The 80’s TV Show”Dallas”, Cast, Pictures,and Trivia!
This series is centered around two strong and powerful families, that are filled with love, hate and revenge. The Ewings and the Barnes.
They own the very successful family business, Ewing Oil. The Ewing clan is headed by Jock Ewing (Jim Davis) and his wife Miss Ellie (Barabara Bel Geddes). The story actually starts back in the 1930’s, when Jock and his former partner, Digger Barnes, (David Wayne and Keenan Wynn) were wildcatting for oil and Jock supposedly cheated Digger out of his share of their company. Add to that, the fact that Jock married Digger’s only love, Ellie Southworth, and there you have it, a feud that lasts for a lifetime. Miss Ellie and her family were the complete opposite of Jock, as they were ranchers who raised cattle on the Southworth Ranch, and were great lovers of the land. After they married, the ranch become forever known as Southfork, and was the home to the entire Ewing family. And here was where they raised three sons, J.R., (Larry Hagman) Gary (David Ackroyd and Ted Shackleford) and Bobby (Patrick Duffy).
Main Cast Members
J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman)-J.R., who is the heir apparent to Ewing Oil, is married, unhappily, to a former Miss Texas, named Sue Ellen Shepard Ewing (Linda Gray). Their marriage, however, does absolutely nothing to deter him from finding companionship with other women, any time he likes. He lives to run Ewing Oil and to impress his father, Jock, whom he looks up to and admires more than anyone else in the world. And though he loves living on Southfork and having it be a part of his heritage, he considers his true birthright to be Ewing Oil, and has no interest what-so-ever in working on Southfork, unlike his two brothers, Bobby and Gary. He loves his family, but does not usually have good relationships with them, especially his brother, Bobby, who despite all of J.R.’s tricks and schemes to make himself the favorite son, is actually Jock’s favorite. This of course causes problems between the two, all their life. He is conniving, unscrupulous, and willing to do anything to get what he wants, no matter whom it hurts or what it costs.
Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy)-Bobby is the youngest of the three Ewing brothers and by far the most moral and charming as well. He falls in love with Pamela Barnes, daughter of Digger and sister of Cliff Barnes, which to the rest of the Ewing’s amounts almost to the level of being a traitor. The only one to even give her a chance is his mother, Miss Ellie. Bobby has always loved the ranch, but ends up working at Ewing Oil as well. Handsome and sweet, he is irresistible to women, but is also intelligent and honest, which makes other people trust him, making him a prime candidate for the business. He loves both of his brothers, but much like everyone else, does not trust J.R., although he does tend to give him more benefit of the doubt than most. Bobby is most well-known for his unselfish behavior and for always wanting to do the right thing.
Sue Ellen Ewing (Linda Gray)-Sue Ellen is the long-suffering wife of J. R. Ewing. A former Miss Texas, she is beautiful, perfectly behaved and the exact image one has when they imagine a society wife. And although she loves her husband, she is unable to deal with his constant exclusion of her in his life, as well as the constant stream of mistresses that he always seems to have. As a defense to all of this, she starts to drink, and before long is a raging alcoholic. In spite of many ups and downs with drinking and depression, she still manages to be a good mother to her and J.R.’s only child, John Ross Ewing III, and over time learns how to stand up for herself.
Pamela Barnes Ewing (Victoria Principal)-Pamela is Bobby’s wife and Cliff’s sister. She is also the daughter of Digger Barnes, Jock’s one-time partner, many years ago. And despite all that stood between them, she and Bobby married anyway, as they are very much in love with each other. From the moment she arrives on Southfork, she is cast as an outsider, particularly where Jock and J.R. are concerned. She is beautiful, caring and wants very much to have a family with Bobby. As time passes, most everyone comes to accept her, and she becomes close to them as well. J.R., of course, never does, and she in turn feels the same way about him.
Jock Ewing (Jim Davis)-Jock is the head of both Ewing Oil and the Ewing family. Married to his wife, Miss Ellie, they also have three sons. Though he loves running Ewing Oil, he is at a point where he now feels as if he wants to retire and have J.R., whom he has groomed for this position since he was born, take over. He also enjoys working the ranch now, and does so with his fourth and illegitimate son, Ray Krebbs, who until recently he thought was just the son of a woman he had an affair with during the war. After finding out he is glad, as his feelings for Ray are already that of a father. He is a good, strong man who tries to be a decent father and husband, and is an excellent businessman. He loves all of his sons, but has a problem with his second son by Miss Ellie, Gary. He feels he is weak and ignores him most of the time.
Ellie Ewing (Barbara Bel Geddes & Donna Reed)-Miss Ellie, as she is called by everyone with the exception of her children, is the wife of Jock Ewing, and later, Clayton Farlow. Southfork was originally her family home growing up and they almost lost it, until she married Jock and he saved it for them. She is a strong wife and mother, as well as very loving. She forgives Jock for his indiscretion during the war, and eventually learns to care for Ray as much as she does her own sons. Her favorite, however, is her middle son, Gary. And Jock’s and J.R.’s treatment of him over the years is something she can never quite forgive either of them for. All in all, she is happy with her family, and tries hard to make the Ewing’s people that she can be proud of.
Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval)-Cliff is the son of Digger Barnes and the sister of Pamela, Bobby’s wife. His hatred of the Ewing family stems from the tales that he has heard his father tell over the years. When he finds out that his sister has married one of them, he is furious. And though he despises most of the Ewing’s, he does come to respect Bobby. His loathing for J.R. among other things, leads him to have an affair with J.R.’s wife, Sue Ellen. After she becomes pregnant, Cliff is certain that he is the father of the child and later demands a paternity test, only to discover that J.R. is the father of the boy. He then turns all his hatred toward taking down the Ewing’s and taking over Ewing Oil. He is also J.R.’s archenemy and main rival throughout the series.
Gary Ewing (Ted Shackelford and David Ackroyd)-Gary is the middle son of Jock and Ellie Ewing. The favorite of his mother but not his father, Gary was more the black sheep of the family. He had a tendency to drink or run away when things became too hard for him to deal with, and that was something that his father would continuously hold against him. When Gary was seventeen, he married a girl named, Valene (Joan Van Ark) and they returned home to Southfork to live. After only nine months of marriage, they had a daughter named, Lucy. J.R. kept tormenting his brother, as they had never gotten along, and eventually Gary flees, leaving his wife and daughter behind. J.R. forces Valene out of Dallas, and when she tries to keep her daughter, he threatens her, taking the baby from her and warning her to never return to Dallas. Years later, Gary returns home and through his daughter, finds Valene again, they both realize they cannot make it in Texas, so after they re-marry; Miss Ellie buys them a house in California.
Ray Krebbs (Steve Kanaly)-Ray is the illegitimate son of Jock Ewing. A fact which he is unaware of when he first arrives at Southfork. Once he finds out, despite many issues and the tension that it temporarily creates, he is grateful and happy. (Although the fact that he had briefly dated the Ewing niece, Lucy, is something that he wishes he could forget.) A simple man with a good heart, he is the ranch foreman of Southfork, and eventually marries a woman named, Donna Culver.
Lucy Ewing (Charlene Tilton)-Lucy is the daughter of Gary and Valene, raised without either of her parents, she is spoiled and always out for a good time. She eventually discovers her mother at one point and hopes to have a close relationship with her, but after she and Gary re-marry, they move to California, leaving Lucy somewhat depressed. Over time, she finds a career for herself and eventually meets a man named Mitch Cooper and marries him.
Clayton Farlow (Howard Keel)-Clayton is the second husband of Ellie Ewing. A kind man who was raised much like she was, and who loves ranching, but excels at the oil business as well. His family owned the Southern Cross Ranch, and this is where he and his first wife, Amy, brought his nephew, Steven, later nicknamed, Dusty, to live after they adopted him. His sister, Jessica, who was Dusty’s natural mother, and had serious mental issues and a violent tendency, set Clayton’s house on fire with his wife in it, leaving Clayton to raise Dusty alone. Years later, Sue Ellen meets Dusty at a rodeo and begins an affair with him, leading to Clayton eventually marrying Ellie Ewing.
