Duke Lafoon grew up just north of Richmond in rural-ish Mechanicsville Virginia.
The youngest of five kids, young Duke’s favorite pastime was make-believe. Batman, Tarzan, Starsky or Hutch, you name it. For hours, alone in the backyard (or with a friend; he did have a few friends), he could be found fighting crime and saving the world.
Duke did his first play at the age of 14. From the very first day meeting these strange, over sharing, beautiful nut jobs, he knew 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 numerous 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
Tapawingo | Dylan K. Narang
FBI:Most Wanted | CBS | Rose Troche
Let The Right One In | Showtime | Seith Mann
The Watcher | Netflix | Paris Barclay
Hostages | CBS | Henry Bronchtein
Sally Hemings | CBS | Charles Haid
Forever | ABC | John F. Showalter
A Blaze In The Brooklyn Sky | Short | Henry Winnik
Martyr of a Forgotten Dream | Short | Benjamin Rummans
Traitors | Short | Robert Moncrieff
Goose Egg | Short | Madeline Leshner, Zach Stone
Ironclads | TBS | Delbert Mann
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
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
Wednesday's Child (World Premiere) | Florida Studio Theatre | Kate Alexander
A Wonderful Life | Goodspeed | Michael Pearlman
Maytag Virgin | Florida Rep | Greg Longenhagen
Rabbit Hole | Cadence Theatre | Anna Senechal Johnson
Fun Home | Cadence Theatre | Chase Kniffen
Next to Normal | Virginia Rep | Chase Kniffen
Doubt | West Virginia Public | Ron Iannone
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
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