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Ted Shackelford Poster

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 23 June 1946Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Birth NameTheodore Tillman Shackelford III
Height 6' 0¾" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Ted Shackelford was born on June 23, 1946 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA as Theodore Tillman Shackelford III. He is an actor, known for Knots Landing (1979), The Young and the Restless (1973) and Another World (1964). He has been married to Annette Wolfe since October 5, 1991. He was previously married to Janis Leverenz.

Spouse (2)

Annette Wolfe (5 October 1991 - present)
Janis Leverenz (24 April 1976 - 1987) (divorced)

Trade Mark (4)

Blond/white-blond hair
Square jaw/chin
Thick gravelly voice
Very muscular physique

Trivia (10)

Raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, where his father was stationed with the military.
Attended the University of Denver.
Began as a replacement performer for actor David Ackroyd in a few episodes of the original Dallas (1978) as Gary Ewing, and ended up keeping the role, ultimately appearing in nine episodes between 1979 and 1991, where Ackroyd appeared in only two episodes, both in 1978.
He has appeared in acting roles with Joan Van Ark in episodes of four different series: Wonder Woman (1975), the original (1978-1991) Dallas (1978) series, Knots Landing (1979), and the "next-generation reboot"Dallas (2012) series, plus one mini-series, Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac (1997). Van Ark and Shackelford also appeared together (as themselves, but often also including clips and/or archival footage from "Knots Landing" and/or "Dallas" in character) on episodes of Today (1952), Home & Family (2012), The New Hollywood Squares (1986), Intimate Portrait (1993), SoapTalk (2002), Knots Landing Reunion: Together Again (2005), TV Land Confidential (2005), The 7th Annual TV Land Awards (2009), The Knots Landing Block Party (1993), and CBS All American Thanksgiving Day Parade (1980).
Best known by the public for his role as Gary Ewing on Dallas (1978) and its spin-off series Knots Landing (1979).
He has played the same character (Gary Ewing) on three different series: Dallas (1978), Knots Landing (1979) and Dallas (2012).
Was in a relationship with his Knots Landing (1979) co-star, Teri Austin, between his 1987 divorce from Janis Leverenz and his 1991 marriage to Annette Wolfe.
His acting mentors are Barbara Bel Geddes and Don Murray.
Credits Don Murray as his favorite acting mentor, in his years.
He appeared in 21 of the 31 seasons of the "Dallas" franchise, more than anyone else: Seasons Three, Four, Five, Six, Nine and Fourteen of Dallas (1978), all fourteen seasons of Knots Landing (1979) and the second season of Dallas (2012).

Personal Quotes (5)

[Of his Knots Landing (1979) character]: Gary's just a schmuck most of the time. He's manipulated by women.
[When he was worried he'd be typecasted]: People have always scared the hell out of me. You think, 'My God, there's something about me. I allow myself to be pushed around.' You have to tell yourself it's fiction.
Sexual arousal is an emotion, we deal in emotions. It happens to all of us. I object to this whole Calvinist approach to life. It's tits jumping up and down, and little girls' butts going back and forth. It's voyeuristic pap.
[When he organized the Sierra Club in the early 1980s]: It seems as if there ought to be something to accomplish with celebrity other than stroking my ego. I think President Reagan and Interior Secretary Watt care, but they care about the wrong things, the whole ecological chain is going down the tubes. Instead of developing new resources, Reagan and Watt are trying to squeeze every ounce of oil and coal out of the earth. It's as if you were dying of hunger and started eating your foot and working your way up.
I just get interested in what pisses me off.

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