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Sweet Dick Willie in the middle.

Sweet Dick Willie is a character in the film Do the Right Thing, portrayed by the late Robin Harris. He hangs around with his friends Coconut Sid and ML in front of a red wall, sitting on chairs, under a beach umbrella.

Nothing else is known about Sweet Dick Willie, though it's possible he was not born in the United States; his comment that Coconut Sid "got off the boat too" might support this case. Sweet Dick Willie's first comments are about the boxer Mike Tyson. He also talks about how it's "never too hot or never too cold" to have sex.

Officer Gary Long and Officer Mark Ponte slowly cruise by them in their patrol car, with Ponte saying: "What a waste." ML asks Sweet Dick Willie about his name. After ML makes comments about the Koreans, Sweet Dick Willie says how he's going to go there to give them more of his money, to buy some Miller High Life. Sonny pushes Sweet Dick Willie saying how there was no more free beer.

When Buggin' Out comes by to ask them to help him boycott Sal's Pizzeria, they all say no and Sweet Dick Willie says how Sal had never done anything to him and how Buggin' Out should boycott his barber.

Sweet Dick Willie can also be heard ranting when Pino gets in a fight with Smiley outside Sal's Pizzeria and then tells Sweet Dick Willie to get a job and he continues to rip back at Pino telling him he "[doesn't] need no job". Sal, who just offered Smiley some money, then defends Sweet Dick Willie, telling him that Pino didn't mean to do anything.

At nightfall, Sweet Dick Willie and his friends are part of the crowd who witness the murder of Radio Raheem by the police. After they take him away, they leave the people mourning, with Sweet Dick Willie telling Sal how they're not going to take it anymore.