Donna Culver (Susan Howard)-Donna is the wife of Ray Krebbs. They met and had an affair while she was still the wife of politician Sam Culver, and despite being in love with Ray, she returned to her husband Sam, because he was dying. Sometime later, after a brief romance with Cliff Barnes, she and Ray finally marry and live on the outskirts of Southfork, in a house that Ray builds. She later becomes the mother of his only child, Margaret, as well as a politician.
Jenna Wade (Priscilla Presley, Morgan Fairchild & Francine Tacker)-Jenna was Bobby’s teenage girlfriend, as well as the mother of his son, Lucas. Lucas is Bobby’s only biological child; however, Jenna later marries Ray Krebbs.
Jack Ewing (Dack Rambo)-Jack is the son of Jock’s brother, Jason, and appears briefly in Dallas. He also has a sister named, Jamie Ewing (Jenilee Harrison).
April Stevens (Sheree J. Wilson)-April is Jack Ewing’s ex-wife, and for a time, something of a schemer. She later changes, and falls in love with Bobby Ewing.
Carter McKay (George Kennedy)-Carter becomes the head of WestStar, the rival oil company to Ewing Oil.
Cally Harper (Cathy Podewell)-Cally is J.R.’s second wife, whom he was forced to marry at gunpoint, after being trapped in the small Arkansas town where she lived. Naive but not stupid, after J.R. escapes and returns to Dallas, Cally follows him with the hope of making their marriage work.
James Beaumont (Sasha Mitchell)-James is the illegitimate son of J.R.’s, from an affair he had while in Europe with a woman named, Vanessa Beaumont. Unaware who his real father was for years, when his mother finally tells him, he shows up in Dallas to confront the man he now knows is his biological father, but gets a little more than he bargained for.
Michelle Stevens (Kimberly Foster)-Michelle is the sister of April Stevens, but has a much more devious side to her. She gets involved with several men, and is not known for her warmth or sensitivity.
Stephanie Rogers (Leslie-Anne Down)-Stephanie is new to Dallas, and is involved in public relations.
Liz Adams (Barbara Stock)-Liz starts out as the girlfriend of oilman, Cliff Barnes, and later becomes his fiancée.
This show draws you into the story from the very first moment that you start watching it. It is filled with sex. Intrigue, adultery, many varied storylines, power struggles, and a need to return to each show with just as much anticipation as the last one. There were a few seasons near the end which lessened the enjoyment of the show overall, but you still wanted to see how it ended. I give it 7 out of 10.
J.R. Ewing-Larry Hagman
Bobby Ewing-Patrick Duffy
Sue Ellen Ewing-Linda Gray
Pamela Barnes Ewing-Victoria Principal
Jock Ewing-Jim Davis
Ellie Ewing-Barbara Bel Geddes & Donna Reed
Cliff Barnes-Ken Kercheval
Gary Ewing-Ted Shackelford & David Ackroyd
Ray Krebbs-Steve Kanaly
Lucy Ewing-Charlene Tilton
Clayton Farlow-Howard Keel
Donna Culver Krebbs-Susan Howard
Jenna Wade-Priscilla Presley, Morgan Fairchild & Francine Tacker
Jack Ewing-Dack Rambo
April Stevens-Sheree J. Wilson
Carter McKay-George Kennedy
Cally Harper-Cathy Podewell
James Beaumont-Sasha Mitchell
Michelle Stevens-Kimberly Foster
Stephanie Rogers-Leslie-Anne Down
Liz Adams-Barbara Stock
Kristin Shepard-Mary Crosby
Dusty Farlow-Jared Martin
Mitch Cooper-Leigh McCloskey
Afton Cooper-Audrey Landers
Rebecca Barnes Wentworth-Priscilla Pointer
Katherine Wentworth-Morgan Brittany
Mark Graison-John Beck
Jeremy Wendell-William Smithers
Mandy Winger-Deborah Shelton
Jamie Ewing Barnes-Jenilee Harrison
Casey Denault-Andrew Stevens
John Ross Ewing III-Omri Katz & Tyler Banks
Christopher Ewing-Joshua Harris & Eric Farlow
Charlie Wade-Shalane McCall & Lauri Lynn Myers
Marilee Stone-Fern Fitzgerald
