The Show “Dynasty“, The Cast, Pictures, and Trivia!
This series is about wealth, love and power, all set within the city of Denver, Colorado.
And surrounding the volatile highs and lows of the lucrative oil business. There are two main families that make up the show. The Carringtons and the Colbys.
Blake Carrington (John Forsythe)-Blake is the patriarch of the Carrington family. A powerful oil tycoon, owner and self-made CEO of Denver-Carrington, who at first is somewhat ruthless, but later (thanks in part to his second wife, Krystle) softens somewhat. He is the father of two children (but later this turns into a total of five), a son named Steven and a daughter named Fallon. He is not close to his son in the beginning, due in part to his son’s homosexuality, but he is very close to his daughter. In the premiere of the show, Blake is marrying the younger, Krystle Jennings, his former secretary at Denver-Carrington. Although they truly do love each other, it takes Blake awhile to turn into the more kind and benevolent man that he later turns out to be. And despite years apart, there is also the re-emergence of Blake’s ex-wife and the mother of his children, Alexis. A situation which affects his life in numerous ways over the years.
Krystle Carrington (Linda Evans)-Krystle is the new wife of the wealthy and powerful, Blake Carrington. A man whom she truly loves and utterly adores, regardless of how much money he has. Though their love is deep, they encounter problems almost immediately, partly because of Blake’s callous nature in both business and personal ways, but also due to everyone’s refusal to accept her as a part of the family and a head of the household. She is a kind and moral woman with a loving and caring nature for other people and their situations. She becomes the anchor that holds the Carrington family together, through thick and thin. And despite Blake’s children at first not being particularly fond of her, she eventually manages to overcome their animosity towards her and makes lasting relationships with them. When Blake’s ex-wife returns however, the two almost immediately become enemies, remaining so on a permanent basis.
Fallon Carrington (Pamela Sue Martin and Emma Samms)-Fallon is the daughter of Blake and Alexis. A spoiled, somewhat promiscuous woman, who is devoted to her father and does not approve of his choice of a bride. Willing to go to any lengths in order to help her father, Fallon agrees to marry Jeff Colby, the nephew of Cecil Colby, regardless of the fact that she does not love him. Cecil will then help her father, whose company is in financial trouble. After her mother’s return, Fallon wants nothing to do with her, upsetting Alexis and causing a further rift between the two. She is however very close to her brother, Steven, and supports and loves him unconditionally.
Adam Carrington (Gordon Thomson)-Adam is the long-lost son of Blake and Alexis. The firstborn child of the former couple, Adam was kidnapped when less than a year old. They were so devastated about the loss of their son that they hid his existence from their other two children, right up until their grandson, Little Blake is kidnapped. Fallon and Steven are shocked that they at one time had a brother, but don’t think much more about it. Until one day, a man shows up, claiming to be the son of Blake and Alexis. Alexis accepts him immediately, however, Blake is a little harder to convince. Eventually, they come to see the truth. Unfortunately, Adam is not the kindest person, and over time, alienates everyone from him at one time or another. He is repeatedly forgiven however, due to his tragic childhood and subsequent upbringing.
Steven Carrington (Al Corley and Jack Coleman)-Steven is the third child of Blake and Alexis. A gentle, sensitive man with a strong moral compass, who gets along with most people quite well. However, his sexual preferences make things difficult as time goes on. His father is disgusted by his son’s homosexuality, but later learns to accept it. He is especially close to his sister Fallon, but not his brother Adam, when he returns to all of their lives. He does however; make a friend in Krystle, his father’s new wife, which is a great relief to her, as her reception at the mansion has been rather chilly. Although, he does tend to be attracted to women now and then as well, Steven is, and will always be, a homosexual.
Amanda Carrington (Catherine Oxenberg and Karen Cellini)-Amanda is the last child of Blake and Alexis, but has remained unknown to her father until she was an adult. Due to a particularly trying and stressful time in her mother’s life, Amanda has shown up to lend her mother support. Having been raised for the most part by Alexis’ cousin, she has lived in England all of her life. Not long after arriving in Denver however, Blake becomes very interested in her, and with just a little digging comes to find out that his ex-wife was pregnant when they divorced. Alexis is insistent that Amanda is not his daughter, but it is later revealed that in fact, she is. She grows close to her father quickly and he accepts her wholeheartedly as his daughter.
