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Patrick Duffy

Patrick Duffy
Duffy at the PaleyFest 2013 forum for Dallas
Born (1949-03-17) March 17, 1949
Townsend, Montana
Occupation Actor, director, television personality
Years active 1963–present
Spouse(s) Carlyn Duffy (née Rosser; February 15, 1974–present)
Website .org.patrickduffywww

Patrick Duffy (born March 17, 1949)[1] is an American actor, best known for his role on the CBS primetime soap opera Dallas, where he played Bobby Ewing from 1978 to 1985 and from 1986 to 1991. Duffy returned to reprise his role as Bobby in a continuation of Dallas, which aired on TNT from 2012 to 2014. He is also well known for his role on the ABC sitcom Step by Step as Frank Lambert, from 1991 to 1998, and for his role as Stephen Logan on the CBS daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful (2006-2011). Duffy plays the lead character's father in the 2014 NBC sitcom Welcome to Sweden.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Duffy was born in Townsend, Montana, the son of tavern owners Marie and Terence Duffy.[1][2] During high school, Duffy was living in Everett, Washington, and attended Cascade High School. At Cascade, he participated in the Drama Club and the Pep Club, for which he was a Yell King.[2][3] Academically, Duffy earned credentials in theater arts that entitled him to teach, graduating from the University of Washington in 1971 with a degree in drama.[4] He ruptured both his vocal cords during his senior year of college, so he created the position of actor-in-residence, where he worked as an interpreter for ballet, opera, and orchestra companies in Washington. He also taught mime and movement classes during this period.[5]


Duffy at 2009 Daytime Emmy Award

In 1976, Duffy landed the role of Mark Harris in the short-lived television series Man from Atlantis. Following the series' cancellation in early 1978, he got his big break in the role of Bobby Ewing on the soap opera Dallas.[4] The show became a worldwide success. Despite its success, Duffy opted to leave the series in 1985 with his character being killed off onscreen. However, with both the show and his career on the decline, he returned in 1986 in the infamous shower scene that rendered the entire 1985–1986 season "just a dream". Duffy then remained with the series until its cancellation in 1991. He also appeared in several episodes of the spin-off series Knots Landing between 1979–82. Throughout the 13-year run of Dallas, Duffy directed several episodes of the series. Along with Dallas fame, Duffy has also tried his hand at singing, and in 1983, he had a hit in Europe with "Together We're Strong", a duet with French female singer Mireille Mathieu.[4] The single reached number 5 in The Netherlands in April 1983.[6]

At the end of Dallas' run in 1991, Duffy began another television role, as Frank Lambert on the family sitcom, Step by Step in which he co-starred with Suzanne Somers. The series ran until 1998, and Duffy also directed numerous episodes. Also in the 1990s, he appeared in two Dallas reunion television movies; J.R. Returns (1996) and War of the Ewings (1998), both of which he also co-produced. He has reunited on several occasions with many of his Dallas co-stars both onscreen and off, most notably for the non-fiction television special Dallas Reunion: Return to Southfork in 2004. Duffy later continued to act in the occasional guest or voice acting appearance, including the series Family Guy (in which he appeared in a live action scene with Victoria Principal as they spoofed the Dallas shower scene), as well as Justice League and Touched by an Angel. Duffy starred in the television movies Falling in Love With the Girl Next Door and Desolation Canyon. In 2006, he began a recurring role on the daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful as Stephen Logan. From April to July 2008, he hosted Bingo America, a partially interactive game show on GSN.

Duffy reprised his role as Bobby Ewing in TNT's remake of Dallas. The series aired from 2012 to 2014.

Personal life

Duffy married Carlyn Rosser, ten years his senior, in a Sōka Gakkai International – USA). [10]

On November 18, 1986, Duffy's parents were murdered by two young men, Kenneth Miller and Sean Wentz, during an armed robbery of the Boulder, Montana, bar his parents owned. Wentz and Miller, who were teenagers at the time, were convicted of the murders and sentenced to 75 years in prison. In 2001, Miller appeared before the Montana Parole board after Sean Wentz recanted his original story, admitting that he was the sole gunman. Miller was denied clemency in 2001 but was released on parole in December 2007.[11]

Duffy's nephew is Major League Baseball pitcher Barry Zito.[12]

According to longtime fan and future crewmember, Andrea Cantrell, she was asked to create a photo album of the Ewing Family, in 2012, who was having difficulty finding as many appropriate pictures as she could, though many of the new cast members could only provide recent snaps, and her efforts were further hampered because the image of two original Dallas stars, late actors Jim Davis and Barbara Bel Geddes, are controlled by the handlers of their estate. Then, after struggling, Duffy came to the rescue, who asked his wife to send a box of pictures to Cantrell. All the pictures Duffy's real-life family were taken, decades ago (before Duffy's parents were murdered, in real-life), as well as a baby picture of Patrick, himself. His real-life mother also bore a slight resemblance to his acting mentor, Bel Geddes, whose character made a photo of her holding baby Patrick, exactly what Cantrell needed. His real-life late parents made a cameo on the revised Dallas series.[13]