Jordan Lee-Don Starr
Andy Bradley-Paul Sorensen
Punk Anderson-Morgan Woodward
Vaughn Leland-Dennis Patrick
Harry McSween-James Brown
Harv Smithfield-George O. Petrie
Dave Culver-Tom Fuccello
Connie Brasher-Donna Bullock
Phyllis Wapner-Deborah Tranelli
Sly Lovegren-Deborah Rennard
Jackie Dugan-Sherill Lynn Rettino
Kendall Chapman-Danone Simpson
Dora Mae-Pat Colbert
Cassie-Ann C. Lucas
Debbie-Deborah May Taylor
Mickey Trotter-Timothy Patrick Murphy
Peter Richards-Christopher Atkins
Mavis Anderson-Alice Hirson
Angelica Nero-Barbara Carrera
Holly Harwood-Lois Chiles
Jerry Kenderson-Barry Jenner
Nicholas Pearce-Jack Scalia
Debbie-Deborah Marie Taylor
Serena Wald-Stephanie Blackmore
Kimberly Cryder-Leigh Taylor-Young
Rose McKay-Jeri Gaile
Simon Ellby-Jeff Cooper
Eddie Cronin-Fredric Lehne
Bruce Harvey-Jonathan Goldsmith
Alan Beam-Randy Powell
Paul Morgan-Glenn Corbett
Tracy Lawton-Beth Toussaint
Lil Trotter-Kate Reid
Connie-Jeanna Michaels & Nancy Bleier
Oswald Valentine-Derek McGrath
Franklin Horner-Laurence Haddon
Liz Craig-Barbara Babcock
Wes Parmalee-Steve Forrest
Senator Andrew Dowling-Jim McMullan
Scotty Demarest-Stephen Elliott
Don Lockwood-Ian McShane
Dr. Danvers-John Zaremba
Jeff Farraday-Art HIndle
Vanessa Beaumont-Gayle Hunnicutt
Tommy McKay-J. Eddie Peck
Walt Driscoll-Ben Piazza
Leo Wakefield-Bill Morey
Digger Barnes-Keenan Wynn & David Wayne
Patricia Shepard-Martha Scott
Sheriff Washburn-Barry Corbin
Valene Ewing-Joan Van Ark
Willie Joe Garr-John Ashton
Julie Grey-Tina Louise
After Jim Davis, who plays Jock Ewing, died in real life during the fourth season, producers were originally planning to bring the character back. Fans, however, were so against anyone but Jim Davis playing the role, that they decided to kill off the character instead. Later, Steve Forrest played the character of Wes Parmalee, who was thought to be Jock Ewing but of course this turned out to be untrue.
Steve Kanaly and his wife, Brent, have been married for almost 40 years and have two children.
In the 80’s, Charlene Tilton (Lucy Ewing) posed topless for Playboy magazine.
Howard Keel (Clayton Farlow) died in his home in 2004, from colon cancer.
Barbara Bel Geddes was diagnosed with breast cancer in the early 1970’s, and had a radical mastectomy. She had the courage to relive the experience several years later, when her character, Miss Ellie, did the same. She won an Emmy Award for the performance and was also honored by the First Lady, Betty Ford, for her help in raising breast cancer awareness.
Sheree J. Wilson (April Stevens) starred with Chuck Norris on “Walker, Texas Ranger“.
Linda Gray’s daughter, Kehly Sloane, was Miss Golden Globe in 1997.
Susan Howard (Donna Culver) did a guest spot on future co-star Larry Hagman’s series at the time, “I Dream of Jeannie”.
Ken Kercheval was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1993, and had to have a portion of his lung removed, but is now free of the disease.
Larry Hagman was a member of the United States Air Force, joining during the Korean War.
Victoria Principal started her own production company after leaving Dallas called, Victoria Principal Productions.
Priscilla Presley (Jenna Wade) was married to famous singer, Elvis Presley.
Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing) has been married to his wife since 1974, and they have two children.
After the death of Jim Davis, (Jock Ewing) a portrait of him was hung over the fireplace at Southfork as a reminder and memorial of him. Later, after the character of Miss Ellie re-married, they moved the portrait to Ewing Oil.
Ted Shackelford (Gary Ewing) has been on four different series with actress, Joan Van Ark. They are Dallas, “Knots Landing“, “Wonder Woman” and the new “Dallas”.
