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David Coleman Dukes
June 6, 1945
|Died||October 9, 2000 (aged 55)|
Lakewood, Washington, U.S.
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 miniseries The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, and he was a frequent television guest star. Later in life, Dukes had recurring roles on shows such as Pauly, Sisters and Dawson's Creek.
Dukes was born in San Francisco, California, the son of a California Highway Patrol Officer. Dukes was the eldest of four boys; his brothers were James, Robert and Joe Paul.
Dukes's film career included 35 movies. Throughout his career, he was a television guest star, notably as the man who attempted to rape Edith Bunker on All in the Family, an advertising executive on The Jeffersons, 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 on the first season of Sisters, playing the transvestite husband of oldest sister Alex (Swoosie Kurtz). Dukes's role became a recurring character in subsequent seasons. On Dawson's Creek, he had the recurring role of Mr. McPhee, father to Jack (Kerr Smith) and Andie (Meredith Monroe) from the second through fourth seasons. He also starred in Without a Trace as the ex-husband of Kate Nelligan.
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 roles included as Dracula, Doctor Frankenstein, and Antonio Salieri in the original production of Amadeus, replacing Ian McKellen. He also replaced John Lithgow in the original production of David Henry Hwang's play M. Butterfly, and he received a Tony nomination in 1980 for best featured actor in a play for Bent. In 1998, he was one of the three characters in a London West End production of 'Art' with Stacy Keach and George Wendt.
David Dukes recorded several audiobooks, including Philip Roth's unabridged Sabbath’s Theater and Isaac Asimov's unabridged Prelude to Foundation.
He married his first wife, Carolyn McKenzie, on October 9, 1965 when he was a student at the College of Marin. Their son, Shawn David Dukes, was born on March 31, 1966. Dukes also had a daughter Annie by his second wife Carol Muske.
Dukes died of a heart attack on October 9, 2000, in Spanaway, Washington, while on location shooting the Stephen King miniseries Rose Red. Dukes is interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.
At the end of Season 4 Episode 7 of Dawson's Creek "You Had Me At Goodbye" (aired on November 15, 2000 and in which Dukes appeared) an image of him with the word "In Loving Memory David Dukes 1945 - 2000" is displayed.
|1970||The Strawberry Statement||Student Guard|
|1975||The Wild Party||James Morrison|
|1979||A Little Romance||George de Marco|
|1980||The First Deadly Sin||Daniel Blank|
|1981||Only When I Laugh||David|
|1983||Without a Trace||Graham Selky|
|1986||Rawhead Rex||Howard Hallenbeck|
|1986||The Men's Club||Phillip|
|1987||Catch the Heat||Waldo Tarr|
|1987||Date with an Angel||Ed Winston|
|1988||Deadly Intent||Myron Weston||Direct-to-video|
|1989||See You in the Morning||Peter Goodwin|
|1990||The Handmaid's Tale||Doctor||Uncredited|
|1990||Killer Instinct||Bo Peterson|
|1991||Under Surveillance||Dr. Glassman|
|1993||Me and the Kid||Victor Feldman|
|1998||Gods and Monsters||David Lewis|
|1998||Slappy and the Stinkers||Spencer Dane Sr.|
|2000||Tick Tock||Holden Avery|
|2001||Alex in Wonder||Joseph Bloomfield|
|1970||The Virginian||Lad Dormer||Episode: "Train of Darkness"|
|1974||Harry O||Joe Heston||Episode: "Coinage of the Realm"|
|1974||Cannon||Ted Anschluss||Episode: "The Avenger"|
|1974, 1977||Police Story||Jake / Lamont||2 episodes|
|1975||Great Performances||Guido Venanzi||Episode: "The Rules of the Game"|
|1975||The Wide World of Mystery||Harry 163||Episode: "The Norming of Jack 243"|
|1975||Beacon Hill||Robert Lassiter||11 episodes|
|1975||Valley Forge||Lt. Cutting||Television film|
|1976||The Jeffersons||Cal Roberts||Episode: "George and the President"|
|1976||One Day at a Time||Byron De Veer||Episode: "The Maestro"|
|1977||Police Woman||McCormick||Episode: "Deadline: Death"|
