O.L. Duke (Orville Lewis Duke)

O.L. Duke

O.L. DUKE

O.L. Duke, who appeared with Denzel Washington in the movies “Malcolm X,” “Antwone Fisher” and “Out of Time,” was killed in a car accident Friday, police and relatives said. He was 51.Duke was returning home after performing in the off-Broadway play, “Waitin’ 2 End Hell,” when a car cut him off, said his wife, Monica Duke. His vehicle jumped a divider and struck an oncoming car, according to police.Monica Duke said her husband was an avid actor who loved attending the theater. He often spoke enthusiastically about his work with other actors, including Washington, whom he counted as a friend, she said.Duke found career success after he replaced Washington in the original production of “A Soldier’s Play,” his wife said. He also appeared in the HBO series “Oz.”

Monica Duke said O.L. Duke was an avid actor who loved attending the theater. He often spoke enthusiastically about his work with other actors, including Washington, whom he counted as a friend, she said.

O.L. Duke was a member of the renowned Actors Studio and was the interim Artistic Director of the Negro Ensemble Company from 2002 to 2004.

Born

  • August, 12, 1953
  • Los Angeles, California

Died

  • September, 10, 2004
  • New York City, New York

Cause of Death

  • car crash

Cemetery

  • Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum
  • Hartsdale, New York

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