Dallas Cast: Then and Now
‘Dallas’ was one of the most popular dramas of the 70s and 80s. It was filled with intrigue, schemes, as well as romance surrounding the Ewing family and their oil business. Do you remember how addictive it was? Where are the actors now? Priscilla Presley was part of the popular show and soon became one of the “it” girls of the time. Let’s find out more about the stars of this drama!
OMRI KATZ - JOHN ROSS EWING III
John Ross Ewing III was one of the favorite characters on the show. For many years, the character was just a baby, but in 1983, Omri Katz got the role and worked there until the end of the series. The actor also worked in ‘Hocus Pocus’, ‘Indiana’, ‘Eerie’, and ‘Zorro’. However, it seems that he retired from the industry in 2002 and works in hairstyling.
LINDA GRAY - SUE ELLEN EWING
Sue Ellen Ewing was one of the most complicated characters and the wife of JR Ewing. She had a few personal problems with the drink and her relationships. The show ran from 1978 to 1991, and when it ended, Linda Gray appeared on British TV and ‘Lovejoy’ in the 90s. Additionally, the actress was also part of the reboot in 2012. Linda also released her memoir called ‘The Road To Happiness Is Always Under Construction’.
VICTORIA PRINCIPAL - PAMELA BARNES EWING
This character’s appearance on the show was surprising because the Barnes and the Ewings had a huge oil feud. However, she married Bobby Ewing and increased the drama on the show. In 1987, the actress left the show and started appearing in television films. Additionally, she became a philanthropist and has helped various organizations throughout the years.
PATRICK DUFFY - BOBBY EWING
‘Dallas’ was the first major role of Patrick Duffy, and his character was known as the good guy on the show. Famously, the character had been killed off but returned a year later in 1986, much to the surprise of fans. Once the series ended, the actor got roles in ‘Step by Step’ as well as ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’. He participated in the 2012 reboot as well.
CHARLENE TILTON - LUCY EWING
Lucy was the wild card in the Ewing family and did whatever she wanted. She also dated older men. Meanwhile, the actress became a singer in the 80s, but it wasn’t meant to be. Tilton continued working on several TV movies such as ‘The Michaels’, ‘TMI Hollywood’, and ‘Road Less Traveled’. Additionally, Lucy reappeared in the reboot of the show in 2012.
LARRY HAGMAN - JOHN ROSS ‘JR’ EWING
Hagman played the patriarch of the Ewing family, and the actor appeared in all episodes of the series. He also guest-starred in the spin-off versions as well as the reboot in 2012. Meanwhile, Larry got small roles in shows such as ‘Nip/Tuck’ and ‘Desperate Housewives’. Sadly, his health deteriorated, and he passed away in November 2012.
PRISCILLA PRESLEY - JENNA WADE
You might recognize this name easily, as she is Elvis Presley’s ex-wife. She joined the cast in 1983 as Jenna Wade, JR’s girlfriend. The actress became a regular on the show until 1988. Meanwhile, Priscilla appeared in several TV movies and series through the 90s but seemed to retire in 1999. Presley was also head of Elvis Presley Enterprises.
BARBARA BEL GEDDES - ELLIE EWING FARLOW
Ellie was JR and Bobby’s mother, who worked tirelessly so that her family would stay together despite all the feuds. Barbara Bel Geddes appeared almost the entire run of the show, except for one season in 1984. At the time, the character was played by Donna Reed. Meanwhile, the actress was already respected in Hollywood, but she retired when ‘Dallas’ ended. Sadly, Del Geddes passed away in 2005 at the age of 82.
JIM DAVIS - JOCK EWING
Jock Ewing might have been the reason why Bobby and JR just couldn’t get along. He also favored his youngest, much to the frustration of everybody. Meanwhile, ‘Dallas’ was the actor’s last role in the business. He got sick during Season Four and passed away in 1981. However, he has huge credits to his name such as ‘The Big Sky’ and cowboy-style projects.
STEVE KANALY - RAY KREBBS
Krebbs worked as the ranch foreman for the Ewings, although it was later discovered that he was Jock Ewing’s son. Meanwhile, Steve Kanaly did not find much success in acting aside from reboots and spin-offs of the series. Instead, he became a watercolor painter, which was much better suited for him in the end.
KEN KERCHEVAL - CLIFF BARNES
Cliff Barnes was JR Ewing’s major rival on the show, and it created some interesting plotlines dealing with politics as well as cheating. When ‘Dallas’ ended, the actor appeared in some of the spin-offs and several small roles in other movies. He also participated in the 2012 reboot and became interested in pantomime. Sadly, Kercheval passed away in 2019 at the age of 83.
HOWARD KEEL - CLAYTON FARLOW
Howard Keel was already a huge name in the business, especially due to movie musicals from the 50s. His baritone made him MGM’s favorite leading man and worked on ‘Annie Get Your Gun’, ‘Show Boat’, ‘Calamity Jane’, ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’, and more. In the 60s, he turned towards action projects. His role as Clayton Farlow, the second husband of Ellie Ewing became the patriarch of the family when actor Jim Davis’ died. Sadly, Keel passed away in 2004.
SUSAN HOWARD - DONNA CULVER KREBBS
The actress landed guest roles in shows like ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ and ‘Bonanza’ before joining ‘Dallas’. She had also starred in ‘Petrocelli’ alongside Barry Newman. The character of Donna was supposed to be a one-episode appearance but she became a recurring role. However, the actress left the show in 1987 when she dislike the direction of the character. Afterward, Susan got involved in politics in Texas.
DEBORAH RENNARD – SILVIA ‘SLY’ LOVEGREN
Rennard played the role of Silvia Lovegren, JR’s secretary. She appeared in 181 episodes as well as the TV movie ‘Dallas: JR Returns’. Meanwhile, the actress later appeared in ‘Lion Heart’, ‘Gang Related’, and ‘In the Valley of Elah’. She went on to marry Paul Haggis, the famous director and screenwriter.
SHEREE J. WILSON - APRIL STEVENS
Wilson started out as a model but started getting important roles in projects like ‘Crimewave’, ‘Velvet’, ‘Fraternity Vacation’, and more. The actress also appeared in several shows until she landed the role in ‘Dallas’. The character of April married Jack Ewing, and later, Bobby Ewing. But she was killed off during the honeymoon with the later. Afterward, Wilson starred in ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ with Chuck Norris.
We forgot how intriguing and addictive this show was! It’s time for a re-watch! Let us know which character was your favorite. If you liked this article, share it with your friends that have always enjoyed series like ‘Dallas’. See you next time!