Ben Carrington (Christopher Cazenove)-Ben is the bitter and vindictive brother of Blake Carrington. Another person brought back to Denver by Alexis in order to cause problems for Blake. Blake blames Ben for the death of his mother, thus putting their relationship on a very un-brotherly and unfriendly type of playing field.
Leslie Carrington (Terri Garber)-Leslie is the daughter of Ben Carrington, who returns to Denver in order to confront her father who had abandoned her. An attractive woman but with a somewhat loose moral virtue.
Alexis Colby (Joan Collins)-Alexis is the ex-wife of Blake Carrington. She first appears in the season one finale, startling everyone. As the second season begins you find out about the mysterious and until then, absent, ex-wife and mother. Years ago, while still married to Blake, Alexis had an affair with a man named Roger Grimes and was caught by her husband. After this, Blake exiled her from Denver, divorced her, and paid her an enormous settlement, with only one condition. That being that she was never to make contact with either him or their children again. And until being called upon to testify against Blake during his trial, she did just that. After her return to Denver however, she has no intention of leaving again. Not long after her return, Alexis hooks up with former lover, Cecil Colby. A short time later, Cecil has a heart attack, but marries Alexis on his deathbed and extracts one promise from her…that she will use his company, ColbyCo, in order to ruin Blake. She agrees.
Cecil Colby (Lloyd Bochner)-Cecil is CEO of the oil company ColbyCo and the uncle of Fallon’s future husband, Jeff Colby. He has been both a friend as well as an enemy of Blake Carrington for years. He makes a deal with Fallon that if she marries his nephew, Jeff, he will assist her father out of a financial crisis he is in. She agrees. After the return of Alexis Carrington to Denver, Fallon finds out from her brother, Steven, that Cecil Colby is actually her father and not Blake. Devastated by this news, Fallon eventually finds out that her mother was lying and that Blake actually is her natural father.
Sable Colby (Stephanie Beacham)-Sable is the cousin of Alexis Colby and the wife of Jason Colby (Charlton Heston) brother of Cecil. She and Jason have three children, but a chilly marriage at times. This is due in part to Sable’s sister, Francesca (Katharine Ross), whom Jason has always been in love with. After their marriage ends, Sable moves to Denver and becomes close friends with the Carringtons, as well as Alexis’ largest rival.
Jeff Colby (John James)-Jeff is the nephew of the powerful, Cecil Colby. Raised mostly by his uncle, Jeff is a handsome, good-hearted and loving man. After a brief affair with his childhood friend, Fallon, he realizes that he loves her. She suggests that they get married, but does not tell Jeff the real reason why. Their relationship continues on throughout both Dynasty and the spin-off show, “The Colbys”. They have two children and a tumultuous relationship. After his Uncle Cecil’s death, Jeff goes to work at ColbyCo for Alexis.
Dex Dexter (Michael Nader)-Dex is the ruggedly handsome, sexy, lover and eventual third husband of Alexis Carrington. Though the two truly love each other, numerous people and situations always seem to get in the way. At one point while their relationship is strained, Alexis’ daughter Amanda shows up, and she and Dex seem to have a love/hate relationship almost immediately. Eventually, after a somewhat tempestuous marriage, the two do divorce, but remain in each other lives. Dex is someone on whom, not only Alexis, but other people tend to count on at various times, to make a situation come out right.
Sammy Jo Dean Carrington (Heather Locklear)-Sammy Jo is the niece of Krystle Carrington. When you first see her, she is traveling with her father on the amateur race car circuit. After Krystle marries Blake Carrington, her stepfather decides that he is going to take her to live with her aunt. Not long after arriving at the mansion in Denver, Sammy Jo and Blake’s son, Steven, (who is confused as to his sexual orientation) become involved. No one is particularly happy with this as they consider Sammy Jo a little too “common”. The two however do elope but their marriage does not last long. Alexis offers to give Sammy Jo money to leave, and she does. She later returns to Denver with a baby named Danny that she says is her and Steven’s son, relinquishing him to her Aunt Krystle and Blake until a later time.
Claudia Blaisdel Carrington (Pamela Bellwood)-Claudia is the wife of Matthew Blaisdel, who works on oil rigs. After several years apart, Matthew returns to Denver to find out that his wife has been released from the sanitarium where she had been staying since her nervous breakdown. In the interim, he had fallen in love with another woman, that woman was Krystle Jennings. Krystle of course is just about to marry Blake when Matthew and his daughter Lindsay return from the Middle East. Matthew tries to make his marriage work, and Claudia tries desperately to reconnect with her daughter who was traumatized by her mother’s breakdown. They later divorce and Claudia marries Steven Carrington.
