- ° 3 mei 1974
- ∧ Orange, New Jersey, USA
Dule Hill (whose first name is pronounced "due-lay") was born in Orange, New Jersey, raised in Sayreville, and is the youngest of two sons born to his Jamaican parents (his father is an investment banker and his mother an educator). He owes his unusual name to an aunt who discovered it during a trip to France and suggested it upon her return before his birth. He began attending dance school when he was 3 and got his first break years later when producers of Broadway's "The Tap Dance Kid" called the school in search of child dancers who could sing and act for the production. As the understudy to Savion Glover in "The Tap Dance Kid," he went on to perform the lead role in the musical's national tour working with Harold Nicholas (of the famed Nicholas Brothers) for the next 16 months. He also later appeared with Gregory Hines and Jimmy Slyde.
More roles followed in the musicals "Shenandoah," "Little Rascals" and "Black & Blue," and during Hill's senior year of high school, he appeared in his first feature film, _Sugar Hill (1993)_ , as the young character later played by Wesley Snipes. Hill also was seen in national commercials (such as one for Corn Pops cereal) and was cast as one of the "CityKids" (1993), a Saturday morning series, while he was studying business finance at Seton Hall. Hill's next career boost came with his starring role in the original cast of "Bring in Da' Noise, Bring In Da' Funk" on Broadway, as he re-teamed with Glover, but as a result had to abandon his college studies during his junior year. He spent two-and-one-half years in the show and earned favorable notices from casting directors, and later starred with Freddie Prinze Jr. in the hit feature film She's All That (1999). His other television credits include guest-starring shots in "Cosby" (1996), "Smart Guy" (1997) and "New York Undercover" (1994), and appearances in the TV movies The Ditchdigger's Daughters (1997) (TV), Color of Justice (1997) (TV) and Love Songs (1999) (TV) (opposite Louis Gossett Jr.). Away from the set, Hill still immensely enjoys tap-dancing as well as bowling, paintball games and marathon Monopoly sessions. He rates himself as a Los Angeles Lakers "freak." He often travels to Jamaica to see family members.