|1977||Family||Calvin Manners||Episode: "...More Things in Heaven and Earth"|
|1977||Handle with Care||O'Brian||Television film|
|1977||All That Glitters||Marshall Hart||Episode #1.65|
|1977||Barney Miller||Brad Laneer||Episode: "Corporation"|
|1977||All in the Family||Lambert||Episode: "Edith's 50th Birthday"|
|1977||79 Park Avenue||Mike Koshko||3 episodes|
|1978||Three's Company||Jim Walsh||Episode: "Jack's Navy Pal"|
|1978||Hawaii Five-O||Willy Barker||Episode: "When Does a War End?"|
|1978||Go West, Young Girl||Reverend Crane||Television film|
|1978||The Many Loves of Arthur||Dr. Chase|
|1978||A Fire in the Sky||David Allen|
|1979||Some Kind of Miracle||Joe Dine|
|1979||The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal||Lou Ribin|
|1979||How the West Was Won||Louis Riel||Episode: "L'Affaire Riel"|
|1979||Mayflower: The Pilgrims' Adventure||Myles Standish||Television film|
|1980||Portrait of a Rebel: The Remarkable Mrs. Sanger||Bill Sanger|
|1982||Miss All-American Beauty||Avery McPherson|
|1983||The Winds of War||Leslie Slote||7 episodes|
|1984||Sentimental Journey||Bill Gardner||Television film|
|1984||George Washington||William Fairfax||3 episodes|
|1984||Cat on a Hot Tin Roof||Gooper||Television film|
|1984||The Hitchhiker||Ted Miller||Episode: "Remembering Melody"|
|1985||Space||Leopold Strabismus /
|1985||The Twilight Zone||Todd Ettinger||Episode: "If She Dies/Ye Gods"|
|1985||Kane & Abel||David Osborne||2 episodes|
|1986||Tall Tales & Legends||Levi||Episode: "My Darlin' Clementine"|
|1986||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Dr. Tom Rigby||Episode: "Deadly Honeymoon"|
|1988||American Playhouse||Dr. Ned Darrell||Episode: "Strange Interlude: Part 1"|
|1988–1989||War and Remembrance||Leslie Slote||9 episodes|
|1989||Turn Back the Clock||Barney Powers||Television film|
|1990||The Bakery||Mike Kelly|
|1991||Held Hostage: The Sis and Jerry Levin Story||Jerry Levin|
|1991||The Josephine Baker Story||Jo Bouillon|
|1991||Wife, Mother, Murderer||Joe Hubbard|
|1991–1993||Sisters||Wade Halsey||19 episodes|
|1992||She Woke Up||Sloane Parr||Television film|
|1992||Look at It This Way||Tim Curtiz||3 episodes|
|1993||Spies||Robert Prescott||Television film|
|1993||And the Band Played On||Mervyn Silverman|
|1993||Time Trax||Kyle Fernando /
|Episode: "Mysterious Strangers"|
|1993–1995||The Mommies||Jack Larson||27 episodes|
|1995||The Surrogate||Stuart Quinn||Television film|
|1996||Norma Jean & Marilyn||Arthur Quinn|
|1996||Star Wars||Bib Fortuna||2 episodes|
|1997||Diagnosis: Murder||Darren Worthy||Episode: "In Defense of Murder"|
|1997||Last Stand at Saber River||Edward Janroe||Television film|
|1997||Pauly||Edward Sherman||7 episodes|
|1998||The Love Letter||Everett Reagle||Television film|
|1998||Life of the Party: The Pamela Harriman Story||Leland Hayward|
|1999||The Practice||Ted Lennon||Episode: "A Day in the Life"|
|1999||7th Heaven||Jack Brennan||Episode: "We the People"|
|1999||Supreme Sanction||Jordan McNamara||Television film|
|1999||Sliders||Thomas Michael Mallory||Episode: "Roads Taken"|
|1999||Ally McBeal||Johnson Biblico||Episode: "Let's Dance"|
|1999||Snoops||Father Batista||Episode: "Higher Calling"|
|1999–2000||Dawson's Creek||Joseph McPhee||7 episodes|
|2000||Family Law||Patrick Simpson||Episode: "A Mother's Son"|
|2000||Law & Order||David Moore||Episode: "Stiff"|
|2001||The Lot||Oscar Wilde||Episode: "Oscar's Wilde"|
|2002||Rose Red||Professor Carl Miller||3 episodes|
- ^ a b Eakin, Emily (October 12, 2000). "David Dukes, Chameleon of An Actor, 55". The New York Times.
- ^ "David Dukes Biography (1945-2000)". Film Reference.
- ^ a b "Broadway Actor David Dukes Is Dead at 55". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2015-02-04. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
- ^ Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries, p. 47.
- "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 IMDb
- 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
- David Dukes papers, 1946-2004, held by the Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts