Patrick Duffy

Patrick G. Duffy (born March 17, 1949) is an American television actor who has appeared primarily in soap operas and television in character-type roles. The naturally black-haired Duffy is best known for his roles as Larry Hagman's younger, nicer brother and partner, Bobby Ewing, on the immensely popular 1980s CBS drama, Dallas (a role he played from 1978 to 1985 and from 1986 to 1991), and as Suzanne Somers's husband, Frank Lambert, on the long-running 1990s ABC television sitcom, Step by Step. In March 2006 Duffy began playing the role of Stephen Logan on the CBS soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful. Later that year he left the show, but returned on November 5, 2007. As of March 31, 2008, he became the host of the GSN partially interactive game show Bingo America. In July 2008, Duffy resigned from his duties for the game show being replaced by friend Richard Karn.



In 1976, Duffy landed the role of Mark Harris in the short-lived television series Man from Atlantis, in which he employed his expertise in scuba diving to help develop the fishlike swimming style, consisting entirely of leg and body motion, which he employed in character. (This proved to be a difficult style that he found too exhausting to sustain for long periods.) Following the series' cancellation, he got his big break in the role of Bobby James Ewing on the TV series, Dallas, a role he played until 1991. Duffy parted amicably with the series in 1985, filming a death scene; with both the show and his career foundering, he returned in 1986 in an infamous shower scene that rendered the entire 1985–1986 season "just a dream." A 2004 reunion revealed that, as a teenager, series star Larry Hagman frequently visited Duffy's parents; both were oblivious to this fact until Duffy auditioned for the role. Perhaps not coincidentally, Duffy bonded strongly with Hagman throughout the show's run, despite being 18 years his junior. During this time, he continued to hold a variety of roles in various TV specials.

At the end of Dallas's run in 1991, Duffy switched to another popular television role, as the head of the Lambert family alongside TV wife Suzanne Somers on the family sitcom, Step by Step, a role which ran until the show's cancellation in 1998. He also directed 49 installments, starting with "Boys Will Be Boys," which premiered on December 4th, 1992. During that time, he was also reunited with longtime best friend Larry Hagman in the Dallas reunion movies J.R. Returns and War of the Ewings, the latter of which he also co-produced, reprising the role of Robert "Bobby" Ewing. In an interview on the UK's Mrs. Merton chat show in the late 1990s, Duffy stated that he and Larry Hagman were planning one more Dallas TV movie, but as of early April 2008, this project had failed to materialize; this was believed to be due to the disappointing ratings of the previous movie.

Duffy continued to act in the occasional guest or voice acting appearance, including the shows Family Guy (in which he appeared in a live action scene with Victoria Principal as they spoofed the infamous Dallas shower scene), as well as Justice League and Touched by an Angel.

More recently, Duffy starred in television movies Falling in Love With the Girl Next Door and Desolation Canyon. In 2006, Duffy began a limited run on the daytime soap The Bold and the Beautiful. Duffy recently signed on to star in the comedy He's Such A Girl, which was also slated to star Alexandra Paul from Baywatch. As of early April 2008, Duffy was writing a script for a new Dallas reunion film which, it was hoped, would air on SoapNet. Also as of early April 2008, Patrick began hosting Bingo America, a partially interactive game show, on GSN.

In 1983, he had a hit on the European pop charts with Together We're Strong, a duet with French female singer Mireille Mathieu. In The Netherlands, the single reached number 5 in April, 1983.

Personal life

Duffy was born in Townsend, Montana, the son of tavern owners Marie and Terence Duffy. He is of Irish descent. Duffy married the former Carlyn Rosser, who was ten years his senior, in a Buddhist ceremony conducted on February 15, 1974. The couple had two sons, Padraic Terrence (b. 1974) and Conor Frederick (b. 1979) and maintained a home near Eagle Point, Oregon. Duffy was an avid collector of antique dolls and children's books. Though a former Catholic and named for St. Patrick because he was born on March 17, he converted to Buddhism at the approximate time of his earliest meetings with his wife, who was then a ballet dancer with the First Chamber Dance Company of New York. Duffy suffered from a potentially deadly allergy to the antibiotic penicillin, and as of early April 2008, he still wears a MedicAlert (R) bracelet that alerts doctors to that condition.

Academically, Duffy earned credentials in theater arts that entitled him to teach, graduating from the University of Washington in 1971 with a degree in drama. He ruptured both his vocal cords during his senior year of college, but he created the position of actor-in-residence, where he worked as an interpreter for ballet, opera, and orchestra companies in Washington. He also taught mime and movement classes during this period, during which he met his wife.

His nephew is Major League Baseball pitcher Barry Zito of the San Francisco Giants, whose mother is his wife's sister.

