Actor David Dukes

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

Personal life

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

David Dukes was the eldest of four boys: David, James, Robert and Joe Paul. 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’ 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’ 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. 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, most notably Philip Roth’s unabridged Sabbath’s Theater and Isaac Asimov’s unabridged Prelude to Foundation.


Dukes died of a heart attack on October 9, 2000, in Spanaway, Washington, while on location shooting the Stephen King miniseries Rose Red. Dukes is interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

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.



  • The Strawberry Statement (1970) as Student Guard
  • The Wild Party (1975) as James Morrison
  • A Fire in the Sky (1978, TV Movie) as David Allan
  • A Little Romance (1979) as George de Marco
  • Mayflower: The Pilgrims’ Adventure (1979, TV Movie) as Capt. Myles Standish
  • The First Deadly Sin (1980) as Daniel Blank
  • Only When I Laugh (1981) as David Lowe
  • Without a Trace (1983) as Graham Selky
  • Madame in Manhattan (1984) as Himself
  • (Sentimental Journey) (1984) co-star: Jacklyn Smith
  • Rawhead Rex (1986) as Howard Hallenbeck
  • The Men’s Club (1986) as Phillip, Professor
  • Catch the Heat (1987) as Waldo Tarr
  • Date with an Angel (1987) as Ed Winston
  • See You in the Morning (1989) as Peter Goodwin
  • The Handmaid’s Tale (1990) as Doctor (uncredited)
  • Killer Instinct (1990) as Bo Petersen
  • Under Surveillance (1991) as Actor
  • The Josephine Baker Story (1991, TV Movie) as Jo Boullion
  • Under Surveillance (1991) as Dr. Glassman
  • Me and the Kid (1993) as Victor Feldman
  • Fled (1996) as D.A. Chris Paine
  • Last Stand at Saber River (1997, TV Movie) as Edward Janroe
  • Tinseltown (1997) as Jake
  • Gods and Monsters (1998) as David Lewis
  • Slappy and the Stinkers (1998) as Spencer Dane Sr.
  • Goosed (1999) as Steffon Stevens
  • Tick Tock (2000) as Holden Avery
  • Alex in Wonder (2001) as Joseph Bloomfield (filmed in 1999)
  • Television

  • Beacon Hill (1975), 13 episodes as Robert Lassiter
  • The Jeffersons (1976) in episode “George and the President” as Cal Roberts
  • One Day at a Time (1976) The Maestro, in season 2, episode 11 as Byron De Veer
  • All in the Family (1977) in two-part episodes “Edith’s 50th Birthday” as Lambert
  • Family (1977)
  • Barney Miller (1977) in episode “Corporation” as Brad Laneer
  • 79 Park Avenue (1977 miniseries) as Mike Koshiko
  • Three’s Company (1978) in episode “Jack’s Navy Pal” as Jim Walsh
  • How the West Was Won in episode “L’Affaire Riel” (1979 miniseries) as Louis Riel
  • The Winds of War (1983 miniseries) as Leslie Slote
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1984 TV movie) as Gooper (Brother Man)
  • George Washington (1984 miniseries) as George William Fairfax
  • Kane & Abel (1985 miniseries) as David Osbourne
  • Space (1985 miniseries) as Leopold Strabismus
  • The Twilight Zone (1985 TV Series) (1985) in episode “Ye Gods” as Todd Ettinger
  • War and Remembrance (1988 miniseries) as Leslie Slote
  • And the Band Played On (1993 HBO film) as Dr. Mervyn Silverman, San Francisco Director of Health
  • Spies (1993 TV movie) as Robert Prescott
  • The Love Letter (1998 TV movie) as Everett Reagle
  • Dawson’s Creek (1999–2000) in seven episodes as Mr. McPhee
  • Supreme Sanction (1999 TV movie) as Jordan McNamara
  • Sliders (1999) in episode “Roads Taken” as Thomas Michael Mallory
  • Diagnosis: Murder in season 4, episode 13 “In Defense of Murder” (1996) as Darren Worthy
  • Rose Red (TV film) (2002) as Professor Carl Miller (filmed in 2000) (final appearance)
  • Audio

  • Prelude to Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  • Sabbath’s Theater by Philip Roth
  • External Links

    Actor David Dukes – Wikipedia

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