David Dukes Biography


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Birth Name: David Dukes
Born: 06/06/1945
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, USA
Death Place: Spanaway, Washington, USA
Died: 10/09/2000


The son of California highway patrolman, the handsome, dark-haired actor trained at the American Conservatory Theatre and had appeared in 37 professional productions before making his Broadway debut at age 25 in Moliere's "School for Wives". Dukes' subsequent Broadway work has included playing Horst, a gay concentration camp inmate who dares to love a fellow prisoner (Richard Gere) in Martin Sherman's "Bent" (1979), succeeding Ian McKellen as Salieri in Peter Shaffer's award-winning "Amadeus" (1982) and replacing John Lithgow as the diplomat protagonist of David Henry Hwang's "M. Butterfly" (1988).

Dukes made his TV debut as the son of a wealthy Irish-American family in "Beacon Hill" (CBS, 1975), a lavish soap set in the 1920s. His subsequent TV credits of note include "Harold Robbins' '79 Park Avenue'" (NBC, 1977) as immigrant Mike Koshko, "Mayflower: The Pilgrim's Adventure" (CBS, 1979), as Miles Standish, "Portrait of a Rebel: Margaret Sanger" (CBS, 1980), as the husband of the pioneer for contraceptive rights, "Sentimental Journey" (CBS, 1984), as clothing manufacturer Levi Strauss, "The Josephine Baker Story" (HBO, 1991), as orchestra leader Jo Bouillon, the husband of the celebrated music hall performer, and the Emmy-winning "And the Band Played On" (HBO, 1993), as a medical researcher. In 1996, he played playwright Arthur Miller in the HBO film "Norma Jean & Marilyn". His most notorious TV guest shot came in 1977 on a special hour-long episode of "All in the Family" wherein he played a would-be rapist who detains Edith (Jean Stapleton) at gunpoint in her living room while friends and family await her at her 50th birthday party. Dukes also worked in the Norman Lear stable in the short-lived 1977 syndicated serial "All That Glitters", playing a male-rights activist (the series reversed gender power). More recent TV series have not proven successful, nor given Dukes roles through which he could shine. He was husband to Marilyn Kentz in the short-lived bomb "The Mommies" (NBC, 1993), and in 1997 was father to Pauly Shore on the equally short-lived Fox sitcom "Pauly".

In feature films, Dukes had a rare lead role in "The First Deadly Sin" (1980), as a psychotic killer pursued by detective Frank Sinatra. He was Kate Nelligan's estranged husband in the missing child drama "Without a Trace" (1983), and Marsha Mason's playwright former lover in "Only When I Laugh" (1981). Dukes played a stiff college professor in "The Men's Club" (1986), a poorly received talkfest about a men's encounter group and was Alice Krige's pianist husband in "See You in the Morning" (1989). Most of his 90s credits have been in direct-to-video releases, except for "Fled" (1996), in which he played a prosecuting attorney and 1998's "Gods and Monsters" which featured him as the lover of famed early Hollywood horror director James Whale.




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