Joseph Anders (Lee Bergere)-Joseph is the Carrington family’s longtime majordomo. He is completely loyal to the family and at first does not like or respect the “new” Mrs. Carrington. After some time passes however, and Joseph comes to see Krystle for the kind and caring person that she is, they come to a mutual respect for one another.
Dominique Deveraux (Diahann Carroll)-Dominique is a rich and successful singer who blows into Denver one day asking questions about Alexis Colby. It later comes to be known that Dominique is actually the half-sister of Blake Carrington. A result of Blake’s father, Tom Carrington and his longtime mistress, Laura Matthews.
Kirby Anders (Kathleen Beller)-Kirby is the daughter of the Carrington family’s majordomo, Joseph. Upon returning from Paris, where she had been both studying as well as working as a nanny, Kirby reconnects with her childhood playmate, Fallon. Although close as young children, as adults the gap between their two social classes has created somewhat of a hindrance to their former friendship. Shortly after her arrival, Kirby is hired by Fallon to be the nanny for her son, Little Blake. Right from the start however, Kirby takes a strong interest in Fallon’s husband, Jeff.
Mark Jennings (Geoffrey Scott)-Mark is the first husband of Krystle Carrington. A tennis pro who is brought to Denver by Alexis to create problems for her enemy, Krystle. Although at one point, he actually brings problems for Alexis.
Matthew Blaisdel (Bo Hopkins)-Matthew is the former lover of Krystle Carrington, as well as an employee of Denver-Carrington. He is also the first husband of the mentally fragile, Claudia. His love for Krystle continues throughout the series.
The Fallmont Family-A family that has many interactions with both the Carringtons and the Colby’s in a myriad of ways. Buck (Richard Anderson) is a Senator and the patriarch of the family. Married to Emily (Pat Crowley) and father of sons, Bart (Kevin Conroy and Cameron Watson) and Clay (Ted McGinley).
Luke Fuller (Billy Campbell)-Luke is a sensitive and soft-spoken employee of ColbyCo. Drawn to Steven Carrington, who is married to Claudia and trying to resist his growing feelings for Luke.
Neal McVane (Paul Burke)-McVane is a Congressman who appears on an irregular basis every now and then and has a tendency to use his office for shady reasons.
Prince Michael of Moldavia (Michael Praed)-Prince Michael is the son of King Galen of Moldavia (Joel Fabiani), a former flame of Alexis’ and the eventual husband of Blake and Alexis’ daughter, Amanda.
Morgan Hess (Hank Brandt)-Morgan Hess is a detective of questionable character, used for the most part by Alexis, but who also works for Sammy Jo at one point.
Caress Morell (Kate O’Mara)-Caress is the younger sister of Alexis Colby, who had been incarcerated in a Caracas, Venezuela prison for years. After her release, she returns to Denver with a plan to get rich by writing a vicious and scathing tell-all book about her sister and her deepest and darkest secrets.
Sean Rowan (James Healey)-Sean is the dashing and mysterious man who saves Alexis when her car goes off of a bridge, and then ends up marrying her. Unbeknownst to everyone in the beginning, it is soon made clear that his only real plan involves avenging the family that no one knew he had. His father Joseph (the Carrington’s majordomo) and his sister Kirby.
Dana Waring Carrington (Leann Hunley)-Dana is the loyal and very attractive assistant of Blake Carrington. She falls for Blake’s son, Adam, and they are soon married.
Dr. Nick Toscanni (James Farentino)-Dr. Toscanni is a psychologist who is both a friend and an employee of Blake Carrington. However it is soon revealed that the good doctor holds an old grudge against Blake and is out to destroy him.
Michael Culhane (Wayne Northrop)-Michael is the chauffeur of Blake Carrington and sleeping with his spoiled daughter, Fallon. A somewhat shady character who is at times useful to Blake in areas other than driving.
This show was one of those seriously addictive primetime soap operas of the 1980’s. And without a doubt, part of its lure was not only the amazing cast but the incredible opulence of the series. Like so many shows, it did take a downturn in its final few seasons, but you still had that urge to watch and know what happened to whom. It’s cancellation after its ninth season, left many cliffhangers unresolved, so in an effort to clear them up, a two-part mini-series was made in 1991 called, “Dynasty: The Reunion”. And while it didn’t resolve all the issues it at least took care of some. All in all, I give it 6 out of 10.
