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Overview (4)

Born in Townsend, Montana, USA
Birth NamePatrick G. Duffy
Nicknames Pat
The Duffster
The Duff Man
Paddy
Height 6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Youngest of 2 children, and only son born to Terrence and Marie Duffy. Patrick was born in Montana, where his parents owned local taverns, and raised in Everett, Washington, since age 12. He wanted to become a professional athlete, and became a certified scuba diver while in his teens. However, his involvement in his high school's drama department led him to apply to the Professional Actors Training Program at the University of Washington, Seattle. He was one of 12 people accepted, from over 1,200 applicants. He ruptured both of 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. Around this time, he met his wife, Carlyn, a ballet dancer with the First Chamber Dance Company of New York. Carlyn introduced Patrick to Buddhism, which he has practiced for the past 30 years. The couple married in a Buddhist temple in 1974. They then moved to New York, where Patrick appeared in Off-Broadway plays, and supported himself and his wife by working as a carpenter. The couple then moved to Hollywood, where he drove a florist's delivery truck, and landed small roles in film and television. His son, Padraic Duffy, was born in 1974/5. In 1976, Patrick was working as a house painter when he landed the role of "Mark Harris" in the TV series Man from Atlantis (1977). Two years later, he won the role of "Bobby Ewing" on Dallas (1978). His second son, Conor Duffy, was born in 1979/80. In 1986, his parents were murdered by 2 teenagers who raided their tavern in Montana. Patrick has continued to work, however, starring in a variety of TV movies, and as "Frank Lambert" on his third TV series, Step by Step (1991). Since SBS was canceled in 1997, Patrick has continued to pursue his TV career, which includes 2 Dallas reunion movies and the revival series Dallas (2012). Widowed in 2017, he splits his time between Los Angeles and southern Oregon.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: anon-14

Family (4)

Spouse Carlyn Rosser (15 February 1974 - 23 January 2017)  (her death)  (2 children)
Children Duffy, Padraic Terrence
Conor Duffy
Padraic Duffy
Parents Marie Duffy
Terrence Duffy
Relatives Barry Zito (niece or nephew)

Trade Mark (4)

Patrick always plays the good guy
Very muscular physique.
Thick, gravelly voice.
Curly hair.

Trivia (55)

