Then/Now: The Cast of 'Dallas'
A look back at one of TV's most popular series.


The Cast of 'Dallas'

The original prime-time soap opera aired for 14 seasons, from 1978 to 1991. The drama focused on the Ewing family and their oil company. A remake of the show started airing in 2012, but nothing can compare to the original cast. Click through to see where they are today. 



Larry Hagman: Then

The actor was first famous for his role as Major Anthony Nelson in "I Dream of Genie" before being tapped to play John Ross "J.R." Ewing Jr., a greedy, conniving oil tycoon on "Dallas."

First slated to be just a five-part miniseries in1978, "Dallas" was so popular, it was turned into a full-fledged prime-time soap opera series. 

Fun Fact: J.R. was the only character to appear in every single episode of "Dallas."



Larry Hagman: 1931-2012

After "Dallas" ran it's course, Hagman played a judge on a short-lived show called "Orleans" in 1997. He later joined his cast mates from "I Dream of Jeannie" to promote the show when it went to TV Land. 

Hagman had been battling throat cancer while he worked on the "Dallas" series reboot. He succumbed to the disease at the age of 81. 

R.I.P., J.R.



Barbara Bel Geddes: 1922-2005

Barbara played the family matriarch, Miss Ellie Ewing throughout the show's run. 

She retired from acting in 1990 and passed away 15 years later at the age of 82.



Charlene Tilton: Then

Charlene got her big break by landing the role of Lucy Ewing, the sly, sexy granddaughter of Jock Ewig when the show first aired in 1978. 



Charlene Tilton: Now

If you don't recognize Tilton from "Dallas," you may remember her from her Abdominizer workout commercials in the '90s. 

In 2012 after a stint on the British ice-skating show, "Dancing on Ice," Charlene began reprising her role as Lucy on the new rendition of "Dallas."



Howard Keel: 1919-2004

Howard Keel started off making brief appearances on the show, but before long, his character, Clayton Farlow became a permanent fixture. 

At age 64, Keel launched his singing career with his album reaching #6 on the UK Billboard charts. Then in 2004 he was diagnosed with, and later died, from colon cancer. He was 85.



Linda Gray: Then

Gray starred as J.R.'s alcoholic wife, Sue Ellen Ewing. After the show ended Gray appeared alongside Sylvester Stallone in the 1991 comedy "Oscar."




Linda Gray: Now

Gray has had several small roles and guest starring gigs over the years, including a recent stint on "The Bold and the Beautiful."

The actress is currently reprising her role as Sue Ellen on the new rendition of "Dallas."



Patrick Duffy: Then

Patrick played Bobby Ewing, the youngest son of Jock and Miss Ewing. 



Patrick Duffy: Now

In 1991, Patrick went on to star in "Step by Step" as Frank Lambert. The show ran until 1998. Duffy also had a long stint on "The Bold and the Beautiful" from 2006-2011.

Duffy now plays Bobby again on the new rendition of "Dallas." 



Ken Kercheval

Along with Larry Hagman, Ken was the only cast member to remain on "Dallas" throughout its entire original run. 

In recent years he has appeared on a few episodes of the new "Dallas" series.



Victoria Principal: Then

Victoria played Pamela Barnes Ewing for nine years of the show's run. 

 In 1983, she earned a Golden Globe nomination for best actress for her word on "Dallas."

Fun Facts: Principal was in the pilot for "Fantasy Island." She also started a skin care line in the '80s that made over a billion bucks.




Victoria Principal: Now

Victoria left Hollywood behind after "Dallas" and entered the business world. In 1995, she was named "Entertainment Business Woman of the Year" by the National Association of Women Business Owners and received her degree from Drexel University. 

In January 2011, she launched a line of jewelry called Keys & Hearts available on the same site as her skin care line, Principal Secret. Along with her other endeavors, the former actress has published four successful books. 

She also wants to be on Richard Branson's first commercial space flight.

Pretty cool.



Then/Now: The Cast of 'Dallas'

A look back at one of TV's most popular series.

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