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Also Known As: David Coleman Dukes Died: October 9, 2000
Born: June 6, 1945 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, USA Profession: actor

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This classically-trained American repertory actor has gone on to a busy career as a leading man in Broadway shows, TV and films. Since the 1970s, David Dukes has often played diplomats, surgeons and other high-powered professionals and bluebloods. He is particularly remembered for his portrayal of low-level career diplomat Leslie Slote, who finds inner courage, in the ABC miniseries based on the Herman Wouk novels "The Winds of War" (1983), and "War and Remembrance" (1988). Dukes also spent three seasons as the wealthy doctor husband of Swoosie Kurtz's Alex on the NBC drama series "Sisters". seasons of the NBC series "Sisters". 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...

This classically-trained American repertory actor has gone on to a busy career as a leading man in Broadway shows, TV and films. Since the 1970s, David Dukes has often played diplomats, surgeons and other high-powered professionals and bluebloods. He is particularly remembered for his portrayal of low-level career diplomat Leslie Slote, who finds inner courage, in the ABC miniseries based on the Herman Wouk novels "The Winds of War" (1983), and "War and Remembrance" (1988). Dukes also spent three seasons as the wealthy doctor husband of Swoosie Kurtz's Alex on the NBC drama series "Sisters". seasons of the NBC series "Sisters".

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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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Tick Tock (2000) Holden
2.
 Supreme Sanction (1999) Jordan Mcnamara
3.
 Gods and Monsters (1998) David Lewis
4.
5.
 Love Letter, The (1998) Everett Merritt Reagle
6.
 Slappy and the Stinkers (1998) Spencer Dane Sr
7.
 Last Stand at Saber River (1997) Edward Janroe
8.
 Tinseltown (1997)
9.
 Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996) Arthur Miller
10.
 Fled (1996) Chris Paine
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1966:
Began theatrical career with San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater
:
Acted in 37 professional productions in repertory companies across the country
1970:
Broadway debut at age 25 in Moliere's "The School for Wives"
1975:
TV debut as one of the stars of "Beacon Hill", a lavish period soap set in the 1920s
1975:
Screen acting debut in James Ivory's "The Wild Party"
1977:
Memorable TV guest shot in "Edith's Fiftieth Birthday", a one hour episode of "All in the Family", as a would-be rapist who menaces Jean Stapleton
1977:
Cast in a recurring role on Norman Lear's "All That Glitters", a syndicated serial set in an alternate universe where women rule
1979:
Received Tony and Drama Desk nominations for his supporting role in "Bent", a Broadway play set during WWII in which he played a gay man
1980:
First feature lead, "The First Deadly Sin"
1981:
Portrayed Dr Victor Frankenstein in "Frankenstein", a NYC stage production
1982:
Acclaimed for his portrayal of Salieri in "Amadeus" on Broadway
1983:
Portrayed diplomat Leslie Slote on the immensely popular ABC miniseries "The Winds of War"
1988:
Reprised the role of diplomat Leslie Slote for the sequel miniseries "War and Remembrance"
1988:
Succeeded John Lithgow as the lead of "M. Butterfly" on Broadway
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Played the husband of Swoosie Kurtz during the first three seasons of the NBC drama series "Sisters"
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Cast as a regular on the NBC sitcom "The Mommies"
1996:
Played Arthur Miller in "Norma Jean & Marilyn" (HBO)
1997:
Was a regular on the short-lived Fox sitcom "Pauly"
1998:
Appeared on the London stage alongside George Wendt and Stacy Keach in "Art"
1998:
Cast as David Lewis, the lover of film director James Whale, in "Gods and Monsters"
:
Had a recurring role on The WB's teen drama "Dawson's Creek", playing a father struggling with the fact that his son (Kerr Smith) is gay
1999:
Guest starred on a particularly moving episode of "The Practice" (ABC) as a man in a crisis of conscience over a murder
2002:
Final TV role in the ABC miniseries "Rose Red"; aired posthumously
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Education

College of Marin: Kentfield , California -
Redwood High School: Larkspur , California - 1963
American Conservatory Theatre: San Francisco , California - 1966 - 1969

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wife:
Carol Muske. Poet, writer, professor. Married in 1983.

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son:
Shawn Dukes. Born on March 31, 1966; mother, Dukes' first wife.
daughter:
Anne Dukes. Born on August 19, 1983; mother, Carol Muske.

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