For other uses, see Patrick Duffy (disambiguation).

Patrick G. Duffy (born March 17, 1949) is an American character actor of stage and film. He is best known for his role on the CBS television drama Dallas, where he played Bobby Ewing from 1978 to 1985 and from 1986 to 1991. He is also well known for his role on the ABC television sitcom Step by Step as Frank Lambert, the husband of Carol Lambert, played by Suzanne Somers, from 1991 to 1998.


In 1976, Duffy landed the role of Mark Harris in the short-lived television series Man from Atlantis. Following the series' cancellation in early 1978, he got his big break in the role of Bobby Ewing on the TV series Dallas. The show became a worldwide phenomenon, ranking in the top 3 for the first half of the 1980s. Despite its success, Duffy opted to leave the series in 1985 with his character being killed off onscreen. However, with both the show and his career on the decline, he returned in 1986 in the infamous shower scene that rendered the entire 1985–1986 season "just a dream". Duffy then remained with the series until its cancellation in 1991. He also appeared in several episodes of the spin-off series Knots Landing between 1979-82. Throughout the 13-year run of Dallas, Duffy directed several episodes of the series.

At the end of Dallas's run in 1991, Duffy began another popular television role, as Frank Lambert a.k.a. Mr. Lambert, sir on the family sitcom, Step by Step in which he co-starred with Suzanne Somers. The series ran until 1998, and Duffy also directed 49 episodes. Also in the 1990s, he appeared in two Dallas reunion TV movies; J.R. Returns (1996) and War of the Ewings (1998), both of which he also co-produced. In an interview on the UK's Mrs. Merton chat show in the late 1990s, Duffy stated that he and Dallas co-star Larry Hagman were planning a third Dallas TV movie, but this project failed to materialize. He has reunited on several occasions with many of his Dallas co-stars both onscreen and off, most notably for the non-fiction television special Dallas Reunion: Return to Southfork in 2004.

Duffy continued to act in the occasional guest or voice acting appearance, including the shows Family Guy (in which he appeared in a live action scene with Victoria Principal as they spoofed the infamous Dallas shower scene), as well as Justice League and Touched by an Angel.

More recently, Duffy starred in television movies Falling in Love With the Girl Next Door and Desolation Canyon. In 2006, he began a limited run on the daytime soap The Bold and the Beautiful as Stephen Logan, returning to the role every now and then. From April - July 2008, he also hosted Bingo America, a partially interactive game show on GSN.

Duffy has also tried his hand at singing and in 1983 he had a hit in Europe with Together We're Strong, a duet with French female singer Mireille Mathieu.[citation needed] The single reached number 5 in The Netherlands in April 1983.

In 2010, Duffy began appearing as a paid spokesperson for "Miracle Ear" hearing aids.[1]

Personal life

Duffy was born in Townsend, Montana, the son of tavern owners Marie and Terence Duffy.[2][3] During high school, Duffy was living in Everett, Washington and attended school there.[3] Academically, Duffy earned credentials in theater arts that entitled him to teach, graduating from the University of Washington in 1971 with a degree in drama.[4] He ruptured both his vocal cords during his senior year of college, so 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 during this period, during which he met his wife.

He is of Irish descent.[citation needed] Duffy married Carlyn Rosser, ten years his senior, in a Nichiren Buddhist ceremony conducted on February 15, 1974. The couple had two sons, Padraic Terrence Duffy (b. 1974) and Conor Frederick Duffy (b. 1979) and currently live near Eagle Point, Oregon.[5] Duffy was an avid collector of antique dolls and children's books.[4] Though a former Catholic[citation needed] and named after St. Patrick[citation needed] because he was born on March 17, he converted to Nichiren Buddhism and began chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo at the approximate time of his earliest encounters with his wife, who was then a ballet dancer with the First Chamber Dance Company of New York.[4] He and his family are long-time active members of the American Buddhist group SGI-USA (Sōka Gakkai International - USA).

His nephew is Major League Baseball pitcher Barry Zito of the San Francisco Giants, whose mother is the sister of Duffy's wife.[6]

On November 18, 1986, Duffy's parents were murdered by two young men, Kenneth Miller and Sean Wentz, during an armed robbery of the Montana bar his parents owned. Wentz and Miller, who were teenagers at the time, were convicted of the murders and sentenced to 75 years in prison. In 2001, Miller appeared before the Montana Parole board after Sean Wentz recanted his original story, admitting that he was the sole gunman. Miller was denied clemency in 2001 but was released on parole in December 2007.[7]

Investigators in Massachusetts are currently investigating whether the murder of Duffy's parents inspired then-teenaged Amy Bishop on December 6, 1986, to kill her brother with a shotgun and try to escape by hijacking a car from a dealership.[8] At the time of the killing, Bishop was not charged due to the belief by authorities that it had been an accident.


