Patrick Duffy

Patrick Duffy

Mar. 17th, 1949
Born in
Townsend, Montana, USA
6' 2

Patrick Duffy's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Dallas  TV Show
Dallas TV Show
Step by Step TV Show
Step by Step
The Man From Atlantis TV Show
The Man From Atlantis
Our House TV Show
Our House
Bingo America TV Show
Bingo America

Main Movie Roles

2010 - You Again
2007 - Walk Hard - The Dewey Cox Story

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Steve Trevor (Voiced)
Bobby Ewing
William Cord
Jack (Voiced)
Ralph Sutton
Himself - Interviewee
Peter Hogan
[Complete List]


Youngest of 2 children, and only son born to Terrence and Marie Duffy. He is NOT related to Julia Duffy, of "Newhart" (1982) fame. Patrick was born in Montana, where his parents owned local taverns, and raised in Seattle since age 12. He wanted to become a professional athlete, and became a certified scuba diver while in his teens. However, his involvement in his high school's drama department led him to apply to the Professional Actors Training Program at the University of Washington, Seattle. He was one of 12 people accepted, from over 1,200 applicants. He ruptured both of his vocal cords during his senior year of college, but 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. Around this time, he met his wife, Carlyn, a ballet dancer with the First Chamber Dance Company of New York. Carlyn introduced Patrick to Buddhism, which he has practiced for the past 30 years. The couple married in a Buddhist temple in 1974. They then moved to New York, where Patrick appeared in Off-Broadway plays, and supported himself and his wife by working as a carpenter. The couple then moved to Hollywood, where he drove a florist's delivery truck, and landed small roles in film and television. His son, Padraic Duffy, was born in 1974/5. In 1976, Patrick was working as a house painter when he landed the role of "Mark Harris" in the TV series "Man from Atlantis" (1977). Two years later, he won the role of "Bobby Ewing" on "Dallas" (1978). His second son, Conor Duffy (II), was born in 1979/80. In 1986, his parents were murdered by 2 teenagers who raided their tavern in Montana. Patrick has continued to work, however, starring in a variety of TV movies, and as "Frank Lambert" on his third TV series, "Step by Step" (1991). Since SBS was canceled in 1997, Patrick has continued to pursue his TV career, which includes 2 Dallas reunion movies. He and his wife live in the Los Angeles area, and also own a home in southern Oregon.

  • Patrick's nephew is San Francisco Giant's Cy Young winning pitcher 'Barry Zito' (qv). Patrick's wife is the sister of Barry's mother.
  • Son 'Padraic Duffy' (qv) played "Mark Harris" on _"Dallas" (1978)_ (qv). "Mark Harris' was the name of Patrick's character on _"Man from Atlantis" (1977)_ (qv).
  • Father-in-law of 'Emily Cutler' (qv).
  • Best known by the public for his role as Bobby James Ewing on _"Dallas" (1978)_ (qv).
  • Plays the piano.
  • Patrick could hold his breath underwater for 3 minutes during his _"Man from Atlantis" (1977)_ (qv) days.
  • He attended the University of Washington, Seattle, where he was an actor-in-residence in UW's theatre program.
  • He and his wife first met on a bus.

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