Ted Shackelford

Role Jeffrey, Y&R

Show The Young and the Restless

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BIRTHDATE: June 23

YEARS ON SHOW: 2006-07 (as William Bardwell); 2007-present (as Jeffrey)

CHILDREN: None


While going to high school in Tulsa, OK, Ted Shackelford had a percolating interest in acting, but it wasn’t until he graduated from the University of Denver that he gave community theater a try. Thoroughly infected by the acting bug, Shackelford moved to New York City and worked as the night manager of The Carlyle Hotel while waiting for his big break.

That came in 1975 when he landed the role of Ray on ANOTHER WORLD. The gig lasted almost two years and was followed by myriad guest-starring appearances on prime-time shows.

In 1979, Shackelford replaced another actor to play J.R. Ewing’s alcoholic brother, Gary, on DALLAS, which led to the megasuccessful spin-off, KNOTS LANDING. Shackelford played Gary for 14 years until the series was canceled in 1993.

Shackelford stayed busy in episodic guest spots, as well as appearing on stage before returning to daytime to portray Y&R’s upright and uptight DA, William Bardwell. Shackelford was let go over a year later when his character died after a debilitating stroke, only to come back a month later to play William’s snaky and sneaky twin brother, Jeffrey.

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Random facts

  • His full name is Theodore Tillman.
  • His dad was a naval officer and a doctor.
  • Before working together on KL, he and his former TV wife Joan Van Ark (ex-Val) co-starred on an episode of WONDER WOMAN in 1978.
  • His favorite actor is Paul Newman.
  • During his tenure as Y&R's William, he wore the same three suits, which he owned.

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