Thursday, December 23, 2010

Steve Kanaly who played Ray Krebbs in the TV show Dallas

Steve Kanaly was born Steven Francis Kanaly in 1946, California.  He is best known as Ray Krebbs on the night time TV soap drama "Dallas".  

Steve Kanaly as Ray Krebbs on the TV show "Dallas"

Steve got his acting start in the film "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean" co-starring Paul Newman, Ava Gardner, Roy Jenson, Richard Farnsworth, and future "Dallas" co-star Victoria Principal (1972).  He then landed a role in the file "Dillinger" co-starring Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, Michelle Phillips, Cloris Leachman, Harry Dean Stanton, and Richard Dreyfuss (1973).  That same year he starred in the spaghetti western "My Name Is Nobody" with Terence Hill, Henry Fonda, Geoffrey Lewis, and Jean Martin (1973).

Steve Kanaly as Whorehouse Jim in "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean" 1972

Steve Kanaly as Pretty Boy Floyd in the film "Dillinger" 1973

Kanaly had a busy year in 1973 "The Sugarland Express" with Goldie Hawn, Ben Johnson and Michael Sacks; "Melvin Purvis G-MAN" starring Dale Robertson, Harris Yulin, Margaret Blye, and Dick Sargent; "The Terminal Man" with George Segal, Joan Hackett, Donald Moffat, Jill Clayburgh, James Sikking, and Richard Dysart; and "Act of Vengeance" starring Jo Ann Harris, Peter Brown and Jennifer Lee.

Steve also starred in "The Wind and the Lion" with Sean Connery, Candice Bergen, John Huston, Geoffrey Lewis and Brian Keith (1975); the TV movie "The November Plan" starring Wayne Rogers, Elaine Joyce, Diane Ladd, Meredith Baxter, and Philip Sterling (1976); "Starsky and Hutch" starring David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas and Bernie Hamilton; the series "City of Angels" starring Wayne Rogers (1976); and the war blockbuster "Midway" in 1976 starring Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Glenn Ford, Robert Wagner, Robert Mitchum, Cliff Robertson, Hal Holbrook, Kevin Dobson, Pat Morita, Erik Estrada, Dabney Coleman, Robert Ito, and Tom Selleck.

Steve Kanaly as Captain Jerome in "The Wind and the Lion" 1975

Kanaly appeared in "The Bionic Woman" starring Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson and Martin E. Brooks (1976); "Amelia Earhart" starring Susan Clark, John Forsythe, Jane Wyatt, Stephen Macht, and Eddie Barth (1976); "The Quest" starring Kurt Russell, Tim Matheson and Frank Salsedo (1976); "Police Story" (1977); "Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy" starring Peter Strauss, Barbara Parkins, Stephen Elliott, Robert Englund, and James Sikking (1977); "Big Wednesday" starring Jan-Michael Vincent, William Katt, Gary Busey, Lee Purcell, Barbara Hale (1978); and "Hawaii Five-O" with Jack Lord, James MacArthur and Kam Fong (1978).

Steve Kanaly as Ray Krebbs in the TV show "Dallas"

It was then in 1978 that Steve began playing the role of Ray Krebbs on the TV show "Dallas".  He was slated to play the role of Bobby Ewing, however he ended up playing his half brother and farm hand. Kanaly co-starred on the show with Patrick Duffy (Bobby), Victoria Principal (Pam), Barbara Bel Geddes (Miss Ellie), Larry Hagman (J. R.), Linda Gray (Sue Ellen), Charlene Tilton (Lucy), and Jim Davis (Jock).  He stuck with the role of Ray Krebbs until 1989, two years before the show ended.  Steve returned though for the final show.  He also returned for one of the reunion TV movies "Dallas: War of the Ewings" in 1998.

