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Winston Duke (born November 15, 1986) is a Trinbagonian-American actor best known for his role of M'Baku in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starting with Black Panther, his film debut, and Avengers: Infinity War (both 2018). He will reprise the role in Avengers: Endgame (2019).

Winston Duke
Winston Duke by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Duke at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1986-11-15) November 15, 1986 (age 32)
EducationUniversity at Buffalo (BA)[2]
Yale University (MFA)[2]
Years active2014–present
Known forPerson of Interest
Black Panther


Early lifeEdit

Duke was born in Tobago[3] and moved to the U.S. with his mother, Cora Pantin,[4] and sister when he was nine years old. He graduated from Brighton High School in Rochester, New York in 2004.[5][not in citation given]


He started acting in theater productions for Portland Stage Company and Yale Repertory Theatre before being cast in Person of Interest.[6] At Yale, he befriended fellow actor Lupita Nyong'o, with whom he would later star in Black Panther and Us.[7] Winston returned to his native Trinidad & Tobago in 2012 for the theatre production of An Echo in the Bone starring alongside actress Taromi Lourdes Joseph and directed by fellow Yale alumna Timmia Hearn Feldman. He graduated with a MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama.

Duke stars in Marvel Cinematic Universe's Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War as M'Baku.[8] In 2018, Duke was cast in the horror film Us directed by Jordan Peele.[9]



Year Title Role Director Notes
2018 Black Panther M'Baku Ryan Coogler Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Fight
Avengers: Infinity War Anthony & Joe Russo
2019 Us Gabe Wilson Jordan Peele Post-production
Avengers: Endgame M'Baku Anthony & Joe Russo Post-production
TBA Wonderland Hawk Peter Berg Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Cedric Jones Episode: "Gridiron Soldier"
2014–2015 Person of Interest Dominic Besson / Mini 7 episodes
2015 The Messengers Zahir Zakaria 3 episodes
Major Crimes Curtis Turner Episode: "#FindKaylaWeber"
2016 Modern Family Dwight 3 episodes


  1. ^ "Winston Duke". Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Winston Duke, UB Alumnus, Cast in Marvel Film". University at Buffalo. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  3. ^ "MEET M'BAKU Black Panther's Winston Duke Is the Star You Should Be Watching". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
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  5. ^ "Black Panther: Creating a New M'Baku". Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  6. ^ Cay (April 24, 2015). "Exclusive Interview: Winston Duke Talks Person of Interest and The Messengers". Nice Girls TV.
  7. ^ Falcone, Dana Rose (October 4, 2017). "PEOPLE's 'Ones to Watch' Talks to Winston Duke About His Breakout Role in Marvel's Upcoming Black Panther". People. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  8. ^ Kroll, Justin (September 28, 2016). "'Black Panther' Taps 'Person of Interest' Actor Winston Duke to Play M'Baku (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.
  9. ^ Hipes, Patrick (May 8, 2018). "Jordan Peele Unveils Title Of New Movie; Lupita Nyong'o In Talks, Winston Duke & Elisabeth Moss Eyed". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 5, 2019.

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