Blake Carrington–John Forsythe
Krystle Carrington–Linda Evans
Alexis Carrington Colby–Joan Collins
Steven Carrington-Al Corley and Jack Coleman
Fallon Carrington Colby-Pamela Sue Martin and Emma Samms
Adam Carrington-Gordon Thomson
Jeff Colby-John James
Dex Dexter-Michael Nader
Sammy Jo Carrington-Heather Locklear
Claudia Blaisdel-Pamela Bellwood
Dominique Deveraux-Diahann Carroll
Joseph Anders-Lee Bergere
Amanda Carrington-Catherine Oxenberg and Karen Cellini
Jeanette Robbins-Virginia Hawkins
Dana Waring Carrington-Leann Hunley
Danny Carrington-Jameson Sampley and Justin Burnette
Kirby Anders-Kathleen Beller
Mark Jennings-Geoffrey Scott
Ben Carrington-Christopher Cazenove
Clay Fallmont-Ted McGinley
Michael Culhane-Wayne Northrop
Leslie Carrington-Terri Garber
Hilda Gunnerson-Betty Harford
Prince Michael of Moldavia-Michael Praed
Cecil Colby-Lloyd Bochner
Krystina Carrington-Jessica Player and Cassidy Lewis
Andrew Laird-Peter Mark Richman
Neal McVane-Paul Burke
Sable Colby-Stephanie Beacham
Sean Rowan-James Healey
Tracy Kendall-Deborah Adair
Sgt. John Zorelli-Ray Abruzzo
Dr. Nick Toscanni-James Farentino
Luke Fuller-Billy Campbell
Matthew Blaisdel-Bo Hopkins
Caress Morrell-Kate O’Mara
Morgan Hess-Hank Brandt
Jackie Deveraux-Troy Byer
Joel Abrigore-George Hamilton
King Galen of Moldavia-Joel Fabiani
Nicole Simpson-Susan Scannell
Gordon Wales-James Sutorius
Lindsay Blaisdel-Katy Kurtzman
Walter Lankershim-Dale Robertson
Lady Ashely Mitchell-Ali MacGraw
Garrett Boydston-Ken Howard
Dr. Jonas Edwards-Robert Symonds
Rudy Richards-Lou Beatty Jr.
Tony Driscoll-Paul Keenan
Nick Kimball-Richard Lawson
Joanna Sills-Kim Terry
Reporter #2-Jane Downs
Father Tanner McBride-Kevin Bernhardt
Virginia Metheny-Liza Morrow
Charles Dalton-George DiCenzo
Karen Atkinson-Stephanie Dunnam
Dirk E. Maurier-Jon Cypher
Little Blake Carrington Colby-Brandon Bluhm, Ashely Mutrux and Timothy McNutt
Monica Colby-Tracy Scoggins
Sarah Curtis-Cassie Yates
Daniel Reece-Rock Hudson
Peter De Vilbis-Helmut Berger
Buck Fallmont-Richard Anderson
Emily Fallmont-Pat Crowley
Captain William Handler-John Brandon
Robert-Robert L. Benwitt
Reporter #1-Nigel Bullard
Bart Fallmont-Kevin Conroy
Miles Colby-Maxwell Caulfield
Mrs. Gordon-Janet Brandt
Roger Grimes-J. Eddie Peck
Chris Deegan-Grant Goodeve
Gerald Wilson-John Larch
Heather Locklear has been married to Motley Crue drummer, Tommy Lee and Bon Jovi guitarist, Richie Sambora.
Joan Collins (Alexis Colby) has been married five times. She met her current husband, Percy Gibson, when he was 36 and she was 68.
John Forsythe‘s early career was somewhat delayed by the onset of World War II. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps, also performing in the “Winged Victory” Air Corps show.
Diahann Carroll (Dominique Deveraux) has been in a myriad of television shows, aside from Dynasty. Her most recent recurring role has been on “Grey’s Anatomy”.
Catherine Oxenberg is the daughter of HRH Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia. This also makes her the granddaughter of Prince Paul, the former Regent of Yugoslavia.
