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Also Known As: Pat Duffy Died:
Born: March 17, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Townsend, Montana, USA Profession: actor, director

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A throwback to the stalwart, ramrod straight and dependable leading men of Hollywood's Golden Age, Patrick Duffy rose to fame as Bobby Ewing, the "good son" of the Texas oil clan on "Dallas" (CBS, 1978-1991) after a decade of largely anonymous work on television. Duffy's kindly Bobby ran in direct opposition to his scheming brother J.R. (Larry Hagman), which fueled much of the duplicitous backbiting that gave the show its lifeblood. He was also at the center of the program's sudsiest romance between Bobby and wife Pamela (Victoria Principal). Both factors contributed to Duffy's considerable popularity among viewers, who were shocked by his decision to leave the show in 1984; his return the following year resulted in one of the most jaw-dropping storylines in television history. Post-"Dallas," Duffy starred in the popular but lightweight sitcom "Step By Step" (ABC/CBS, 1991-98) and logged time on the daytime soap "The Bold and the Beautiful" (CBS, 1987- ). After serving as producer on two "Dallas" reunion TV movies, the actor returned as Bobby for the series reboot of "Dallas" (TNT, 2012- ), one of cable's biggest hits of the season. Knowing full well that he would forever be the saintly son of the...

A throwback to the stalwart, ramrod straight and dependable leading men of Hollywood's Golden Age, Patrick Duffy rose to fame as Bobby Ewing, the "good son" of the Texas oil clan on "Dallas" (CBS, 1978-1991) after a decade of largely anonymous work on television. Duffy's kindly Bobby ran in direct opposition to his scheming brother J.R. (Larry Hagman), which fueled much of the duplicitous backbiting that gave the show its lifeblood. He was also at the center of the program's sudsiest romance between Bobby and wife Pamela (Victoria Principal). Both factors contributed to Duffy's considerable popularity among viewers, who were shocked by his decision to leave the show in 1984; his return the following year resulted in one of the most jaw-dropping storylines in television history. Post-"Dallas," Duffy starred in the popular but lightweight sitcom "Step By Step" (ABC/CBS, 1991-98) and logged time on the daytime soap "The Bold and the Beautiful" (CBS, 1987- ). After serving as producer on two "Dallas" reunion TV movies, the actor returned as Bobby for the series reboot of "Dallas" (TNT, 2012- ), one of cable's biggest hits of the season. Knowing full well that he would forever be the saintly son of the Ewing clan in the public's eye, Duffy graciously continued to give viewers what they wanted.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 You Again (2010)
2.
 Love Takes Wing (2009)
3.
 Dallas: War of the Ewings (1998) Bobby Ewing
4.
 Heart of Fire (1997) Max Tucker
5.
 Dallas: J.R. Returns (1996) Bobby Ewing
6.
 Daddy (1991) Oliver Watson
7.
 Children Of The Bride (1990) John Michael Hix
8.
 Murder C.O.D. (1990) Steve Murtaugh
9.
 Too Good to Be True (1988) Richard Harland
10.
 14 Going on 30 (1988) Gentleman
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Seattle, WA
:
First showbiz break, a Taco Bell commercial
1974:
Appeared in small roles in two ABC TV-movies, "Hurricane" (starring Larry Hagman) and "The Stranger Who Looks Like Me"
1977:
Played Mark Harris, the eponymous hero of the fantasy-adventure series "Man from Atlantis" (NBC)
1978:
Played Bobby Ewing on the CBS primetime soap opera "Dallas"; left the series in 1985, only to return the following year
1979:
Guest starred as Bobby Ewing on the CBS drama "Knots Landing"
1984:
Starred in and co-executive produced the feature film "Vamping"
1991:
Played Frank Lambert opposite Suzanne Somers on the family sitcom "Step by Step" (ABC, 1991-1997; CBS, 1997-1998); directed several episodes
1991:
Starred in the TV movie "Daddy" (NBC), based on the best-selling novel by Danielle Steel
1996:
Reprised the role of Bobby Ewing for the TV reunion "Dallas: J.R. Returns" (CBS)
1998:
Starred as Bobby Ewing in the TV movie "Dallas: War of the Ewings" (CBS)
2000:
Made London stage debut in "Art"
2000:
Co-starred with Edward Asner in the comedy "Perfect Game"
2003:
Guest starred on the CBS drama "Touched by an Angel"
2004:
Cast as a marriage counselor who falls for Reba (Reba McEntire) on The WB comedy "Reba"
2006:
Joined the cast of daytime series "The Bold and the Beautiful" as Stephen Logan (CBS)
2012:
Reprised Bobby Ewing role on the TNT reboot of "Dallas" alongside original co-stars Larry Hagman and Linda Gray
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Education

University of Washington: Seattle , Washington -

Notes

Duffy directed 30 episodes of "Dallas".

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wife:
Carlyn Duffy. Dancer. Former ballerina with New York's First Chamber Dance Company; married in 1974.

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son:
Padraic Duffy. Born c. 1975.
son:
Connor Duffy. Born c. 1980.
mother:
Marie Duffy.
father:
Terrence Duffy. Tavern owner.
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