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Remembering David Dukes

David and Sinatra in "The First Deadly Sin"

PLEASE CHECK OUT THE FILM, "THE FIRST DEADLY SIN" - with David as the Icepick Killer & Frank Sinatra as the detective who hunts him down!

At this the centenary of Sinatra's birth - I offer this tribute to him and to David, whom Sinatra called, "One of the great actors"! David had many anecdotes about Sinatra as they shot the film in NYC -- I'll add them later. Thanks, CMD


07 Tennis Tournament Attendees

 briefly — we were all very happy...our efforts, spearheaded by albrezzi, to include more ceremony and more specific remembrance of David energized us all.  We had an excellent turn out.  The top "David" category winner was Aris Hovsepian— a  wonderful player with a wonderful Dukesian spirit who has become a regular...The "David" Runner up was our own – long deserving Richard Gurman.  The "Dukes" category winner was Wilson Fitzgerald, a first timer and possibly the oldest player in the draw.  The runner up was John Bauman...also a newby.

The Dukes goes on!
—  Barnet Kellman

Read the Poem, Carol Wrote for thIS YEAR'S event (click here)


David Coleman Dukes

I am writing this in Fall of 2003, just after the three-year anniversary of David's death. It hardly seems possible and yet the reality of three Octobers presents itself. David seems more present than ever — his films, like The Josephine Baker Story (for which he received an Emmy nomination) and A Little Romance (with Laurence Olivier) — even 79 Park Avenue (an old Harold Robbins made-for-TV movie) and Snowkill and Without a Trace all surface on HBO or TNT or other channels. Then there's Dawson Creek re-runs and Law and Order and others — his unforgettable face and voice stay animated in his film and TV work.But David lives on in other ways. The USC School of Theater scholarship in his name continues — Patrick Adams, a third year USC Theatre Arts major, is the second recipient of the scholarship award and internship at the Taper/Ahmanson Theater Center in Los Angeles. The scholarship will continue into perpetuity — and my daughter Annie and I thank every one of you who have contributed to the ongoing fund!And there's more news about David's posthumuous "presence" — At the invitation of the Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library in New York City, I have arranged to donate David's theater "archive" (all of his photographs, letters, annotated scripts and screenplays, notes, signed theater posters, and other memorabilia) to the library collection. Robert Taylor, curator of the Billy Rose archive at Lincoln Center Library, is facilitating the transfer of the documentation of David's acting life and career for permanent inclusion at Lincoln Center. David would have been thrilled to know that this record of his life and profession would be available to theater scholars, actors, critics and the public. The Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts will also mount an exhibit of David's archive when the conservancy (preservation) process is completed. David, in this way, will be forever "on Broadway"! The archive will feature special memorabilia like an audiotape of David in one of his first roles on Broadway, as Henry Carr in Tom Stoppard's "Travesties", notes from Arthur Miller on "Broken Glass", interviews with David on video and audiotape (most notably about "M. Butterfly"), theater posters signed by cast members who include John Woods, Brian Bedford, Amy Irving, Ron Rifkin, Michael York, etc. and signed notes from Frank Sinatra and Ah MacGraw, Sir Peter Hall, Hal Prince, etc. Here's to immortality for David on the Great White Way! My book of essays, which include "remembrances" of David, Married to the Icepick Killer: a Poet in Hollywood (Random House) was selected by the San Francisco Chronicle as a Best Book of 2002.

And more to come.



As of this May, we have a new scholarship recipient -- Edward Padilla, third year student, USC School of Theater. There were many finalists this year — all extremely qualified. All wrote essays and "auditioned" for the panel of judges including Dean Madeline Puzo. Edward Padilla, already an experienced actor, demonstrated astonishing interpretative skill. He was awarded the David Coleman Dukes Memorial Scholarship (and the Mark Taper Forum internship) at the School of Theater Awards Ceremony on May 8, 2004, by Carol Muske-Dukes.

The scholarship, established in memory of the late actor David Coleman Dukes, will be awarded annually to a third-year Theater Arts student working toward a career in stage acting. A bronze plaque commemorating the scholarship benefit held in David Coleman Dukes' name can be seen in the lobby of the Bing Theater, off Queen's Court on the USC campus.

A Message From Carol Muske-Dukes
My husband, David Coleman Dukes, died on October 9, 2000 of heart failure related to coronary artery disease. We have set up a scholarship fund in his name at the School of Theatre at the University of Southern California, which includes an "internship" at the Mark Taper Forum of the Ahmanson Theatre Center. If you would like to contribute to this scholarship fund, please click below.

Donate online today:

On October 9, 2000, the actor David Coleman Dukes passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. He will be greatly missed. In his 30-year career as an actor, David appeared in more than 20 films and numerous television shows, but theatre always remained his primary love. In honor of David, the USC School of Theatre has created a memorial scholarship in his name. Each year a theatre student will benefit from this scholarship, which will help defray the costs of an undergraduate education in the arts. If you would like to make a contribution to this ongoing endowment please send a check to the address below. Thank you for your support.

The David Coleman Dukes Memorial Scholarship
USC School of Theatre
Tyler building Suite 120
Los Angeles, CA 90089-7711

Thank you for your contribution, large or small —
we are very grateful for your interest in perpetuating David's memory.





Boston Globe Review - Sparrow