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Bill Nunn, Do the Right Thing and Sister Act actor, dead at 63

Bill Nunn, a veteran character actor whose credits ranged from the Spider-Man movie franchise to such Spike Lee films as Do the Right Thing and He Got Game, has died.

Veteran character actor's screen credits included Sister Act, Spider-Man, School Daze

Bill Nunn, seen in 2008 at right, has died at the age of 63. (Keith Srakocic/The Associated Press)

Bill Nunn, a veteran character actor whose credits ranged from the Spider-Man movie franchise to such Spike Lee films as Do the Right Thing and He Got Game, has died.

His wife, Donna, said Nunn died Saturday at his home in Pittsburgh. He was 63 and had been battling cancer.

Nunn was the son of a prominent Pittsburgh Steelers scout, also named Bill Nunn, and was briefly a ballboy for the NFL team.

Bill Nunn, at right, poses at the opening of the 1998 film The Legend of 1900. Shown (L-R) are Clarence Williams III, Tim Roth, Pruitt Taylor Vince and Easton Gage. (Reuters)

He broke through in movies in the late 1980s, first in Lee's School Daze, then in the Oscar-nominated Do the Right Thing, as the ill-fated Radio Raheem, who dies when choked by police officers during a street brawl.

Nunn went on to appear in dozen of films and TV programs, including Spider-Man and Sister Act.

Lee posted a message on Instagram, referencing Nunn's Do The Right Thing character: "Radio Raheem is now resting in power."