a Hollywood original. In an industry that rarely embraces artists of color, Duke first achieved success as an actor, then turned to directing. He directed episodes of ratings giant tv shows such as Dallas, Falcon Crest, Hill Street Blues, and Miami Vice, Duke progressed to feature films like A Rage in Harlem, Deep Cover, Hoodlum, and Sister Act 2. Duke recalls the loving but stern presence of his mother and father, acting mentors like Olympia Dukakis, who helped steer him toward success, and the pitfalls that nearly derailed his career, notably an addiction to drugs. Along the way, readers will encounter familiar names like Danny Glover, Laurence Fishburne, Forest Whitaker, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Whoopi Goldberg. From his Broadway debut in 1971 to the establishment of the Duke Media Foundation, which trains and mentors young filmmakers, Bill has been breaking the rules of what it means to triumph in the entertainment industry.

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