David Dukes

Actor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 06/05/1945 in San Francisco, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (73)

Sex and a Girl 2004 (Movie)

Joseph Bloomfield--Head of Juilliard (Actor)

Stephen King's Rose Red 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Ally McBeal 1990 - 1995, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Dawson's Creek 1990 - 1995, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Diagnosis Murder 1990 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order 2000 (Tv Show)

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Snoops 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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7th Heaven 1999 (Tv Show)

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Supreme Sanction 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The Practice 1999 (Tv Show)

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Tick Tock 1999 (Movie)

Holden (Actor)

Tinseltown 1999 (Movie)

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Gods and Monsters 1998 (Movie)

David Lewis (Actor)

Michael Hayes 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Slappy and the Stinkers 1998 (Movie)

Spencer Dane Sr (Actor)

The Love Letter 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Pauly 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Fled 1996 (Movie)

Chris Paine (Actor)

The Surrogate 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Mommies 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

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Sisters 1990 - 1995 (Tv Show)

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The Mommies 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Look at It This Way 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Me and the Kid 1993 (Movie)

Victor Feldman (Actor)

Spies 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Josephine Baker Story 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Under Surveillance 1991 (Movie)

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See You in the Morning 1989 (Movie)

Peter Goodwin (Actor)

The Rutanga Tapes 1989 (Movie)

Bo Petersen (Actor)

Deadly Intent 1988 (Movie)

Myron Weston (Actor)

Date With an Angel 1987 (Movie)

Ed Winston (Actor)

Feel the Heat 1986 (Movie)

Waldo (Actor)

The Men's Club 1986 (Movie)

Phillip (Actor)

Transmutations 1986 (Movie)

Howard Hallenbeck (Actor)

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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James A. Michener's "Space" 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Sentimental Journey 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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George Washington 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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The Winds of War 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Without a Trace 1983 (Movie)

Graham Selky (Actor)

Only When I Laugh 1981 (Movie)

David Lowe (Actor)

Mayflower: The Pilgrim's Adventure 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Portrait of a Rebel: Margaret Sanger 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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A Little Romance 1979 (Movie)

George De Marco (Actor)

First Deadly Sin 1979 (Movie)

Daniel Blank (Actor)

Harold Robbins' "79 Park Avenue" 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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The Many Loves of Arthur 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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Handle With Care 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Beacon Hill 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Rules of the Game 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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The Wild Party 1974 (Movie)

Morrison (Actor)

A Fire in the Sky (TV Show)

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And the Band Played On (TV Show)

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Darlin' Clementine (TV Show)

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Go West, Young Girl (TV Show)

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Goosed (TV Show)

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Kane & Abel (TV Show)

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Last Stand at Saber River (TV Show)

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Miss All-American Beauty (TV Show)

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Norma Jean & Marilyn (TV Show)

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Sentimental Journey (Movie)

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She Woke Up (TV Show)

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Snow Kill (TV Show)

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Some Kind of Miracle (TV Show)

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Strange Interlude (TV Show)

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The Bakery (TV Show)

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Turn Back the Clock (TV Show)

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Valley Forge (TV Show)

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War and Remembrance (TV Show)

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Biography

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.

Relationships

Anne Dukes

Daughter
born on August 19, 1983 mother, Carol Muske

Shawn Dukes

Son
born on March 31, 1966 mother, Dukes' first wife

Carol Muske

Wife
married in 1983

EDUCATION

Redwood High School

Larkspur , California 1963

American Conservatory Theatre

San Francisco , California 1966 - 1969

College of Marin

Kentfield , California

Milestones

2002

Final TV role in the ABC miniseries "Rose Red"; aired posthumously

1999

Guest starred on a particularly moving episode of "The Practice" (ABC) as a man in a crisis of conscience over a murder

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"

1997

Was a regular on the short-lived Fox sitcom "Pauly"

1996

Played Arthur Miller in "Norma Jean & Marilyn" (HBO)

1988

Succeeded John Lithgow as the lead of "M. Butterfly" on Broadway

1988

Reprised the role of diplomat Leslie Slote for the sequel miniseries "War and Remembrance"

1983

Portrayed diplomat Leslie Slote on the immensely popular ABC miniseries "The Winds of War"

1982

Acclaimed for his portrayal of Salieri in "Amadeus" on Broadway

1981

Portrayed Dr Victor Frankenstein in "Frankenstein", a NYC stage production

1980

First feature lead, "The First Deadly Sin"

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

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

1975

Screen acting debut in James Ivory's "The Wild Party"

1975

TV debut as one of the stars of "Beacon Hill", a lavish period soap set in the 1920s

1969

Broadway debut at age 25 in Moliere's "The School for Wives"

1966

Began theatrical career with San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater

Cast as a regular on the NBC sitcom "The Mommies"

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

Acted in 37 professional productions in repertory companies across the country

Played the husband of Swoosie Kurtz during the first three seasons of the NBC drama series "Sisters"

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