1. Lucy Ewing (Charlene Tilton) – THEN
Lucy ‘The Poison Dwarf’ Ewing did have a penchant for trouble-making, that’s for sure! During the course of the show she got engaged to a gay man, pursued romantic relations with her biological uncle, became involved with an actual psychopath, and even developed (and got over!) a drug problem. Yeeeeesh… at least she was never dull!
Charlene Tilton (Lucy Ewing) – NOW
Since her infamous role in the original Dallas, Charlene Tilton went on to star in Superhero Movie and other minor productions, and reprised her role in the 2012 continuation of Dallas. You might also recall her taking part in 2012’s Dancing on Ice. She’s also an active ambassador for Actors for Autism – a cause she feels strongly about.
2. Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval) – THEN
“When I’m through with Ewing Oil, they’re gonna be wiped out. Flat broke.”
Well that just about summarizes the antagonistic relationship between the lawyer, Cliff Barnes, and the famous J.R. Ewing. The two were always competing, and always trying to take each other down. But it wasn’t until the very last season of Dallas that Cliff actually kept his word and took over Ewing Oil.
Ken Kercheval (Cliff Barnes) – NOW
And what has Ken Kercheval been up to since? Well, he’s returned to the screen several times at Cliff, true, but he’s also starred in the long-running TV series’, Diagnosis Murder and Crossing Jordan. In 2006 he performed as ‘The General’ in a production of the musical White Christmas at Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre, and Plymouth’s Theatre Royal. He was also arrested for drink driving around the same time. He reprised the same musical role in both 2012 and 2013. He’s been relatively quiet recently, but then he is in his early 80s now…
3. Ellie Ewing (Barbra Bel Geddes) – THEN
As the mother of J.R., Gary and Bobby Ewing, and wife to Jock, Ellie played a pivotal role in the TV series. Despite a few twists, turns and difficulties (discovering her husband had a secret illegitimate son, for example), Ellie grew to love Jock dearly. She was also diagnosed with – and recovered from – breast cancer during the show.
Barbra Bel Geddes (Ellie Ewing) – NOW
Ellie was of course portrayed by the American stage and screen actress, the late Barbra Bel Geddes. Before she passed away, and after retiring from professional acting following Dallas, Bel Geddes settled in her home in Maine and continued to practice fine art. She also wrote two children’s books.
4. Pamela Barnes Ewing (Victoria Principal) – THEN
This woman faced the odds a number of times on the show. Being a Barnes by birth, she naturally attracted the hatred of her husband Bobby’s family (J.R., in particular, despised her for a looong time!). She faced even more trouble when she discovered that she couldn’t have children, and again later when she and Bobby divorced. They did get together again (for a time, anyway!).
Victoria Principal (Pamela Barnes Ewing) – NOW
After Dallas, actress Victoria Principal set up her own production company, Victoria Principal Productions, and also created her own line of skincare products, Principal Secret. She later went on to become a best selling skincare, health and fitness author. Her work was published in 2001, but she supposedly started writing her fifth book just last year. These days she lives in California, where she’s taken to rescuing and rehabilitating any troubled animal that comes across her path.
5. Ray Krebbs (Steve Kanaly) – THEN
Ray was a particularly good friend to the Ewing family in general. He originally formed a romantic attachment to Lucy, but this was all hushed up when Ray was later revealed to be the son of Jock Ewing.
Steve Kanaly (Ray Krebbs) – NOW
After Dallas, Steve Kanaly starred in a few other TV shows, notably All My Children and Okavango: The Wild Frontier. Like many of his fellow costars, he returned for a guest appearance in the revamped version of Dallas back in 2012. These days he lives in a quiet country ranch in California with his wife. He is particularly well-known for his watercolour paintings, which he shows off at local galleries.