Named one of the 100 Alumni of the Century by the University of Washington.
He attended the University of Washington, Seattle, where he was an actor-in-residence in UW's theatre program.
As of Jan. 2000, in 22 years in show business he's only been out of work a total of three weeks.
Loves golf and has played in celebrity tournaments.
Graduated from Cascade High School in Everett, WA, in 1967.
Son Padraic Duffy (b. 1974) played "Mark Harris" on Dallas (1978). "Mark Harris' was the name of Duffy's character on Man from Atlantis (1977).
Could hold his breath underwater for three minutes during his Man from Atlantis (1977) days.
Collects antique toys and childrens' books.
Two sons Padraic Duffy (b. 1974) and Conor Duffy (b. January 16, 1980).
Son Conor Duffy (b. 1/16/80) played "Little J.R." on the final episode of Dallas (1978) in 1991.
His wife was the one who suggested the "dream season" to explain Bobby Ewing's return from the dead on Dallas (1978).
Dallas (1978) producer Leonard Katzman hired a non-Dallas (1978) crew to film what the crew believed to be an Irish Spring commercial with Duffy. The crew spent hours filming the commercial, which was then superimposed into a scene from Dallas (1978). The result is the famous shower scene where Duffy's character, "Bobby Ewing", returns from the dead and says "Good Morning" to his TV wife, played by Victoria Principal. Principal did not know that Duffy was returning to the show until she saw that cliffhanger on TV, and then phoned him.
Earned $75,000 per episode of Dallas (1978), plus $1 million signing bonus (1986-91).
Wears a medical alert bracelet on his right wrist to draw attention to his potentially fatal penicillin allergy.
He and his wife Carlyn Rosser (1939-2017) first met on a bus. She was 10 years his senior. He always wore his wedding ring throughout the filming of Dallas (1978), even during seasons where his character was unmarried.
Son Conor Duffy, graduated from the University of Washington-Seattle in June 2001 with a degree in Drama.
Son Padraic Duffy graduated from Princeton (NJ) University in 1996.
His last name means "black" in Irish, probably referring to black hair.
On November 18, 1986, teenagers Kenneth Miller and Sean Wentz murdered Duffy's parents, Terrence and Marie Duffy, during a robbery at the couple's Boulder Bar in Montana. Wentz and Miller each named the other as the one who fired the shots that killed the Duffys, but both men were convicted of double murder and were each sentenced to 180 years in prison. Later Wentz recanted his testimony and told prosecutors he was the one who murdered the couple, but Miller's November 2000 appeal of clemency was denied.
Plays the piano.
His nephew is San Francisco Giant's Cy Young winning pitcher Barry Zito (Duffy's wife is the sister of Zito's mother).
Cheerleader in high school.
Father-in-law of Emily Cutler.
Granddaughter Fiona Lee Duffy born summer 2006.
Best known by the public for his role as Bobby James Ewing on Dallas (1978).
Grandson, Maxwell Robert Duffy, born summer 2008.
Stated that he was unhappy with the final episode of Dallas (1978) because it broke away from the format that defined the show.
While trying to make it as an actor he worked over a year as a grocery delivery man, among other positions.
He has played the same character (Bobby Ewing) in four different series: Dallas (1978), Knots Landing (1979), Family Guy (1999) and Dallas (2012).
His acting mentors were the late Barbara Bel Geddes, who was his family friend, and the late Larry Hagman.
When he was a kid the father of his future wife (Carlyn Rosser) had worked with Barbara Bel Geddes in her first Broadway play, "The Moon is Blue", years before he got the role on Dallas (1978) as her youngest son.
As of 2005 was living in Eagle Point, OR.
In July 2002 he was writing a script with Larry Hagman for a third and final Dallas (1978) reunion.
As of August 2006 he was being mentioned as a possible candidate for the recast role of "Clint Buchanan" on One Life to Live (1968).
In April 2006 he began a ten-week arc playing "Stephen Logan" on The Bold and the Beautiful (1987).
Referred to Barbara Bel Geddes, his television mother from Dallas (1978), as "Mama".
In keeping with his Irish heritage, he was born on St. Patrick's Day.
Revealed that he had a wonderful chemistry with both Barbara Bel Geddes and Larry Hagman on Dallas (1978).
His wife and Barbara Bel Geddes' father both had a long association with Bel Geddes before she met the young actor on Dallas (1978).
Beat out Steve Kanaly for the role of Bobby Ewing in Dallas (1978). Kanaly would play Ray Krebbs.
Like his Dallas (1978) co-star, Barbara Bel Geddes, Duffy is also known to be a very private man.
Surrogate son of Barbara Bel Geddes.
He appeared in episodes of both Dallas (1978) and Step by Step (1991) which were named after Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989): Dallas: Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989) and Step by Step: Sex, Lies and Videotape (1997).
Along with Larry Hagman, Charlene Tilton, Ted Shackelford and Joan Van Ark, he is one of only five actors to play the same character (Bobby Ewing) in all three series in the "Dallas" franchise: Dallas (1978), Knots Landing (1979) and Dallas (2012).
He played Sasha Mitchell's uncle in both Dallas (1978) and Step by Step (1991).
As an actor, he was highly influenced by Barbara Bel Geddes and Larry Hagman.
He appeared in 326 episodes of Dallas (1978), more than anyone other than Larry Hagman, who appeared in all 357 episodes, and Ken Kercheval, who appeared in 327.
His sister is a retired Seattle police officer. She joined the force after the murder of their parents.
He played the father of his real life son Conor Duffy in Dallas: Conundrum (1991).
Had never been a [Larry Hagman] fan, by watching the fantasy sitcom [I Dream of Jeannie (1965)], before he co-starred opposite Hagman on [Dallas (1978)].
Broadway actress Barbara Bel Geddes and former sitcom star Larry Hagman each mentored Duffy when he was 29. Duffy's friendship with Bel Geddes would continue until her death in 2005, as was the case with his friendship with Hagman, until his death in 2012.
Credits both Barbara Bel Geddes and Larry Hagman as his favorite acting mentors/best friends and close confidants.
Has highly praised both Barbara Bel Geddes and Larry Hagman for his stardom in acting.
In a relationship with Linda Purl (November 2020].
He and his wife Carlyn live on a Pacific ranch worth over $5 million where they breed horses and he indulges his talent for carpentry.

