'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."

Patrick Duffy on May 2, 2018 in Lille, France | Photo: Getty Images

Patrick Duffy on May 2, 2018 in Lille, France | Photo: Getty Images

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.

Linda Purl attends the Second Annual Douglas Blasdell Outreach Program Celebration at Bardot | Photo: Getty Images

Linda Purl attends the Second Annual Douglas Blasdell Outreach Program Celebration at Bardot | Photo: Getty Images

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.

Patrick Duffy and his wife Carlyn Rosser on June 18, 2015, in Monaco | Photo: Getty Images

Patrick Duffy and his wife Carlyn Rosser on June 18, 2015, in Monaco | Photo: Getty Images

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.

Patrick Duffy on August 26, 2006 in Newport, Wales | Photo: Getty Images

Patrick Duffy on August 26, 2006 in Newport, Wales | Photo: Getty Images

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.

Patrick Duffy and son Conor on November 2, 2003 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Patrick Duffy and son Conor on November 2, 2003 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

"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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