David Dukes

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David Dukes
Born David Coleman Dukes
(1945-06-06)June 6, 1945
San Francisco, California, United States
Died October 9, 2000(2000-10-09) (aged 55)
Lakewood, Washington, United States
Occupation Actor

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 mini-series The Winds of War and War and Remembrance in the 1980s, 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]

Personal life

Dukes was born in San Francisco, California, the son of a highway patrolman.[2] Dukes had a son Shawn by his first wife Carolyn McKenzie and a daughter Annie by his second wife Carol Muske.

David Dukes was the eldest of four boys: David, James, Robert and Joe Paul. He married his first wife while a student at the College of Marin on October 9, 1965. Their son Shawn David Dukes was born on March 31, 1966.


Dukes' 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 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 husband of oldest sister, Alex (Swoosie Kurtz). Dukes' 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.


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]


David Dukes recorded several audiobooks, most notably Isaac Asimov's unabridged Prelude to Foundation.

Sudden death

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 medical examiner's office in Pierce County, Washington were so frustrating that she publicly spoke 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.[4]

Dukes is interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.[5]






  1. 1 2 Eakin, Emily (October 12, 2000). "David Dukes, Chameleon of An Actor, 55". The New York Times.
  2. Film Reference: David Dukes Biography (1945-2000)
  3. "Broadway Actor David Dukes Is Dead at 55". Playbill. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  4. "REMEMBERING DAVID DUKES". www.carolmuskedukes.com. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  5. "David Dukes (1945 - 2000) - Find A Grave Memorial". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  6. The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 11, no. 2, February/March 1993: pp. 38, 42.

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