Linda Gray did her first nude scene in 2001, at the age of 60, in the London version of the play, “The Graduate”. For The Graduate movie in 1967, Gray’s legs were used for the famous publicity poster. She made approximately $25.
Steve Kanaly was in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.
Cathy Podewell (Cally Harper) devotes a portion of every summer, to being a volunteer counselor at the Muscular Dystrophy Association Camp in California.
George Kennedy (Carter McKay) enlisted in the United States Army during World War II, and served for sixteen years.
At one point in the series, Linda Gray (Sue Ellen Ewing) started asking the executives of the show if she could direct like Hagman and Duffy both had. Their answer was to fire her. Larry Hagman, (J.R. Ewing) however, threatened to leave the show if she was fired. He said he simply didn’t feel that you could have J.R. without Sue Ellen.
Ken Kercheval has been married and divorced four times. He has a total of seven children and six grandchildren, as of 2012.
Victoria Principal was honored by President Ronald Reagan for her work on behalf of people who were afflicted with arthritis.
Howard Keel was famous for his movie musicals in the 1950’s.
Barbara Bel Geddes was noted by Larry Hagman as being “the rock of Dallas”.
After Patrick Duffy made the decision to leave the show and have his character killed off in 1985, when asked to return to the role of Bobby Ewing, it was Duffy’s wife who came up with the “dream scenario”. She said that Bobby Ewing dying in a dream was the only way in which he could return.
Priscilla Presley co-founded Elvis Presley Enterprises, so that her daughter’s inheritance after Elvis’s death would not be lost. She did this by turning Graceland into a tourist attraction. Originally the trust for her daughter was down to $1 million, but with Presley taking over; it reached more than $100 million.
Howard Keel (Clayton Farlow) was originally only supposed to do two cameos on the series; however, he was a great hit with the fans, so they made him a regular instead.
Jim Davis was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in the fourth season of Dallas. He continued working on the series for as long as he was able. Many of the scenes that he shot toward the end show him seated, he also wore a hair piece to cover the fact that chemotherapy had made him lose his hair. Sadly, he died a short time later in 1981.
Susan Howard who was born in Texas, now lives outside of Austin, Texas, and was appointed by then-Governor, George W. Bush, to be a commissioner for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Sadly, Patrick Duffy’s parents were murdered in 1986, when two teenagers robbed their bar in Montana.
Larry Hagman’s mother was legendary actress, Mary Martin.
Once, when Victoria Principal was on an airplane, the pilot announced on the loudspeaker, that he was not going to land the plane unless she told him, “Who Shot J.R.?”
Steve Kanaly is a highly regarded watercolor artist and his work is often shown in local galleries where he lives.
The character of Sue Ellen, wasn’t really supposed to be more than a bit part originally. But Linda Gray and Larry Hagman improvised on their scenes together, and after the producers saw them in the dailies, they created one for her.
Barbara Bel Geddes was the author of two children’s books, “I Like to Be Me” and “So Do I”.
Howard Keel was President of the Screen Actors Guild from 1958-1959.
Sheree J. Wilson actually left Dallas because she was pregnant. But her final performance of being shot while on her honeymoon with the character, Bobby Ewing, earned her a Soap Opera Digest Award.
Though it’s impossible to imagine now, Larry Hagman was actually not the first choice to play the role of J.R. Ewing. Originally, it was offered to actor, Robert Foxworth, who turned the part down, feeling that the J.R. character needed- softening. He later played Chase Gioberti on another Friday night show called, “Falcon Crest“. Also, Steve Kanaly, who played Ray Krebbs, was the original choice for Bobby Ewing, and Ken Kercheval (Cliff Barnes) was supposed to play the part of Ray. Additionally, Linda Evans was going to be Pamela Barnes Ewing, but of course went on to play Krystle Carrington on “Dynasty” instead.
Until the series finale of M*A*S*H, in 1983, the Dallas episode entitled, “Who shot J.R.?” was the highest rated single episode of a television series. It still comes in second to this day.
Patrick Duffy co-starred with Suzanne Somers in the popular series, “Step by Step”.
Victoria Principal posed nude for Playboy in 1973.
