He acted in David Henry Hwang
's play, "M. Butterfly", at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on Broadway in New York City with 'B.D. Wong' in the cast. John Dexter
was the director.
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[on the benefits of film acting] There's a certain kind of smallness when they come in tight, a kind of subtlety and a kind of naturalism that you can't do on stage. You're allowed to be very, very real and very, very spontaneous.
After his death, a David Coleman Dukes Memorial Scholarship was established at the University of Southern California School of Theatre. It is presented yearly to "a junior B.A. or B.F.A. acting student who shows exemplary dedication to the craft of acting." There is also an annual invitational tennis tournament named in his memory.