Bill Nunn, ‘Do the Right Thing’ actor, dies at 62

Bill Nun as Radio Raheem in 'Do The Right Thing'

Bill Nunn, the actor who rose to fame as “Radio Raheem” in Spike Lee‘s 1989 film Do the Right Thing, died Saturday in Pittsburg, according to the director. He was 62.

Lee made the announcement in a tribute to the actor on Instagram.

“My Dear Friend, My Dear Morehouse Brother- Da Great Actor Bill Nunn As Most Of You Know Him As Radio Raheem Passed Away This Morning In His Hometown Of Pittsburgh,” Lee wrote. “Long Live Bill NUNN. RADIO RAHEEM Is Now RESTING IN POWER. RADIO RAHEEM WILL ALWAYS BE FIGHTING DA POWERS DAT BE. MAY GOD WATCH OVER BILL NUNN.”

Nunn started his acting career after graduating from Morehouse College in 1976. He landed his first role in Lee’s School Daze. He was best known for his roles in films like New Jack City, Sister Act, and the Spider Man franchise. Most recently, Nunn had a recurring role USA’s “Sirens.”


An Original Poem By Lemon Andersen …And than there was Radio Raheem, Flat top, tight fade, Built like an ’89 NY Giant, The Majestic Brother you could hear two blocks away in any direction pumping Public Enemy from the horns of his Ghetto Blaster, the Conscience brother who wanted nothing but to be alone and live in the loud solace of his Radio… A Young, Black, Beautiful Man who died in the hands of Blue Fear and White Fury. People walked across the street when Radio Raheem came down the Block, the Starch in his frame scared them away from the Gap in his smile. The four fingered rings were seen like Brass knuckles when if you stopped him like Mookie did as the sun set On that Hot summer day in BK, Brooklyn You would see Raheems hands like his mind were worth its weight in Gold.

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WATCH: Bill Nunn as Radio Raheem in “Do The Right Thing”