Linda Gray was best friends with Larry Hagman until his passing in 2012.
Larry Hagman played astronaut, Anthony Nelson, in the popular series, “I Dream of Jeannie”. His co-star on the show, Barbara Eden, also guest-starred on Dallas for five episodes in 1990.
The building used for the “Southfork Ranch”, (with the exception of the first season) was actually a Texas ranch, owned by Joe R. Duncan or J.R. Duncan, coincidentally. However, after the show started to rise in popularity, people would come to the house at all times of the day and night, forcing Duncan and his family to sell it. Today, it is a museum dedicated to the series itself.
Jim Davis used to do voice acting on the American Beef Council commercials. He would voice their slogan, “Beef, it’s what’s for dinner”.
There are only two cast members who stayed on the show for the entire fourteen seasons, Larry Hagman and Ken Kercheval (Cliff Barnes). But Hagman is the only one to appear in every single episode.
As they had not yet decided who was going to be the one that shoots J.R., several of the cast members were filmed actually firing the gun. The gun is now on display at the Southfork Ranch museum.
Howard Keel was the original choice to play the lead in the famous movie, “Singin’ in the Rain”, in 1952. Instead, the role went to Gene Kelly.
The University of Washington named Patrick Duffy, 1 of the 100 Alumni of the Century.
Victoria Principal created a line of skin care products called, the Principal Secret.
Linda Gray was in People magazine’s annual Most Beautiful Woman list in 2013.
At a certain point, Steve Kanaly, (Ray Krebbs) was considering leaving the show due to his lack of storylines. Larry Hagman was the one who came up with the idea that Ray should be Jock’s illegitimate son, and therefore giving him a reason to stay on.
Larry Hagman received a liver transplant in 1995, due to cirrhosis from years of heavy drinking. The operation saved his life, and he later became the National Spokesperson for the 1996 U.S. Transplant Games, that were presented by the National Kidney Foundation. He continued until his death, to serve as an advocate of both organ transplants and donations.
As of 2000, Patrick Duffy had only been out of work for a total of three weeks, out of 22 years that he has spent in show business.
Jim Davis has a star on the “Hollywood Walk of Fame” for his contribution to the television industry.
Priscilla Presley co-starred in “The Naked Gun” movies, opposite Leslie Nielsen.
Larry Hagman’s friend, David Crosby, (a musician) in 1969, gave Hagman some LSD after a concert which changed Hagman’s life. He said. “LSD was such a profound experience in my life that it changed my pattern of life and my way of thinking and I could not exclude it”. Later, Hagman was made aware of marijuana by Jack Nicholson. This was provided as a better and safer alternative to Hagman’s heavy drinking. Hagman said, “I liked it because it was fun, it made me feel good, and I never had a hangover”.
Ken Kercheval has reprised his role of Cliff Barnes on TNT’s new Dallas series.
George Kennedy and his wife have four adopted children.
Howard Keel grew up in severe poverty, and one of his teachers, Miss Rosa Burke, noticed at one point that he hadn’t eaten any lunch. From then on, she packed two lunches, one for her and one for him. After becoming famous, if he was performing anywhere near Gillespie, Illinois, (where he grew up and Miss Burke lived) she would receive free tickets to his performances.
In Time magazine’s list of “100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME”, in 2007, Dallas is one of the shows included.
Barbara Bel Geddes (Ellie Ewing) left Dallas for the 1984-85 season, due to poor health following a severe heart attack and quadruple by-pass heart surgery. Donna Reed took her place, but was only on for one season before being fired. Ultimately, this was because the rival show of Dallas, “Dynasty“, had pulled ahead in the ratings and the producers wanted to sort of even out the show’s recent decline. Bel Geddes was also feeling much better health-wise and had decided to return. Reed sued the show’s production company for breach of contract. They later settled with her out of court for an amount that was over $1 million.
Victoria Principal has given much in the way of charitable donations, as well as her time, to many organizations that she believes in.
Linda Gray was Lindsay Wagner’s aunt by marriage. Wagner, of course, is best known for playing “The Bionic Woman”.
