"Dallas" was one of the greatest shows on TV during the 1980s. Here's what happened to its cast 40 years later.
The iconic CBS drama ran from 1978 to 1991, with 357 episodes, one spin-off, several TV motion pictures, and three seasons of a comeback series that lasted from 2012-2014.
"Dallas", which was broadcast in over 90 countries and dubbed into 67 languages, stays one of the longest-lasting full-hour primetime dramas in American TV history.
The cast of the "Dallas" show in front of the Southfork Ranch, Dallas, Texas, 1979. | Photo: Getty Images
“Dallas” concentrated on the Ewing family, who own the independent oil company Ewing Oil and the cattle-ranching land of Southfork. The series was renowned for its cliffhangers, including the "Who shot J.R.?" mystery.
Here’s what the cast has been up to:
Larry Hagman (J.R. Ewing): Hagman revived his role in a 2012-14 TNT reboot of the hit show. He passed away in November 2012 from complications of acute myeloid leukemia.
Larry Hagman at the 82nd Academy Awards viewing party on March 7, 2010. | Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Linda Gray (Sue Ellen Ewing): Gray, who started her career in the 1960s in television advertisements, directed a few episodes of the original series. She has kept on working relentlessly as an actress and director. In 2017, she starred in the Amazon Studios drama series "Hand of God."
Linda Gray at the 2014 Arizona Ultimate Women's Expo in Phoenix, Arizona. | Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing): Duffy came back to reprise his role in a continuation of "Dallas", and he has had a reoccurring role on the hit sitcom called "Welcome to Sweden", which NBC picked up in 2014.
Patrick Duffy at the PaleyFest 2013 forum on the TV show Dallas. | Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Victoria Principal (Pamela Barnes Ewing): Principal spent nine years on "Dallas". She left the series in 1987. She then started her very own production company, Victoria Principal Productions. In 1989, Principal formed a self-named line of skincare items, Principal Secret. The two-time Golden Globe Award nominee turned into a best-selling author as well.
Ken Kercheval (Cliff Barnes): Kercheval continued his role in the "Dallas" reboot. In 2016, he appeared in the romantic comedy "Surviving in L.A." As of 2012, the lung cancer survivor has six grandkids.
Charlene Tilton (Lucy Ewing): Tilton had bit roles on television and the big screen. In 2012, she also joined the cast of the new "Dallas". Five years later, she starred in the action thriller film "Vengeance: A Love Story". Right now, Tilton is the ambassador for the organization, Actors for Autism.
Charlene Tilton in 2010. | Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Steve Kanaly (Ray Krebbs): Kanaly appeared on four episodes of the "Dallas" reboot. He was picked to star in the soap opera web series "DeVanity" in 2014.
Steve Kanaly on August 5, 2012 in Burbank, California | Source: Getty Images
Susan Howard (Donna Culver Krebbs): Since leaving the show business in the 1990s, Howard has become an active supporter of conservative causes.
Susan Howard at the 2014 Western Conservative Conference. | Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Barbara Bel Geddes (Miss Ellie Ewing): Bel Geddes was already an acclaimed actress before she appeared on "Dallas". Her striking movies included "I Remember Mama" (1948) and "Vertigo" (1958). The award-winning actress died of lung cancer in August 2005, at 82 years old.
"Dallas", which was broadcast in over 90 countries and dubbed into 67 languages, stays one of the longest-lasting full-hour primetime dramas in American TV history. It is included in TIME magazine's list of "100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME."