Actor; Us, Black Panther & Avengers: End Game
Winston Duke made his feature film debut in Black Panther, the highest-grossing film of the year, as well as the third-highest-grossing film ever in the United States. Duke played the fan-favorite character "M’Baku." The role earned him his first NAACP nomination for Breakout of the Year. Duke reprised his role as "M’Baku" in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
Duke starred alongside Mark Wahlberg in Peter Berg’s Netflix crime drama Spenser Confidential.
His other film credits include Jordan Peele’s Us for which he received an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture.
Duke’s projects include Sony Picture Classics’ Nine Days which premiered to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival. Duke not only played the lead role but also served as an Executive Producer.
He has received numerous accolades including the Breakout Award at the Savannah Film Festival and was highlighted as one of the top ten actors in Hollywood Reporter’s Next Generation issue.
Duke was also awarded the Advanced Imaging Society's Social Justice Lumiere Award for his work as the star and executive producer of “The Messy Truth VR Experience,” a virtual reality (VR) short-doc which provides viewers with a look at the timely themes of race, mercy, and redemption through someone else’s eyes.
Outside of acting, Duke is an advocate for the HeForShe movement and most recently issued a global call to action for gender equality during the United Nations HeForShe Impact Summit.
He also has joined the American Diabetes Association® to spark a national conversation about diabetes - a disease that impacts nearly half of the U.S. adult population.
Duke was named the first celebrity ambassador for Partners in Health, a nonprofit global health and social justice organization fighting injustice by bringing the benefits of modern medical science to impoverished communities around the world.
A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Duke received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at the University at Buffalo and Master of Fine Arts at Yale School of Drama.
Winston was phenomenal! He had such a nuanced and intellectual approach that unpacked many complex conversations in the black community - black identity, masculinity, sexualization of black men, community. I haven’t stopped hearing enough good things about him and the event. I'm not sure if we could have had a better speaker for the theme.