David Dukes

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David Dukes
David Coleman Dukes

(1945-06-06)June 6, 1945
DiedOctober 9, 2000(2000-10-09) (aged 55)
OccupationCharacter actor
  • Carolyn McKenzie
    (m. 1965)

David Coleman Dukes (June 6, 1945 – October 9, 2000) was an American character actor.[1] 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.[1]

Early life[edit]

Dukes was born in San Francisco, California, the son of a California Highway Patrol Officer.[2] 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.[3] 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.

Personal life[edit]

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.[3] Dukes is interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.[4]

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.



Year Title Role Notes
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
1996 Fled Chris Paine
1997 Tinseltown Jake
1998 Gods and Monsters David Lewis
1998 Slappy and the Stinkers Spencer Dane Sr.
1999 Goosed Steffon Stevens
2000 Tick Tock Holden Avery
2001 Alex in Wonder Joseph Bloomfield


Year Title Role Notes
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 /

Martin Scorcella

5 episodes
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
1990 Snow Kill Murdoch
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 /

Romulo Rayfield

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


  1. ^ a b Eakin, Emily (October 12, 2000). "David Dukes, Chameleon of An Actor, 55". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "David Dukes Biography (1945-2000)". Film Reference.
  3. ^ a b "Broadway Actor David Dukes Is Dead at 55". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2015-02-04. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  4. ^ Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries, p. 47.

Further reading[edit]

  • "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.

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