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 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 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’ so her career continued to prosper.
The character of April married Jack Ewing, and later, Bobby Ewing. But she was killed off during the honeymoon with the latter. Afterward, Wilson starred in ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ with Chuck Norris.
SHERRIL LYNN RETTINO - JACKIE DUGAN
The actress played the role of Jackie Dugan, Cliff Barnes’ personality assistant on the show. She was a promising talent, but sadly, Sherril never got to work on anything else. She was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years later and died in 1995 at the age of 39. Luckily, a lot of people remember her appearances on ‘Dallas’.
DEBORAH TRANELLI - PHYLLIS WAPNER
The actress played the role of Phillis Wapner on the series. She also appeared in ‘Naked Vengeance’, ‘Hart to Hart’, and several other projects. In 2004, Tranelli released an album called ‘A Lot of Livin’ to Do”. She even won a Backstage Bistro Award for the record. Additionally, she was part of ‘Mamaleh’, the musical.
ROSEANNA CHRISTIANSEN – TERESA
Christiansen worked on several projects throughout the late 70s and 80s, but she was best known as Teresa, the Ewing maid on ‘Dallas’. You might have seen her in ‘CBS Summer Playhouse’ and ‘The Perfect Match’. After the series ended, it seems that she took a long hiatus from the acting industry, but returned in 2010 in ‘Sybil Ludington’.
JOSHUA HARRIS - CHRISTOPHER EWING
Harris started acting at a very young age with roles in ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘Dallas’. His first episode on the show aired in 1985, and the actor became a regular cast member. His last appearance was in the penultimate episode, which aired in 1991. Christopher Ewing is Bobby’s adopted son and the biological child of Kristen Shepard and Jeff Farraday.
SHALANE MCCALL - CHARLIE WADE
McCall played the role of Charlie Wade, the daughter of Jenna Wade and Renaldo Marchetta. She was later adopted by Ray Krebbs and her boyfriend, Randy, was played by Brad Pitt. The actress left the show after some personal problems with her family and also retired from show business. So ‘Dallas’ was her only credit as a thespian.
MORGAN BRITTANY - KATHERINE WENTWORTH
Brittany played the role of Katherine Wentworth, the daughter of Rebecca and Herbert Wentworth. She was later adopted by Cliff and Pamela Barnes. The actress started her career in the 60s on ‘Gipsy’ alongside Natalie Wood, although she was known as Suzanne Cupito then. She continued acting after ‘Dallas’ on projects namely ‘Hannity’, ‘The Kudrow Report’, ‘The Rick Amato Show’.
DON STARR - JORDAN LEE
Starr played the role of Jordan Lee, who was part of an Oil criminal gang. The Ewings and Cliff Barnes was also part of it. He also seemed like the leader of the cartel and the main antagonist for J.R. Meanwhile, the actor also worked on ‘V: The Final Battle’ and ‘Bird’. Sadly, he passed away in 1995.
AUDREY LANDERS - AFTON COOPER
Landers played the role of Afton Cooper, Cliff Barnes’ girlfriend as well as J.R.’s mistress. She is also Pamela Ewing’s mother. The actress returned to reprise the role for the 2012 reboot. Meanwhile, she was also a singer, composer, and writer. After ‘Dallas’, Landers wrote many episodes and songs for the children's show ‘The Huggabug Club’.
GEORGE KENNEDY - CARTER MCKAY
Kennedy played the role of Carter McKay, who bought Ray Krebbs's ranch and immediately started feuding with the Ewings. The actor is a WWII veteran and has many credits on TV and films to his name. He was also a main star of ‘The Young and the Restless’. His last role was in ‘The Gambler’ alongside Mark Walhberg. Sadly, he passed away in 2016 at 91.
FERN FITZGERALD - MARILEE STONE
Fitzgerald played the role of Marilee, who mostly appeared in the background. It was later revealed that she was the wife of one of the Oil Cartel members, but when her husband died, she became the leader of Stonehurst Oil. Meanwhile, the actress was also seen in ‘The Beach Girls’ and ‘Life Goes On’. Do you remember her character on ‘Dallas’?
