Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Patrick Duffy who played Bobby Ewing in the TV Show Dallas

Partrick Duffy played J. R. Ewing's little brother on the TV show "Dallas" that aired from 1978 to 1991.  He was also previously star of the almost forgotten series "Man from Atlantis" where he played a "fish man" that was discovered in the ocean with gills, webbed feet and all.  He was also popular as "Frank" on "Step By Step" opposite Suzanne Somers as Carol Lambert.

Patrick Duffy then

Patrick was born in 1949 in Montana.  He got started in acting with the TV move "The Stranger Who Looks Like Me" in 1974 followed by another, "Hurricane".  He did two more TV appearances before landing his first big role in a series as Mark Harris in "The Man from Atlantis" that ran from 1977 to 1978.  He then immediately fell into the role of Bobby Ewing on "Dallas" as well as appearances with the same role in "Knots Landing" in 1979 and 1982. He played opposite Victoria Principal who played his wife Pamela Barnes Ewing.  He also co-starred with Barbara Bel Geddes (Miss Ellie), Charlene Tilton (Lucy Ewing).  Back: Steve Kanaly (Ray Krebbs), Patrick Duffy(Bobby Ewing), Jim Davis (Jock Ewing), Larry Hagman (J.R. Ewing), and  Linda Gray (Sue Ellen Ewing).
While filming those shows he also did other TV work including "Charlie's Angels", "The Love Boat" starring Gavin McLeod, and a couple of made for TV movies.  

Patrick Duffy in "The Man from Atlantis"

Patrick Duffy as "Bobby Ewing" in "Dallas"
The cast of the TV show Dallas.  Front: Barbara Bel Geddes (Miss Ellie), Charlene Tilton (Lucy Ewing).  Back: Steve Kanaly (Ray Krebbs), Patrick Duffy(Bobby Ewing), Victoria Principal (Pam Barnes Ewing), Jim Davis (Jock Ewing), Larry Hagman (J.R. Ewing), Linda Gray (Sue Ellen Ewing)

After "Dallas", Patrick began playing the role of Frank Lambert in "Step by Step" as well as a couple of "Dallas" reunion movies "Dallas: J.R. Returns" and "Dallas: War of the Ewings".  After "Step by Step" finished it's run, Duffy did some TV show appearances such as "Diagnosis Murder", "Family Guy" (1999-2001), "Justice League" (2002), "Touched By an Angel" (2003), "Reba" (2004), and then he played Stephen Logan on "The Bold and the Beautiful" from 2006-2010 along side co-star from "Dallas", Linda Gray who played Priscilla Kelly

Patrick even adds directing and producing to his resume as he directed many episodes of "Dallas" and "Step by Step".  He was executive producer and co-producer on two of the "Dallas" reunion TV movies.

Patrick Duffy today

He is included in the list of possibilities for the rumored new "Dallas" show with a younger cast along with Larry Hagman (J.R. Ewing) and Linda Gray (Sue Ellen Ewing).  Should be interesting if it ever comes to production.


In 2012, Patrick did revive his role as Bobby Ewing in the new TV version of Dallas co-starring Josh Henderson (John Ross Ewing), Jesse Metcalfe (Christopher Ewing), Jordana Brewster (Elena Ramos), Brenda Strong (Ann Ewing), Julie Gonzalo (Rebecca Sutter), Linda Gray - Sue Ellen Ewing, and Larry Hagman (J. R. Ewing).

Patrick Duffy now