Emma Samms co-founded “The Starlight Children’s Foundation” in 1982 with her cousin, Peter Samuelson. She did this in honor of the brother she lost when he was only nine years old. His name was Jamie, and he died from aplastic anemia.
Al Corley (Steven Carrington) has been married to his wife, Jessika Cardinahl, for nearly 25 years, and they have three children together.
Interestingly, Linda Evans (Krystle Carrington) was a guest at the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles.
Heather Locklear turned down the part of rape victim, Sarah Tobias in the riveting film, “The Accused”. Jodie Foster, who ended up playing the part, won her first Oscar for it.
John James took a long break from acting after Dynasty ended, except for a very occasional role now and then. In 2003 though, he returned to acting full-time. First, on the daytime soap opera, “As the World Turns”, and then on “All My Children”.
Michael Nader was arrested for driving drunk in 1997. He was also arrested in 2001 for possession of an illegal substance.
Near the end of the 1980’s, Dynasty was the most popular television show in ex-Yugoslavia. It aired on Monday nights at 9 p.m. and when it did, the streets were empty.
Diahann Carroll was engaged at one time to Sidney Poitier.
Catherine Oxenberg, who is married to actor Casper Van Dien, was given an engagement ring by Van Dien that was an 8.3 carat diamond with 92 yellow diamonds across the band.
Pamela Sue Martin (Fallon Carrington Colby) has become affiliated with several different environmental groups; these include The Sierra Club and Greenpeace. In addition, she has also campaigned for the preservation of the Wild Mustang in America, and is the National Spokesperson for the Wild Horse Sanctuary in Shingletown, California. She also appeared in a public service announcement to help rescue the “pink dolphin” in the Amazon River.
Pamela Bellwood (Claudia Blaisdel) posed for an eight page pictorial in Playboy magazine in April of 1983.
Gordon Thomson (Adam Carrington) sued Aaron Spelling Productions for not letting him know soon enough about the “Dynasty: The Reunion” mini-series in 1991. And it was because of this, that his character, Adam Carrington was recast with actor Robin Sachs, because Thomson was a cast member of the daytime soap opera, “Santa Barbara”, and had conflicting schedules due to not being aware of the mini-series early enough.
Emma Samms has turned down the offer to be a Playboy centerfold, not once, but twice.
The role of Krystle Carrington was first offered to Angie Dickinson, but she turned it down.
Joan Collins is the older sister of writer Jackie Collins.
John Forsythe was on three very successful TV series. They were “Bachelor Father”, “Charlie’s Angels” and Dynasty. He also turned down the lead in “Trapper John, M.D.”
Diahann Carroll is a breast cancer survivor.
Jack Coleman (Steven Carrington) is a sixth-generation grandson of famed inventor, Benjamin Franklin, and in turn related to former President Calvin Coolidge.
John James (Jeff Colby) is the son of well-known radio personality, Herb Oscar Anderson.
Lee Bergere who played Joseph (the majordomo), was fired just because he asked for more screen time for his character.
Around 40 years before co-starring on Dynasty together, John Forsythe and Joan Collins already had a relationship of sorts. She was one of his drama students in the time before he became an actor and taught drama. He was also a baseball announcer.
Catherine Oxenberg’s first acting coach was the legendary, Richard Burton, whom her mother at one time, was also engaged to.
Michael Nader (Dex Dexter) played with Linda Evans’ in the movie “Beach Blanket Bingo” in 1965.
Heather Locklear was charged with a misdemeanor DUI in 2008, for driving while under the influence of prescription medication. She later pleaded no contest to reckless driving in court and her DUI case was then dismissed. She was not personally in the courtroom. A blood test found no illegal narcotics or alcohol in her system.
Pamela Sue Martin played Nancy Drew on the “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries” television series. However, during her time playing on the show, she also appeared in a cover-featured pictorial in Playboy magazine. Due to this, she was subsequently fired from the show.
So popular was Dynasty at one point, that it spawned its own spin-off called, “The Colby’s”. This series however, did not do well and was cancelled after only two seasons.
Emma Samms (Fallon Carrington Colby) acted on both “General Hospital” and “Dynasty” at the same time. After a while though, Dynasty won. However, Samms’ character on General Hospital (Holly Sutton Scorpio) was so popular, that after a seven year absence, she was brought back in 1992, played by Samms.
Linda Evans’ retired from acting at the age of 54.
Other actresses who were considered for the role of Alexis were Raquel Welch, Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren.