Year Title Role Notes
1974 The Stranger Who Looks Like Me Adoptee#3 TV movie
1974 Hurricane Jim TV movie
1976 Switch Episode: "The Walking Bomb"
1976 The Last of Mrs. Lincoln Lewis Baker TV movie
1977–78 Man from Atlantis Mark Harris Series regular (17 episodes)
1978–85; 1986–91 Dallas Bobby Ewing Series regular (326 episodes)
Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Actor in a Prime Time Serial (1985)
Special Bambi Award (Shared with Dallas co-stars) (1987)
TV Land Pop Culture Award (Shared with Dallas co-stars) (2006)
Nominated - Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Actor in a Prime Time (1988, 1990, 1992)
Nominated - Soap Opera Digest Award for Favorite Super Couple: Prime Time (Shared with Victoria Principal) (1988)
1979–1982 Knots Landing Bobby Ewing Episode: "Pilot"
Episode: "The Loudest Word"
Episode: "New Beginnings"
1980 Charlie's Angels William Cord "One Love...Two Angels" (1)
"One Love...Two Angels" (2)
1980 Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb Colonel Paul Tibbets TV movie
1981 The Love Boat Ralph Sutton Episodes: "The Expedition" 1 and 2
1982 Cry for the Strangers Dr. Brad Russell TV movie
1983 Auf los geht's los Singer Episode: "Nachthemdfolge"
1984 Vamping Harry Baranski
1985 From Here to Maternity Henderson TV movie
1985 Hotel Richard Martin Episode: "Missing Pieces"
1985 George Burns Comedy Week Episode: "Dream, Dream, Dream"
1985 Alice in Wonderland Goat TV Movie
1986 Strong Medicine Dr. Andrew Jordan TV movie
1987 Our House Johnny Witherspoon Episode: "Candles and Shadows"
1988 14 Going on 30 TV movie
1988 Unholy Matrimony John Dillman TV movie
1988 Too Good to Be True Richard Harland TV movie
1990 Murder C.O.D. Steve Murtaugh TV movie
1990 Children of the Bride John Hix TV movie
1991 Daddy Oliver Watson TV movie
1991–98 Step by Step Frank Lambert Series regular (160 episodes)
1994 Texas Stephen Austin TV movie
1996 Dallas: J.R. Returns Bobby Ewing TV movie
1997 Heart of Fire Max Tucker TV movie
1998 Dallas: War of the Ewings Bobby Ewing TV movie
1998 Rusty: A Dog's Tale Cap the Dog Voice
1998 Diagnosis: Murder Wayde Garrett Episode: "Till Death Do Us Part"
1999 Dead Man's Gun Lyman Gage Episode: "The Womanizer"
1999 Don't Look Behind You Jeff Corrigan TV movie
1999 Twice in a Lifetime Peter Hogan Episode: "A Match Made in Heaven"
1999, 2001 Family Guy Bobby Ewing
Episode: "Da Boom"
Episode: "And the Wiener Is..."
2000 The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne Duke Angelo Rimini Episode: "Rockets of the Dead"
2000 Perfect Game Coach Bobby Geiser TV movie
2002 Justice League Steve Trevor Voice
Episode: "The Savage Time" 1, 2 & 3
2003 Touched by an Angel Mike Episode: "I Will Walk with You" 1 & 2
2004 Reba Dr. Joe Baker Episode: "Couples' Therapy"
2006 Desolation Canyon Sheriff Tomas 'Swede' Lundstrom TV movie
2006 Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door James Connolly TV movie
2006–11 The Bold and the Beautiful Stephen Logan Series regular, (165 episodes)
2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Himself Uncredited Cameo (Unrated Version)
2008 He's Such a Girl Whitney's Father
2009 Love Takes Wing Mayor Evans TV movie
2010 Healing Hands Uncle Norman TV movie
2010 You Again Ritchie Phillips Cameo
2010 Party Down Himself Cameo
2012–14 Dallas Bobby Ewing Series regular (40 episodes)
2012 Lovin' Lakin Himself Episode: "Lakin Visits Her Dad"
2014 Welcome to Sweden Wayne Evans Season 1 Episode 6


  1. ^ a b "Patrick Duffy Biography (1949–)". Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Maves, Norm Jr. (1990-05-07). "QUIET ON THE SET". The Oregonian. pp. C01. 
  3. ^ 1967 Vista, Cascade High School yearbook
  4. ^ a b c "Patrick Duffy Biography". Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  5. ^ "Patrick Duffy Biography". Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Dutch Music Charts". Dutch Charts. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Egan, Barry (April 17, 2009). "The Good Guy". Belfast Telegraph. 
  8. ^ Patrick Duffy Biography at the Wayback Machine (archived January 9, 2009)
  9. ^ a b Das, Lina (October 28, 2011). "Who drank shots with JR?". Independent Online. 
  10. ^ "'"Patrick Duffy: 'I only converted to Buddhism because I wanted to sleep with the woman who became my wife. 
  11. ^ Terrance and Marie Duffy murder 11/18/1986 Boulder, MT *Sean Wentz and Kenneth Miller convicted and sentenced to prison* | Bonnie's Blog of Crime. Retrieved on 2013-03-19.
  12. ^ "Ten burning questions for baseball's offseason". USA Today. November 1, 2006. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Patrick Duffy's late parents had Dallas cameo". 

External links

Patrick Duffy is the leg of Scuzzlebutt on the South Park episode 'Volcano'

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