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

Bill Nunn, most famous for his role as Radio Raheem in "Do The Right Thing," died Saturday at age 62. (Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)

Bill Nunn, most famous for his role as Radio Raheem in “Do The Right Thing,” died Saturday at age 62. (Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — 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 62 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. 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.”