John Forsythe (Blake Carrington) consistently rejected any storylines for his character that involved adultery.
In 2011, Ken Tucker of the magazine, Entertainment Weekly, named the so-called “Moldavian Massacre”, one of the seven “Unforgettable Cliffhangers” of prime time dramatic television.
The beautiful clothing worn on the show and created by designer Nolan Miller became so popular that Dynasty generated its own line of women’s apparel called, “The Dynasty Collection”. This line of clothing was an array of haute couture designs that were based on outfits worn by actresses on the show, primarily, Joan Collins, Linda Evans and Diahann Carroll. A men’s fashion line was put out as well. Additionally, there were also “Dynasty” sheets and towels, dolls, wall-to-wall carpeting and pantyhose. The most popular thing however was probably the perfumes that were created, one women’s and one men’s. They were, “Forever Krystle” and “Carrington”. Both have since been discontinued.
John James both starred in and produced the movie “Illegal Aliens” in 2007. This was the last film of Anna Nicole Smith’s life.
Joan Collins became a grandmother in 1998. However, being the woman that she is and has always been, she steadfastly refuses to be called by the term, “grandma”. Instead her granddaughter calls her, “DoDo”.
Pamela Sue Martin has been divorced three times and now lives in Idaho with her only child, a son.
For the role of the dashing Dex Dexter, Michael Nader had to beat out 400 other actors.
Catherine Oxenberg (Amanda Carrington) is the second cousin, once removed, of England’s Prince Charles. Her great-granduncle, Prince Andrew of Greece, is the paternal grandfather of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales.
Unbelievably, Diahann Carroll is one of only ten African-American actresses to be nominated for the Oscar for Best Actress.
John Forsythe’s two younger siblings both smoked a great deal in their lives and subsequently died from cancer due to smoking. Both died before their older brother. Forsythe quit smoking in 1982, when his doctor told him that he was at a great risk for developing emphysema. He was also a national officer of the American Cancer Society since sometime back in the early 1970’s.
In 1985, Al Corley had a pop-hit with the song, “Square Rooms”. It went to #1 in France and #80 in the United States. In the next few years he also released two additional albums.
This was actually the last acting role ever for the legendary Rock Hudson, who played Daniel Reece on the show. Although aware that he had AIDS at the time of his controversial kiss with Linda Evans, Hudson did not inform her. During this time period, all that was known about the virus and kissing was that the virus itself did exist in low quantities in both saliva and tears. However, no reports of transmission by kissing had been reported either. The CDC had made a warning against trading saliva with members of groups thought to be at a high risk for AIDS. Shortly after Hudson made it public that he had AIDS, it created such a panic in the television and film industry that Ed Asner, who at the time was the president of the Screen Actors Guild, said that he was aware of some scripts actually being rewritten to avoid kissing scenes. Following this, the Guild then set forth rules requiring that any actor had to be notified in advance of any scenes that would require “open-mouth” kissing. Furthermore, any actor could refuse to do this type of scene without penalties. Linda Evans herself, who was the apparent “wronged one”, did not seem to be upset with Hudson at all. She also asked to introduce the part of the 1985 Commitment to Life benefit that was dedicated to Rock Hudson.
Emma Samms has been married three times, engaged to Marvin Hamlisch, and had a real-life romance with her on-screen lover on “General Hospital”, Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio).
Jack Coleman was on the popular series, “Heroes”, and played the character of Noah Bennet.
The role of Blake Carrington was first cast with George Peppard in the role. However, after three weeks of filming, Peppard was fired. Reportedly, he was disagreeing with the producers too much over the characterization of Blake Carrington. He thought that Blake was too similar to the character on the popular “Dallas” series of J.R. Ewing. The role was then recast with John Forsythe.
Joan Collins became pregnant to actor Warren Beatty, but had an abortion.
The role of Steven Carrington was originally played by actor Al Corley. Corley took the role of the controversial Steven Carrington in order to achieve the social impact of acting in the part of the first openly gay main character in a prime-time series. When the show’s producers gave into the demands of the network that the character be “cured” of his homosexuality, Corley quit.
Heather Locklear (Sammy Jo Carrington) was a regular on the Dynasty series for one season, but left to do another series called, “T.J. Hooker”. Locklear made guest appearances on Dynasty throughout her time on the other series, and later returned again as a regular.