Personal Quotes (16)

I'm one of the lucky actors in television. I don't make a lot of big waves, but there's constant activity, and that's the way I prefer to live my life.
[asked if he would write his autobiography] No. I lead a normal life and I don't assume there is anything I can impart to people. The only reason to write a book would be to make money, and I don't want to do that. To write a book would be going against how I've lived.
[in 2000] I miss regular television. I miss the work ethic of those five-day-a-week things. So, eventually, I'd like to get back to that.
With a new house, you can pick everything. It's the ability to create what you have in your mind as the perfect house.
[on being born on St. Patrick's Day] Good luck happens to people who work hard for it. Sometimes people just fall into the honey pot, but I've consistently [striven] to create whatever good fortune I can get in my life--and consistently strive just as hard not to screw it up once I have it! It's great to be able to do shows like Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door (2006), which I think is entirely too long a title.
[on his on- and off-screen relationship with Larry Hagman] I think it literally changed when [he] walked into the first scene he was in. He had whatever it was that JR needed to be the instigator in a show that was sorely, sorely missing that. I don't know when we realized it but I know that's when it happened. You couldn't take your eyes off Hagman in any scene he was in. Someone like Leonard Katzman, who had been in the business as long as he had, recognized that stroke of fortune and luck. It's like having Henry Winkler as the Fonz; it was never intended that [he] was going to be the keystone of Happy Days (1974), it was going to be Ron Howard--the boy next door. Our show would never have gone beyond three or four years if it had been just a love story of Bobby and Pam. That's why Larry Hagman is the dearest friend I have in the world for the past 30 years. Because I have nothing but 100% appreciation and love for not only him as a person but for what he did that created the rest of my life.
[on Larry Hagman] Larry was the ringleader, who started the family feeling in the cast from the very first day of the reading. It was sort of like, "Follow the Pied Piper". Follow the corks! But it was that kind of thing. We'd all gather after every shot in Larry's little converted bread van and have this best time and it never ended for 13 years.
[on Barbara Bel Geddes] When Barbara joined the cast of Dallas (1978), as Miss Ellie, I considered her to be like Helen Hayes, Katharine Cornell and Ethel Barrymore--a real "name" in American theater. But you'd never have known it. She exhibited no large ego because of her history. She'd schlepp in and drop your jaw with every performance--whether it was drinking a cup of coffee, having a mastectomy, or losing Jock Ewing. It was remarkable, her ordinariness despite that pedigree. We called Barbara "BBG" on the set. She was the mama figure. Larry Hagman was obviously the prow of the boat, but he couldn't have functioned without a strong mother, and I don't think there's been a mother like her on dramatic television since then. People related to her because she was the epitome of compassion despite her own pain. Off-screen, she was a pistol. She cussed like a muleskinner, and she really liked to have her drinks. But she also had an endless capacity to include everybody that she loved, and that was the entire cast.
[on his on- and off-screen chemistry with Barbara Bel Geddes] Oh, the best. First of all, I have a great history with Barbara by virtue of my wife. My wife's father worked with Barbara's father. He was a very famous American architect, Norman Bel Geddes, in New York. My wife saw Barbara . . . in her first Broadway play, when she played in "The Moon is Blue", which was a sin: S.I.N.sational play because the word "virgin" was used for the first time on stage which, you know, caused a fury in this country. So by the time I got on the sound stage for the first time with Barbara, I had all this common ground that we could discuss and she's the great American film star. She's right up there with Julie Harris and people like that. She added a weight to the show, an anchor that essentially everything pivoted around. It was a patriarchal show that we all tried to please Daddy, but in terms of Daddy trying to please Mama. So, if you look at it, it was Barbara's show and working with her all those years was brilliant.
