Winston Duke made his feature film debut in “Black Panther,” the highest-grossing film of 2018, as well as the third-highest-grossing film ever in the United States. Duke played the fan-favorite character M’Baku, leader of the Jabari Tribe and eventual valuable ally to King T’Challa.
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.
Duke was a recurring guest star on “Modern Family” as Dwight Bullard. He has also recurred on the CBS television show “Person of Interest” as Dominic, the cunning leader of the Brotherhood, as well as CW’s “The Messengers” as Zahir Zakaria, where he was optioned as a series regular.
His other credits include a guest starring role as Cedric Jones on “Law and Order: SVU,” Curtis Turner on TNT’s “Major Crimes,” Sylvester in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” at Portland Stage, Pissani in “Accidental Death of an Anarchist” at Yale Repertory Theater, and, in addition, he played Sonson in “An Echo in the Bone” at the Trinidad Theater Workshop.
Outside of acting, Duke enjoys returning to his island home where he teaches arts awareness workshops for tertiary education students.
Additionally, Duke grew up quite physically active, playing football (defensive end) and wrestling as a heavy weight contender. He currently practices the Israeli martial art of Krav Maga.
Duke can be currently seen reprising his role as M’Baku in the highly anticipated “Avengers: Infinity War.”