Bill Nunn was a beloved actor, known more recently as Daily Bugle editor Joseph “Robbie” Robertson in Sam Raimi’s Spider Man, with roles in iconic movies like Sister Act and New Jack City to boot.
But, his early performance with long time friend and collaborator Spike Lee in Do The Right Thing followed him everywhere he went.
Radio Raheem, a defining moment in cinema. The boom box carrying LOVE HATE wearing character we will all remember Nunn for.
Nunn’s wife passed the sad news onto the associated press saying that her husband had lost his battle with cancer. He died on Saturday, ages 62, in his hometown of Pittsburgh.
Spike Lee broke the news on social media and has been leading many heartwarming tributes to his friend.
He posted to Twiiter “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. 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.”
And on Instagram:
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. The story of life is this: static. One hand is always fighting the other hand, and the left hand is kicking much ass. I mean, it looks like the right hand, Love is finished. But hold on, stop the presses the right hand is coming back. Yeah, he got the left hand on the ropes, now, that's right. Yea, Boom, it's a devastating right and Hate is hurt, he's down. Ooh! Ooh! Left-Hand Hate KOed by Love. If I love you, I love you. But if I hate you…Mookie: there it is, Love and Hate. Raheem I love you bruh…
REST IN POWER BILL NUNN.
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