DEEP SPACE NINE
CAST > Gul Dukat
BY: Marc Alaimo
FULL NAME: unrevealed
POSITION/OCCUPATION: Former prefect of Bajor; rose to head of
Cardassian state, but lost that status when he suffered a mental
RANK/TITLE: Gul (was Legate in "Indiscretion", but was demoted
back to Gul soon afterwards; kept that rank as head of Cardassia)
BIRTHPLACE: Cardassia (presumably)
PARENTS: none mentioned (a deleted line from "The Die is Cast"
mentions his father, Justice Procal)
SPOUSE: unnamed wife who left him after "Indiscretion"
CHILDREN: 7 by his wife, including a son named Mikor (born 2360);
sired at least two half-Bajoran offspring, of which his daughter Tora
Ziyal was one; the other was an infant of unrevealed sex, born in
LOVE INTEREST(S): Had several Bajoran mistresses during the
Occupation, including Kira Meru and Tora Naprem; also had an affair with
his follower Mika ("Covenant"). In his guise as Anjohl, he became Kai
Winn's lover briefly ("'Til Death Do Us Part").
Dukat was the son of a Cardassian officer who apparently at one time
became overly ambitious, was betrayed and tortured by Garak, and
eventually underwent trial and execution. (Dukat hated Garak for this,
while Garak returned the grudge due to a matter involving some arms
merchants.) As a glinn, Dukat served on a ship called the Kornaire.
When Dukat became prefect (in or before 2346, according to "Wrongs
Darker Than Death or Night"; or in 2360, according to "The Maquis, Part
I" -- take your pick), one of his first acts was to reform the labor
camps, to which the Bajoran rebels responded by blowing up a drydock,
killing 200 Cardassians; Dukat was "forced" to execute 200 Bajorans at
random, as retaliation.
After the end of the Occupation, Dukat went on patrol on a warship, and
for a time was the most frequent spokesperson of the Cardassian
government when dealing with the Federation and Bajor. He was even of
assistance to them at times: for example, he brought the growing problem
of the Maquis to Sisko's attention, and accompanied him on a mission to
prevent a Maquis attack after being rescued from the terrorists by Sisko
and his officers ("The Maquis, Parts I and
II"). Dukat also cooperated
with Sisko when the Defiant was hijacked by Tom Riker ("Defiant"). When
the military government on Cardassia was overthrown, Dukat managed to
win a position as military advisor to the civilian government, was
promoted to legate, and was instrumental in helping save the Detapa
Council during the Klingon invasion of Cardassia ("The Way of the
Not long afterwards, in "Indiscretion", Dukat went on a joint mission
with Major Kira Nerys to discover what had happened to the Ravinok, a
Cardassian prison ship that had been lost during the Occupation. He
eventually revealed to Kira that his Bajoran mistress Tora Naprem had
been on the ship, with their daughter Ziyal. Dukat intended to kill
Ziyal, in order to prevent his political enemies from using her against
him; but when he finally saw her, he changed his mind, and took her home
to Cardassia. It was a risk that resulted in a major setback for Dukat:
his mother disowned him, his wife left him along with their children,
and he was demoted, reduced to commanding the freighter Groumall.
However, with Kira's aid, he captured a Klingon cruiser, and set out as
a renegade, sending Ziyal to DS9 under Kira's protection ("Return to
About a year later, Dukat's fortunes took another dramatic turn, when
Cardassia became an ally of the Dominion, and Dukat was placed by them
at the head of his world's government ("In Purgatory's Shadow"/"By
Inferno's Light"). What was to him the culmination of his triumph came
when Starfleet eventually retreated from DS9, and he was able to once
again take control of the station, which he insisted on renaming Terok
Nor ("Call to Arms"). Dukat ruled jointly with Weyoun, confident that
eventually he could conquer the Alpha Quadrant with the Dominion's aid
and then toss them aside, until Starfleet's forces returned to retake
the station ("Favor the Bold"/"Sacrifice of Angels"). Distracted by a
rift with Ziyal, he gradually saw his dreams of victory vanish. When
Ziyal was murdered by Damar during the evacuation, Dukat suffered a
mental breakdown, and was captured by Starfleet.
