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.
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.
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.
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.
|1998||Rusty: A Dog's Tale||Cap the Dog||Voice Role|
|2007||Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story||Himself||Cameo (Unrated Version)|
|1974||The Stranger Who Looks Like Me||Adoptee#3||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|
|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|
|2009||Love Takes Wing||Mayor Evans|