The Theatre Benevolent Fund of SA said that it "mourns the sad loss of wonderful actor David Dukas. Condolences to his loved ones," while messages and tributes started pouring in from industry friends on Wednesday afternoon.
Born in the mining town of Virginia, David Dukas, from a young age went with his mother, who was a member of the amateur dramatic society The Goldfields Players and watched stage rehearsals and which sparked his love of acting.
He graduated high school in 1988, completed the National Higher Diploma in acting at the Tswane University of Technology and began his career on-stage at the former PACT (Performing Arts Council of Transvaal).
In 1993 he made his TV debut in Triptiek and in 1994 he joined Egoli on M-Net (DStv 101). He was seen again on the channel two years ago as Bruno in the international HBO co-production Trackers.
Since 1993 the actor went on to make numerous appearances in several South African as well as international co-productions filmed in the country over the past 28 years.
TV series in which David Dukas appeared include Triptiek, Paradys, Natural Rhythm, Legend of the Hidden City, 37 Honey St, e.tv's Backstage, It Rained Last Night, Haak & Steek, Jozi Streets, Villa Rosa, Der weisse Afrikaner, The Res, Madam & Eve, Die Byl, Warrior, Grant, The Devil Speaks, Knapsekêrels, Home Affairs, Strike Back, Jacob's Cross, the BBC's The Wrong Mans, kykNET's Sterlopers, and The Cars that Made the World.
David Dukas portrayed Captain Hume in A+E Networks' Black Sails on the History (DStv 186) channel that was filmed in Cape Town and appeared in the British sci-fi series Doctor Who in 2018 when that series filmed two seasons in Cape Town.