On November 18, 1986, Duffy's parents were murdered by Kenneth Miller, who was accompanied by Sean Wentz during the robbery of a Montana bar owned by Duffy's parents. Wentz and Miller, who were teenagers at the time, were convicted of the murders and sentenced to 75 years in prison apiece. In 2001, Miller went before the Montana Parole board as Sean Wentz had recanted his story admitting that he was the sole gunman. Miller was denied clemency in 2001, but was released on parole in March 2006. As of April 2008, Sean Wentz is currently serving out his sentence.


Year Film Role Other notes
1984 Vamping Harry Baranski
1998 Rusty: A Dog's Tale Cap the Dog Voice Role
2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Himself Cameo (Unrated Version)
Year Title Role Notes
1974 The Stranger Who Looks Like Me Adoptee#3 ABC TV-Movie
Hurricane Jim ABC TV-Movie
1976 Switch Episode: The Walking Bomb
The Last of Mrs. Lincoln Lewis Baker TV-Movie
1977–1978 Man from Atlantis Mark Harris
1978–1991 Dallas Bobby Ewing
1979, 1981, 1982 Knots Landing Bobby Ewing Episode: Pilot
Episode: The Loudest Word
Episode: New Beginnings
1980 Charlie's Angels William Cord One Love...Two Angels (1)
One Love...Two Angels (2)
Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb Colonel Paul Tibbets NBC TV-Movie
1981 The Love Boat Ralph Sutton Episode: The Expedition....(1)
Episode: The Expedition...(2)
1982 Cry for the Strangers Dr. Brad Russell CBS TV-Movie
1983 Auf los geht's los Singer Episode: Nachthemdfolge
1985 From Here to Maternity Henderson TV-Movie
Hotel Richard Martin Episode: Missing Pieces
George Burns Comedy Week Episode: Dream, Dream, Dream
Alice Through the Looking Glass Goat CBS TV-Movie
1986 Strong Medicine Dr. Andrew Jordan TV-Movie
Captain Eo Grand Opening Host NBC TV Special
1987 Our House Johnny Witherspoon Episode: Candles and Shadows
1988 14 Going on 30 ABC TV-Movie
Unholy Matrimony John Dillman CBS TV-Movie
Too Good to Be True Richard Harland NBC TV-Movie
1990 Murder C.O.D. Steve Murtaugh NBC TV-Movie
Children of the Bride John CBS TV-Movie
1991 Daddy Oliver Watson NBC TV-Movie
1991–1998 Step by Step Frank Lambert
1994 Texas Stephen Austin ABC TV-Movie
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Festival of Fun Musical Spectacular Host TV Special
Dallas: J.R. Returns Bobby Ewing CBS TV-Movie
1997 Heart of Fire Max Tucker CBS TV-Movie
1998 Dallas: War of the Ewings Bobby Ewing CBS TV-Movie
Diagnosis: Murder Wayde Garrett Episode: Till Death Do Us Part
1999 Dead Man's Gun Lyman Gage Episode: The Womanizer
Don't Look Behind You Jeff Corrigan FOX Family Channel TV-Movie
Twice in a Lifetime Peter Hogan Episode: A Match Made in Heaven
1999, 2001 Family Guy Bobby Ewing
Voice Role
Episode: Da Boom
Episode: And the Wiener Is...
2000 The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne Duke Angelo Rimini Episode: Rockets of the Dead
Perfect Game Coach Bobby Geiser Disney Channel TV-Movie
2002 Justice League Steve Trevor Voice Role
Episode: The Savage Time (1)
Episode: The Savage Time (2)
Episode: The Savage Time (3)
2003 Touched by an Angel Mike Episode: I Will Walk with You (1)
Episode: I Will Walk with You (2)
2004 Reba Dr. Joe Baker Episode: Couples' Therapy
2006 Desolation Canyon Sheriff Tomas 'Swede' Lundstrom Hallmark Channel TV-Movie
Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door James Connolly Hallmark Channel TV-Movie
2006–present The Bold and the Beautiful Stephen Logan
2008 Bingo America Host
2009 Love Takes Wing Mayor Evans

Awards & nominations

Bambi Awards

  • 1987: Won

Soap Opera Digest Awards

  • 1985: Won, "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Prime Time Serial" - Dallas
  • 1988: Nominated, "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Prime Time Serial" - Dallas
  • 1988: Nominated, "Favorite Super Couple in a Prime Time Serial - Dallas (shared w/Victoria Principal)
  • 1990: Nominated, "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Prime Time Serial" - Dallas
  • 1992: Nominated, "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Prime Time Serial" - Dallas

TV Land Awards

  • 2006: Won, "Pop Culture Award" - Dallas (shared w/cast members)

See also


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