Sunday, November 21, 2010

Ted Shackelford who played Gary Ewing on Knots Landing and Dallas

Ted Shackelford was born in 1946 in Oklahoma.  He is most famous for playing the role of Gary Ewing on "Knots Landing" which was a spin-off of another night time soap "Dallas".  Shackleford is also well known for his roles on other daytime soap operas such as "The Young and the Restless".

Ted Shackelford as "Gary Ewing" in "Knots Landing"
Ted Shackelford then

Ted began his acting career on the daytime soap opera "Another World" in 1975 and continued through 1977.  He then appeared in many made for TV movies in shows such as "Big Hawaii" (1977), "The Fitzpatricks" (1978), "The New Adventures of Wonder Woman" (1977 and 1978), "The Rockford Files" (1979), and "Ebony, Ivory, and Jade" (1979).

Ted Shackelford and Joan Van Ark of "Knots Landing"

Ted Shackelford then

It was in 1979 that he first starred in the nighttime TV soap "Dallas" as Gary Ewing.  He was given the role after the original actor could not finish out the role.  He co-starred with the primary cast of Larry Hagman, Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy, and Victoria Principal.  It was that same year that producers decided to form a spin-off show based on the life of Gary Ewing and his wife Valene as Gary did not live with the family at Southfork Ranch.  They named the show "Knots Landing" and it ran until 1993.  Ted co-starred in the show with Joan Van Arc (Valene), Donna Mills, William Devane, Kevin Dobson, Julie Harris, Nicollette Sheridan, and Michele Lee among many others.

The cast of "Knots Landing"
Ted Shackelford and Donna Mills

Through the run of "Knots Landing", Shackelford also engaged in some other endeavors on the screen including "Soap" (1980), "Summer Fantasy" (1984), "Sweet Revenge" (1987), "Hotel" (1984 and 1987), "The Twilight Zone" (1988), "The Young Riders" (1989), "Open House" (1990), and "Dying to Remember" (1993).

In 1994 Shackelford starred in 24 episodes of the TV series "Space Precinct" as Patrick Brogan. Then in 1996 he starred in 10 episodes of the show "Savannah" as "Charles Alexander".  He continued on and appeared in "Touched by an Angel" (1996), "Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac" (1997), "Dead Man's Gun" (1998), "Promised Land", "Cybill", and "The Outer Limits" (1999).

Ted Shackelford in "Space Precinct"

With the new millennium, Shakelford found himself doing appearances on "The Practice" (2000), "Cruel Intentions 2" (video only), "Spin City" (2001), "Miracle Dogs" (2003), "Crossing Jordan" (2005), and "Dirty Sexy Money" in 2007.

Ted Shackelford in "Crossing Jordan"

Ted Shackelford now

In 2006 Ted was back in the soap opera scene to stay for awhile starring as Jeffrey Bardwell in "The Young and the Restless".  He continues playing the role as of this day.

Ted Shackleford today


  1. He also plays The Man in the Yellow Hat on Curious George on PBS. This is a good article.

  2. That pic of him and Donna Mills....cheesy!