Patrick Duffy (Actor) - Dallas and Step by Step
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Updated: 8/28/08

Name: Patrick Duffy

Born: March 17, 1949, Townsend, Montana

Claim To Fame: Best known for his roles as Larry Hagman's younger, nicer brother and partner, Bobby Ewing, on the popular 1980s CBS drama, Dallas (a role he played from 1978 to 1985 and from 1986 to 1991), and as Suzanne Somers's husband, Frank Lambert, on the long-running 1990s ABC television sitcom, Step by Step.

Family Life: Married to Carlyn Rosser since 1974. The couple has two sons - Padraic Duffy (b. 1974) and Conor Duffy (b. 1979).

In 1986, Duffy's parents Terrance and Marie Duffy were murdered at the bar they owned by teenagers Kenneth Miller and Sean Wentz. Miller and Wentz were convicted sentenced to 75 years in prison apiece.

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Info: Duffy began his acting career in 1976 when he landed the role of Mark Harris on the television series Man from Atlantis. He actually used his scuba diving expertise to master the fishlike swimming style he used while in character.

After the short-lived series was cancelled, Duffy shot to stardom in the role of Bobby James Ewing on the TV series, Dallas. He parted ways with the series in 1985, only to return the following year in a shower scene that rendered the entire 1985–1986 season "just a dream."

In 1991, Duffy took on the role as the head of the Lambert family on the sitcom, Step by Step, and also directed 49 episodes of the show. He also reunited with longtime best friend Larry Hagman in the Dallas reunion movies J.R. Returns and War of the Ewings, the latter of which he also co- produced, reprising the role of Robert "Bobby" Ewing.

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Trivia: Named 1 of the 100 Alumni of the Century by the University of Washington.

Attended the University of Washington, Seattle, where he was an actor-in-residence in UW's theatre program.

Stated on "Politically Incorrect" (1994) that he has been a Buddhist for the past 30 years.

Loves golf and has played in celebrity tournaments.

Graduated from Cascade High School in Everett, Washington in 1967.

Could hold his breath underwater for 3 minutes during his "Man from Atlantis" (1977) days

Collects antique toys and childrens' books.

Wears a medical alert bracelet on his right wrist to draw attention to his potentially fatal penicillin allergy

Son, Conor Duffy, graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle in June 2001 with a degree in Drama.

Son, Padraic Duffy, graduated from Princeton University in 1996.

His nephew is San Francisco Giant's Cy Young winning pitcher Barry Zito.

Granddaughter Fiona Lee Duffy born summer 2006.

Grandson, Maxwell Robert Duffy, born summer 2008.

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Where Are They Now: In March 2006 Duffy began playing the role of Stephen Logan on the CBS soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful. Later that year he left the show, but returned on November 5, 2007. Duffy recently signed on to star in the comedy He's Such A Girl, which was also slated to star Alexandra Paul from Baywatch. As of early April 2008, Duffy was writing a script for a new Dallas reunion film which, it was hoped, would air on SoapNet. Also as of early April 2008, Patrick began hosting Bingo America, a partially interactive game show, on GSN. He and his wife live in the Los Angeles area, and also own a home in southern Oregon.

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Patrick Duffy
Blueprint Management
5670 Wilshire Blvd #2525
Los Angeles, CA 90036


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