Year Film Role Notes
1984 Vamping Harry Baranski
1998 Rusty: A Dog's Tale Cap the Dog Voice Role
2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Himself Uncredited Cameo (Unrated Version)
Year Title Role Notes
1974 The Stranger Who Looks Like Me Adoptee#3 ABC TV-Movie
Hurricane Jim ABC TV-Movie
1976 Switch Episode: "The Walking Bomb"
The Last of Mrs. Lincoln Lewis Baker TV-Movie
1977–1978 Man from Atlantis Mark Harris
1978–1985, 1986–1991 Dallas Bobby Ewing
1979, 1981, 1982 Knots Landing Bobby Ewing Episode: "Pilot"
Episode: "The Loudest Word"
Episode: "New Beginnings"
1980 Charlie's Angels William Cord "One Love...Two Angels" (1)
"One Love...Two Angels" (2)
Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb Colonel Paul Tibbets NBC TV-Movie
1981 The Love Boat Ralph Sutton Episodes: "The Expedition" 1 and 2
1982 Cry for the Strangers Dr. Brad Russell CBS TV-Movie
1983 Auf los geht's los Singer Episode: "Nachthemdfolge"
1985 From Here to Maternity Henderson TV-Movie
Hotel Richard Martin Episode: "Missing Pieces"
George Burns Comedy Week Episode: "Dream, Dream, Dream"
Alice Through the Looking Glass Goat CBS TV-Movie
1986 Strong Medicine Dr. Andrew Jordan TV-Movie
Captain Eo Grand Opening Host NBC TV Special
1987 Our House Johnny Witherspoon Episode: "Candles and Shadows"
1988 14 Going on 30 ABC TV-Movie
Unholy Matrimony John Dillman CBS TV-Movie
Too Good to Be True Richard Harland NBC TV-Movie
1990 Murder C.O.D. Steve Murtaugh NBC TV-Movie
Children of the Bride John CBS TV-Movie
1991 Daddy Oliver Watson NBC TV-Movie
1991–1998 Step by Step Frank Lambert
1994 Texas Stephen Austin ABC TV-Movie
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Festival of Fun Musical Spectacular Host TV Special
Dallas: J.R. Returns Bobby Ewing CBS TV-Movie
1997 Heart of Fire Max Tucker CBS TV-Movie
1998 Dallas: War of the Ewings Bobby Ewing CBS TV-Movie
Diagnosis: Murder Wayde Garrett Episode: "Till Death Do Us Part"
1999 Dead Man's Gun Lyman Gage Episode: "The Womanizer"
Don't Look Behind You Jeff Corrigan FOX Family Channel TV-Movie
Twice in a Lifetime Peter Hogan Episode: "A Match Made in Heaven"
1999, 2001 Family Guy Bobby Ewing
Voice Role
Episode: "Da Boom"
Episode: "And the Wiener Is..."
2000 The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne Duke Angelo Rimini Episode: "Rockets of the Dead"
Perfect Game Coach Bobby Geiser Disney Channel TV-Movie
2002 Justice League Steve Trevor Voice Role
[[The Savage Time (Justice League)|Episode: "The Savage Time" 1, 2 & 3
2003 Touched by an Angel Mike Episode: "I Will Walk with You" 1 & 2
2004 Reba Dr. Joe Baker Episode: "Couples' Therapy"
2006 Desolation Canyon Sheriff Tomas 'Swede' Lundstrom Hallmark Channel TV-Movie
Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door James Connolly Hallmark Channel TV-Movie
2006–present The Bold and the Beautiful Stephen Logan
2008 Bingo America Host
2009 Love Takes Wing Mayor Evans Hallmark Channel TV-Movie
36th Daytime Emmy Awards Presenter
2010 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Himself Episode: "Re-Animated"
Party Down Himself Episode: "Constance Carmell Wedding"

Awards and nominations

Bambi Awards

  • 1987: Won

Soap Opera Digest Awards

  • 1985: Won, "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Prime Time Serial" - Dallas
  • 1988: Nominated, "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Prime Time Serial" - Dallas
  • 1988: Nominated, "Favorite Super Couple in a Prime Time Serial - Dallas (shared w/Victoria Principal)
  • 1990: Nominated, "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Prime Time Serial" - Dallas
  • 1992: Nominated, "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Prime Time Serial" - Dallas

TV Land Awards

  • 2006: Won, "Pop Culture Award" - Dallas (shared w/cast members)

See also


  3. 3.0 3.1 Maves, Norm Jr. (1990-05-07). "QUIET ON THE SET". The Oregonian. pp. C01. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Patrick Duffy (I) - Biography
  5. The Biography Channel - Patrick Duffy Biography
  6. "Ten burning questions for baseball's offseason". USA Today. November 1, 2006. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  8. Slack, Donovan; Murphy, Shelley (February 26, 2010). "Suggestion of intent in ’86 shooting". The Boston Globe. Retrieved February 26, 2010. 

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