Dukat was treated by Starfleet counselors, and in "Waltz", when they had
deemed him stable enough to stand arraignment, he was sent to a starbase
along with Sisko (who was to testify). The ship was destroyed, and Dukat
and Sisko wound up stranded together on a planet. Dukat's mental state
deteriorated until finally he escaped in a shuttle, vowing to kill all
He disappeared for several months (once contacting Kira to regale her
with the information that her mother had been his mistress, in "Wrongs
Darker Than Death or Night"), and spent time studying ancient Bajoran
texts, then returned to Cardassia, claiming to have the key to victory
over Sisko and the Alpha Quadrant. Breaking a Bajoran statue, he became
possessed by the pah-wraith inside, and went to DS9, where the wraith
destroyed the Orb of Contemplation, also killing Jadzia Dax in the
process ("Tears of the Prophets").
Dukat vanished again for a time, and set himself up on Empok Nor as
"Master" of a community of pah-wraith worshippers, believing himself to
be Emissary to the pah-wraiths. However, when a half-Cardassian child
was born, Dukat tried to kill the mother rather than let the truth be
known; and when that failed, he convinced his followers to take poison
(to shed their corporeal existence and become one with the pah-wraiths).
Naturally, his own pill was a fake. Having been exposed by Kira, Dukat
beamed away to an unknown location ("Covenant").
Months later, in "Penumbra", Dukat returned to Cardassia, and secretly
obtained Damar's help in finding a surgeon to alter his features so that
he would appear Bajoran. He went to DS9, posing as Anjohl, a Bajoran
farmer, and insinuated his way into Kai Winn's confidence, as well as a
sexual relationship ("'Til Death Do Us Part"). When he revealed his true
purpose (but not his identity) to Winn, she eventually joined him on the
path of the pah-wraiths ("Strange Bedfellows"). Under Dukat's guidance,
Winn researched the Text of the Kosst Amojan to learn how to free the
pah-wraiths from the Fire Caves. He was unmasked to her by Solbor, but
although she was horrified at first, she continued to work with him
("The Changing Face of Evil"). Dukat was blinded by the pah-wraiths when
he tried to read the text for himself; Winn had him put out to beg on
the streets ("When It Rains...").
In "What You Leave Behind", with his eyesight restored, Dukat returned
to Winn, and accompanied her into the Fire Caves. During the ritual to
free the pah-wraiths, she poisoned him as a sacrifice; but the wraiths
possessed Dukat's body instead, returning him to his Cardassian
appearance. When Sisko arrived, Dukat taunted him, and in the ensuing
struggle was pushed by Sisko over a cliff into the fires, taking the
Text of the Kosst Amojan with him.
His security ID (in "The Maquis, Part I") was ADL-4-0.
6-foot tall, blue-eyed actor was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as Mike
Alaimo and became hooked on acting in high school, where he also served
as senior class president.
After gaining experience with the Marquette University Players and the
Milwaukee Repertory Theater Company, Alaimo was ready for the New York
stage. In 1973 Alaimo landed the recurring role of Virgil Paris in the
soap opera, Somerset, marking the beginning of his television career.
For the next 15 years Alaimo appeared in virtually every episodic police
and action show, usually as a heavy who is taken down before the final
act. Alaimo also appeared in a few movies, notably as Captain Everett in
Alaimo's Star Trek association began in 1987 as a contentious and furry
Antican in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, "Lonely Among
Us." Since then he also played Romulan Commander Tebok, "The Neutral
Zone," gambler Frederick La Rouque, "Time's Arrow," and Gul Macet, "The
Wounded." In addition to his pivotal role as Gul Dukat on Star Trek:
Deep Space Nine, Alaimo could count Anjohl Tennan and Ryan, "Far Beyond
the Stars," to bring the total number of Star Trek characters on his
resume to seven.
Marc Alaimo has been married and divorced twice. His two children were
both born on May 5, which is also Alaimo's birthday.