CATHY PODEWELL - CALLY EWING
Podewell played the role of Cally Harper Ewing, J.R. Ewing’s second wife. They met under really crazy circumstances and Cally lied about being pregnant to force marriage. Her ruse is later discovered, but they stay married because John Ross likes her. Meanwhile, the actress was also in ‘Night of the Demons’ as well as the ‘Dallas’ reboot from 2012.
JENILEE HARRISON - JAMIE EWING
Harrison played the role of Jamie Ewing, the daughter of Jack Ewing and Nancy Shaw. She was much more interested in the oil business than her big brother, Jack. Meanwhile, the actress got a small but important role in ‘Three’s Company’ at the age of 21. She later appeared in shows like ‘Malibu’, ‘She’s the Sheriff’, ‘Murder, She Wrote’, and more.
JOHN BECK - MARK GRAISON
Mark Graison was part of Barnes-Wentworth Oil as well as friends with Cliff Barnes. He appeared for the first time in Season Six. Mark became a romantic interest for Pam Barnes after her divorce. His character was also “killed”, but it’s later revealed that it was fake. Meanwhile, the actor also worked on ‘Rollerball’, ‘Black Day Blue Night’, ‘Sleeper’, and more.
DEBORAH SHELTON - MANDY WINGER
Shelton played the role of Amanda Winger, known as J.R.’s first mistress. Sue Ellen went out of her way to ensure that Winger and J.R. would break up. The character eventually signed a movie deal and left the country. Meanwhile, the actress was also spotted on ‘Sins of the Night’, ‘Body Double’, and ‘Silk Degrees’. Deborah is also a writer.
MORGAN WOODWARD - PUNK ANDERSON
Morgan Woodward played many villain-like characters on westerns and dramas throughout his career. Punk Anderson was friends with Miss Ellie and Jock Ewing. His first appearance was in Season Three’s episode ‘The Venezuelan Connection’. Meanwhile, the actor also appeared in ‘Gunsmoke’, ‘Cool Hand Luke’, ‘Star Trek: The Original Series’, and more.
GEORGE PETRIE - HARV SMITHFIELD
George Petri worked a lot during the 80s. He appeared in projects like ‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles’, ‘The Day After’, and ‘Baby Boom’. He played the role of Harv Smithfield, a lawyer, on ‘Dallas’. His other works include ‘Mad About You’, but along with ‘Dallas’, those were his last roles. He passed away in 1997.
DACK RAMBO - JACK EWING
Jack Ewing was Jamie’s big brother and the son of Jason Ewing and Nancy Shaw. He went to Dallas to help his cousins, J.R. and Bobby, from destroying their family’s oil company. The actor starred in several things from the 60 to 80. Most notably, he was in ‘All My Children’, ‘Another World’, and ‘Sword of Justice. Unfortunately, he passed in 1994 at 52.
KIMBERLY FOSTER - MICHELLE STEVENS
Foster played the role of Michelle Stevens, April’s young sister. When April got killed during her honeymoon with Bobby, Michelle decided to investigate the situation. She eventually finds the culprit and kills her. Luckily, J.R. bailed her out so that she could give him her shares of the oil company. Meanwhile, the actress also appeared in ‘Dragnet’ and ‘Cover-Up’.
WILLIAM SMITHERS - JEREMY WENDELL
Jeremy Wendell was another antagonist for J.R. on ‘Dallas’. His company was much bigger than Ewing’s and Wendell was capable of doing much worse than everyone else. Meanwhile, the actor also appeared on ‘Star Trek: The Original Series’ as well as several theater productions. You might have spotted him in ‘Trouble Man’, ‘Papillon’, and ‘Deathsport’ as well.
LEIGH MCCLOSKEY - MITCH COOPER
McCloskey played Doctor Mitch Cooper, Afton’s brother, and Lucy Ewing’s husband. The character moves to Atlanta after his marriage dissolves because of Lucy’s modeling and pageant life. However, they get back together after a bunch of Lucy’s struggles.
Meanwhile, the actor was also seen in ‘Rich Man, Poor Man’, ‘Executive Suite’, and ‘Married: The First Year’. He later guest-starred on many shows like ‘Bones’, ‘JAG’, and more.
