Patrick Duffy 411
Birthday: March 17
Hails From: Townsend, MT and then Seattle, WA
Marital Status: Wed Carlyn Rosser on February 15, 1974
Children: Sons Padraic (born in 1974) and Connor (born in 1979)
Years On Show: 2006-present
Patrick Duffy starred in several series, including MAN FROM ATLANTIS (as Mark), STEP BY STEP (as Frank) and of course, the prime-time soap he's most known for, DALLAS (as Bobby). But even without these shows on his resumé, the star has had an incredibly successful career, having appeared on dozens of popular TV shows and TV movies.
Duffy was not raised in a showbiz family. His parents, Terrence and Marie Duffy owned taverns and a young Duffy actually wanted to become a professional athlete. However, he fell in love with acting in high school and was one of only12 students accepted to the Professional Actors Training Program at the University of Washington, Seattle.
During his senior year of college, the actor ruptured his vocal chords, and for the next few years taught classes, including mime. Meanwhile, he met a ballet dancer named Carlyn Rosser, who converted him to Buddhism. They wed in a Buddhist temple in 1974; that same year, their first son, Padraic was born. Their second son, Connor, was born in 1979. "My wife is 10 years older than me and when I met her, she was married," he told Digest in 2006. "So I sent a letter to my folks in Montana. I had just graduated from college to be an actor, and I wrote, 'Dear Mom and Dad, I'm moving to New York to live with a married 34-year-old ballerina. P.S.: I'm a Buddhist.' I just did it all at once!"
In the late '70s, Duffy's career began to really take off. From 1977-78, he played the lead in MAN FROM ATLANTIS; almost immediately after, he won the life-changing role of Bobby in DALLAS.
It didn't take long for DALLAS to become a hit. Meantime, Duffy continued to appear in series such as THE LOVE BOAT and HOTEL, and in TV movies, including CRY FOR THE STRANGERS and FROM HERE TO MATERNITY. In 1985, Duffy left DALLAS and his character was killed off; however, at the end of the next season, Bobby turned up alive, and in one of TV's most surprising scenes ever, revealed that the past year had been Pam's dream!
The actor was dealt a serious blow when in 1986, his parents were murdered when teenagers raided their tavern. Still, Duffy pressed on and continued to do DALLAS, as well as TV movies and guest spots.
Duffy stayed with DALLAS until its end in1991 and continued to star in the various DALLAS TV movies over the years. He's even signed on to appear in the remake in 2013. But in addition to DALLAS, he had plenty of projects in the '90s; he then starred opposite Suzanne Somers in the hit sitcom STEP BY STEP from 1991-98.
After STEP ended, Duffy did more guest spots on REBA and TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL. Then in 2006, he signed on to be a recast for B&B's Stephen Logan, previously played by Robert Pine. Duffy fit right in as the father to Brooke, Katie and Donna. This past year, his character romanced Stephanie's sister, Pam, giving Duffy a chance to work with his longtime friend, Pam's portrayer, Alley Mills.