Actor Bill Nunn, Known for ‘Spider-Man’ and ‘Do the Right Thing,’ Dies at 63

Bill Nunn attends a 25th anniversary screening of "Do The Right Thing" on June 29, 2014, in Brooklyn. (Credit: Craig Barritt/Getty Images for : Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)

Bill Nunn attends a 25th anniversary screening of “Do The Right Thing” on June 29, 2014, in Brooklyn. (Credit: Craig Barritt/Getty Images for : Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)

Bill Nunn, a character actor best known for his portrayal of Radio Raheem in director Spike Lee’s 1989 film “Do the Right Thing,” has died. He was 63.

Nunn’s wife, Donna, confirmed his death to the Associated Press and said he had been battling cancer.

Word of his death first arrived via Instagram and Facebook posts from Lee, who also worked with Nunn on the 1988 film “School Daze,” one of the actor’s his earliest screen appearances.

Lee wrote that “his dear friend,” a classmate at Morehouse College, died Saturday morning in his hometown of Pittsburgh, adding that “Radio Raheem is now resting in power … May God watch over Bill Nunn.”

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