The prime-time television soap opera Dallas was produced from 1978 to 1991. It takes place in Dallas, Texas and centers around the life of the "Ewing" family which has to deal with internal power struggles, intrigue and money hungry relatives. In total, 14 seasons and three TV movies were produced and when it comes to ratings, Dallas is the most successful TV series ever.
In 2012, a reboot of Dallas went on air with many performers, who had already been part of the old series.
"J.R. Ewing Jr." is the eldest son of "Jock" and "Miss Ellie". He runs the company "Ewing Oil". Not once does he shy away from crude methods to get his way - the only thing he is reluctant about is murder...
Larry Hagman was famous for his role in the television series I Dream of Jeannie, but he became a TV legend with his role on Dallas. He started work as an actor in 1965 and appeared in several films and TV productions after. Hagman even took part in the Dallas revival in 2012 although he'd been diagnosed with throat cancer in 2011.
He eventually succumbed to the illness on November 23rd in 2012 at the age of 81. He'd been married to his wife Maj for 58 years.
"Bobby Ewing" is the youngest brother of "J.R. Ewing Jr.". His marriage with "Pam" is frowned upon, especially by "J.R." and "Cliff". First, he works as a salesman for "Ewing Oil" and later moves up into the management of the company. "Bobby" is regarded a respectable businessman, however, he can be too tough if he wants to achieve his goals.
Patrick Duffy's first real role on TV was in the series Man from Atlantis. However, he achieved his breakthrough with Dallas and afterwards went on to star in Step by Step for seven years. From 2006 until 2011, he was part of the main cast of The Bold & The Beautiful.He also slipped in many other roles and worked as a voice actor. In the Dallas reboot, Duffy again played the role of "Bobby Ewing". Since 1974 Patrick Duffy is married to Carlyn Rosser, with whom he has two sons.
Linda Gray found fame playing "Sue Ewing Lockwood" in Dallas.
Linda Gray became world famous for her role in Dallas. Previously she worked as a model – and also her legs became famous worldwide. It have been her legs and not those of actress Anne Bancroft which have been on the title poster of the film The Graduate. After Dallas, Linda Gray slipped into many more, but rather less-known roles but she is also part of the Dallas sequel. From 1962 to 1983 she was married Ed Thrascher, with whom she has two children.
Before she married "Bobby", "Pamela Ewing" was with "Ray Krebbs". "Pam" and "Bobby" adopt a baby and name the boy "Christopher". "Pamela" has very high moral values, which is why she often competes with "J.R." and "Bobby". Just as "Miss Ellie", she tried everything to keep the family together. In a serious accident she suffers bad burns all over her body which is why she eventually leaves town and gets divorced from "Bobby".
Victoria Principal began her career in 1972 with the film The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, for which she already received a Golden Globe nomination as "Best New actress". Then, she starred in the films The Naked Ape and Earthquake. Minor roles followed until she finally landed her role in Dallas. Victoria Principal was married twice. Christopher Skinner, who took over a small supporting role in Dallas, was one of her two husbands.
Together with his brothers, "Jason" and "Digger Barnes", "Jock Ewing founded the company "Ewing Oil". During the great depression, he bought all shares of his co-founders, making him the sole owner of the company and made the company into a profitable business. With his wife "Miss Ellie" he had three children, next to his illegitimate son "Ray Krebbs". "Jock" finally dies in a helicopter crash in South America. His sudden and shocking death on the show was because he was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer whilst filming season four. He eventually passed away in the spring of 1981, at the age of 72.
"Miss Ellie" is the mother of "J.R.", "Gary" and "Bobby". In her first marriage, she was married to "Jock Ewing". After his death, she married "Clayton Farlow". "Miss Ellie" is a kind-hearted woman, and her greatest desire is to keep the family together. To attain this goal, she often has to make unpleasant decisions...
In 1940, the career of Barbara Bel Geddes started on the Broadway. After the Second World War then, Barbara started her film career in Hollywood. In the 1960's she retired from the theatre and film life, in order to take care of her husband, who was suffering from cancer. When he died in 1972, she decided to return to the film business. Her role as "Miss Ellie" in Dallas eventually made her world-famous.
At the beginning of the seventies, she had to undergo surgery for breast cancer and in 1984, she had a quadruple bypass, so she was replaced by actress Donna Reed on "Dallas". However, she resumed her role again after she had recuperated. After the end of the show, Geddes withdrew completely from the public. She wrote two children's books and designed a series of popular greeting cards.