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)

During his "Dallas" days, Kanaly also appeared in movies and TV shows such as "Time Express" with Vincent Price, Coral Browne and Woodrow Parfrey (1979); "Charlie's Angels" Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett-Majors, Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd and John Forsythe (1979); "To Find My Son" Richard Thomas, Molly Cheek and Julie Cobb (1980); "Fantasy Island" starring Ricardo Montalban, Hervé Villechaize and Carol Lynley (2 episodes, 1982-83);  "The Love Boat" starring Gavid MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Fred Grandy, Lauren Tewes and Ted Lange (3 episodes, 1980-83); "Fleshburn" co-starring Karen Carlson and Macon McCalman; "Scene of the Crime" starring Priscilla Weems, Jeff Altman, Sondra Currie, Lance Henriksen, Angela Lansbury, Dennis Franz, Alan Thicke, and Randolph Mantooth (1984); "Hotel" starring James Brolin, Connie Sellecca and Shari Belafonte (2 episodes, 1984-85); "Rich & Powerful" aka "Balboa" starring Tony Curtis, Carol Lynley, Jennifer Chase , Chuck Connors, Sonny Bono, and Cassandra Peterson aka "Elvira" (1986); and "Headhunter" co-starring Wayne Crawford, Kay Lenz (1989).

Steve Kanaly then

After his years on "Dallas", Steve Kanaly starred in shows and movies such as "Driving Me Crazy" co-starring Thomas Gottschalk, Billy Dee Williams, Milton Berle, Michelle Johnson, Dom DeLuise, Richard Moll, Morton Downey Jr., and George Kennedy (1991); "Double Trouble" with David Paul, Peter Paul, David Carradine, Roddy McDowall, and James Doohan (1992); "Okavango: The Wild Frontier" co-starring Wayne Crawford, Michele Scarabelli and Lance Scott (1993); "In the Heat of the Night" starring Carroll O'Connor, Alan Autry and David Hart (1993); "The Last Chance Detectives: Mystery Lights of Navajo Mesa" Gregory Grudt, Sherry Hursey, Casey Biggs, and Crystle Lightning (1994); "Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings" starring Andrew Robinson, Ami Dolenz and Soleil Moon Frye (1994); and "The Last Chance Detectives: Legend of the Desert Bigfoot" starring Ryan Calhoun, Crystle Lightning and Davin Jacob Carey (1995);

From late 1994 through 1995, Kanaly starred in "All My Children" as Seabone Hunkle.  He co-starred with Cameron Mathison, Michael E. Knight, Susan Lucci, and Alicia Minshew.  The following year he starred in another movie in a series "The Last Chance Detectives: Escape from Fire Lake" co-starring Anthony De Longis, Ryan Calhoun, Crystle Lightning, and David Netter.

Kanaly also directed and starred in "The Marksmen" aka "Sliding Home" co-starring Jay Schillinger and Martha Byrne (1997).  He had also previously direct 3 episodes of "Dallas" in his final years on the show".  That same year he also starred in "Midnight Blue" co-starring Damian Chapa, Annabel Schofield, Harry Dean Stanton, Jennifer Jostyn, and Dean Stockwell.

In 1998 Steve starred in "The Cowboy and the Movie Star" co-starring Sean Young, Perry King and Priscilla Barnes.  That same year he also appeared in "Scorpio One" with Robert Carradine, Jeff Speakman and Robin Curtis (1998).  The following year in 1999, Kanaly appeared in the show "Walker, Texas Ranger" with Chuck Norris, Clarence Gilyard Jr. and Sheree J. Wilson.

Steve Kanaly today
Steve Kanaly today

It was not until a few years later that Kanaly would star in "Leaving the Land" in 2002 co-starring Kevin Bode, Clint Howard and Rance Howard.  Another two year lull brought an appearance in the TV show "The Division" in 2004 starring Bonnie Bedelia, Nancy McKeon and Amy Jo Johnson.  In the following year, Steve played a role as a detective in the film "Lost in Plainview" starring Layla Alexander, Marquita Terry and Matthew Glave.  At the time this article was written, Kanaly has not had an appearance in a movie or TV show since.  He spends a great deal of time painting.  He is a well renoun watercolor artist.

2007 reunion of "Dallas" cast Steve Kanaly (Ray Krebbs), Charlene Tilton (Lucy Ewing), Larry Hagman (J.R. Ewing), Patrick Duffy(Bobby Ewing), and Linda Gray (Sue Ellen Ewing)
Steve Kanaly in 2008

Steve Kanaly in 2008

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