Daryl Duke

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Daryl Duke
Daryl Duke 1929 2006.jpg
Born(1929-03-08)8 March 1929
Died21 October 2006(2006-10-21) (aged 77)
West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
OccupationFilm director
Years active1952–1992
Notable work
The Silent Partner
TelevisionThis Hour Has Seven Days
The Thorn Birds

Daryl Duke (8 March 1929 – 21 October 2006) was a Canadian film and TV director.


Duke was born at Vancouver, British Columbia, where he became one of CBC Television's earliest regional producers. His career continued with CBC in Toronto producing such series as This Hour Has Seven Days, then in the United States for major television networks and studios there.

In 1977, he won the Canadian Film Award for best Director for his surprise hit The Silent Partner.

His significant achievement in television was directing the Emmy Award winning miniseries The Thorn Birds. Duke was also among those responsible for the creation of CKVU-TV in Vancouver which is today part of the Citytv franchise. Noteworthy is that he produced and directed early Bob Dylan "song films," black and white vignettes that were the forerunners of today's music videos. He was inducted to the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame and Starwalk in 1997.[1]

Duke died in West Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2006 due to pulmonary fibrosis.[2]




Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ "Daryl Duke". Daryl Duke Foundation. 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  2. ^ Skelton, Chad (23 October 2006). "Daryl Duke, Vancouver's 'Mr. Television,' dies at 77 from pulmonary fibrosis". Vancouver Sun. p. B1.
  3. ^ Alex Strachan, "Champion of Canadian broadcasting honoured at Banff fest". Montreal Gazette, June 12, 2004.

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