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Patrick Duffy stars in "Dallas" (2011) on TNT, reprising his role as Bobby Ewing from the original CBS series of the same name that ran from 1978 to 1991.

Patrick Duffy's tremendous worldwide audience appeal can be traced back to three highly successful series. First there was "Man from Atlantis," then his thirteen years starring as Bobby Ewing on "Dallas" (including the unprecedented "dream season" in which he is brought back from the dead in the famous shower scene), and finally, seven seasons of the popular half-hour sitcom "Step by Step." Throughout the years, Patrick has been consistently been an audience favorite.

All three series were not only hugely successful in the U.S., but have become benchmark programs all over the world as well. "Man from Atlantis" captured its place in history when it became the first American television series program ever to be aired in China.

Born in 1949, Patrick was raised in a small town of 600 people in Montana and moved to Seattle in 1961. He began the Professional Actors Training Program at the University of Washington under RAD and Old Vic Alumnus William Duncan Ross and Canadian theater and movement teacher Arnie Zaslov. This was the first undergraduate professional school for actors in a major U.S. university; over 1,200 people auditioned for this'second year' of the program and Patrick was one of 12 selected.

Upon graduation Patrick was hired as Artist-in-Residence for the state of Washington where he performed with symphonies, opera and ballet companies. It was at this time he met and fell in love with his wife, Carlyn, a ballet dancer with the First Chamber Dance Company of New York. Patrick was narrating the performances on their U.S. tour.

At his wife's urging, Patrick left the Northwest to try his hand on the New York stages. After performing in an off-Broadway production of William Inge's play "Natural Affection," Patrick's agent suggested he move to Los Angeles. Before he appeared in television or films he performed for a season with the Old Globe Shakespeare Co. in San Diego. Patrick then returned to Los Angeles and guest-starred with Julie Harris in "The Last of Mrs. Lincoln" for PBS. In 1976 he was cast as Mark Harris in "Man from Atlantis." One week after that show was canceled, he was cast in "Dallas."

Between the beginning of "Man from Atlantis" and the ending of "Step by Step," Patrick was only out of work for a total of three weeks. Since beginning his TV career he has starred in well over a dozen television movies and countless specials. While on "Dallas" he began his directing career, directing 30 episodes of that series and 49 of "Step by Step." He and his good friend Larry Hagman co-produced the final television movie of "Dallas." In March of 2000 he made his London West-End debut in Yasmina Reza's play "Art," and has since returned for a season of the U.K.'s traditional "Panto."

Recently Patrick launched the new "Bingo in America," and also starred for two years as Stephan Logan on CBS's "The Bold and the Beautiful." He has also appeared on the TV shows "Reba," "Touched by an Angel," and "Party Down" as himself, as well as the feature film "You Again."

In his spare time Patrick Duffy has completed writing the first of a trilogy of science fiction books of "Man from Atlantis" which is yet to be published.



PATRICK DUFFY: FACTS

How tall is Patrick Duffy? How old is Patrick Duffy? Find out here.

Age: 65 years old
Birthday: March 17, 1949
Height: 6' 2"
Nickname: Pat
The Duffster
The Duff Man
Full Name / Real Name: Patrick G. Duffy
Birthplace: Townsend, MT
Wife: Carlyn Rosser (2/15/1974, 2 children)





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