rolific South Africa thespian David Dukas has died of heart failure at the age of 51. He was best known for his role as Mike Jennings in the e.tv soapie Backstage, including playing AK on Generations!
“So sad to announce the passing of fellow thespian David Dukas. Totally underrated and always smiling, he gave us great work from shows like Backstage, Wild at Heart, Generations, Home Affairs, eGoli, Die Byl, Black Sails just to be a few. it was now Covid related but a heart attack. May he rest in peace,” said fellow actor Zola Hashatsi.
The Theatre Benevolent Fund of South Africa said it mourns the sad loss of wonderful actor David Dukas. “Condolences to his loved ones.”
“I remember David Dukas from his student years in Pretoria. We had a mutual friend and used to visit, socialize, and club together. David was a gentle soul and a humble hottie. Condolences to his family and friends,” said @Leighslounge.
“Rest soft David Dukas, you were one of the true gents of the industry and always a smile and kind words even when the shit was mounted against us. You will be missed and you were a legend as an actor and person in my eyes. RIP,” said Garth Breytenbach.
David Dukas was born in Virginia, a gold mining town located in the Lejweleputswa District Municipality of the Free State Province in South Africa, about 140km (90mi) northeast of Bloemfontein.
WATCH BELOW A SCENE FROM GENERATIONS IN 2015:
David Dukas grew up in Allanridge, Welkom, Bloemfontein and Klerksdorp. From a very young age he would accompany his mother, who was a member of the amateur dramatic society The Goldfields Players, to watch the rehearsals – and so began his love and passion for acting.
In 1984 his family moved to Klerksdorp where he immediately joined the Drama Club of Milner High School.
Television shows include the soapie 7de Laan, It Rained Last Night, Natural Rhythm, The Legend of the Hidden City, The Res, Jozi Streets, Jacob’s Cross, Black Sails, Isidingo, Binnelanders, Sterlopers, and Strike Back.
Films include Hooded Angels, Berserkers, and Beauty and the Beast (in which he played The Beast/Agnar) all for the British film company Peakviewing; Inside Out for Penguin/SABC; The Queen’s Messenger for DO Productions; Sturm Der Liebe for Neue Deutsche; Slash for NAM; No Man’s Gold; The Rose Grower and Stander for Apollo Pro Media.