Ken Kercheval

Highest Rated: 100% Pretty Poison (1968)
Lowest Rated: 80% F.I.S.T. (1978)
Birthday: Jul 15, 1935
Birthplace: Not Available
Ken Kercheval couldn't always count on his acting income to keep groceries in his icebox during his early years in show business. During slack times, Kercheval took a wide variety of part-time jobs: encyclopedia salesman, airline reservation clerk, sewer-line dynamiter, even cemetery plot peddler. When times were good, Kercheval appeared on stage by night, and in such New York-based soap operas as Search for Tomorrow, The Secret Storm and How to Survive a Marriage. He was also a journeyman film actor, essaying supporting roles in such productions as Pretty Poison (1968), The Seven Ups (1971) and Network (1976). Beginning in 1978, Kercheval played lawyer Cliff Barnes, the long-suffering brother-in-law of Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) on TV's Dallas. Evidently Barnes' retainer was generous enough for him to ignore the endless humiliations doled out by the shifty J. R. Ewing (Larry Hagman), inasmuch as Kercheval and Hagman were the only Dallas regulars to appear continuously until the series' cancellation. During Dallas' run, Ken Kercheval occasionally moonlighted in made-for-TV films, notably in the role of Buffalo Bill in 1984's Calamity Jane.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Blind Obsession Harrison Pendragon 2002
No Score Yet Rusty: A Dog's Tale Carl Winthorpe 1998
No Score Yet Dallas: J.R. Returns Cliff Barnes 1996
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Grimacing Governor Harlin Richards 1994
No Score Yet Beretta's Island Actor 1993
No Score Yet I Still Dream of Jeannie Simpson 1991
No Score Yet California Casanova Willie 1991
No Score Yet Corporate Affairs Arthur Strickland 1990
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Defiant Daughter L.D. Ryan 1990
No Score Yet Calamity Jane Bufalo Bill Cody 1984
No Score Yet The Demon Murder Case Actor 1983
No Score Yet Too Far to Go Jack 1979
No Score Yet Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell Miles Amory 1978
80% F.I.S.T. Bernie Marr 1978
92% Network Merrill Grant 1976
No Score Yet Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys DA Tom Knight 1976
83% The Seven-Ups Ansel 1973
No Score Yet Rabbit, Run Barney 1970
No Score Yet Cover Me Babe Jerry 1970
100% Pretty Poison Harry Jackson 1968


75% Dallas
Cliff Barnes Cliff
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No Score Yet Crossing Jordan
Claude Manning
  • 2002
No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder
Keith Dunn Frank Stevens Duke Fallon
  • 2000
  • 1997
  • 1992
No Score Yet ER
Zwicki Mr. Zwicki
  • 1998
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Alex Ericson
  • 1992
No Score Yet Dallas
Director Cliff Barnes
  • 1991
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No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
Richard Osbourne
  • 1988
No Score Yet Starsky & Hutch
  • 1979
No Score Yet Kojak
Ted Maclay Ray Fromm Lacey
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1973


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