Ken Kercheval, 'Dallas' star, dead at 83

Ken Kercheval, known for his role as Cliff Barnes on the hit show "Dallas," has died. He was 83.

A spokesperson at the Frist Funeral Home in Kercheval's hometown of Clinton, Indiana, confirmed the actor's death to Fox News on Wednesday.

Kercheval passed away on Sunday, Deadline reported. Per the outlet, a cause of death was unknown.

Ken Kercheval had a long career in stage and screen.

Ken Kercheval had a long career in stage and screen. (Bobby Bank/WireImage via Getty Images, File)

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Born on July 15, 1935, in Wolcottville, Ind., and raised in nearby Clinton, Kercheval attended the University of Indiana where he majored in music and drama. He went on to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City.

In 1962, the veteran actor made his Broadway debut with the play "Something About a Soldier." He also appeared in "The Apple Tree," "Cabaret," "Here’s Where I Belong" and "Fiddler on the Roof."

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Throughout his career, Kercheval made frequent guest appearances on TV series including, "The Defenders" in the 1960s to "ER" and "Diagnosis Murder" in the 1990s and 2000s, but it was his starring role as Texas businessman Cliff Barnes in CBS's "Dallas" from 1978 to 1991 that catapulted him into fame.

From 2012 to 2014, Kercheval was part of a "Dallas" series revival. Per IMDb, his last project was a 2019 comedy-romance titled "Surviving in L.A."

He is survived by his three children.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.