THE STARS CAME OUT—Really good friends of Bill Nunn III, Samuel L. Jackson, Spike Lee and George F. Watkins, came to bid him farewell. (Photos by J.L. Martello)

THE STARS CAME OUT—Really good friends of Bill Nunn III, Samuel L. Jackson, Spike Lee and George F. Watkins, came to bid him farewell. (Photos by J.L. Martello)

More than 300 people filled the August Wilson Center on Oct. 9 to remember and celebrate the life of esteemed actor Bill Nunn III, who passed away on Sept. 24.

His farewell tributes came from many of the notables with whom he had shared the stage and screen throughout his stellar career.

Among them were Spike Lee, Samuel L. Jackson and his wife, Tonya.

According to Mark Southers, founder and artistic director of Pittsburgh Playwright Theater Co., “It was a spectacular night of amazing tributes—it was very reminiscent of the service for August Wilson.”

FAREWELL TO A FRIEND—Photo of Bill Nunn III that was seen once attendees walked into the August Wilson Center.

FAREWELL TO A FRIEND—Photo of Bill Nunn III that was seen once attendees walked into the August Wilson Center.

One of the significant highlights of the evening, along with everyone’s powerful words, was a video montage of some of the films Nunn starred in that were produced by Lee.

They were from “School Daze,” where he played the role of Grady; “New Jack City,” where he played Duh Duh Duh Man; “He Got Game,” where he played Uncle Bubba; and the film for which he was first known, “Do the Right Thing,” where he played Radio Raheem.

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