Ken Kercheval’s ‘Dallas’ Co-Stars Pay Tearful Tributes Thanking Him for ‘Making History’
“Dallas” co-stars paid homage to Ken Kercheval through social media, who played oil tycoon Cliff Barnes and died at the age of 83 on Sunday.
Another Hollywood legend has passed away on Easter Sunday. Ken Kercheval, 83, died in his hometown, Clinton, Indiana as confirmed with the First Funeral Home and with his talent agent, Jeff Fisher.
Kercheval is most known for being in the long-running US drama series, “Dallas,” playing Cliff Barnes, an oil baron in the ‘70s and ‘80s.
Ken Kercheval, who played oil tycoon Cliff Barnes in Dallas, has died at the age of 83 https://t.co/7gTzzdAPYw— Sky News (@SkyNews) April 25, 2019
His fellow co-actors on the show paid tribute to the late actor on social media, including Victoria Principal who portrayed Pamela Barnes Ewing, his on-screen sister, who described Kercheval as “supremely talented” and “a wonderful storyteller,” on her Instagram account.
She also hoped, in her post, that “Dallas” stars Larry Hagman and Barbara Bel Geddes, who played JR Ewing and Miss Ellie Ewing, respectively, are “throwing a Texas style heavenly party” up there with him.
Audrey Landers, who played Afton Cooper, Kercheval’s partner on the show, also paid homage to the late actor on her social media, sharing a four-minute long clip of her saying goodbye in the eighth series of “Dallas.”
“A tribute to the great love affair of Afton and Cliff. #KenKercheval, thank you for being a great friend, scene partner, and for making history on #Dallas,” she wrote.
Fans of the show also used social media as an avenue to express their sentiments and pay their respects to the passing of a great actor who has contributed much to the success of “Dallas.”
For all fans of Dallas (like me) JR’s rival Ken Kercheval, (Cliff Barnes) has died aged 83. His long running feud with JR was the hub of the programme. They dont make shows like that anymore. RIP pic.twitter.com/PuDUA86Jbm— Ian Abrahams (Moose) (@BroadcastMoose) April 24, 2019
I am saddened by this news. Ken Kercheval's creation of Cliff Barnes is one of the great achievements of 'Dallas' or any soap. He was the underdog you didn't want to see win. Ken Kercheval made Cliff Barnes, with all his character frailties, real and interesting. RIP.— Mark H (@ffsake) April 24, 2019
Kercheval played Barnes on the show through its entire run, has 342 episodes, from 1978 to 1991. In 1996, he returned for a telefilm, and from 2012 to 2014 in a reboot of the series. He and Hangman were the only two actors who were in the series from start to end.
The veteran actor is survived by his five children and six grandchildren, whom he had through the course of his three different marriages, which all sadly ended in divorce.