[on the death of Barbara Bel Geddes] On Dallas (1978) she made "Mama" more than just a character phrase.
[about the painting he owns of Jim Davis and Barbara Bel Geddes, his deceased co-stars on Dallas (1978)] That painting is actually alive and gives me a nice feeling that they're always there. Through the whole first season, I don't think an episode goes by that Mama is not mentioned in reference to Southfork and the land.
[about Dallas (2012) and its having to go on without Barbara Bel Geddes, who died in 2005] Barbara is a big piece of our history, and it's important to me to honor her. To come back with Linda Gray as Sue Ellen and Larry [Larry Hagman] in his J.R. hat, and then see the words "Ellie Southworth Ewing Farlow" on the gravestone made me think, "Oh, that's right--she's gone". It was hard to get through the dialogue.
[on the death of Larry Hagman] These two [Hagman and Linda Gray] are two of my closest friends, and I actually knew somewhere in my heart that we would never work together again because the three of us couldn't come into a scene without everybody saying, "Oh, there's J.R., Sue Ellen and Bobby". And that hurt me. I really wanted to work with them again. So this is the best thing that could happen in my career life.
[in 2014 on Larry Hagman and the revival series] His character was such a larger-than-life-being that we still reference him on the show. And a lot of the plot devices that we're dealing with, we attribute to the character of J.R.: "Oh, my God! If it hadn't been for that, then this thing wouldn't have happened. Damn him!". But there he is. He's omnipresent and that's good.
[in 2016, on Hotel Dallas (2016)] For years Larry Hagman would tell me how he took personal credit for defeating communism [in Romania]. I used to take that with a grain of salt, but over the years I had the strangest series of coincidences. I was at the Washington correspondents' dinner, and the Romanian ambassador ran over to shake my hand and tell me how important Dallas (1978) was to defeating the communist regime. Then, just last June, I was in Monte Carlo with my wife and the same thing happened: The Romanian ambassador there came over, his eyes welled up with tears, and he took his pin--of the Romanian flag--and pinned it on my jacket . . . I admit, at first I didn't understand it [the "Hotel Dallas" project]. It wasn't the kind of movie I'm used to seeing. So I showed it to my sons, who said, "This is brilliant, you have to get involved".
[About his family meeting Barbara Bel Geddes, for the 1st time]: My wife was a childhood actress; she was the age of (like 14) and became a dancer. But, one of the 1st plays that her father took her to see, when she was about 10 years old, was a play on Broadway called 'The Moon is Blue,' and 'That Moon Was Blue,' was played by Barbara Bel Geddes, in knowledge in new, and it was banned in Boston, because they said the word, 'Virgin,' and my father-in-law was embarrassed to tears that he took his 10 year old daughter to a play; and they used the word, 'Virgin.' That was Carl and my wife's 1st introduction to Barbara Bel Geddes; the 2nd was right after that, my father went to work for Barbara Bel Geddes's father; Norman Bel Geddes was a world famous architect in New York; and he was the guy (before television) would draw the pictures in Life Magazine of The Battles of World War II @ Sea (with the boats and things). Norman was the artist who drew out those big fold-out things that he would get, and so the history that the coincidental serendipitous history; the Bel Geddes and the Rossers, which was my wife's name and for me, to turn around, all those years later and play her son on the show, 'Dallas,' and she knew the story and everything. It's just one of those things that it's so rarely happens, but when it happens, over and over again, you're living with fairy dust sprinkled over you all the time.

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