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Overview (3)

Born in San Francisco, California, USA
Died in Lakewood, Washington, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameDavid Coleman Dukes

Mini Bio (1)

David Dukes was born on June 6, 1945 in San Francisco, California, USA as David Coleman Dukes. He was an actor, known for Gods and Monsters (1998), The Winds of War (1983) and Catch the Heat (1987). He was married to Carol Muske-Dukes and Carolyn L McKenzie. He died on October 9, 2000 in Lakewood, Washington, USA.

Spouse (2)

Carol Muske-Dukes (31 January 1983 - 9 October 2000) ( his death) ( 1 child)
Carolyn L McKenzie (9 October 1965 - 1975) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (13)

He collapsed and died in Spanaway, Washington while filming Rose Red (2002).
Received numerous death threats after he played a character who tried to rape Edith Bunker in All in the Family: Edith's 50th Birthday (1977) (October 16, 1977).
His wife, Carol Muske-Dukes, wrote a book titled "Life After Death", where a woman, upset at her husband for leaving her and their child, says to him, "Why don't you just die?". The next day, he dies of a heart attack on a tennis court. Shortly after the book was completed, David Dukes went to play tennis and died of a heart attack.
Was Rob Reiner's first choice to play the adult Gordie LaChance, the narrator of Stand by Me (1986), before being replaced by Richard Dreyfuss. In the first long shot of the adult Gordie, you can still see that it is Dukes, not Dreyfuss, sitting in the car. The story is about the character's first experiences with death. Sadly, Dukes died while appearing in another Stephen King adaptation.
He was nominated for Broadway's 1980 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for Martin Sherman's "Bent".
He was nominated for a 1977 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "Design for Living", at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
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.
Studied acting at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California.
Classmates at Julliard School of Drama included Patty LuPone, Kevin Kline and David Ogden Stiers.
On Broadway, he played both "Frankenstein" and "Dracula".
Attended and graduated from Redwood High School in Larkspur, Marin County, California.
He was awarded the 1977 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Distinguished Performance for "Travesties" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
Following his death, he was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

Personal Quotes (5)

I've never burned to be a star. You have to have enough of a name to get the big parts with the best people.
Film acting is about your motivation, it's about why you decide this or that, whereas on stage the action is more important than the decision.
[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.
The thing about television is that it fades very quickly. That so-called stardom thing is very elusive. Television churns out so much so fast that each new thing erases the last. Enduring stardom, I think, takes a body of work.
I've had so many projects where people have said, "This is the one that will launch you; you're going to be a big star." It hasn't happened although my career continues to build steadily. More parts are open to me, and more people know of me, and I like that better than suddenly being the new Eddie Murphy or John Travolta. When and if that kind of responsibility for a play or film is thrust on me, I'll be ready because I have a large backlog of experience.

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