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      Ken Kercheval

      Ken Kercheval

      Highest Rated: 100% Pretty Poison (1968)

      Lowest Rated: 73% F.I.S.T. (1978)

      Birthday: Jul 15, 1935

      Birthplace: Wolcottville, Indiana, USA

      With his slightly wavy, salt-and-pepper brown hair, his medium height and his ordinary-guy brand of handsomeness, Kercheval carved a solid niche for himself on US TV as various professional types, sometimes sympathetic, sometimes devious, usually ambitious. An incisive player, Kercheval has typically played his roles with an intriguing combination of smooth dispatch and flamboyant bravado; the demands of the small screen taught him the former, while his background in stage musical comedy helped him hone the latter. He is most widely known for his fine work as Cliff Barnes, the aspiring rival to J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) and the scheming, perennial loser brother of virtuous Pamela Barnes Ewing (Victoria Principal) on the hit primetime soap, "Dallas" (CBS, 1978-91). Along with Hagman the only principal to stay with the series for its entire run, Kercheval artfully proved that, in the materialist 1980s, an underdog like Cliff, though somehow rather funny and often sympathetic, could be just as sleazy as the top dog.

      Highest rated movies

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      Pretty Poison
      F.I.S.T. poster
      The Seven-Ups poster
      The Seven-Ups




      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Promise Dr. Christopher Webber (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Corrado Vittorio (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 83% Rusty: The Great Rescue Carl Winthrope (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 72% Dallas: J.R. Returns Clifford `'Cliff'` Barnes (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 33% A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Grimacing Governor Harlan Richards (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 20% Beretta's Island Barone (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Woman on the Ledge Doctor Martin (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Diagnosis of Murder Frank Stevens (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Keeping Secrets Frank Mahoney (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 17% Corporate Affairs Arthur Strickland (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 50% Perry Mason: The Case of the Defiant Daughter L.D. Ryan (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 67% Calamity Jane Buffalo Bill Cody (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet 14% The Demon Murder Case Richard Clarion (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Patricia Neal Story Dr. Charles Canton (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Too Far to Go Jack Dennis (Character) - 1979
      73% 56% F.I.S.T. Bernie Marr (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet 22% Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell Miles Amory (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys District Attorney Tom Knight (Character) - 1976
      73% 69% The Seven-Ups Ansel (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 0% Rabbit, Run Barney (Character) - 1970
      100% 71% Pretty Poison Harry Jackson (Character) - 1968


      75% 96% Dallas Cliff Barnes (Guest Star) 2012-2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder Unknown (Guest Star) 1993-1994 1997 2000
      No Score Yet 84% ER Mr. Zwicki (Guest Star) 1998
      43% No Score Yet Burke's Law Bernie Green (Guest Star) 1994
      No Score Yet 8% Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1993
      No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1992
      No Score Yet 100% Dallas Unknown (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star),
      1978-1984 1986-1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Super Password Guest 1987-1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Highway to Heaven Richard Osbourne (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1983 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Starsky and Hutch Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Unknown (Guest Star) 1973