Birth Date: June 6, 1945
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, USA
Date of Death: October 9, 2000 / Age: 55
Location of Death: Lakewood, Washington, USA
Cause of Death: apparent heart attack
Biography: David was born in San Francisco, California. He had a long career in films, appearing in 35, and as a television guest star, notably as the man who attempts to rape Edith Bunker on All in the Family and in the miniseries The Winds of War. He received an Emmy nomination for best supporting actor for his role in The Josephine Baker Story and appeared as Arthur Miller in Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996). He was also a regular in the first season of Sisters as the transvestite medical doctor husband of oldest sister Alex (Swoosie Kurtz) and appeared occasionally as the character in subsequent seasons. But might be best known for his role as Mr. McPhee on the television series Dawson's Creek.
Dukes had extensive stage experience, first appearing on Broadway in 1971 and later in a revival of Molière's The School for Wives. He also played such colorful roles as Dracula, Doctor Frankenstein, and Antonio Salieri in the original production of Amadeus—replacing Ian McKellan. He won plaudits when he replaced John Lithgow in the original production of David Henry Hwang's play M. Butterfly and a Tony nomination in 1980 for best featured actor in a play for Bent.
Dukes died in Spanaway, Washington while on location shooting the mini-series Red Rose. His wife's experiences with the Pierce County, Washington medical examiner's office were so frustrating that she publicly spoke out against the office's lack of cooperation. The office would not let her see her husband's body, did not inform her of her rights or honor some of the rights she did try to exercise, and failed to detect during autopsy the evidence of a previous heart attack.
David received numerous death threats after he played a character who tried to rape Edith Bunker in "All in the Family" (1971) "Edith's 50th Birthday, Part One" (episode 8.5) 10/16/1977.
His wife, Carol Muske, wrote a book titled Life after Death, where a woman upset at her husband for leaving her and 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.