O. L. Duke

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O. L. Duke
Born (1953-08-12)August 12, 1953
Los Angeles, California
Died September 10, 2004(2004-09-10) (aged 51)
New York City, New York

Orville Lewis Duke (August 12, 1953[1] – September 10, 2004) was an American stage, television and film actor.

He was a member of the renowned Actors Studio and was the interim Artistic Director of the Negro Ensemble Company (NEC) from 2002 to 2004. In keeping with the tradition of the NEC, Duke helped young Black actors hone their skills by sharing his work experiences and teaching classes using the method acting technique.

Duke died in a car crash in New York City, on September 10, 2004. He was on his way home after performing in an off-Broadway play, when a car cut him off on the West Side Highway. His vehicle jumped a divider and struck an oncoming car.


  1. ^ "California Birth Index, 1905-1995 [database on-line]". Provo, Utah: The Generations Network. 2005. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 

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