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Patrick Duffy is best known for playing Bobby Ewing on the long-running television series Dallas. He also starred on the TV shows Man from Atlantis and Step by Step, among other roles.
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After Duffy's departure, Dallas took a dive in ratings. Not long after, in 1986, Duffy was convinced to return to the show and his character. The show's writers explained Ewing's disappearance with a now-famous shower scene where he reappeared, revealing that his demise had been "only a dream"—while this tactic was not popular with everyone,
it has become a noted part of TV history.
Not long after returning to Dallas, Duffy suffered a great personal tragedy: His parents, Terrence and Babe, were killed during a robbery attempt at their tavern in Boulder, Montana. Out of respect for Duffy and acknowledging the gravity of the incident, the series' production was briefly paused.
Dallas finally ended in 1991, following 10 seasons. Without skipping a beat, Duffy went on to star alongside Suzanne Somers on Step by Step, a popular situation comedy about a blended family. The characters each had three children from previous relationships, but were polar opposites offering up lots of punchlines. While it was fairly light fare, the show proved to be popular, lasting for seven years.
Since that time, Duffy has made guest appearances on numerous TV series, including Touched by an Angel and Reba. In 2006, he began performing on the daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful.
Duffy, along with fellow original cast members of Dallas Linda Gray and Larry Hagman, reprised his for a TV reboot of the series in 2012. In the new version of Dallas, Ewing was given a new wife, played by Brenda Strong, and a son, played by Jesse Metcalfe. His feud with villainous brother J.R., played by Larry Hagman, continued on the new series. On his official website, Duffy wrote of the new Dallas: "I can't be happier with everything concerned with the show. First and foremost the fact that I get to work with my two best friends, Larry and Linda, once again."
Sadly, in November 2012, just months after the new Dallas debuted, Hagman died of complications from cancer. Duffy tweeted about his onscreen brother's death: "My friend is taking a break ... Love Patrick."
Around this same time, Duffy began writing a trilogy of sci-fi books based on Man from Atlantis.
Duffy has been married to his wife, Carlyn (Rosser) Duffy, since 1974. The couple has two children, Padraic and Conor.
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