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Duke Lafoon grew up just north of Richmond in rural-ish Mechanicsville, Virginia.

The youngest of 5 kids, little Duke’s favorite pastime was make-belive. Batman, Tarzan, Starsky or Hutch, you name it.  For hours, alone in the yard (sometimes with a friend; he did have a couple of friends) he could be found fighting crime and saving the world.


Duke did his first play (the Scottish one) at the age of 14. From the first day of rehearsal and meeting these strange, over sharing, beautiful nut jobs, he was all in.


An award-winning actor, Duke has appeared in films, television and theatres across the country.  His major television credits include roles in Mindhunter (Netflix, David Fincher) as Detective Gordon Chambers , FBI: Most Wanted (CBS, Rose Troche), Hostages with Toni Collette (CBS, Henry Bronchtein), Forever (ABC, John F. Showalter) and Sally Hemings with Sam Neill (CBS, Charles Haid) as Jack Epps. 

An accomplished theatre actor, Duke starred alongside Kerry Butler in the Off-Broadway production of Clinton (dir: Dan Knechtges).  He’s starred as George Bailey in various productions of Its A Wonderful Life around the country (Goodspeed, Westchester Bway, Orlando Shakespeare).  Some of his  favorites include Fun Home (Virginia Rep), Maytag Virgin (Florida Rep) Ace (Signature, Old Globe), Rabbit Hole (Cadence), Doubt (West Va Public), and Next to Normal (Virginia Rep/ Cadence).

He has been seen in numerous national commercials for such brands as American Express, Heineken, Kettle Chips, and Time Warner.

Duke has received multiple Best Actor Awards and nominations from The Richmond Times-Dispatch and Theatre Critics Circle.


Mindhunter | Netflix | David Fincher

Guest Star

FBI:Most Wanted | CBS | Rose Troche

Guest Star

Sally Hemmings | CBS | Charles Haid


Hostages | CBS | Henry Bronchtein


Forever | ABC | John F. Showalter


Ironclads | TBS | Delbert Mann


Traitors | Short Film | Robert Moncrieff


Wicked Spring | Lionheart Film Works | Kevin R Hershberger


Red Dead Redemption II | Video Game | Rockstar Games

Voice & Motion Capture

New York Theatre

Clinton | Off-Broadway | Dan Knechtges


A Wonderful Life | Westchester B'Way | William Westbrooks

George Bailey

The Audience | Transport Group | Jack Cummings III


Gentlemen Prefer Blondes | Gateway Playhouse | Ken Prescott


I Love My Wife | Queens Theatre | Rob Urbinati


Suits and Ties | Turtle Shell Pro | John Cooper


A Christmas Carol | Gateway Playhouse | Bob Durkin


Monica the Musical | UCB Theatre | Casey Hushion

Bill Clinton

Regional Theatre

Wednesday's Child (World Premiere) | Florida Studio Theatre | Kate Alexander


Rabbit Hole | Cadence Theatre | Anna Senechal Johnson 


A Wonderful Life | Goodspeed | Michael Pearlman

George Bailey

Fun Home | Cadence Theatre | Chase Kniffen


Next to Normal | Virginia Rep | Chase Kniffen


Doubt | West Virginia Public | Ron Iannone

Father Flynn

Ace | Signature Theatre | Eric Shaeffer


Ace | The Old Globe | Stafford Arima


Dead Man's Cell Phone | Company of Fools | Denise Simone


White Christmas | Syracuse Stage | Paul Barnes


Sideman | Company of Fools | John Glenn


Das Barbecu | Company of Fools | RL Rowsey


Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf | The Production Co | Daniel Moore


The Cocktail Hour | Virginia Rep | Nancy Cates


The Woman in Black | Blue Ridge Theatre Fest | Matt Reeder


Jack and Jill | Virginia Rep | Steve Perigard


Burn This | Virginia Rep | Melissa Johnston


Playing With Fire | Carpenter Science Thtr | Randy Strawderman

Victor Frankenstein

Special Skills/ Other

Swimming, Snow Skiing, Tennis, Horseback Riding, Drivers License, Passport

  • Awarded “Best Actor” for Next To Normal at Virginia Repertory Theatre by RTCC  

  • Awarded “Best Actor” for A Wonderful Life at Theatre Virginia by The Richmond Times Dispatch

  • Nominated for “Best Actor” for Fun Home at Cadence Theatre by RTCC                               

  • Nominated for “Best Actor” for Rabbit Hole at Cadence Theatre by RTCC

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