6. Jenna Wade (Priscilla Presley) – THEN
You’ll probably remember Jenna for the complicated relationship she had with Bobby Ewing. In fact, the two came close to being married a few times, before Bobby ultimately decided to settle down again with his ex-wife, Pam. Despite this, Jenna did still birth Bobby’s child. Eventually, she married Ray Krebbs, and the two relocated to Switzerland (to escape the Ewing drama, no doubt!).
Priscilla Presley (Jenna Wade) – NOW
After Dallas, Priscilla Presley went on to be involved in a few more TV series’, including Melrose Place. She has also tried her hand at pantomime, starring alongside Harry Potter actor Warwick Davis in a production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at New Wimbledon Theatre, London, in 2012. She has also done some charity work, and actively spoke out against the Tennessee Ag-Gag Bill – a bill that sought to make filming undercover at farms illegal – back in 2013.
7. Jock Ewing (Jim Davis) – THEN
Jock was Ellie’s husband and the father of J.R., Gary and Bobby Ewing. He was also one of the main founders of Ewing Oil. He secured the business for himself, and passed it onto his son J.R. in 1977 before retiring.
Jim Davis (Jock Ewing) – NOW
As you’ll probably well-know, Jim Davis never lived to see the conclusion of Dallas. In fact, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in season four, but continued to perform as long as he was able. He died as a result of complications caused by his illness. His wife, Blanche Hammerer, survived him, and passed away in 2009. They did have one daughter together – Tara – who was killed in an automobile accident when she was just seventeen years old.
8. Sue Ellen Ewing (Linda Gray) – THEN
“Anything that makes you unhappy has got to be good for the rest of the world.”
Ever mused over quotes that summarize a character’s innermost thoughts and feelings perfectly? Well, this one is certainly a cracker. Sue Ellen never really liked her husband J.R. (and really, can you blame her?), and eventually had an affair with his business nemesis, Cliff Barnes. She also had a tiny bit of a drinking problem. But then she also, ironically, went on to become CEO of Ewing Oil in 1998.
Linda Gray (Sue Ellen Ewing) – NOW
Linda Gray, on the other hand, reprized her role as Sue Ellen in the 2012 remake of Dallas. When that show was cancelled, she, too, took to pantomime. She also appeared briefly in the British soap opera, Hollyoaks, and in Amazon Studios’ Hand of God in 2017.
9. J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) – THEN
“Once you get rid of integrity, the rest is a piece of cake.”
The man, the myth, the legend. He was promiscuous, vicious, and downright calculating. In truth, we all loved to hate him. We knew him as the brains behind the Ewing Oil company, the husband of Sue Ellen, and the eldest son of Jock and Ellie Ewing. And for the longest time, the phrase “Who shot J.R.?” baffled and frustrated all (It was Kristin Shepard, by the way, if you’d forgotten!).
Larry Hagman (J.R. Ewing) – NOW
After the original Dallas, Larry Hagman went on to star in TV series’ such as Nip/Tuck and Desperate Housewives, and reprized his role as J.R. in the 2012 reboot. He wrote his own autobiography Hello Darlin‘. When his wife Maj Hagman was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s he took a lead in caring for her. Sadly, Hagman himself was diagnosed with stage 2 throat cancer in 2011. He passed away in 2012.
10. Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) – THEN
Ahh, Bobby. We all know him as the altruistic, good guy who often butted heads with his older brother, J.R. It didn’t help matters that Bobby married the sister of J.R.’s long-time rival, Cliff Barnes. J.R. also loathed that Bobby was their father’s favourite. But undoubtedly we all remember that time when Bobby ‘died’, and turned up a year later in the shower. Turns out his death was all one big dream… way to cop out, show runners!
Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing) – NOW
Bobby was of course portrayed by Patrick Duffy, who went on to star in show’s such as Step by Step and The Bold of the Beautiful. He also provided the voice for a Dallas reference in the popular animated sitcom, Family Guy. After reprising his role in the 2012 Dallas, he also appeared in Welcome to Sweden and The Cool Kids. His wife of forty-three years, Carlyn Rosser Duffy, passed away recently.