|Born||David Coleman Dukes
June 6, 1945
San Francisco, California
|Died||October 9, 2000
David Coleman Dukes (June 6, 1945 – October 9, 2000) was an American character actor. He had a long career in films, appearing in 35. Dukes starred in the mini-series The Winds of War in the 1980s, and was a frequent television guest star, and appeared later in life in recurring roles on shows such as Pauly, Sisters and Dawson's Creek.
David Dukes was the eldest son of four boys; David, James, Robert and Joe Paul. He married his first wife while a student at the College of Marin October 9, 1965. David and Carolyn welcomed their son Shawn David Dukes into the world on March 31, 1966. They lived on both west coast and east coasts while David's career expanded; particularly on Broadway in New York.
Dukes' career in films encompassed 35 movies. Throughout the span of his career (1970s-1990s), he was often seen as a television guest star, notably as the man who attempted to rape Edith Bunker on All in the Family, and as a blind bully on Three's Company. During the 1980s, Dukes appeared in the dual miniseries The Winds of War and War and Remembrance. He received an Emmy nomination for best supporting actor for his role in The Josephine Baker Story (1991); and appeared as Arthur Miller in Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996). He was a regular in the first season of Sisters, playing the transvestite doctor husband of oldest sister, Alex (Swoosie Kurtz). Dukes character appeared as a recurring character in subsequent seasons. On Dawson's Creek, he had the recurring role of Mr. McPhee, the father to Jack (Kerr Smith) and Andie (Meredith Monroe) from the second through fourth seasons.
Dukes had considerable stage experience, first appearing on Broadway in 1971. He later appeared in a revival of Molière's The School for Wives. Dukes' theatrical accomplishments found him in such colorful roles as Dracula, Doctor Frankenstein, and Antonio Salieri in the original production of Amadeus —replacing Ian McKellen. He won plaudits when he replaced John Lithgow in the original production of David Henry Hwang's play M. Butterfly and a Tony nomination in 1980 for best featured actor in a play for Bent.
Dukes died of a heart attack in Spanaway, Washington, while on location shooting the Stephen King mini-series, Rose Red. His widow Carol Dukes' experiences with the Pierce County, Washington, medical examiner's office were so frustrating that she publicly spoke out against the office's lack of cooperation. The ME's office would not let her see her husband's body; did not inform her of her rights or honor some of the rights she did try to exercise; and failed to detect evidence of a previous heart attack during his autopsy.
- The Strawberry Statement (1970) - Guard
- The Wild Party (1975) - James Morrison
- A Little Romance (1979) - George de Marco
- Mayflower: A Pilgrim Adventure (1979) - Capt. Myles Standish
- The First Deadly Sin (1980) - Daniel Blank
- Only When I Laugh (1981) - David Lowe
- Without a Trace (1983) - Graham Selky
- Madame in Manhattan (1984) - Himself
- Rawhead Rex (1986) - Howard Hallenbeck
- The Men's Club (1986) - Phillip, Professor
- Catch the Heat (1987) - Waldo Tarr
- Date with an Angel (1987) - Ed Winston
- See You in the Morning (1989) - Peter Goodwin
- Killer Instinct (1990) - Bo Petersen
- The Handmaid's Tale (1990) - Doctor (cameo)
- Under Surveillance (1991) - Actor
- The Josephine Baker Story (TV film) (1991) - Jo Boullion
- Me and the Kid (1993) - Victor Feldman
- Fled (1996) - D.A. Chris Paine
- Last Stand at Saber River (1997) - Edward Janroe
- Tinseltown (1997) - Jake
- Gods and Monsters (1998) - David Lewis
- Slappy and the Stinkers (1998) - Spencer Dane Sr.
- Goosed (1999) - Steffon Stevens
- Tick Tock (2000) - Holden Avery
- Alex in Wonder (2001) - Joseph Bloomfield (filmed in 1999)
- Beacon Hill (TV series) (1975) 13 episodes - Robert Lassiter)
- One Day at a Time (1976) The Maestro - season 2 episode 26 - Byron de Veer
- All in the Family (1977) 2 episodes: Edith's 50th Birthday: Part 1 & 2 - Lambert
- Family (1977)
- Three's Company (1978) episode, Jack's Navy Pal - Jim Walsh
- 79 Park Avenue (1977 miniseries) - Mike Koshiko
- How the West Was Won - L'Affaire Riel (1979 miniseries) - Louis Riel
- The Winds of War (1983 miniseries) - Leslie Slote
- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1984 TV movie) - Gooper (Brother Man)
- George Washington (1984) miniseries - George William Fairfax
- Kane and Abel (1985 miniseries) - David Osbourne
- War and Remembrance (1988) miniseries - Leslie Slote
- Spies (1993 TV movie) - Robert Prescott
- The Love Letter, (1998 TV movie) - Everett Reagle
- Dawson's Creek (1999–2000; seven episodes) (TV) - Mr. McPhee
- Sliders (1999) episode Roads Taken - Thomas Michael Mallory
- Diagnosis: Murder Season 4, episode 13 "In Defense of Murder" (1996) - Darren Worthy
- Rose Red (TV film) (2002) - Professor Carl Miller (filmed in 2000)
- "David Dukes." Variety. October 11, 2000.
- Susan King and Don Shirley. "David Dukes; Versatile Character Actor on Screen, Stage." Los Angeles Times. October 11, 2000.
- Tom Vallance. "David Dukes." The Independent (London). October 17, 2000.
- David Dukes at the Internet Movie Database
- David Dukes at the Internet Broadway Database
- "David Dukes". Find a Grave. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
- Remembering David Dukes
- Problems with the county medical examiner, from his wife's official website
- Broadway Actor David Dukes Is Dead at 55, from Playbill
- David Dukes papers, 1946-2004, held by the Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts