‘Dallas’ Star Ken Kercheval, Who Played Cliff, Dies at 83: Reports

April 24, 2019 Updated: April 24, 2019

Ken Kercheval, the actor best known for his role on “Dallas” and its 2012 revival, died at the age of 83, according to reports on April 24.

Kercheval portrayed Cliff Barnes, who was a rival of Larry Hagman’s character, J.R. Ewing, on the show.

A spokesperson with the Frist Funeral Home in Kercheval’s hometown of Clinton, Indiana, told Variety magazine and The Hollywood Reporter that he died. The spokesperson didn’t provide other details.

His talent agent, Jeff Fisher, also confirmed his passing.

Dallas Cast Charlene Tilton, Linda Gray, Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Sheree J. Wilson, Mary Crosby, Susan Howard, Ken Kercheval, and Steve Kanaly accept the Pop Culture Award onstage at the 2006 TV Land Awards at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif., on March 19, 2006. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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

Posted by Variety on Wednesday, April 24, 2019

“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?”

Actor Ken Kercheval has died at age 83. RIP. Please share your memories of his career.

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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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