Michael Nader is the nephew of actor, George Nader. George Nader was close friends with famous actor
Rock Hudson, who was a guest-star on Dynasty. When in their heyday, Hudson and George Nader would help to cover for one another regarding their “straight” image.
John Forsythe was one of the people who helped to found the Actors Studio after World War II.
At the end of season one, when the character of Alexis is first introduced, the part was actually played by a friend of the producers. Joan Collins was not cast until the break between seasons one and two.
Joan Collins, who played Alexis Colby, the villainess of Dynasty, actually dated the villain of “Dallas”, in real life when only in her teens. Collins was 16, and Larry Hagman (J.R. Ewing) was 19.
Diahann Carroll released her own autobiography entitled, “Diahann”.
Al Corley worked as a doorman at “Studio 54” in the late 1970’s. Studio 54 is considered by most to be the most famous nightclub of all time. He later appeared in a “VH1 behind the Music” special about Studio 54 to relate his experiences there.
Pamela Sue Martin has written about her difficulties with what is called, interstitial cystitis. Also known as bladder pain syndrome.
Many years before John Forsythe and Linda Evans worked together on Dynasty, Forsythe was friends with Evans’ family from the time she was just a teenager. They met on the set of “Bachelor Father” in 1957. She guest-starred on the show, and her character develops a crush on his. Evans’ is also quoted as saying that she had a crush on him in real life as well at that time. Forsythe actually wrote the words, ‘You are going to be somebody someday’ on the script. They also starred in the same episode of the television show, “The Love Boat” in 1983.
The only actor who appeared on every single episode of the show was John Forsythe.
Gordon Thomson has been in eight different series that were produced by Aaron Spelling. These were: Dynasty, The Colbys, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Sunset Beach, Glitter, Finder of Lost Loves and Beverly Hills, 90210.
Heather Locklear has starred on four popular TV shows, “Dynasty”, “T.J. Hooker”, “Melrose Place” and “Spin City”.
The season 6 opener was the most watched episode ever of the Dynasty series. This of course was due to the fact that everyone wanted to see who had survived the “Moldavian Massacre”.
When Catherine Oxenberg first married her husband, Casper Van Dien, they did it in Las Vegas, with a minister dressed up like Elvis Presley.
For many, many years, Joan Collins has been a public supporter of several different charities. These include, International Foundation for Children with Learning Disabilities, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Breast Cancer Studies, Fight for Sight, and the Shooting Star Children’s Hospice in Great Britain. In 1988, the Joan Collins Wing of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan was opened and she has also spoken before the U.S. Congress regarding an increase in the budget for neurological research. Additionally, Collins has supported several foster children in India for over 25 years.
Emma Samms was once an EMT.
John Forsythe was married three times. His second wife was actress Julie Warren, and they were married for 51 years. She died in 1994 after falling into a coma. Forsythe made the incredibly difficult decision to turn off her life-support machine. Forsythe himself died in 2010, at the age of 92, due to complications from pneumonia. Only five weeks after his death, his third wife, Nicole Carter, also passed away.
John James has been married to his wife, Denise Ellen Coward for almost 25 years. She is a former model, as well as the 2nd Runner-Up for Miss World 1978. They have two children. James’ daughter, Laura James, was the winner of “America’s Next Top Model”, Cycle 19.
When Evil Knievel was going to jump the fountains at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 31, 1967, he commissioned John Derek to film the event. Derek at the time was married to Dynasty star, Linda Evans. There was to be more than one camera trained on the occurrence, and when Knievel crashed, it was Evans who actually managed to catch the images on film.
On two separate occasions, 911 calls have been made regarding the mental status of Heather Locklear. The first time was in 2008, someone claiming to be her doctor said that she was trying to commit suicide. After responders got to her home, they said she seemed fine. However, three months later she checked herself into a medical facility in Arizona for psychological issues. In 2012, it was Locklear’s sister who made the call, claiming that she thought Locklear was in danger after she had supposedly taken a mix of prescription drugs and alcohol. Upon the arrival of emergency personnel, Locklear was then taken to a hospital but was apparently out of danger by the following day.
Christopher Cazenove who played Ben Carrington, and John Forsythe who played his brother, Blake, died in real life only 6 days apart.
On May 10, 1986, Catherine Oxenberg was the guest host for the popular series, “Saturday Night Live”. She is the only descendant of a royal family to have ever hosted the show.