Williams G. "Bill" Nunn III died today in Pittsburg at the young age of 62. He reportedly died of an undisclosed illness. He is best known for his role as Radio Raheem in Spike Lee's 1989 film "Do The Right Thing" and as Daily Bugle editor, Robbie Robertson in the "Spiderman" trilogy. 

Nunn's rise to fame

Bill was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania in 1953. He attended and graduated Morehouse College in Georgia in 1976. He stumbled upon acting relatively late in his life when fellow Moorehouse alum, Spike Lee offered him a role. The film was "School Daze" and was Lee's second film.

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After seeing his acting skills, Spike cast him in the role of Radio Raheem in "Do The Right Thing." In the movie, his character was nicknamed Radio because he would take his boombox wherever he went, blasting the group Public Enemy from it. 

A tidbit worthy of mentioning today is his character, Raheem is killed during an act of blatant police brutality. Something that rang true culturally in 1989, and remains a hot topic today. 

Spike Lee's deep friendship with Nunn 

Spike Lee posted about Nunn's death on Instagram on Saturday.

Spike wrote, "My dear friend, my dear Moorehouse brother--da great actor Bill Nunn as most of you know him as Radio Raheem passed away this morning in his hometown of Pittsburg. Love live Bill. " 

Lee had a profound friendship with Bill and cast him in at least four of his films. He appeared in "School Daze," "He Got Game," "Mo' Better Blues," as well as "Do The Right Thing." 

After "Do the Right Thing," Nunn went on to appear in 40 more films and television shows including, "New Jack City," "Sister Act," "Money Train," and "Regarding Henry." 

Many celebrities have taken to social media to pay tribute to the actor and express how lucky they feel to have known him.

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He appeared to be a real gentleman and a hard working man that treasured life by living it to the fullest, every day. 

We would like to offer our sincere condolences to William G. "Bill" Nunn's family, friends, and everyone he touched as they prepare to tell him goodbye.