When Patrick Duffy did return to Dallas in that now famous shower scene, it was done with secrecy. When filming the scene, it was done with a non-Dallas crew, who believed that they were shooting a commercial for Irish Spring soap. Victoria Principal, who played his wife on the series, had no idea that he was returning to the show, until she saw the cliffhanger episode on T.V. She then rushed to the phone and called Duffy herself to confirm it.
Larry Hagman starred in the series, “Orleans”.
Dallas was originally a five-part mini-series, and was never supposed to be a regular show. But due to its extreme popularity, it was later turned into a series. The original five-part mini-series is now commonly referred to as Season One.
Victoria Principal (Pamela Barnes Ewing) originally intended to study medicine, but she was in a very serious car crash before the end of her first year of college and had to spend months recovering. She would have been forced to repeat it and after some serious thought, decided to change her mind and move to New York to pursue her acting career. The man who hit her was convicted of drunk driving.
Unlike his character, J.R. Ewing, Larry Hagman married his wife, Maj Axelsson in 1954, and stayed married to her until his death in 2012. In 2008, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and Hagman took care of her almost solely at first, but by 2010 she needed 24-hour nursing care. Because of this, Hagman sold their 43-acre estate in Ojai, and listed it at $11 million dollars.
Charlene Tilton was briefly married to Johnny Lee, singer of the famous song from 1980, “Lookin’ for Love”.
Sheree J. Wilson won first place riding cutting horses in the National Multiple Sclerosis Rodeo in 1995.
Steve Kanaly and Susan Howard, who used to play his Dallas wife, Donna Culver, were shown in National Rifle Association advertisements in 1992, to promote responsible firearms ownership.
Patrick Duffy is allergic to penicillin.
Jim Davis was very close with his Dallas co-star, Victoria Principal. She resembled his daughter, Tara Davis, who had died in an automobile accident when she was only seventeen. When Davis was buried, both Principal’s and his daughter’s pictures were in his pocket.
Linda Gray actually had to miss her son’s high school graduation, due to her work schedule on Dallas.
Larry Hagman was born in Fort Worth, Texas.
Howard Keel had his first solo recording at the age of 64, due in part to the revival of his acting career on Dallas. His album, “And I Love You So”, made it to #6 on the UK Albums Chart in 1984.
Amazingly, Dallas was originally supposed to be a starring vehicle for Victoria Principal, not Larry Hagman, due to the character of Pam acting as a buffer between the two feuding families. However, once the producers saw Hagman’s portrayal of the unscrupulous J.R. Ewing, he was immediately made the series’ main character.
When Barbara Bel Geddes was cast for the show, she was living in New York. After getting the job, she would fly home every weekend and on breaks, in order to be with her family.
Patrick Duffy was actually born on St. Patrick’s Day.
The hugely talented and caring, Larry Hagman, died of complications related to acute myeloid leukemia, on November 23, 2012. Only a year before, Hagman had fought against Stage 2 throat cancer and had gone into remission. He died peacefully, surrounded by family and close friends, as they had flown to Dallas to spend Thanksgiving with him. Two of the people at his side when he died were longtime friends and co-stars, Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy. Gray called him her, “best friend for thirty-five” and released this statement: “He was the Pied Piper of life and brought joy to everyone he knew. He was creative, generous, funny, loving and talented and I will miss him enormously. He was an original and lived life to the fullest.” Duffy’s statement: “Friday I lost one of the greatest friends ever to grace my life. The loneliness is only what is difficult, as Larry’s peace and comfort is always what is important to me, now as when he was here. He was a fighter in the gentlest way, against his obstacles and for his friends. I wear his friendship with honor.”
Priscilla Presley was a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” in season six.
Victoria Principal once dated famous singer and teen idol, Andy Gibb. She left him after giving him an ultimatum about his quitting drugs.
Ken Kercheval likes to collect classic Packard automobiles and early American glass.
Patrick Duffy was best friends with Larry Hagman, and they remained that way until Hagman’s unfortunate death in 2012.
Susan Howard was only supposed to have a one-time guest spot on Dallas as Donna Culver, but the producers were so impressed with her performance, that it turned into eight years instead.
Barbara Bel Geddes died in 2005 from lung cancer. She had been a longtime smoker until she was forced to quit after her heart attack in 1983.