Bill Duke - My 40-Year Career on Screen and Behind the Camera

Bill Duke - My 40-Year Career on Screen and Behind the Camera

Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 2:00 PM

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
441 John Lewis Freedom Parkway NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Bill Duke, one of the first—and few—African Americans to direct for both television and feature films writes about the challenges he faced to not only achieve success as an actor, but more significantly as a director in a very white Hollywood.

He'll discuss his memor, Bill Duke: My 40-Year Career on Screen and Behind the Camera, at the Carter Library. While there, attendees may be interested in viewing the exhibition, "Georgia on My Screen: Jimmy Carter and the Rise of the Film Industry."

This event is free and open to the public. If you are unable to attend, you may order a signed copy of the book here:

About the Book

In this candid autobiography, Duke recalls the loving but stern presence of his mother and father, acting mentors like Olympia Dukakis, 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, Duke has been breaking the rules of what it means to triumph in the entertainment industry. Recalling pivotal moments in his life, "Bill Duke: My 40-Year Career on Screen and Behind the Camera" is the story only Bill Duke could tell.

About the Author

Bill Duke is an actor, director, producer, and humanitarian who has more than sixty films and television shows to his credits. His directing credits include A Rage in Harlem, Deep Cover, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, and Hoodlum, as well as episodes of Dallas, Knots Landing, Hill Street Blues, and Miami Vice. His acting credits include Bird on a Wire, Commando, Menace II Society, Predator, Payback, X-Men: The Last Stand, and several television shows, including Law and Order: SVU. He is the president of Duke Media Entertainment, a production company that produces films and television shows, and head of the Duke Media Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to train and empower underserved and gifted high school students in the disciplines of media literacy and financial literacy.