Kercheval portrayed Cliff Barnes, who was a rival of Larry Hagman’s character, J.R. Ewing, on the show.
His talent agent, Jeff Fisher, also confirmed his passing.
According to TheWrap, he was one of two cast members “to appear on ‘Dallas’ for its entire run, in a total of 342 episodes from 1978 to 1991.”
The other cast member was Hagman, and Kercheval even directed a few episodes of the original series.
He returned to play Cliff in the 1996 TV movie and in the reboot on TNT, which lasted from 2012 until 2014.
Kercheval, in 2012, told the Dallas Decoder that he “really did” like his character despite his flaws.
Ken Kercheval, who played oil tycoon Cliff Barnes, the rival of Larry Hagman’s J.R. Ewing on “Dallas,” has died
“I thought he was a nice guy too. J.R. was coming after my [expletive] all the time, so I was always had to defend myself. If I did something that wasn’t quite right, it’s because I had to,” he said.
When he was asked about playing Cliff in the reboot, he said it was the “same old, same old.”
“I know this guy pretty well so it’s just like putting on the same set of clothes that you wore a few years back,” Kercheval said.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kercheval appeared in Broadway productions of “The Apple Tree,” “Cabaret,” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
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He also appeared in films including “Network,” “Rabbit Run,” “F.I.S.T.,” “Pretty Poison,” and “The Seven-Ups.”
The Reporter also noted there was a strange incident in 1989 when “a disgruntled former business partner of Kercheval’s in a popcorn company crashed the gate at Lorimar Studios in Culver City and set fire to his truck” before taking his own life.
Other details about his death are not clear.
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Comedian and actor Bob Einstein died on Jan. 2 after a battle with cancer. He was 76.
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