Patrick Duffy

Patrick Duffy

  • Highest Rated: 73% Dinosaur 13 (2014)
  • Lowest Rated: 17% Trafficked (2017)
  • Birthday: Mar 17, 1949
  • Birthplace: Townsend, Montana, USA
  • During the 1970s, '80s, and '90s, Patrick Duffy quickly evolved into one of prime time's old standbys for handsome, sturdy, dependable, and reliable leading men. Two key patterns hallmarked the majority of Duffy's career choices: he culled his broadest appeal and most substantial workload on television in lieu of the big screen, and exceedingly rare were those occasions in which he played a villain. In terms of audience recognition, Duffy maintained his strongest ties with two ongoing series roles -- his famous portrayal of Southfork Ranch stalwart Bobby Ewing on the blockbuster CBS prime-time soap Dallas (1978-1991), and a subsequent tenure as Frank Lambert on the ABC "TGIF" Friday-night sitcom Step by Step (1991-1998). Born born March 17, 1949, in Townsend, MT, as the second child of two saloonkeepers, Duffy grew up in dire poverty. He attended high school in Everett, WA, then attended the actor's training program at the nearby University of Washington, graduating in 1971. The actor relocated to Southern California and began receiving screen credit only a few years after college, initially with roles in telemovies such as the 1976 Last of Mrs. Lincoln and the lead in the short-lived television series Man from Atlantis (as a half-man, half-fish). Dallas, of course, brought Duffy his big break, and as its ratings shot skyward, turning it into not simply the number one program on the air but an international phenomenon, Duffy's character became intertwined with the program's legacy. The series' premise is by now iconic -- it dealt with the Ewing family, a wealthy Texas oil clan with a history rooted in scandal. Its patriarch, John Ross "Jock" Ewing Sr. (Jim Davis), had driven himself into fabulous wealth by cheating his business partner out of a fortune and his one true love, with whom he started a family and launched an entire oil dynasty. Passing on the family torch were three sons: J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman), the megalomaniacal evil brother; Bobby Ewing (Duffy), the decent and moral brother, who had married the daughter of his father's partner; and the weak-willed Gary (Ted Shackelford), who grappled continually with emotional problems and quickly snagged his own series.As Bobby, Duffy attained popularity second only to that of co-star Hagman -- popularity that prompted national headlines when Duffy opted to leave the program at the end of the 1984-1985 season. Series producer created and aired a scenario where he was killed by a hit-and-run driver, but the audience demand for Bobby Ewing grew so overwhelming during the following season that -- in an obvious bid to re-boost ratings and extend Dallas' longevity -- Hagman personally summoned Duffy to re-join the series. The writers then reposited the entire 1985-1986 season as the bad dream of Bobby's on-camera wife, Pam (Victoria Principal)! It may have seemed far-fetched to many, but as an attempt to bring the actor back to the program and draw a larger audience, it worked like a charm.Not long after Dallas finally wrapped in May 1991, Duffy turned up on ABC's aforementioned Step by Step, a kind of unofficial update of The Brady Bunch; he played Frank Lambert, a divorced Wisconsin contractor with several kids who impulsively married a widowed beautician (Suzanne Somers) with several tykes of her own. Episodes dealt with the complications wrought when the two clans moved under the same roof together. As produced by William Bickley and Michael Warren, that program also connected with a large audience. It folded in 1998.Duffy acted in several Dallas telemovies during Step by Step's run, and then ushered in guest roles on numerous additional series, including Touched by an Angel, Justice League, and Family Guy. Additional made-for-television feature credits in the late '90s and early to mid-2000s included such outings as Heart of Fire (1997), Don't Look Behind You (1998), Desolation Canyon (2006), and Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door (2006). Duffy landed another series ass

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet The Mistletoe Secret Actor 2019
17% Trafficked Christian 2017
No Score Yet The Christmas Cure Bruce 2017
No Score Yet Hotel Dallas Actor 2016
73% Dinosaur 13 Actor 2014
No Score Yet The Holy Roller Actor 2012
17% You Again Richie $25.7M 2010
No Score Yet Love Takes Wing Mayor Evans 2009
No Score Yet He's Such a Girl Actor 2009
No Score Yet Healing Hands (Working Miracles) Norman 2009
No Score Yet Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door James Connolly 2006
No Score Yet Desolation Canyon Sheriff Tomas `Swede' Lundstrom 2006
No Score Yet Dallas Reunion: Return to Southfork Actor 2004
No Score Yet The Last of Mrs. Lincoln Actor 2002
No Score Yet After Dallas Actor 2002
No Score Yet Perfect Game Bobby Geiser 2000
No Score Yet Doing Dallas Actor 2000
No Score Yet Don't Look Behind You Jeff Corrigan 1999
No Score Yet Rusty: A Dog's Tale Cap 1998
No Score Yet Dallas: War of the Ewings Producer Executive Producer Bobby Ewing 1998
No Score Yet Dallas: J.R. Returns Bobby Ewing Executive Producer 1996
No Score Yet Texas Actor 1995
No Score Yet Daddy, (Danielle Steel's 'Daddy') Oliver Watson 1991
No Score Yet Children of the Bride John 1990
No Score Yet Murder C.O.D. Steve Murtaugh 1990
No Score Yet 14 Going on 30 Actor 1988
No Score Yet Unholy Matrimony John Dillman 1988
No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland Actor 1985
No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland Goat 1985
No Score Yet From Here to Maternity Actor 1985
No Score Yet Vamping Harry Baranski Producer 1984
No Score Yet Cry for the Strangers Dr. Brad Russell 1982
No Score Yet Enola Gay Col. Paul Tibbets 1980
No Score Yet Man from Atlantis Mark Harris 1977
No Score Yet The Last of Mrs. Lincoln Actor 1976
No Score Yet Hurricane Actor 1974

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Station 19
2018
Terry
  • 2019
65% The Cool Kids
2018
Gene
  • 2019
No Score Yet American Housewife
2016
Marty
  • 2018
No Score Yet Hollywood Darlings
2017-2018
Himself
  • 2017
No Score Yet Major Crimes
2012-2018
Director
  • 2017
  • 2016
97% The Fosters
2013-2018
Robert's Father
  • 2015
  • 2014
79% Welcome to Sweden
2014-2015
Wayne
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
75% Dallas
2012-2014
Director Bobby Ewing
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet 30 for 30
2009
Voice
  • 2010
95% Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!
2007-2010
Performer
  • 2010
No Score Yet Reba
2001-2007
Dr. Baker
  • 2004
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Mike
  • 2003
95% Justice League
2004
Voice
  • 2002
71% Family Guy
1999
Voice Bobby Ewing
  • 2001
  • 1999
No Score Yet Nash Bridges
1996-2001
Director
  • 1999
No Score Yet Step by Step
1991-1998
Director Frank Lambert
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
No Score Yet Dallas
1978-1991
Director Mysterious Man Bobby Ewing
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
No Score Yet Newhart
1982-1990
Cameo
  • 1990
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
1976-1981
Bill Cord
  • 1980
No Score Yet Dallas (2012)

QUOTES FROM Patrick Duffy CHARACTERS

Mark Harris
It tastes of salt.