On August 8th, 2005, Barbara Bel Geddes died at the age of 82 years. She had been suffering from lung cancer which eventually caused her death.
"Lucy" is the daughter of "Gary Ewing" and therefore the granddaughter of "Jock" and "Miss Ellie". She has worked as a model and was married to "Mitch Cooper", but they got divorced. After being raped she was pregnant but got rid of the child. After some time, "Lucy" returned to "Mitch" and married him again. However, their relationship is just doomed to fail, which is why they divorced for a second and final time.
Charlene Tilton played her most famous role in Dallas. She was also minor guest star on shows such as Married... with Children and Murder, She Wrote. Since 2012, Charlene has been part of the main cast for the Dallas reboot. The actress was married twice.
"Ray Krebbs" is first only a foreman on the "Southfork Ranch", and turns out to be the illegitimate son of "Jock Ewing". "Ray" is a very proud man, who wants to solve his problems on his own and does not want to depend on other people. He doesn't live in the main building of the ranch, but in his own house in the country instead, which he was given by "Jock". With his brother "Bobby", "Ray" gets along really well, but there are certain tensions between him and "J.R." ...
Steve Kanalys' most famous role was the one of "Ray Krebbs" in Dallas. He actually auditioned for the role of "Bobby Ewing", but then got the part of "Ray". Since 1975, Steve Kanaly is married to Brent Power with whom he has two children. He lives with his family on a ranch in California.
"Cliff Barnes" is the biggest competitor of "J.R.". He is the son of the co-founder of the company "Ewing Oil", "Digger Barnes". He fights every decision made by "J.R." and constantly tries to get revenge for what "Jock" did to his father many years ago. And he stops at nothing to reach that goal, just like "J.R.".
He eventually gains control of "Ewing Oil" towards the end of the show, but in the film Dallas: The Return of J.R. he sells the company back to "Bobby" in order to live with his former girlfriend "Afton Cooper".
Before his role in Dallas, Ken Kercheval had already appeared in many productions, like Pretty Poison or Network, for example. He finally had his breakthrough with Dallas and further small role offers followed. In 2006 and 2007 he played on British stages in Southampton, Edinburgh and Cardiff. He is also in the 2012 reboot of Dallas.
Kercheval was married three times and has five children.
Although she is married to the Governor of Texas "Sam Culver", "Donna Krebbs Dowling" falls in love with "Ray". After her husband's death, she also marries "Ray". "Donna" is a very independent woman, who does not shy away from conflicts, a trait that "J.R." and also her husband "Ray" notice quite often. "Donna" and "Ray" later get divorced due to several problems in their marriage.
Susan Howard began her career in the 1960s. She had her first guest-starring roles on I Dream Of Jeannie and Star Trek. For her role on the TV show Petrocelli she was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe. Her role in Dallas was planned only as a cameo, however, the producers were impressed by her and she ended up playing her part for nine whole years
"Clayton Farlow" is also in the oil business. After the death of "Jock" he marries "Miss Ellie". "Clayton" has an adopted son called "Steven" from his first marriage, who is also called "Dusty".
Howard Keel was famous for his role in Dallas. Keel had previously worked as a musician. For his achievements in the musical world, he was awarded the price of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival in the year 2000. Keel also starred in the Western Waco and also The War Wagon. In 2004 Howard Keel died of colon cancer, at the age of 85 years.
When he was a teenager, "Bobby" was in love with "Jenna Krebbs". Shortly before they were to be married she left him and moved to Italy. "Jenna" married "Naldo Marchetta", with whom she had her daughter "Charlie". Shortly after the wedding, the two got divorced again and she returned to Dallas, where she now wanted to marry "Bobby". She is sentenced to seven years in prison for conspiracy committing manslaughter. When her innocence is proven, she is released. After the divorce of "Ray" and "Donna", "Ray" and "Jenna" start a new life together in Switzerland.
Priscilla Presley became famous when she got married to Elvis Presley, who was ten years her senior. With him she had a daughter, Lisa Marie Presley. The couple's marriage took place in 1967. The divorce followed in 1973. Priscilla appeared as an actress not only in Dallas but also The Naked Gun. From 1984 to 2006 she lived with the Brazilian Director Marco Garibaldi, with whom she had a son in 1987.