SASHA MITCHELL - JAMES BEAUMONT
Mitchell played the role of James Beaumont, son of J.R. Ewing and Vanessa Beaumont. He later married Michelle Stevens. Meanwhile, the actor is known for the ‘Kickboxer’ franchise, as he took the role after Jean-Claude Van Damme. He joined ‘Dallas’ in the late 80s and later ‘Step By Step. Mitchell later appeared as a guest in ‘Cyborg Nemesis, ‘L.A. Confidential’, and more.
PRISCILLA POINTER - REBECCA BARNES WENTWORTH
Rebecca is Cliff and Pam’s mother, although they do not have a relationship with her. She had problems with her husband Digger Barnes. Later, she married Herbert Wentworth and had Katherine. Also, the actress has a famous daughter, Amy Irving. She's worked on several Broadway shows like ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and ‘The Country Wife’.
JARED MARTIN - DUSTY FARLOW
Dusty was adopted by Clayton and Amy Farlow. He had a fling with Sue Ellen Ewing, but through many twists and turns, he becomes paralyzed. They eventually end up together and live with Sue’s son, John Ross Ewing III. Meanwhile, the actor started his career in the 70s with ‘Westworld’ and ‘Men of the Dragon’. After ‘Dallas’, he became a director and philanthropist.
MARY CROSBY - KRISTIN SHEPARD
Crosby played the role of Kristin, Sue Ellen’s sister, and Christopher Ewing’s bio mother. She was one that shot J.R. at some point. Meanwhile, the actor is Bing Crosby and Kathryn Grant’s daughter. Therefore, she started her career at a young age. She appeared in her father’s Christmas specials for decades. Her other projects include ‘The Ice Pirates and ‘The Legend of Zorro’
CHRISTOPHER ATKINS - PETER RICHARDS
Atkins played the role of Peter Richards, who was a camp counselor for John Ross Ewing III. He had a fling with Sue Ellen at some point, and J.R. had him arrested. Meanwhile, the actor is also known for ‘The Blue Lagoon’, ‘The Pirate Movie’, and ‘A Night in Heaven’. Do you remember his appearance on ‘Dallas’?
BARBARA STOCK - LIZ ADAMS
Stock played the role of Elizabeth Adams, a friend of Bobby Ewing. She wants to sell her oil company, and Cliff Barnes introduces her to Carter McKay, who she knew before moving to Dallas. They both agreed to keep their previous lives a secret for a while. Meanwhile, the actress was also in ‘Spenser: For Hire’ and ‘Murder, She Wrote’.
TIMOTHY PATRICK MURPHY - MICKEY TROTTER
Murphy played the role of Mickey Trotter, who married Lucy but was killed in a car accident because he was chasing a drunk Sue Ellen. Meanwhile, the actor also appeared in ‘The Love Boat’, ‘The Seekers’, ‘Glitter’, ‘Doin' Time on Planet Earth’, ‘Hunter’, ‘Hotel’, and several others. Sadly, he passed away in 1988 at the age of 29.
BARBARA CARRERA - ANGELICA NERO
Carrera played the role of Angelica Nero, a business acquaintance of J.R. Ewing. She appeared only in Season Nine of ‘Dallas’, which turned out to be Pam’s “dream season”. The character goes to jail because of a deal with Marinos Shipping. Meanwhile, the actress also appeared in ‘The Master Gunfighter’, ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’, ‘The ‘70s Show’ and ‘Judging Amy’.
LOIS CHILES - HOLLY HARWOOD
The actress started out as a model and worked through several movies over the 70s and 80s. Her first role was in ‘The Way We Were’. Her next roles included ‘The Great Gatsby’ from 1974, ‘Together for Days’, ‘Death on the Nile’, and ‘Moonraker’ as a Bond girl. Her role in ‘Dallas’ was relatively small as Holly only appeared for 25 episodes.
BARRY JENNER - DR. JERRY KENDERSON
Dr. Jerry Kenderson was another minor character in ‘Dallas’ that only appeared for 25 episodes. Meanwhile, the actor also worked in ‘Family Matters’, ‘Enough Said’, ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’, and more. He continued acting way after ‘Dallas’ in projects like ‘Blue Jay’, ‘ThrillZone’, and ‘The Caretaker’. Sadly, Jenner passed away in 2016 at the age of 75.
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