'Dallas' Star Patrick Duffy Finds Love Again as He Dates 'Happy Days' Actress Linda Purl
In a recent interview, Patrick Duffy, best known for his role as Bobby Ewing on the CBS primetime soap opera "Dallas," opened up about his relationship with "Happy Days" actress Linda Purl.
Patrick Duffy told PEOPLE that he is currently in a very happy relationship. He never expected this to happen again in his life, the award-winning actor shared, adding:
"I never thought I'd feel this way again."
In 1974, the 71-year-old star exchanged his wedding vows with professional ballerina Carlyn Rosser. The couple shared two children, sons Padraic and Conor.
When Rosser passed away in 2017 at age 77, Duffy's world collapsed. The actor had grown accustomed to life as a widower in recent years.
But everything changed when the novel coronavirus hit. Because of the quarantine, Duffy fell in love with Purl. He and the 65-year-old star were casual friends years ago.
However, the pair lost touch over time. In the midst of the current global crisis, Duffy and Purl happened to be on a group text chain alongside other companions.
The conversation later dwindled down to just the two of them as the weeks passed. They liked each other, and at that point, the actor decided to meet with Purl.
Duffy said he loaded up his car and drove 20 hours to the actress' house to see if it was real. He and Purl have not been apart since, according to the "Step by Step" star.
Duffy went on to say that he knows his late wife Rosser would want him to find joy. In a 2019 interview with Closer Weekly, the actor opened up about Rosser.
According to him, he felt close to her all the time, and that what he misses most is her touch. He still considers himself a married man, the actor said at the time.
In the years since Rosser died, the actor has made spending time with his sons Padraic and Conor his number one priority, a source told Closer Weekly back in April 2019.
"He hates being alone, so they're a wonderfully close family," the source explained, adding that the "Welcome to Sweden" star loves having his children around.
Duffy also focused on being the best grandfather to his four grandchildren, the actor said in an interview. He explained that he experiences the same happiness he and Rosser felt with Padraic and Conor when they were babies.
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